Things in Politico That Make Me Want to Guzzle

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 10:32 am

How is democracy supposed to work when so many people are so angry and hostile even to suggestions about change?


Former Drug Czar’s Insane Rant About Drug Addicted Zombies Ruining Democracy

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 4:30 pm

I originally planned to fact check this Politico op-ed by former Bush-era Drug Czar John P. Walters, but it quickly became apparent his arguments were beyond logical refutation.

What Exactly is This Politico Poll Supposed to Tell Us?

By: Monday May 19, 2014 9:00 am

Politico decided to poll likely voters across the country in the “most competitive races.” It found in the House and Senate races they labeled “competitive” on average likely voters favored Republicans 41 percent to 34 percent for Democrats in the generic ballot. How exactly this is helpful for telling us about the current state of politics I really can’t say.

What Is the Case for Biden over Clinton?

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 12:28 pm

As a recent Politico feature makes clear, Vice President Joe Biden is still seriously thinking about running for President in 2016. While I’m a strong supporter of primaries because I believe they give the party an chance to debate what they stand for, I fail to see what is either the policy or political case for Biden over Hillary Clinton.

Does the Debt Ceiling Have to Be Raised?

By: Friday January 31, 2014 6:40 pm

Lately, the word out of Washington, DC from the plugged in people is that there will be no debt ceiling crisis coming up before the election. Politico says so, and so does the National Journal. MSNBC also agrees.

But not so fast, says the Washington Post, echoing the Wall Street Journal provided the House Republicans can agree on “. . . an extortion demand.” If they can, then we wll have another debt ceiling crisis.

Dems Begin Triage Plans

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 8:25 am

The President is unpopular and midterm elections with their older turnout tend to favor Republicans. It is still possible things could change dramatically in the next few months but it looks like Republicans have collectively decided to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

It Is Bittersweet That 90% of Congressional Staffers Are Unhappy With Exchange Coverage

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 10:20 am

A special provision in the Affordable Care Act is forcing many Congressional staffers on to the D.C. exchange and many are not happy with the results.

Late Night: Can We Have That Politico Ethics Panel Now?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 8:00 pm

You know, when I’m pimping out a fellow blogger’s book, or my own, at least I say right up front, “Go buy this, she’s a pal of mine.” My problem with the entire journalistic “ethics” argument today is that it over-polices actual stated opinions and ignores the value of transparency. Just tell me what you’re doing, who you’re doing it for, and how many bodies they have on you to get you to do this kind of thing for them.

The Three Great Premises of Idiot America Take Center Stage

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 11:30 am

These are good times for those who practice wingnuttery and those who observe them, as there is plenty of wingnuttery on display. Sadly, this exacts a cost, either in the idiotic policies and practices foisted upon society (see almost anything enacted at the urging of the NRA), or in the time and energy that must be wasted to beat back these idiocies (see Krugman, Paul “the Shrill One”). No, popcorn is not an option. It’s no surprise, then, that my thoughts have been turning to Charles Pierce.

Yours should too.

“Bootleggers and Baptists” Not a Significant Problem for Pot

By: Monday July 29, 2013 12:25 pm

For a student of history the storyline is not new. The same thing existed with alcohol prohibition. It was called “bootleggers and baptists”, because the groups most opposed to ending prohibition were the true believers and the bootleggers getting rich off the black market. Many alcohol sellers during prohibition were even pharmacies selling “medicinal whiskey.”

While I’ve seen a fair amount written about this narrative, the actual scale of this problem for cannabis legalization so far appears to be small.

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