In what the White House called a “coincidence,” President Obama will be making Charlie Brown teacher noises about NSA “reforms,” except there won’t be any reforms to speak of, unless you call further crackdowns on leakers reforms, on the 54th anniversary of Eisenhower’s famous “Military Industrial Complex” speech. They should have waited a few days.
|By: Shahid Buttar Saturday November 10, 2012 6:00 pm|
President Obama’s reelection has sparked an onslaught of analysis attempting to define the agenda for his second term. Will it reflect the vision of restoring liberty and security on which the president ran in 2008, or the disappointing passivity towards the national security state that characterized his first term?
More to the point, will President Obama’s legacy include emerging American authoritarianism, or instead the recovery of constitutional freedoms lost over the past decade?
|By: cocktailhag Thursday November 8, 2012 8:00 pm|
There’s much talk in the media of late about the need for a moment of “self-reflection” on the part of Republicans, owing to the fact that they just lost the popular vote in five out of the last six Presidential elections. The only problem with that otherwise reasonable conclusion seems to be that the mirrors they’ve evidently been using are demonstrably unsuited to the task.
|By: Peterr Saturday November 3, 2012 9:00 am|
The latest jobs report is out, painting a picture of an economy slowly climbing out of a major crater. As the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said right at the top of their final report, things did not have to be this way. This was an avoidable crisis, and it was exacerbated by risky and illegal business practices, regulatory failures, and systemic problems related to oversight and accountability.
While the top race on next Tuesday’s ballot will surely affect how things move forward next year, it’s the lower level races that have the potential for really moving things in a new direction in DC. There’s a big crater that still needs to be filled, and getting local officials in office who are willing to scream for accountability, for regulation, and for good government that addresses the needs of the people is probably the most direct way I can help.
|By: Phoenix Woman Saturday November 3, 2012 6:45 am|
Republicans nationwide are pushing laws they claim are intended to “stop voter fraud” which they imply is committed mostly by nonwhites and non-Republicans. But in the rare instances of voter fraud and misrepresentation that I’ve seen, the only people committing it are all Republicans. Here are a few examples.
|By: Peterr Saturday October 6, 2012 8:58 am|
When Pope Benedict announced he was appointing Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone to be the new archbishop of San Francisco, it generated a lot of reaction in both the religious and secular media. RC churchwatcher Rocco Palma said the appointment was “either the most the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI.”
After what happened Thursday at Cordileone’s installation, put me down for “stunningly brazen.”
Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop whose territory covers the Bay Area, was left standing in the basement instead of being escorted with other ecumenical guests into Cordileone’s installation service. Why? Maybe because Andrus had the temerity to publicly repeat his objections to Cordileone’s efforts to pass Proposition 8 three days before the installation.
It was a stunningly brazen, juvenile snub, from one of the most prominent political actors in the religious sphere that is pushing against LGBT equality, both inside and outside the Catholic church.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 18, 2012 9:00 am|
After the invitation went out to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak at the annual “Al Smith Dinner” — a huge Roman Catholic charitable fundraiser in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been getting slammed by the Catholic right wing. Given how the USCCB has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against Democrats (especially Roman Catholic Democrats) for years, no one should be surprised at this reaction. As the prophet said, those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
I hope Cardinal Dolan likes the breeze.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 11, 2012 9:00 am|
Mitt Romney is scared, and his choice of Paul Ryan to be his VP proves it.
What scares him isn’t Obama or Obamacare or higher taxes. What scares him isn’t Harry Reid’s comments about him not having paid taxes over the last decade (that’s more embarrassing than frightening). What scares him isn’t unions or liberal SuperPacs or progressive think tanks who will run ads against him.
What scares him is Kansas. And it scares him a lot.
Sam Brownback just purged the Kansas GOP of anyone who gets in his way, and Romney doesn’t want that to happen to him. But how to avoid it? Maybe naming Romney’s former legislative director as his VP will help.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 28, 2012 8:00 pm|
Watching the wingnut apoplexy unfold today after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, it began to occur to me that with increasing frequency, President Obama deftly plays Road Runner to the Republicans’ Wile E. Coyote. And just like in the cartoons, everyone knows the ending long before the boulder lands or the dynamite explodes.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 14, 2012 8:00 pm|
After pissing away $25 million or so on Newt Gingrich’s “candidacy,” billionaire cuckoo person Sheldon Adelson just grandly announced that he’s going to pony up another $100 million to elect Mitt Romney President. Since the guy’s got another $24.9 billion where that came from, that’s no idle threat; geezer that he is, he can go ahead and buy every political office available between now and his death, and still never come close to running out of money. That’s nice.
But then what will be left for all the other obscenely rich crazy people we’ve nurtured so obsequiously to buy?