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Guess we'll have Rick Perry to kick around some more

By Richard K. Barry Not that we didn't see this coming, but former governor of Texas Rick Perry is, as the New York Times writes, putting "pieces in place for a 2016 campaign" because, you know, his 2012 effort wasn't funny enough. Mr. Show More Summary

Martin O'Malley gets his snark on

By Richard K. Barry Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley made a somewhat nasty little comment about Hillary Clinton's approach to politics in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday, criticizing the idea of "triangulation" so much associated with the way the Clintons have historically done things. Show More Summary

Whiplash: Ridiculous movie, amazing music

By Richard K. Barry The music to the movie Whiplash is fantastic. It reminds me why I love ensemble jazz. Unfortunately, the movie is absurd. I get the whole idea that achieving greatness requires sacrifice and a single-focus. I suspect,...Show More Summary

Scott Walker could possibly, maybe, be for real

By Richard K. Barry It is true that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees tend to be younger (with about half of those in attendance in the past few years college-aged), and more libertarian than the GOP base more generally, but the results of their recent straw poll are instructive. Show More Summary

Republicans hate the U.S. Constitution

By Richard K. Barry Though I recognize I will not be the first to point this out, conservatives have a very peculiar understanding of intellectual consistency. A new national poll (Public Policy Polling) of Republican primary votersShow More Summary

Booing Jeb Bush at CPAC

By Richard K. Barry Activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had a fine time booing Jeb Bush today. Jeb might be the only Republican who could give Hillary a run for her money. Great to see the party faithful so completely incapable of understanding their own best interests.

So whaat does it mean

Not to "love" America? By Capt. FoggThe question is unanswerable without asking what is meant by love, because in the era of accepted error, of laissez faire definitions, it can mean anything. So why ask? Certainly the intended audience of the assertion that Mr. Show More Summary

Typhoid Mary's Revenge

By Capt. FoggReductio ad absurdum. Its a common tool used in informal debate both properly or improperly, but although I won't say it's more common with the arguments we hear from the self styled Right, arguments such as this one seem to need no assistance from any opposition to reduce themselves to the ridiculous. Show More Summary

The Liberal Line Up

By Carl In case you haven't heard, MSNBC -- which has always had some pretty shaky ratings but can usually point to one or two juicy plums in their book -- has been suffering miserably since their most recent prime time shakeup: Amid...Show More Summary

Three great Springsteen covers: "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Rage Against the Machine, "Racing in the Street" by Patty Griffin, and "Mansion on the Hill" by The National

By Michael J.W. Stickings (Ah, my on-and-off blogging hiatus continues. Not much new content here recently. But let's get back into it this evening with some music.) I love Bruce Springsteen, and one of the things I'm doing right now is compiling the best covers of Springsteen songs. Show More Summary

The Whistle In The Wind

By CarlPoor Jon Chait. He had the audacity to question whether the right of free speech comes with a responsibility on the part of both the speaker and the listener, and got hammered for it. In other words, he took on "political correctness"...Show More Summary

The subtlety of monolithic Islam bigotry

By Frank Moraes On Wednesday, I published "Je Suis Charlie." And I stand by most of what I wrote. But there was one thing that I wrote that was based upon hearsay rather than actual research: "In the case of Charlie Hebdo, any outrage...Show More Summary

The Cowardice of Extremism

By CarlThe radical Islam movement shares some things in common with the radical Reactionaries in America. Among them is the promotion of fear as a way to both unify and discipline those who would nominally identify superficially with...Show More Summary

The Cowardice of Mortality

By Carl A couple of studies floated to the surface last year in the debate about ammosexuality that I found interesting, not so much for what they concluded -- we all sort of knew this stuff instinctually -- but for the implicit underlying...Show More Summary

A Year Gone to Pot

This past year has been one of so many developments in American culture that it would be hard to pick any one thing as a signal event in the course of our nation.From the full implementation of the surprisingly effective Obamacare to...Show More Summary

The Mangione Brothers Sextet - "Something Different" (1960)

By Richard K. Barry Though Chuck Mangione would become an international superstar in the 1970s with smooth jazz mega-hits like "Feels So Good," and "Chase the Clouds Away," he started out as a bebop trumpeter in the Dizzy Gillespie tradition. Show More Summary

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) to resign from Congress

Initially Rep. Grimm said he would continue to serve in the House after entering a quilty plea on felony tax evasion charges. That was until he got called into principal Skinner's office, I mean House Speaker John Boehner's office.Truth is, this seems a strange thing to get a Republican in the dog house, given how much the GOP hates taxes. Show More Summary

Thought Experiment

By Carl You work for the only business of any substance in town. You make a nice income. Your boss decides he needs to build a spite fence around a store all the way across town because it threatens his supply of some widget he needs...Show More Summary

On Christians, atheists, and torture

By Frank Moraes I have this tendency to be most critical of the groups that I'm part of. You see this a lot in terms of my thinking about the Democratic Party. But I dare say you see it most of all with my thinking about atheists. And there is a lot to dislike about the modern atheist movement. Show More Summary

American torture: Gul Rahmân and Dick Cheney

By Infidel753 I don't actually know who Gul Rahmân was, and neither do most Americans, which is unfortunate. One salient fact about him is known, however -- he was not a terrorist. Nevertheless, due to an error, he was apparently arrested on suspicion of being one. Show More Summary

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