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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The man who would be king

By Capt. FoggPresident Obama wants to be a king, you know. We hear that all the time. He's a tyrant, he appoints Czars to run things, but of course he gets nothing done and plays golf while hordes of armed terrorists cross the borders disguised as children he invited here with his "policies." Never mind that the influx peaked in 2008. Show More Summary


By Capt. FoggRiding my new bike yesterday, an elderly driver decided that the exit ramp was no longer the place for her and suddenly swerved back into the road without looking. It just so happens that's exactly where I was. I managed...Show More Summary

Lunatic Soul: "Cold"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Here's a track off the forthcoming album, its fourth, by Lunatic Soul, Walking on a Flashlight Beam. Lunatic Soul is the solo project (known for its lack of electric guitars) of Riverside singer and bassistShow More Summary

Economy does better under Democrats: It’s the policies, stupid!

By Frank MoraesIf you look at economic data even as casually as I do, you cannot have missed noticing that the United States’ economy does better under Democratic presidents than it does under Republican presidents — a lot better. Looking...Show More Summary

Louisiana judge exposes his ignorance (and bigotry) in upholding state's same-sex marriage ban

By Michael J.W. Stickings With most of the country moving in a progressive direction on same-sex marriage, you knew you could count on a retrograde place like Louisiana to strike a blow for good-ol'-fashioned stupidity, bigotry, andShow More Summary

The crisis of the new order

By Richard K. Barry I am currently reading Arthur M. Schlesinger's 1957 book The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933. It's not really important why. I just am. On page 68 of the Houghton Mifflin edition I came across this commentary on...Show More Summary

Hard To Be A Pacifist

After hearing about another execution of an American journalist held hostage by ISIS, the visceral reaction comes easily. Even the most even-tempered and non-violent soul finds the gorge rising in their throat and the simple solutions...Show More Summary

Some thoughts on Prejudice

By Capt. Fogg Well, if you told me you were drowningI would not lend a handI've seen your face before my friendBut I don't know if you know who I amWell, I was there and I saw what you didI saw it with my own two eyesSo you can wipeShow More Summary

Robert Stein (1924-2014)

By Michael J.W. Stickings (I apologize for the lateness of this post. I was away on vacation for a while and not doing much writing. So I am coming belatedly to this sad event.) Last month, Robert Stein, author of the blog Connecting the Dots and guest contributor here at The Reaction, died at the age of 90. Show More Summary

Obama's cautious pragmatism is the best approach for dealing with Syria and ISIS

By Michael J.W. Stickings There's a lot of talk today, the Friday before a long weekend, about President Obama's remark that "we don't have a strategy yet" regarding ISIS and the deteriorating situation in Syria and Iraq. The remarkShow More Summary

Progressive Music Classics: "This Funeral is for the Wrong Corpse" by The Mekons

By Marc McDonald (Ed. note: Here's another installment of Marc's ongoing series. For the full series, check out his site. -- MJWS) Welcome to another edition of Progressive Music Classics, a salute to left-leaning music that champions the cause of working-class people around the world. Show More Summary

A huge step forward for Obamacare: Pennsylvania's Republican governor embraces Medicaid expansion

By Michael J.W. Stickings Greg Sargent reports: In another sign that the politics of Obamacare continue to shift, the Medicaid expansion is now all but certain to come to another big state whose Republican governor had previously resisted it: Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

Chuck Todd realizes there are "too many crazy white guys" in the Republican Party

By Michael J.W. Stickings Actually, it's a party controlled and dominated by crazy white guys, to take nothing away from the craziness of the non-whites and/or non-guys, and it's not just on reproductive rights, which was the specific issue Todd was initially referencing, but on pretty much everything. Show More Summary

The Conundrum of Memory

By Capt. FoggSometimes I get to wondering, sometimes I get confused about what our conservative brethren are trying to tell us. I was reminded recently that my former Republican congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) amongst others, vociferously...Show More Summary

I have seen the future

Or the selfie of the future, that is. By Capt. FoggSelfie of the day, selfies of the week -- we can hardly breathe with the effort of working selfie into every page, every story, every moment of news.6 uses of the word in a 15 second news spot and it's hardly unique. Show More Summary

Matt Damon does the stupid ALS ice bucket challenge, but in a good way

By Michael J.W. Stickings Basically, I think the ALS ice bucket challenge is fucking stupid. I'm all for fighting this awful disease, but surely there are better ways to raise awareness, and, what's more, it pretty clear that many, and...Show More Summary

Why John Eligon's New York Times profile of Mike Brown isn't as bad as many people think

By Michael J.W. Stickings I certainly understand why so many people are upset about certain aspects of John Eligon's article on Mike Brown in the Times, specifically the use of the phrase "no angel" and, well, basically all of this:Show More Summary

Booker T. & the M.G.s - "Green Onions"

By Richard K. Barry "Green Onions" arrived in 1962. It's a classic R&B instrumental hit by Booker T. & the M.G.s - of course. It has to be one of the most obvious 12 bar blues in the history of that configuration, with a signature Hammond organ riff thrown in. Show More Summary

Rand Paul is wrong about himself, Democrats, the Republican Party, and 2016

By Michael J.W. Stickings Rand Paul, riding a wave of egomaniacal hubris given his current position at or near the top of national Republican politics, thinks that Democrats are scared of him: "I think the American public is coming more...Show More Summary

The disgraceful Mr. Blair

By Michael J.W. Stickings Remember when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair had more credibility over the Iraq War than Bush, Cheney, and the various warmongering American neocons given his supposedly deep-rooted moral convictions in support...Show More Summary

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