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Let Me Guess, You’ll Cut Taxes

Let Me Guess, You’ll Cut Taxes

The script, friends, is simple; cut taxes for high wage-earners and high revenue business, cut domestic programs that target the working class, cut military spending that is directed towards personnel, and then grab a fiddle and watch Rome burn. This is a group of people still committed to a pair of ideals that are diametrically opposed to the best interests of our democracy; the thoroughly debunked notion that any market can police itself, and the thoroughly undemocratic notion that the people of the United States should play second fiddle to corporate interests. Beyond those ideals is an intellectual apathy that stands in stark contrast to the standards set by conservative movers and shakers of the past. [Read the rest of this article...]

The Midterm Elections: Ten Weeks To Zero

The Midterm Elections: Ten Weeks To Zero

The one thing that is certain about the 2010 mid-term elections is that turnout will mean everything. If the standard model applies, then the GOP will approach a retake of the House and cut the Democrats close to 50 seats in the Senate. If the Democrats are somehow able to get Obama voters back to the polls, then progressives will have a chance to see what the party can do with a solid and loyal House majority, and more than 60 in the Senate. Halftime is almost over, and the teams are coming out of the locker rooms. It is ten weeks to go, and we are all tied up. [Read the rest of this article...]

The Lowest Common Denominator

The Lowest Common Denominator

We Americans internalize the information we receive from sources we have come to trust. Once inside us, they form a perception that resits logical argument and appeals to rational thought. Once we are told enough that Islam is a threat, we begin to act in ways that alienates practitioners of the religion. Alienation leads to misunderstanding. Misunderstanding leads to conflict. Conflict leads to hatred. Islam as a threat becomes the self-fulfilling prophesy. It is the same vicious cycle that we have endured within racial debates; the same cycle we endured with the million of illegal immigrants from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and Italy after the turn of the 20th Century; the same cycle we endure with today's immigration debate. [Read the rest of this article...]

Defining Free Speech

Defining Free Speech

Although I generally avoid giving her publicity, the Ex-Half-Term herself weighed in on the Dr. Laura controversy in a way the further reaffirms the fact that Sarah Palin has no idea what the Constitution of the United States actually says. I am not referring to interpretations of the document, I am writing of the specific language. This is the Alaskan Quitter's tweet supporting Dr. Laura: Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair") [Read the rest of this article...]

The Liberal Civil War

The Liberal Civil War

Maybe honesty and the persistent admonishments to hold onto one's principals are a positive, regardless of result. Perhaps this is a proverbial red badge of courage. To be wounded is to have proof of courageous participation. But this writer wonders what happens to progressive principles when the GOP retakes the House, trims the Senate majority, and brings a halt to any further progress. Would we not wish for just a few more legislative sessions with slower progress than we hoped? But this situation does not surprise me; it is the reason why, in a state that lets you make the choice, I never registered as a Democrat. The simple understanding that one needs to cling to the courage of their convictions, even while one looks for friends to [Read the rest of this article...]

The Two Faces Of Republicans On Medicare

The Two Faces Of Republicans On Medicare

In one of the really incredible strokes of political genius, Republicans were able to cast themselves as defenders of Medicare, while castigating government intervention. The piece de resistance of this amazing adventure in political branding, was the moment a senior citizen rose and thundered that "The Government better not lay its hands on my Medicare!" [Read the rest of this article...]

Blame Obama!

Blame Obama!

The complaints against the Democrats cannot be supported because there are no policies that Republicans can draw a line to that assigns culpability to liberals. We can see the immense waste of the Iraq War; we can contrast the building of a nearly $1 billion embassy in Baghdad, with the failure to quickly rebuild New Orleans. We can see the steady degradation of our children's education, we are palpably aware of our crumbling infrastructure. We see the failing of America, and we see a party wholly committed to fighting for more tax cuts for millionaires. [Read the rest of this article...]

Q & A With The Party Of No

Q & A With The Party Of No

As an independent writer (and by independent I mean broke), I am not party to such transactions. On this little news show we call the Pigeon Post, I am not constrained by the courtesies of the beltway. Thus am I able to call them like I see them. And so I give you an interview with the GOP/Tea Party/Conservative Movement. This will, unfortunately, be a rather one-sided argument; the party being interviewed has not been given to a wide variety of answers recently. In fact, in all of my research, I have found that all it takes is ten easy to remember answers define the party in question's philosophy and platform [Read the rest of this article...]

The Conservative Mainstream Media

The Conservative Mainstream Media

The results of this decades long effort are plain to see; the major media outlets now bend over backward to find and show "both sides" of every story. The problem is that stories don't have sides, they have a set of facts and a context. Journalists are tasked with reporting the facts, and the context, and are protected in this venture by the First Amendment. In the last two years, major media outlets have worked overtime presenting the "conservative point of view" on the birther movement, death panels, health care polling, the response to the Big Spill, and the estate tax. In every case, they regularly omitted or failed to report critical facts in their rush to display two sides to the story. [Read the rest of this article...]

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Animated Balls: Election 2012

Episode 1: It's Hard to Choose Just One

Episode 2: Occupy Wall Street

Episode 3: 999! The Cain Train to Prosperity

Episode 4: Small Government

Episode 5: Newt is Forgiven

Episode 6: A Candidate with Big Balls

Episode 7: Why We Must Elect Rick!

Episode 8: Don't Make Me Use the "S" Word!

Episode 9: Santorum & Obamaville

Episode 10: Settle for Mitt!

Episode 12: Austerity and Obama's Debt!

Episode 13: From My Cold, Dead Hands!

Episode 14: Ryan is a Bold Choice for VP!

Episode 15: Mitt Romney's Taxes

Episode 16: Mitt & Me; 2 Peas in a Pod!

Episode 17: Mitt and the 47%

Episode 18: The PA Voter ID Law

Episode 19: The Boss is Running!

Episode 20: Benghazi Has Legs

Episode 21: Grover, the NRA, and the GOP

Animated Balls: A New Frontier!

Piers Morgan & the White House Conspire Against Alex Jones!

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