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A pox on both your houses!
Friday, 8 Apr, 2011 – 14:31 | Comments Off
A pox on both your houses!

About a week ago,  Texas Republicans had a good idea – yeah, it’s been known to happen.
That’s when U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert introduced House Resolution 1297, the “Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act.” It now …

Reaching shutdown shutdown
Thursday, 7 Apr, 2011 – 14:09 | One Comment
Reaching shutdown shutdown

After a few hours this morning of watching various channels for word on the budget the way he usually watches for news from Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, Dad had had enough. “Whatever happens will happen,” …

Let’s freak out about learning another language
Thursday, 10 Feb, 2011 – 17:25 | 4 Comments
Let’s freak out about learning another language

For years Russian was the only foreign language taught at the high school I eventually attended. To my knowledge, no one during that era grew up and defected to the Soviet Union.
I took three years …

Yes, what we say matters
Monday, 10 Jan, 2011 – 17:54 | Comments Off

There’s a heaping helping of irony in the fact that Saturday’s assassination attempt on an Arizona congresswoman by a man associates say is “very disturbed” has forced the right into the same box Muslims have …

Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.
Wednesday, 29 Dec, 2010 – 18:00 | One Comment
Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.

Note to Sara Palin: Michelle Obama is free to stop by my house any evening and tell my kids they can’t have dessert. After seven-plus years of this war, I’m battle fatigued. Michelle would probably …

Why I won’t be saying (much) about that whack job in Florida
Wednesday, 8 Sep, 2010 – 12:18 | Comments Off

Gen. David Petraeus spoke out against his plans yesterday, and I tweeted a link to the story.
That’s the last  you’ll hear from me about the deranged “minister” in Florida who seems to have captured the …

The legacy of Robert C. Byrd
Monday, 28 Jun, 2010 – 23:15 | Comments Off

It was more than 20 years ago when I met U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, but I recall two things vividly about that day.
The first was how ill at ease he appeared at what was …

A SWAT for refusing to let the birth certificate nonissue die
Thursday, 22 Apr, 2010 – 18:03 | Comments Off
A SWAT for refusing to let the birth certificate nonissue die

It’s kind of ironic, given that John McCain was the subject of the original birther lawsuit, that Arizona is like a pit bull after a steak when the citizenship at issue is Barack Obama’s.
Or not …

Everyone could find jobs if they were just willing to move
Thursday, 1 Apr, 2010 – 20:21 | 2 Comments
Everyone could find jobs if they were just willing to move

How nice it must be to have all the answers – even if the answers keep changing when the question is whether to extend unemployment benefits.
At least unemployed workers are no longer lazy – apparently …

Let’s keep hating on health care through November
Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010 – 16:47 | Comments Off
Let’s keep hating on health care through November

A couple of salient points in the hoo-ha coming today from those who lost the health care fight:
Not all Americans hate the new law. More people think it will help than think it will hurt. …

Don’t mess with Texas? Then don’t mess with history
Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 – 19:07 | 4 Comments
Don’t mess with Texas? Then don’t mess with history

Life was so much simpler when I was in school. History texts focused on presenting facts – and back then, a fact was a fact was a fact.
Today, though, there are some who think the …

Protesters at schools? Bring ‘em on
Wednesday, 10 Mar, 2010 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Protesters at schools? Bring ‘em on

Where does “protest” end and “publicity stunt” begin?
With PETA and its propensity to station costumed characters in high-traffic public places – always making sure the media are aware of the big news- it’s hard to …

We are the world; we are the soda companies
Tuesday, 9 Mar, 2010 – 21:41 | Comments Off
We are the world; we are the soda companies

It’s not quite the east coast and west coast rappers sitting down over tea and crumpets, but when three manufacturing rivals get together for a joint project, it’s big news.
Except in the case of the …

If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 19:50 | Comments Off
If we’re better off without the incumbents, let’s SWAT those not willing to make us better off

A recent Rasmussen Poll found that 63 percent of the country believes we’d be better off if most of Congress were re-elected.
Granted, Scott Rasmussen has worked on Republican campaigns before and some question whether the …

Universities v. prisons is not a real choice
Friday, 29 Jan, 2010 – 19:28 | Comments Off
Universities v. prisons is not a real choice

