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Will “soft on mass murder” have electoral legs?

Filed in National by on February 21, 2018 0 Comments
Will “soft on mass murder” have electoral legs?

Nothing demonstrates the GOP’s perfidy like its relationship with the NRA. A positive rating from the NRA should be every bit as poisonous as a positive rating from NABLA. Money from the NRA should be the kiss of death. There is a clear relationship that doesn’t leave the GOP with blood on its hands so […]

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Open Thread Feb. 21: Prying the Guns From Their Cold, Dead Souls

Filed in National by on February 21, 2018 3 Comments

There is nothing Republicans won’t defile in defense of their indefensible worldview. The RWNJ propaganda machine is in full meltdown mode over how articulate and passionate those Florida high school students have been about ending the mobius strip of thoughts and prayers, to the point that they are seriously claiming they are “crisis actors”. Think […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 21, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 21, 2018 2 Comments

One of the more unlikely concert pairings I ever saw. This guy opening for…Husker Du: Hey, they both were on Warner Brothers at the time..

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No Safe Seats for Republicans: Day 258 (Until Midterms)

Filed in National by on February 20, 2018 4 Comments
No Safe Seats for Republicans: Day 258 (Until Midterms)

Democrats continue cleaning up in specials. Democrat Linda Belcher was just pronounced the winner of the special election in Kentucky’s House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried by a 72-23 margin in 2016 and that went 66-33 for Mitt Romney in 2012. Her 68-32 victory represents a ridiculous 45-point improvement on Hillary Clinton’s […]

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Doping Olympic Curler Shows Something Is Wrong With Us

Filed in National by on February 20, 2018 6 Comments

I have managed to get through the Olympics without seeing any of it broadcast, but the constant flow of headlines at general-interest web sites makes a total news blackout impossible. That’s how I found out about the big doping scandal in that quintessential Winter Olympics sport, curling. Yes, a curler competing as an Athlete From […]

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Gene Truono Seeks R Senate Nod To Challenge Carper

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 20, 2018 10 Comments

Here’s his website: https://votetruono.com/ It’s not clear to me why he’s running.  He basically tries to out-Carper Carper.  To wit: “Early in his career, Gene saw firsthand how the burdensome regulations impacted the banking industry but did little to help the consumer.” Yep, just we need. Someone who wants to cut burdensome regulations on the […]

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More Guns = More Gun Deaths (Everything else is spin and bullshit)

Filed in National by on February 20, 2018 37 Comments
More Guns = More Gun Deaths   (Everything else is spin and bullshit)

Gun fetishists, 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, mass murder supporters have so many arguments. They are all bullshit. The United States has more guns and as a result we have more gun related deaths.  You don’t have to be a statistician to see the relationship.

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Open Thread Feb. 20: The Content of the GOP’s Character [UPDATED]

Filed in National by on February 20, 2018 12 Comments

Lest we think all the bad behavior by Republicans and their white enablers is going unnoticed, Paul Krugman notes that their fealty to Trump exposes the rot at the core of the GOP’s character. Many of us have been ringing that bell for a long time — the party that loves to tell poor people to […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 20, 2018

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Saw this obit in the NYTimes. Arthur Robinson…: …or Mr. Okra, as pretty much everyone called him, who rolled each day through the streets of New Orleans in a loudly painted pickup truck-cum-fruit stand singing his sales pitch like the roving food vendors once common in the city, died on Thursday at his home there. […]

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Just a Couple of Random Thoughts About Guns

Filed in National by on February 19, 2018 46 Comments

“Guns don’t kill people.” Then why does the Army issue one to every soldier? “Gun control won’t stop people bent on murder.” Yet virtually every kind of crime one can commit — robbing a bank, assaulting someone, you name it — is considered to be more serious when committed with a gun. What makes murder […]

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Open Thread Feb. 19: Marching As to War

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 19, 2018 15 Comments

The kids at that Florida high school have learned something important: All the talk in the world won’t influence politicians. They do a lot of talking themselves, so they know how little it’s worth. So the Florida students are taking action, organizing a March on Washington for March 24. Republicans are going to find out […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 19, 2018

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Feeling nostalgic for Obama on this Presidents’ Day? How about some Chicago soul wishing we could just turn back the hands of time (h/t to Alby)?:

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Happy President’s Day

Filed in National by on February 19, 2018 0 Comments
Happy President’s Day

Only 199 days until Primary Day – September 6, 2018

Only 259 days until mid-terms.

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Why did Russia work to elect Trump?

Filed in National by on February 18, 2018 28 Comments
Why did Russia work to elect Trump?

