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URL :http://the-reaction.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:US Politics / Liberal
Posts on Regator:11175
Posts / Week:31.5
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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

Fatal mess

By Carl I wish I could say Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will lose sleep over this, but somehow I doubt it. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of three drugs in the state's new lethal injection combination was administered. Show More Summary

Respect your elders

By Capt. Fogg One of the things that annoys me the most about living in the most crimson county in a red state is the presumption by the inmates that you couldn't possibly be anything else but one of them. The lack of inhibition allowing...Show More Summary

Vimeo of the Day: "Paris in Motion (Part 4)"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Yes, Paris is a gorgeous city, and this is a lovely video. Make sure to watch Parts 1-3 as well. Part 1: vimeo.com/46106624 Part 2: vimeo.com/50467187 Part 3: vimeo.com/66056982 Paris in Motion (Part 4) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Religious belief doesn't trump law

By Frank Moraes The United Church of Christ (UCC) has been performing same-sex marriages since 2005. So they decided to pursue a legal challenge to North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriages. They are arguing that the state is violating their freedom of religion. Show More Summary

Louisiana aims to punish the homeless by making it illegal to beg

By Michael J.W. Stickings Oh, you're a homeless person? Well, fuck you. That's not me saying that, it's the State of Louisiana, which is about to punish those who live on the streets, among others: If you are poor, live in Louisiana, and have the audacity ask someone else for help, be prepared to spend up to six months in jail. Show More Summary

Welfare leech Cliven Bundy and the proliferation of Republican racism

By Marc McDonald I don't know much about the cattle business. But I'd suspect that if one owns a cattle ranch, your biggest expense by far is buying food for your cattle. Wingnut hero Cliven Bundy owns a prosperous cattle business. His cattle get to graze for free on publicly owned land. Show More Summary

Piketty fence

By Carl So I’m back from vacation and I keep seeing this name on my Tweeter and FacePlace feeds: Thomas Piketty. Sounds vaguely Dickensian. From what I gathered, Piketty wrote a book proposing a new economic theory that would put paid to many of the basic notions that support capitalism. Show More Summary

Beverly Hills Cop: Obama's Asian Tour

By Michael J.W. Stickings This is weird but also sort of awesome: MANILA – Move over "Hail to the Chief," the official musical flourish for President Obama here just might be the theme song to "Beverly Hills Cop." A local ceremonialShow More Summary

Even some conservatives think Sarah Palin is an extraordinary idiot (not least for her gleeful torture enthusiasm)

By Michael J.W. Stickings So, yes, Sarah Palin, clamoring for attention, said that -- if I may paraphrase -- she's a gleeful torture enthusiast. And, yes, her gleeful torture enthusiasm went over really well with the retrograde morons who attended the NRA gunfest in Indianapolis. Show More Summary

Grimm fraudster: Indicting one of the GOP's leading bullies

By Michael J.W. Stickings You probably remember Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY -- Staten Island, to be precise) as the guy who threatened violence (murder, perhaps) against a reporter earlier this year. While the media insisted on giving him...Show More Summary

Vimeo of the Day: "The wet images of Andrei Tarkovsky"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Of all the great film directors, the most enigmatic to me is perhaps Andrei Tarkovsky. His movies, simply, are starkly beautiful and existentially unsettling. If you ask me, Andrei Rublev is one of the greatest...Show More Summary

On the Hustings

(The Spokesman-Review): "McMorris Rodgers says ACA likely to stay" (Washington Post): "Bob Schieffer: Romney may consider 2016 run if Jeb Bush doesn’t" (Washington Post): "Young people loved Obama in 2008 and 2012. But they might not...Show More Summary

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