Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Right Wing Treason

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

This is beyond the pale – a columnist at Newsmax advocates a military coup to overthrow the government of the United States. Of course, he says he’s merely “describing” what could happen, not advocating it. But the language he uses suggests otherwise:
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the [...]

Blunting the Backlash

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Limbaugh is nothing if not canny:
Calling Sotomayor a “racist” and a “hack” on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh took particular issue with a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which she stated a “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who [...]

Preventive Detention

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

I gotta start paying attention to these sorts of things again. If Greenwald is portraying this accurately, it’s absolutely chilling:
It’s important to be clear about what “preventive detention” authorizes. It does not merely allow the U.S. Government to imprison people alleged to have committed Terrorist acts yet who are unable to be convicted in [...]

Cartoon: Protest Petitions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Cartoon: Protest Petitions

Practicing What We Preach

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

E. J. Dionne Jr. on the election:
Above all, it is time to celebrate the country’s wholehearted embrace of democracy, reflected in the intense engagement of Americans in this campaign and the outpouring to the polls all over the nation. For years, we have spoken of bringing free elections to the rest of the world even [...]

Taxing Oil

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

David Frum floats an interesting idea – a standby tax on oil:
The one (and probably only) thing that will promote a shift away from oil is an excise tax to ensure that the price of oil remains at or above $65 a barrel. If oil falls below that figure, the tax kicks in: $1 at [...]

A Second Chance this Election Day

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Did you vote for Bush in 2004, and later regret that vote? Considering how low Bush’s approval ratings are, there must be at least a few of you out there.
Fortunately, you get a do-over. A second chance, of sorts.
It’s pretty well known by now that McCain has voted in line with Bush’s positions anywhere from [...]

Palin Was Vetted

Friday, September 5th, 2008

It turns out that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin was vetted after all – by Alaskan Democrats in 2006. Mudflats, an Alaskan political blog, links to opposition research compiled during her 2006 run for Governor of Alaska.

Palin for President?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

I’m fascinated by McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for Vice President. Considering how much emphasis McCain has placed on the necessity of “experience”, it seems highly hypocritical of him to choose her, when there were so many other potential picks who had far more experience. Apparently, experience isn’t as important as he’d led us to [...]

“Everything a Voter Needs to Know”

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

From a reader at Talking Points Memo:
But here’s what’s really interesting. Obama’s proposals would raise his own taxes by hundreds of thousands of dollars, in order to cut the taxes of people who are less fortunate than he is. McCain would cut his own taxes even further than they’ve already been reduced. And that’s everything [...]