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Blog Profile / The Reaction

Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:11168
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Liberals ? Democracy

By Frank Moraes Jonathan Bernstein has written a really interesting article, "Democrats' Electoral College Edge." Who'd a thunk it? I've generally thought of the Electoral College as being something that benefited Republicans because of the tiny red states that get more than their fair share of electoral oomph. Show More Summary

Reality Bites Reality Show

By Capt. FoggI think we have to hold this truth self-evident: bigotry doesn't pay. Bible-Based or not, and even expressed in private, Racism, Homophobia, and Bigotry can cost you almost everything. Nobody will hire you other than Fox...Show More Summary

How unions are unfairly scapegoated for Detroit's woes

By Marc McDonald There are many reasons for the catastrophic decline of the once-mighty U.S. auto industry over the decades. But it's unfair and inaccurate to point the main finger of blame at unions, the usual scapegoat. The world's two dominant auto-exporting nations are Germany and Japan. Show More Summary

So... about that global warming...

By Carl You think maybe folks in west Texas are starting to take the hint? Barham says residents [of Wichita Falls, Texas] have cut water use by more than a third, but water supplies are still expected to run out in two years. So the...Show More Summary

Republicans just don't want reform

By Frank Moraes Jonathan Chait wrote an excellent article yesterday, "Springtime for Obamacare." In it, he goes through a number of arguments that conservatives have made about Obamacare and discusses how recent events have refuted them. Show More Summary

CNN asks if "space aliens, time travelers or beings from another dimension" caused MH370's disappearance

By Michael J.W. Stickings I haven't blogged about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, nor about the media coverge, but I've tweeted about it a lot, especially that first month when CNN in particular was in full-on crazy-obsessed mode. Show More Summary

Obamacare is now a losing issue for Republicans

By Michael J.W. Stickings Oh, Republicans. So desperate, so very desperate, and yet it's all just slipping away: Republicans struggled to land punches against ObamaCare in a hearing Wednesday, as responses from insurance companies deflated several lines of questioning. Show More Summary

Republican shit-making dredges up the IRS "scandal" again

By Michael J.W. Stickings It's back. And by "it," I mean the IRS "scandal" that Republicans spent so much effort last year trying to turn into a smoking gun of Obama White House corruption and Democratic partisan evildoing: The House...Show More Summary

Why now for Monica Lewinsky?

By Carl Monica Lewinsky has an article in this month's Vanity Fair in which she opens up about The Affair. I don't really have to tell you which one, do I? Unless you are younger than 20, maybe 21, it would have been really hard not to be at least dimly aware of the incident that may have brought down a president. Show More Summary

Vimeo of the Day: "Technicolour Alaska"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Here's a gorgeous timelapse video by Alexis Coram: I headed to Alaska in February with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights... That glimpse turned into an extravaganza... a party in the sky, and I was an onlooker, a face in the crowd... Show More Summary

Craziest Republican of the Day: Steve Hickey (for yet another insane rant against anal sex)

By Michael J.W. Stickings Bigot, moron, and overall piece of shit Steve Hickey was back in the news on Monday with another rant about anal sex -- and, more to the point, against homosexuality, which of course he doesn't like very much: To say that Steve Hickey is repulsed by anal sex is to say that South Dakota winters are a bit cold. Show More Summary

Jay Rockefeller speaks the truth about Obama and Republican racism

By Michael J.W. Stickings Politico: Sen. Jay Rockefeller unloaded on lawmakers Tuesday, accusing some of blocking efforts to solve urgent problems during Barack Obama's presidency "because he's the wrong color." Rockefeller (D-W.Va.),...Show More Summary

Monica Lewinsky is back. But why?

By Michael J.W. Stickings With a much-ballyhooed "Exclusive" in Vanity Fair, the narcissistically-titled "Shame and Survival," Monica Lewinsky has returned: Monica Lewinsky is taking to the pages of Vanity Fair to address her affairShow More Summary

On deaf ears

By Carl The Obama administration has decided to move the national dialogue forward, to try to take a pro-active position on climate change: Washington (CNN) -- Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires.Show More Summary

The end of the Teabaggers?

By Carl You may have blinked and missed it. At any rate, tomorrow will be a bellwether for this November, and 2016: The race has been cast as yet another skirmish in the ongoing GOP civil war, pitting the establishment-backed Tillis against seven tea party challengers. Show More Summary

Only for Christians

By Capt. FoggYou can laugh a bit and console yourself that it doesn't matter all that much if an Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice tells us the first Amendment only applies to Christians -- maybe even if you are like me, not a Christian. Show More Summary

In public prayer case, the Supreme Court strikes another blow against American democracy

By Michael J.W. Stickings The right-wing Republican majority on the Supreme Court has once again struck a blow against the very essence of American democracy, against the very idea of America itself. When it's not handing democracy to...Show More Summary

The view from 90

Guest post by Robert Stein Ed. note: A couple of months ago, my friend and fellow blogger Bob Stein turned 90. I meant to publish this wonderful post at the time, but, well, time got away from me and it's been a sporadic couple of months of blogging for me anyway. Show More Summary

Se Delan: "Dirge"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Last week, I posted "Tonight" by Se Delan, the fantastic new duo whose debut album The Fall was recently released on Kscope. The more I listen to The Fall, and I've been listening to it a lot, the more I appreciate it, delving into its nuances and complexities, its absorbing textures. Show More Summary

A bit of an eye-opener

By Carl When you think "poverty in New York City," what springs to mind? What stereotype has been so drilled into our heads from the newspapers, magazines and TV shows we all watch, like Law & Order or The Wanderers? The very poorest among us in this city are Hispanics, perhaps African-Americans. Show More Summary

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