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Posted by on May 26, 2022 in Blog, Politics, What's Left | 0 comments

Blood on Their Hands: It’s Time to Start Pointing Fingers



Okay, so it’s a ‘mental health issue.”

Let’s go along with this claim for the sake of argument.

“State of Mental Health in America” by Mental Health America, a nonprofit that advocates for people with mental illness recently ranked access to mental health care across America. The study indicates how much access to care exists within a state. The metrics considered (1) access to insurance, (2) access to treatment, (2) quality and cost of insurance, (3) access to special education, (4) mental health workforce availability, and (5) state funding.

Fact: In the group’s 2022 report, Texas ranked 51st out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Not 50th. 51st!


Republicans, who are completely in control of the Texas State Legislature and squired by a doddering Republican Governor, have repeatedly SLASHED health care funding.

There you go. There’s the problem. It’s right there.

You can run, you can lie, you can take dirty NRA money, but these conservative good ole’ boy scumbags can’t hide.

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Posted by on May 24, 2022 in Blog, Politics, What's Left | 0 comments

All the Great Ideas in History Were Liberal



We should create a giant scorecard.  Let’s do it.

On one side, count and then list the number of times conservatives have been wrong throughout history.

On the other side, count and then list the number of times liberals have been correct throughout history.

It’s a complete massacre.

On virtually every single issue in recorded human history, liberal ideas were better than conservative ideas.  Go back in time, to any nation, to any decade or century, to any topic and you will inevitably see that conservatives tried to stop human progress on every issue, at every juncture, in every society, in every era.  Over centuries, conservatives have taken the form of organized religion, feudal lords, mega-industrialists, warmongers, and corrupt monarchies.  Intent on protecting wealth and preserving power, these forces have impeded progress and enlightenment every step of the way.

The liberals, who get called “radicals,” are always proven right, over time.  In fact, all the great thinkers in human history were the liberals of their day. Every single one of them. All bold ideas and new discoveries and works of enlightenment were either called blasphemy or “too radical.”

Jesus was a radical.  Galileo was a radical.  Sir Isaac Newton was a radical.  Thomas Jefferson was a Radical.  Susan B. Anthony was a radical.  Uptain Sinclair was a radical.  Teddy Roosevelt was radical.  Martin Luther was a radical.  Martin Luther King was a radical.  Muhammed Ali was a radical.  Harvey Milk was a radical.  Insert the name of any great philosopher, writer, artist, or scientist.  Almost without exception, they were different than the norms of expectations of their day.  They were all liberals.  They were all radicals.  And conservatives of their time hated them and tried to destroy them.  History proved them all to be correct.

All evidence points to this as fact. Conservatism has been the incurable plague of humanity.

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Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Blog, General Poker, Personal, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

25 Years Ago: Stu Ungar’s Final Triumph


This week marks the 25th anniversary of Stu Ungar’s third World Series of Poker championship.

Ungar was one of only two players in history to win poker’s world championship three times, a feat unlikely to ever happen again. Ungar’s 1997 victory against all odds was the crowning achievement of a legendary career as a professional card player and the final moment of glory in a deeply-troubled life that ended just 17 months later at age 45.


I took several photographs during that series, even though I’m a terrible photographer and we didn’t have smartphones back then (I later wrote a book on Ungar).


Most of my extensive collection of poker photos–and old programs–and WSOP stuff–and assorted poker memorabilia packed into boxes and file cabinets was trashed into a dumpster a few years ago, but the following photos surfaced inside a lost folder while I held a garage sale last weekend.

Most of these photos have never been published before:

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