Through cyber warfare attacks and old fashioned espionage, Russia worked to elect Trump. The question now is, why? There are a couple of likely reasons and the final answer may turn out to be a patchwork of overlapping motivations. 1) Putin did not like Secretary Clinton. As Secretary of State, Clinton exposed the anti-Democratic abuses […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 18, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 18, 2018 2 Comments

Nathan Arizona closes out a great week: “The best band of the 1990s Brit-pop era and one of the best guitar-rock bands ever. The Gallagher brothers who led Oasis feuded constantly and finally broke up the group in 2009. Now each of them leads a band not as good as Oasis. Older brother Noel was […]

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Wagner Won’t Seek Re-Election, Auditor Race Wide Open

Filed in National by on February 17, 2018 29 Comments

State auditor Tom Wagner announced Saturday night at the annual Kent County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner that because of ongoing health problems, he won’t seek an eighth term. This didn’t come out of the blue. Campaign finance reports last month indicated that Wagner was throwing in the towel. The eagerness with which Voter Fraud […]

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Open Thread Feb. 17: The Winning Continues Unabated

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 17, 2018 26 Comments

Trump-despising Republican TV fixture Rick Wilson best nailed Trumpworld’s response to Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment-palooza in a tweetstorm of invective: Sweet Jesus the MAGAS, the clickservatives, and Gentry Breitbart think he’s exonerated. It’s freaking spectacular. SPEC-TAC-ULAR. No. Really. Their level of self-delusion, day-drinking, head trauma, and lead-paint chip ingestion is a miracle of medical science….His […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 17, 2018

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Nathan Arizona Day 6: Perfect way to start your Saturday. “Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were two American jazzmen who picked up early on Brazilian bossa nova. Tom Jobim’s “Desafinado” is one of the classics of the genre, almost as well-known as “The Girl From Ipanema.” This song is from the pair’s 1962 album ‘Jazz […]

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A Tale of Two Trump Stories

Filed in National by on February 16, 2018 0 Comments

Two major pieces of journalism about Donald Trump hit the pixels today. One concerns the possibility he committed treason. The other is about a Playboy model who says she had an affair with him a decade ago. Guess which one has generated more attention. OK, so it helps that the New Yorker’s story has the […]

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Buy My Policy or I’ll Shoot These Kids — And When I Do, It’ll Be Your Fault

Filed in National by on February 16, 2018 1 Comment

That’s Trump’s thuggish, dull-witted position on the DACA issue. He rescinded Obama’s executive order protecting the Dreamers, and now he’s demanding that Democrats spend all their political capital protecting them or out they go. In any other context, you’d call it hostage-taking. The sad part is that this works on some people. You didn’t have […]

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Open Thread Feb. 16: Loathsome Asshole Roundup

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 16, 2018 3 Comments

If you had been in a coma until today, you would still be able to figure out there had been another big gun massacre because all news outlets are running their typical Day 2 Aftermath stories. The Atlantic’s James Fallows points out that nobody knows how to stop this violence, except every other country on […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Feb. 9-15, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on February 16, 2018 12 Comments

1. It’s On. Kerri Harris Vs. Tom Carper.  I should probably lead with this story every week from now on as it’s pretty clear that this campaign will have to generate its own news w/o any media assistance.  Except for us.  We’ve been calling for a race like this for years, we have chronicled Carper’s […]

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Song Of The Day: Feb. 16, 2018

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 16, 2018 3 Comments

Nathan Arizona Week, Day 5: “Some us will alvvays (CQ) love power-pop no matter when it comes out. This tune arrived in 2014 from a Canadian band that spells its name that way because some other band was already using the usual spelling. No word on how Betty and Veronica feel about singer and songwriter […]

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Potter Flare-Up? Get Rid of It With Truthulax

Filed in National by on February 16, 2018 8 Comments

Mayor Mike Purzycki thought Tuesday’s news release about the city issuing $43 million in bonds for capital projects exemplified “routine.” The city doesn’t sell bonds every year, but this issue was approved in the 2016 budget, and as news events go this was on a par with the altered trash-pickup schedule for holiday week. But […]

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Coons Strikes Out

Filed in National by on February 15, 2018 8 Comments
Coons Strikes Out

Senator Coons has his prayer breakfast, his vaunted “common sense” coalition, his ongoing praise of Republicans as “valued partners” in good government. He has his bottomless faith in Mitch McDonnell, but what he doesn’t have are any wins. Nope. When it comes to turning bipartisan friendships into actual results, Coons is a loser. A big loser. He is a lovable loser though. So at least there is that.

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