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Gene Truono Seeks R Senate Nod To Challenge Carper

Filed in Delaware, National by on February 20, 2018 14 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 43 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

Filed in National by on February 20, 2018 0 Comments

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 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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Song Of The Day: Feb. 19, 2018

Filed in National by on February 19, 2018 4 Comments

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

Filed in National by on February 17, 2018 33 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

Filed in National by on February 17, 2018 2 Comments

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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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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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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Find Out Which Del Electeds are Pro-Mass Murder

Filed in National by on February 15, 2018 9 Comments
Find Out Which Del Electeds are Pro-Mass Murder

Use this site to find out who has blood on their hands.

If your state Rep or Senator (Dem or Republican) is supported by the NRA, they are supporters of mass-murder. They are soft on gun crime. They are immoral shit bags. There is no excuse for taking the NRA’s blood money.

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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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Gun Violence is Your Fault

Filed in National by on February 14, 2018 11 Comments
Gun Violence is Your Fault

If the politicians we’ve elected really can’t do anything about gun violence, then we need new politicians. #guncontrolnow

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How long can Uber lose $4.5 billion a year?

Filed in National by on February 14, 2018 3 Comments
How long can Uber lose $4.5 billion a year?

SoftBank Group just invested $9.3 billion in Uber. That’s a big number. Numbers like that, and the fact that the economy hasn’t cratered tell me that investors are living in a dis-reality bubble.

Trump can cut taxes, and spend a zillion dollars on bullshit because they are making poor people pay up for a change, and also because economic “growth.” It is a pure fantasy, of course. And fantasy’s can’t last forever.

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Meet the “Common Sense” Coalition Members Gearing up to Give the GOP Everything and Then Some

Filed in National by on February 14, 2018 1 Comment
Meet the “Common Sense” Coalition Members Gearing up to Give the GOP Everything and Then Some

Business insider has the list, and with these Democrats “negotiating” on their behalf, the “Childhood Arrivals” will be lucky to avoid being sentenced to Gitmo. These Red State Democrats (and Chris Coons) are many of the same who geniuses who wanted to “grand bargain” away Social Security in return for the GOP’s magic beans.

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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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