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Forty years ago today, Frank Sinatra released Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back. Elvis released "Raised on Rock," and I was in print for the first time. Continue reading ?
Life is funny that way: it waylays you when you least expect it. Destiny often arrives seeming as homely as a street sign or as ubiquitous as a grass lawn. Because it is a LONG piece, and uses a few words that Management frowns on, I'm just going to link to it, rather than attempting to reprint it here. Show More Summary
Were the Alamo about what everyone pretends it's about, it would be a shameful act, and an act of political opportunism. The old Daughters of the Republic of Texas would not have allowed it, but we can now expect the Alamo turned into a right wing clown car for future political circuses. Continue reading ?
And the Lord Your God Shall Not Be Mocked! (No sense of humor, it is claimed, but, really, could a God who has no sense of humor have produced a Senator who would filibuster himself? Or Congress?) Continue reading ?
Special Government Shutdown Edition! I told you that when the Ayn Rand philosophy is applied to governance, tragedy ensues. And so it has. Here is the new introduction to the special edition: Introduction to Special Government Shutdown...Show More Summary
The Affordable Care Act more popularly known as Obamacare, in the opinion of many experts is the most debated law in American history. Does anyone really know what the Affordable Care Act is? Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, in a very...Show More Summary
by Walter Brasch Two Pennsylvania legislators who have taken money from—and enthusiastically supported—the natural gas industry have teamed up to now praise coal. State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Williamsport), chair of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, and Rep. Show More Summary
We are watching a power struggle to rival the struggles of ancient Rome, and if We, the People don't stand up, the notion that we can have any effect on the One Percent will be as laughable as the phony dance of "elections" that we're already on the verge of turning into Kabuki theater. Continue reading ?
On the 3rd day of the federal government shutdown, reports of shots fired outside the U.S. Capitol have facilitated a lock down on Capitol Hill. The shooting, at about 2:19 p.m., sent the busy Capitol complex into lockdown, with legislators and other employees told to shelter in place. Show More Summary
This is an act of unarmed insurrection, but, given the GOP's fetishistic attachment to their weapons, "unarmed" is liable to drop from the equation very soon. Continue reading ?
It is as though, having watched a losing round of Russian Roulette, they have said to themselves, "Oh, that's EASY to win. Here, let me show you." Continue reading ?
by Walter Brasch For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. Show More Summary
Politico reports that “Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.” Davis advisers...Show More Summary
We all remember that the GOP has claimed "media bias" as their eternal excuse for criminality, political debauchery and generalized cruelty ever since Tricky Dick lied self-pityingly that the media wouldn't "have Nixon to kick around anymore" in 1962. Continue reading ?
The wingnuts and gun enthusiasts aren’t happy about this… The Hill reports today that “Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday.” The wingnuts are already crying foul… “This treaty is already dead in the water in the Senate, and they know it,” said Sen. Show More Summary
All ego… no hat… The Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz is making quite a name for himself and everyone, including members of his own party want him to simply STFU and go away. Pompous, quirky and currently hell bent on taking down...Show More Summary
NPR’s Miami affiliate back-tracked yesterday after canceling an interview with author Stephen Kimber because the subject was “too incendiary and fears of a negative reaction from certain segments of the community.” (See original emails...Show More Summary
I’m stunned by the idea that someone can “rent a gun”… It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings. This concept simply reeks of the messed up priorites of our gun culture. The implications...Show More Summary
Screw the little people… House GOP moves forward with $40 billion cut to food stamps. The bill contains twice as much in cuts as the House Agriculture Committee originally sought for the program and it was devised by a task force led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) after an integrated farm bill failed on the House floor this summer. Show More Summary
Now that I too have a dead varmint on my head, I, too, can scam you for surreal estate expertise, just like the Donald. Here's the last of August's artwork. The R. Crumb portrait was drawn on his 70th birthday. Continue reading ?