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Bill Longstaff: Lynching Obama

Allow me to offer a theory about the recent bizarre behaviour of the Republican Party in the U.S. Congress.

All countries have a substantial ultraconservative component of their political spectrum. But not often in a democracy does that component take over the agenda of a major political party and threaten to bring the government down if it doesn’t get what it wants, rather like a gang of

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]

Politics and its Discontents: A Saturday Night Special: On Friday Night News Dumps, Lamar Alexander’s Shirts, And Other Weighty Matters

I love Rachel Maddow. Some of the reasons for my ardour are on display in the following video from her show. Enjoy.

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Susan on the Soapbox: Advice from the “Old White Guys”: Alberta Progressives Listen Up!

The Republicans may hold the secret to the progressives’ return to power…yes, seriously!

Let’s start at the beginning…

Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson in their glib little book The Big Shift argue that Western Canada, particularly Alberta, is responsible for the tsunami of support that carried Stephen Harper to victory on May 2, 2011.

To be clear, Bricker & Ibbitson say that Mr Harper’s success didn’t rest solely on Alberta’s shoulders (thank God). Ontario’s suburban middle class (area code 905) and immigrant voters helped push Mr Harper over the top.

Bricker & Ibbitson proclaim that Mr Harper will be (Read more…)

LeDaro: Bob Dole on Republican Party

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The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012

The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012 : http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1291812—the-great-lie-of-the-populist-politician The linked column is a great summary of the North American tradition of rich… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Go Back To Sleep America, At Your Own Peril

I never reprint other people’s writings, no matter how good – but I will make an exception for this. This article is a true must-read. Please, take the time to read it. Then act. Good morning America. It’s time for a new day. Kudos and warm thanks to Jill Dalton at recoveringarmybrat. I will definitely [...]

RedBedHead: Joy At Republican Humiliation Shouldn’t Make Us Forget The Choices Sucked

I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the snake might win. Of course, he didn’t.

I must say that there was a palpable sense of relief.

Song of the Watermelon: Obama, Romney, and the Electoral College

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With opinion polls ahead of next week’s election showing the two candidates for President approximately tied, but giving Barack Obama a slight edge in the Electoral College, there now exists the real possibility that the latter could be reelected despite losing the popular vote. In other words, we could have a reversal of 2000.

Now perhaps this occurrence is less likely than it appears, but in some ways, it could be an ideal outcome. First, Mitt Romney would not be President, so yay! Second, the sight of an Obama win despite his second-place finish in popular

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RedBedHead: Obama’s Betrayals Made Romney Credible

Everybody’s biting their nails and holding their breath. What’s going to happen? Who’s going to win? The “Hollywood liberal” machine is out in full force with clever ads by luminaries like Joss Whedon of Avengers, Buffy and Firefly fame and hipster filmmaker Lena Dunham chiming in. There’s no doubt that this is a dramatic finish and I’ve been reading coverage and watching the videos as avidly

The Disaffected Lib: Sununu Can’t Walk this One Back.

Romney campaign co-chair, John Sununu, is scrambling to get out from under his imprudent but pretty obviously heartfelt racist comments.

When former Bush state secretary and former US chairman of the joint chiefs Colin Powell endorsed Obama for a second term as president, he gave clear and convincing reasons for his choice.   Among them, he described Romney’s vacillating foreign policy as a “moving target.”  That speaks volumes for Powell’s distrust of the Republican contender.

With that, former New Hampshire governor Sununu, threw out the race card.

”Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell you have to

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Song of the Watermelon: The Persistence of Misogyny

It has been fashionable for as long as I can remember for bitter males, along with a few reactionary female allies, to claim that the feminist movement not only succeeded in eliminating the traditional gender power structure, but inverted it. Women, they complain, are now on top, occupying the positions of privilege formerly reserved for men, while the latter, thanks to affirmative action and male-bashing, are reduced to the status of persecuted victim.

Never mind the impressive blinders one must sport in order to ignore the systemic discrimination women still face, such as a persistent pay gap and chronic underrepresentation

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Song of the Watermelon: On Polarization in America

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Every four years, the American airwaves are saturated with pundits claiming that the upcoming Presidential election is the most important in the nation’s history. Partisans — both official and unofficial — paint dire pictures of apocalyptic disaster should the wrong candidate be voted in. Ever-escalating stakes seem an indelible feature of the American political game.

