Polls and Polling

The other day I saw another post by Scott Rasmussen of The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and I thought, oh crap, more crap from Scott. Then I started to wonder about polling in general and thinking back to my college days when I ran into statistics…oh boy, what fun. I try not to wonder and ponder too much because I usually end up in trouble.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Will Republicans filibuster the right of Democrats to filibuster?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Will Republicans filibuster the right of Democrats to filibuster, or something?

Regards, Your Friend Flicka The Right Hon. Sen. James Strom Thurmond, ret’d., dec’d. Playtex™ Corporation Maidenform™, Inc. The Senate Republican Caucus Of The Itty Bitty Titty Committeee Mr. Smith… [Read more]

All My Exes Live In Texas

Actually, they don’t, fortunately.

In a country where campaigning never stops, it was little surprise that wannabe Presidential motives are beginning to be laid at Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-Texas) feet again. After a special session attempt at a draconian anti-choice bill was filibustered in the Texas state house by  state Rep. Wendy “Red Running Shoes” Davis (D), Perry even tried to hitchhike off of Davis’ new-found stardom by using her in an attempt to sell his anti-abortion legislation.… [Read more]

Democrats: It should be yours to lose….and now you might.

Nothing fries the circuits of the proud, ostensibly principled American progressive psyche to the same degree of fricassee as the Right (Troglodyte Division) in its fullest and finest bellow. From my safe, snowball throwing perch on the Canadian south coast, I read, mark, and inwardly digest the US presidential campaign detritus flung northward. I am constantly amazed at how readily Democrats rise to the bait cast so effortlessly by the baying conservative sportsmen.… [Read more]

Shadows of Intolerance

“You have no idea how loud that is,” a man abruptly stated to a a younger man man listening to music on the train yesterday.

The older speaker continued, standing tall in his neatly pressed suit and well-worn baseball cap, angrily sighing between statements. “You don’t know, do you?  You have no idea how loud and annoying that is.”  He didn’t stop his verbal attack, despite confused looks from innocent bystanders, “It’s really like bees..just buzzing in my ear.”  His tone was condescending and disgusted at best.… [Read more]

Democrats Expand Enthusiasm Gap at Convention

“We take care of our own.”

– Bruce Springsteen

Somewhere on the other side of the world, ably representing us as America’s most traveled Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton knows well from 2008 the Obama advantage as a campaigner. The burdens of the Oval Office in trying and recovering times did not diminish the optimism and confidence of President Obama.… [Read more]

98 Days and Counting

Are you ready for the election cycle to end? When all is said and done, between each cycle we experience two years of debates, campaigns, SuperPACs, television commercials and online pop-up ads. That’s a bit much. The good thing is that all of this will come to a close soon, though not soon enough for those of us who’d like to see the decision made so that congress can get back to doing their job…whatever that may be.… [Read more]

The Third Party Candidate: What Does He Make Me?

This November when Americans go to the polls to cast their vote, they will have three presidential candidates on the ballot; Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson.

A few days ago Johnson, a member of the Libertarian party, was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Like many Americans, I had no idea who Johnson was.… [Read more]

The Dumbing Down of the GOP

The following post originally appeared on jesuswasademocrat.org (now http://jesuswasnotarepublican.org/, which will be launched on Tuesday) on January 14, 2012.  Although it was acutely relevant during the Republican primary, it remains as relevant today. I hope you enjoy it!

The anti-intellectual bent of the Republican Party is really nothing new. … [Read more]

Is the Majority of the GOP Just a Bunch of Oxy-morons?

In some states, Evangelical Christians comprise more than 50% of the Republican electorate. In addition, the Republican electorate is, in 2012, almost exclusively right-wing in ideology. It is therefore accurate to say that generally, right-wing Christians make up the majority of Republican voters. The question is, “Is the term or the notion of a right-wing Christian an oxymoron, either literally or essentially?” Put in another way, is saying the term right-wing Christian tantamount to saying something like “gay Nascar?” Alright, alright, give me a break!… [Read more]

There They Go Again…

Just when you thought they had all the various groups of vulnerable citizens adequately disenfranchised, the Republican Party decides to stick it to students as well (now, they are attempting to stick it to women and children instead. I’ll explain in a minute). How can these guys and gals possibly get re-elected? It’s a mystery to many thinking folks.… [Read more]

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Watching the landscape, or cityscape, pass by in the windows as music is playing too loudly in the background, and I sometimes feel like I’ve warped into a music-video world. It helps if the music is fast enough to keep time with the view, is catchy, but more obscure than pop (this isn’t about a sing-a-long), and bonus points for esoteric lyrics that require some level of reflection.… [Read more]

The Reagan Rule

In one breath, they scream, “Class warfare! Class warfare!” In the next, “It’s statistically insignificant!” Well, which is it? They can’t have it both ways. The they to which I refer, is the ever-duplicitous and incessantly histrionic Republican Party. The it, is the Buffett Rule. If it is truly insignificant, then how can it be considered class warfare?… [Read more]

Untruth and Its Consequences

In a recent TED talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke eloquently on “The danger of a single story.”   In her talk she spoke of how “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.  They make one story become the only story”:

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Are We That Bad?

One minute, I’m proud as hell of this country, the good old U.S. of A. The next minute, I wish Jerry Garcia was still alive and we could all just float upon a cloud of patchouli while group-hugging all the way to drug-induced enlightenment. Sometimes, I get inspired thinking about how far we’ve come in such a short time (sans the drugs) in some respects; but as soon as I am again steeped in the issues of the current day, I want to grab this country by Florida and drag it out to the woodshed for a proper switching.… [Read more]

Is the GOP Morally Bankrupt?

As Sarah Palin might say, “You betcha!”  Maybe that was too easy… Perhaps a better query is, “Should governance be moralistic?”  At least it’s a bit more challenging. Assuming that governance in the U.S. is all about “we the people”, and the “collective good” is the ideal, then the answer should also be a resounding “Yes!”  Of course, if we were talking about some right-wing dictatorship (that we, the U.S., were so fond of aligning ourselves with a few decades ago and are now in the business of removing at gun point — oops!… [Read more]

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Can’t we all just get along? Sometimes Progressives disagree; that’s human nature.  But we need to learn to do so without being disagreeable.  We need not concern ourselves with the divisiveness the Republicans appear to be going through. It’s time we got OUR house in order!  Re-electing our President to a second term is the common goal that should unite us.… [Read more]

R or D?

R” or “D“?

After all of the primaries, debates and caucuses are over, in November the nation’s registered voters will pull a lever or toss their vote away if it’s via Diebold machines and it comes down to this: vote Republican or vote Democrat.

Much of the time, I don’t care for categories and classifications because, while they have practical applications, they often don’t take nuances into consideration.… [Read more]

How Reagan Sold The United States Piece By Piece

One thing that the libertarians are extremely good at is channeling the anger at Democrats for the Republican misdeeds. The methodology is rather simple and this is how it works.

  1. Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
  2. Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
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It’s A Wrap – Week In Review January 29, 2012

Although we have moved forward by one week, events we discussed this week may make us wonder if we’re going backwards. Here we are in 2012 and we’re revisiting things that took place during the McCarthy era: loyalty oaths that threaten our ability to function as a democracy and ramped-up requirements that threaten trample on voter’s rights.… [Read more]