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The Gun Nuts Are Losing This Time, and They Know It

Filed in National by on February 21, 2018 1 Comment

The signs are all over the place, including the comments here at Delaware Liberal: The jig is up. The fields of public discourse have been spread with all the bullshit they will hold. Whenever the right-wingers get nervous they take it out on liberal blogs, the same way an ape feeling his position threatened will […]

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

Filed in National by on February 21, 2018 13 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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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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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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Just a Couple of Random Thoughts About Guns

Filed in National by on February 19, 2018 51 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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Wagner Won’t Seek Re-Election, Auditor Race Wide Open

Filed in National by on February 17, 2018 31 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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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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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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JFC Brushes Off Denn’s Proposals for At-Risk Kids

Filed in National by on February 15, 2018 5 Comments

Consider this an addendum to El Somnambulo’s post this morning about the Joint Finance Committee. Just days after committee members soiled themselves like overeager puppies for the State Police, phony liberal Harris McDowell told Matt Denn to take a hike with his proposal for how to spend the $45 million windfall lawmakers already intend to […]

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Open Thread Feb. 15: Insert Thoughts and Prayers Here, Repeat as Often as Necessary

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 15, 2018 8 Comments

Unless you’re an obsessive consumer of school-shooting stories, there’s not much in the news today. White House reporters are keeping up the heat on Sarah Huckabee over the Rob Porter scandal, but nobody outside Politico has noticed because the air is so thick with thoughts and prayers. Elizabeth Warren has been dogged for six years […]

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The Media Loves School Shootings

Filed in National by on February 15, 2018 6 Comments

Here’s a dirty little secret: The media loves school shootings. It’s part of a bigger dirty secret: The media loves mayhem and tragedy of all sorts, because those things bring eyeballs to the page or screen. Why do we have Trump as president? Because the media wanted him. If they didn’t want him, they wouldn’t […]

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Open Thread Feb. 14: Wife-Beaters, Bribes and Bobbleheads

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 14, 2018 7 Comments

I must admit I’m surprised that the story this White House can’t shrug off is one that, in the scheme of things, doesn’t really affect the running of the country. Puerto Rico remains a disaster area, ICE is making the Gestapo look like a crew of polite gendarmes, yet the Teflon holds and the memory […]

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Chris Coons Again Played For a Fool

Filed in National by on February 13, 2018 9 Comments

“I’ve been here seven years and never seen anything like it,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) marveled to Talking Points Memo Monday night. “Who knows? Democracy may very well break out in here.” Coons was talking about the immigration debate Mitch McConnell’s underworld family Republican Caucus promised as payment for passing the GOP’s kill-the-poors budget. Sucker! […]

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Sure Republicans Are People — Cold, Heartless, Bastard People

Filed in National by on February 13, 2018 1 Comment

This Thom Hartmann essay is getting a lot of traction on the liberal web, and rightly so. It lays out the entire 44-year history of how conservatives fought back against the New Deal by deciding that they could play Santa Claus, too — not by offering government assistance to the poor and middle classes, but […]

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Open Thread Feb. 13: They Don’t Know Art, But They Know What They Don’t Like [Updated w/ Secret Sperm]

Filed in National by on February 13, 2018 11 Comments

Did you really think right-wing mouth breathers would allow the Obamas to unveil their official portraits without demonstrating why they belong to Slackjaw Nation? Silly rabbit. Actual art critics, as they usually will, had mixed reviews. [UPDATE] Sean Hannity weighed in on Obama’s portrait: It contains “secret sperm” hidden on his left temple. I swear […]

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Sure Corporations Are People — Cold, Heartless, Bastard People

Filed in National by on February 12, 2018 12 Comments

A waitress at an Outback Steakhouse in Florida spends a good part of her shift putting together a 75-meal takeout order for a megachurch. The guy who picks it up pays the $735 but leaves no tip. The waitress is steamed and posts about it on Facebook (without mentioning where she worked). It gets back […]

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Open Thread Feb. 12: Vote in Haste, Collect Unemployment at Leisure

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 12, 2018 30 Comments

Today is Lincoln’s birthday, raising the question: If he had foreseen Trump, would Lincoln have thought saving the Union was so important? That would be like a guy who lovingly restored a ’67 Charger watching his grandson steer it into a telephone pole. Because Democrats didn’t talk about jobs, Trump got away with pretending he […]

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Trump Is a Secret Muslim

Filed in National by on February 11, 2018 9 Comments

Trump keeps talking about the “four pillars of immigration reform.” You know who else talks about pillars a lot? Muslims. Yeah, I’m talking about followers of Mohammed (PBUH). Ever hear of the Five Pillars of Islam? That’s by far the most common phrase in which the word “pillars” appears in the media. There’s no reason […]

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Open Thread Feb. 11: The Glass is Half-Full, but With What?

Filed in National by on February 11, 2018 5 Comments

Everyone who thinks protecting the downtrodden is Job 1 for the Democratic Party is super-bummed this week because it’s becoming clear that Democrats in Congress are not going to risk their jobs for a couple of million Dreamers. This, naturally, has led to more liberal grumbling about Nancy Pelosi, which in turn leads to articles […]

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Open Thread Feb. 10: Democrats Fold Like an Origami Weasel

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on February 10, 2018 1 Comment

We now have a better understanding of why the Trump White House doesn’t spend more time punching hippies: They’re too busy punching women. These are the people Trump likes to surround himself with: Guys in his own image, “bullies, poseurs and bad boys.” I think it took a lot of restraint for the author to […]

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Open Thread Feb. 9: No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 9, 2018 14 Comments

Jason Kelce will never pay for another drink in Philadelphia. He stole the show at the Eagles victory parade yesterday, dressing up like a Mummer (somebody in the Avalon String Band had saved an old costume big enough to fit him), engaging with fans along the route and giving a barn-burning, expletive-riddled speech calling out […]

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