The All American Shootout

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]New rule for Lone Gunmen Terrorists: they are not allowed to wear bulletproof vests. It’s just not sporting. The Good Samaritans deserve a fair shot. And yes, “Good Samaritan” is the expression used to describe the neighbor who got his gun and went after the Texas Terrorist. Anti-gun-control people …

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Civic virtues, 1

Civic virtue 1: know the opposition. Know their positions, know what motivates them, know what is underneath the lies (because yes all politicians lie), know what gets under their skin, and above all, never underestimate them. When I can stand it, I visit FoxNews online, as well the NY Observer, and now, on a friend’s …

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Cowards and liars

It is kind of a relief after all these years feeling ashamed at how cowardly and spineless the Dems were, to find out that part of that cowardly outward appearance was in fact that mainstream Dems supported right wing economic policies. It hadn’t occurred to me. And what passed for the spine of the Republicans …

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Milo, you incredibly ignorant slut…

Thank you, Chevy Chase! We miss you, Jane Curtin! Where are you, Lorraine Newman? We could use one of your polls about now… It was a relief to see Milo Yiannopoulos on Bill Maher this week. He was pretty pathetic. Transparently needy. Yes, a twit, as Bill Maher said, but a lot less than that, …

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We will not be disappointed by Trump

For those of us left of center, who have been disappointed over and over again by Democratic administrations who promise change and deliver no change, at least we will not be disappointed by the Trump administration. It is exceeding expectations for awful at every turn. The only wild card is the obvious trust and confidence …

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Trump blue

Did anyone catch that picture of Drumpf’s meeting with the Silicon Valley people this week? First of all, the press was “ushered out” before the meeting got underway, so the picture shows the attitudes before the meeting. They might have changed. Might. What you see on those faces is distaste. What you see on the …

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Tax policy common ground

While the spectacle of crass that is the Trump campaign rolls on, little islands of common ground are cropping up. They are islands of decency in a sea of spineless partisanship: Republicans are disavowing Trump’s attack on the Gold Star Khan family. It is possible that Trump is actually clinically unhinged, but he could just …

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Why they trust Trump

Gerry Mander’s excellent book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television points out that we take in television as if it is real: we believe it in a way we do not believe either movies or books. Another thing I have noticed is that I form attachments even to villains, on television shows. Those two …

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Why they all hate Hillary

It’s the same old same old misogyny. Susan Faludi laid it all out in her 1991 book Backlash. The more women have gained, the more push-back there is from the forces ever arrayed against progress. It’s the same old same old for Hillary. No other American politician has endured anywhere near the unrelenting vicious attacks …

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Climate change: not bloody enough

It’s still “if it bleeds, it leads.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry has declared terrorism to be a more urgent threat than climate change. It is more abjectly terrifying and immediate, sure. Maybe it’s just about the choice of word: “urgent.” Urgent is now, climate change is still and ever tomorrow (until it’s not). …

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