You have to wonder if the fumes from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous cigar patio are starting to affect his thinking.
Why else would someone who for years has battled California’s wacky budget process suggest making the …

A SWAT for sucking up the freebies while work goes undone
Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010 – 20:00 | Comments Off
A SWAT for sucking up the freebies while work goes undone

It’s amusing, in a “fiddling while Rome burns” sort of way, to see how public officials flock to the freebies like hogs to slop – and then fail to report the corporate largess that’s showered …

A new law needed to get current law enforced on generics
Monday, 18 Jan, 2010 – 22:35 | Comments Off
A new law needed to get current law enforced on generics

It’s kind of awkward that the Federal Trade Commission wants the health-care bill to include a ban on settlements between drug companies that keep generic drugs off the market – delays the commission says costs …

A SWAT for hissing at a call to play nice
Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009 – 20:17 | Comments Off
A SWAT for hissing at a call to play nice

It’s the type of meaningless legislation that usually draws scant attention beyond the members of the team being honored or the local luminary being recognized.
Except this time, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II’s resolution backing the designation …

Five days to stop a pandemic? Nah. It’s too much
Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009 – 22:32 | 2 Comments
Five days to stop a pandemic? Nah. It’s too much

What would it be worth to you to stop swine flu from spreading? Would $290 a week be too much of an investment?
That’s how much it would cost to let a minimum-wage worker stay home …

Drug companies robbing everybody to pay Paul
Monday, 16 Nov, 2009 – 22:47 | Comments Off
Drug companies robbing everybody to pay Paul

It took me a while, but I finally figured out where I’d previously seen the scam the drug companies are trying to pull off on health care reform.
It was about this time last year, at …

Epiblogue: An attorney general’s opinion that’s 100 percent Oscar Mayer
Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 – 22:10 | Comments Off

Quickly after the covert tape-recording habits of those in Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office came to light, his apologists  began trying to recast state privacy law.
An interview? Oh, that’s not a confidential communication. It was …

You want to be governor (again)? Start by following the law
Tuesday, 3 Nov, 2009 – 22:53 | Comments Off
You want to be governor (again)? Start by following the law

Anyone know of a nice third-party candidate – preferably one with a boatload of money, a bit of a political pedigree and at record of having voted before the turn of the century – who …

A SWAT for putting pets before people
Thursday, 22 Oct, 2009 – 23:07 | Comments Off
A SWAT for putting pets before people

I understand Republicans a little less every day.
Government-funded public health insurance: Bad. It’ll blow up the budget.
The stimulus bill and its middle-class tax cuts: Evil.  No need to fritter away money unless we’re throwing it …

You want to be involved in government? Start by voting
Wednesday, 30 Sep, 2009 – 22:04 | Comments Off
You want to be involved in government? Start by voting

Whatever chance former eBay exec Meg Whitman has of getting my vote for governor dwindled to zero this week with her series of “dog ate my homework” excuses for not having registered to vote until …

Americans angry? We’ve yet to hear the beginning of it
Tuesday, 29 Sep, 2009 – 22:32 | Comments Off
Americans angry? We’ve yet to hear the beginning of it

Anyone with the political smarts of a 6-year-old has to chuckle when a Republican pollster proclaims that Americans are angrier than even and then reels off reasons why that are straight out of the GOP …

Death panels? We already have them
Sunday, 13 Sep, 2009 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Death panels? We already have them

A good friend’s husband retired a few years back, but they made sure they had continuing health coverage, to the tune of $1,400 a month – that’s actually not a bad deal these days.
For all …

A SWAT to those who try to turn a sideshow into the main event
Thursday, 10 Sep, 2009 – 21:29 | Comments Off
A SWAT to those who try to turn a sideshow into the main event

I’m not going to pick on Joe Wilson.
The South Carolina congressman  earned the honors of poster boy of the week for Foot in Mouth Disease after his impolitc political outburst Wednesday during the president’s health …

Five things you can try with your kids while they’re boycotting the president’s speech
Monday, 7 Sep, 2009 – 21:46 | 2 Comments
Five things you can try with your kids while they’re boycotting the president’s speech

Keeping your kids home so they won’t be polluted by the outrageous ideas and radical agenda President Barack Obama is going to present in his back-to-school speech to children across the nation?
It’s good to stand …