This framing has always struck me as somewhat silly, especially since everyone knows that Republicans and Democrats are one and the same. Yes, there is the “polarization” people have long complained of, but this seemed more a matter of tone and symbolism

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CuriosityCat: The Republican Party: SS Titanic and the coming iceberg

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The Tea Party is winning the battle to be captain on board the good ship Republican, but just as they are about to grasp the wheel and heel the ship even more over to starboard, some in the party have noticed one startling fact: There is an iceberg on the horizon. And it is a huge one. The party seniors have suddenly realized that the Grand Old Party really is a party of and for white Americans. Don’t believe that? Then consider this: 87% of its voters are white:

The numbers tell the tale. Minorities

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Song of the Watermelon: The Three Obamas

One of the most fascinating things about the race for the Presidency currently underway down south is the dearth of enthusiasm shown Obama and Romney by their respective supporters. Nobody is excited about their guy; rather, what motivates them is how horrible the other guy is.

Perhaps I am deceived by the political amnesia we all fall victim to from time to time, or by my relatively young age. (Yes, I may be thirty now, but I’ve only lived through seven Presidential elections. “Just a pup,” as I was recently told.) Perhaps this lack of hopey-changey passion is precisely

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Bill Longstaff: Romney really does represent Republicans

Mitt Romney’s dismissal of almost half of the American people as parasites even offended some members of his own party. Nonetheless, the now famous 47 per cent video not only revealed the real Romney, it revealed the real Republican.

In response to a recent survey, only 40 per cent of Republicans agreed with the statement, “It is the responsibility of the government to take care of people who

Politics and its Discontents: From The Great Exporter Of Democracy

I guess free speech is something Republicans only value when they export their democratic principles. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

For a country that seems to have a messianic zeal for exporting its freedom and democracy to other countries, the United States doesn’t seem to care too much for those values domestically. Recommend this Post

Trashy's World: GOP follies – what fun to watch!

Almost fell off my chair reading this over my morning coffee… Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney’s campaign after saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in “a legitimate rape” and that conception is [...]

Politics and its Discontents: We Want To Make It Easy For You To Vote

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DeSmogBlog: Was Scott Walker Chosen to Headline Heartland Institute Gala Due to His Bradley Foundation Ties?

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker will keynote the Heartland Institute's 28th Anniversary Benefit Dinner this evening at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. 

Walker recently won the Kochtopus-funded Americans for Prosperity George Washington Award. Now, two months after his recall election steamrolling of Democrat Tom Barrett, the climate change denying group famous for its Unabomber billboard will embrace Walker with much fanfare. 

Heartland, whose internal documents were published this past spring by DeSmogBlog, sings praises for Walker's union-busting agenda and his recent recall victory in promoting the event: 

This year’s keynote speaker, Wisconsin Gov. Scott

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DeSmogBlog: The Real Train Wreck: ALEC and "Other ALECs" Attack EPA Regulations

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When business-friendly bills and resolutions spread like wildfire in statehouses nationwide calling for something as far-fetched as a halt to EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, ALEC is always a safe bet for a good place to look for their origin.

In the midst of hosting its 39th Annual Meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is appropriately described as an ideologically conservative "corporate bill mill" by the Center for Media and Democracy, the overseer of the ALEC Exposed project. 98 percent of ALEC's funding comes from corporations

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Alberta Diary: As goes California, so goes the nation!

The Beach Boys, now, and, below, then. Below them, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, then and now. As goes California, so goes Canada?

As goes California, so goes the nation – the nation in the normal scheme of things being what the world knows as the Good Ole U.S.A.

For many practical reasons that all of us instinctively understand up here north of the 49th Parallel, and even in those parts of Canada south of the 49th, as goes California, so goes Canada too.

I refer, of course, to the steep downward spiral in which the Republican Party finds

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Bill Longstaff: The Tea Party outperforms the Occupy Movement

The financial and economic collapse of 2008 in the United States precipitated two “revolutionary” movements: one on the right, the Tea Party, and one on the left, the Occupy Movement. If we now ask what each has accomplished, the answers are straightforward: the Tea Party a great deal, the Occupy Movement not much.

Both did their demonstration thing, but the Tea Party didn’t stop there. After

DeSmogBlog: Marcellus Money: Statehouse Bought and Sold by Shale Gas Industry in PA

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Consider it official: the Pennsylvania statehouse has been bought and sold by the shale gas industry, confirmed today, yet again, by MarcellusMoney.org. 

In a press release, Marcellus Money, a project of Common Cause of Pennsylvania and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania laid out the sobering facts about the frackers' stranglehold over the PA state government, writing,

The natural gas industry and related trade groups have now given nearly $8 million to Pennsylvania state candidates and political committees since 2000…Top recipients of industry money given between 2000 and April 2012 were Governor Tom Corbett

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