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Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment

House Speaker John Boehner: Take This Job and Shove It!




John Boehner (R-OH) dropped an unexpected political bombshell today, by announcing he will step down from his leadership post as Speaker of the House and resign his seat in the 114th Congress, where he has served for 24 years.

At first glance, this announcement might seem like a moment to rejoice for many, especially those of us who value having a functioning government.  After all, Rep. Boehner has come to personify the monkey wrench of political gridlock at its very worst, by essentially refusing to govern, threatening repeatedly to shut down the federal government (succeeding for a 19-day stretch), and blockading virtually every piece of legislation supported by President Obama.  It’s not just that Rep. Boehner has been an obstructionist since he assumed the Speaker role in 2011, swept into the pinnacle of congressional power by Tea Party extremists among Republicans.  Far worse, he’s refused to compromise in a desperately divided institution which requires deal making and demands concessions as the very fabric of its existence.

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 20 comments

Donald Trump Continues Basking in the Glow of Hate and Stupidity




The time has come to call out crackpots who still incredibly somehow believe that “President Obama is a Muslim” and expose them as the stupendously stupid sacks of shit they truly are.

Despite his 6 long years and 241 days and nights in the White House while attending hundreds if not thousands of state functions, there are still tens of millions of United States citizens who earnestly believe and defiantly maintain that President Obama is a devoted practitioner of the Islamic faith, which in this overzealous era poisoned with so much fear mongering actually is intended to imply that he’s “anti-American” or worse, part of some Marxist conspiracy to wipe out Christian America.

Poll:  Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim   [The Hill]

Nearly 30 percent of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim   [Daily Mail]

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment

There Goes the Neighborhood! (Err, Make that “Here Comes the Neighborhood!”)




How many of the pissed-off rich people who live in swanky houses along Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas call themselves “free-market capitalists?”  What’s the breakdown of those within that wealthy gated enclave who support the sanctity of private property rights?

Bear with me, now.  I’m looking for some philosophical consistency.  But I don’t expect to find it.  What I do expect to uncover is this — hypocrisy.  Good old-fashioned “not in my back yard (NIMBY)” hypocrisy.

Sure, protecting and defending private property ownership is sacrosanct within conservative and libertarian circles.  The belief held is that a property owner can do pretty much what he or she damn well pleases.  After all, it’s their home.  It’s their land.  Accordingly, homeowners and landowners have a fundamental right to use their property as they wish, so long as the fair use of the land is legal and doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others.

Sure sounds good, doesn’t it?

Trouble is, the real world isn’t guided by principles, nor consistent patterns of belief.  This is especially true when lots of rich people get angry.

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 2 comments

Why Isn’t This Lying, Thieving Bastard in Jail?




America would be hard pressed to find a more despicable political autocrat than Dick Cheney, who not only refuses to disappear, but just won’t shut up.

Indeed, given his own beastly record and the volumes of hogwash he’s promulgated over the years, one would expect some quiet restraint, humility, and perhaps even an apology.

Not happening.  Apparently, this congenital liar and corrupt war profiteer just released a new book, and now expects us all to take notice of his vast “wisdom.”

Excuse me while I choke on my own vomit, while busting a testicle from laughter.

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