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Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy

CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. A cunning, well-laid conspiracy. […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Reality to Republican Translator

Well I’m surprised it took this long, but Bill Mahr has almost perfected the technique.

Must be nice to argue against the the assertions your opponent makes with the proviso that you just made up said assertions.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Mahr, Republican Silliness, US Politics

Dead Wild Roses: The Reality to Republican Translator

Well I’m surprised it took this long, but Bill Mahr has almost perfected the technique.

Must be nice to argue against the the assertions your opponent makes with the proviso that you just made up said assertions.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Mahr, Republican Silliness, US Politics

Scripturient: Apps are making us criminals

Almost every week you read in the news about another taxi driver protest against Uber and its drivers. Taxi drivers go on strike, some rage against Uber and attack the drivers or damage their cars. Similar protests – albeit not yet as violent or large – have been made against Airbnb for its effects on […]

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care.

Sanders is the new Dean

Bernie Sanders has been praised as a maverick, an independent, and a socialist. All of which may have been true at various points (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: What Is The Difference Between Canadian and American Political Leaders Debates?

Cowichan Conversations: British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Hails Huge Mandate as He Sets Out His Green Left Wing Agenda


Many have wished that we would have a political voice of relevance and have cast eyes south to Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

Bernie does not beat around the bush and would have

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Cowichan Conversations: Replays-Canadian Federal Leaders- and The GOP Republican 2016 Presidential Debate


REPLAY: Maclean’s National Leaders Debate

The GOP Republican 2016 Presidential Debate

Progressive Proselytizing: GMO labeling shows that "states’ rights" is just a convenient lie for the GOP

Imagine that the Democrats wanted to pass a federal law requiring food companies to label their products if they contained genetically modified organisms. What would be the Republican response? Undoubtedly a big piece of their argument would be the appeal to states’ rights. That is, the federal government shouldn’t be going around impose their will and view on the states, and that it would be horribly wrong for the federla Democrats to impose their view on GMO labelling on the states.

Except, the US House did this exactly backwards. The Republicans (with some Democratic support) have passed a GMO labelling (Read more…)

Scripturient: The Continued Rise of Anti-Intellectualism

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America, says the headline in this recent Psychology Today story. The subtitle reads: Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason. I wrote about anti-intellectualism as […]

wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.*

For some years on this blog, I used to note every country that joined the equal marriage club, but about two years ago, I stopped counting. More than 20 countries now recognize same-sex marriage as a right, and that number continues to climb.

This issue has always been, is, and always should (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’

Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’ There is an alternative — even in the United States

Perhaps no other elected official on the Left in the United States is

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Scripturient: Jade Helm 15 and the Madness of America

For a guy who gets great entertainment from reading the wild and wacky conspiracy theories that sprout like mushrooms online, I was surprised that I missed the rapid growth of the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. I only noticed it as a surface ripple until this past weekend, when I realized it had blossomed into a […]

Cowichan Conversations: Baltimore Protests Turn Violent; State of Emergency Declared

All hell is breaking loose in many US cities over the last few months. It seems like hardly a day goes by without reports of another black man being shot by trigger happy racist cops.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Written by God?

I don’t pay as much attention to American politics as I suppose I should, in part because despite the entertaining craziness of some of their politicians, the internal politics seldom affect Canadians, and also in part because the craziness not only baffles me – it scares me. But this week I paid attention when I […]

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain.

On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in striking down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Now, they’re going for the jugular at the US Supreme Court and trying to legalize same

Pop The Stack: Should America Make Voting Mandatory?

So US President Obama recently suggested that making voting mandatory. There are multiple reasons for this, one being that the people who don’t vote are more likely to be low income and democrat so it would favour his party. But he also suggested it would reduce the influence of money in politics since the candidates that can spend more to make sure their base get out would lose the advantage.

I don’t disagree but I think there are many better ways to get people voting, like ensuring every vote counts equally and that every significant voice is heard even if (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

The War on Ideas is losing ground. This was clearly demonstrated through two clashing films recently. American Sniper and Citizen Four.

They could not be more opposite and yet they were both declared Oscar winners

The War on Ideas is winning over public support in spite of the immense efforts made to demonize heroes like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange

While polarization is increasing much of that is because citizens are recognizing the dangerous lurch to the extreme right, especially here in Canada.

Canada’s Prime Minister Steve Harper with his extreme dominionist religious views has driven (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In one of Washington’s worst kept secrets President Barack Obama confirmed earlier indications of his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This is huge and could help bring about rejection of the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals as well.

The New York Times reports on this far reaching development. In Canada all eyes will be on ‘Steve’. Could this trigger the end of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan as well?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep (Read more…)

wmtc: what i’m reading: pro: reclaiming abortion rights by katha pollitt

Katha Pollitt’s new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, is a powerful gust of fresh, clean air that blows away the toxic stench of the current discourse about abortion.

Pro is a thorough, no-holds-barred takedown of the hypocrisy of anti-abortion-rights movement – not only in the most obvious sense that people who claim to be “pro-life” also (usually) support war and the death penalty, oppose gun control, and encourage lethal terrorism against abortion providers and clinic staff, and of people who claim to care about women and children, but oppose all social supports that might improve the lives of actual (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: The US Budget Deal is atrocious for progressives, and the GOP base

The 2014 US midterm elections were a massive win for the GOP and, rightly or wrongly, gave them a mandate to act on the issues they campaigned upon. However, the big new budget bill is drawing controversy over something few GOP supporters are going to have thought was core to their election mandate: loosening restrictions on investment firms doing derivatives training, and a ten fold increase in allowable campaign donations.  Appealing to the base was never the point, of course. On the derivatives side, it is the pay off to Wall Street, and all the millions of dollars they (Read more…)

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Kick Russia out of the Helsinki Accords

Is the Helsinki Accord of 1975 a worthless scrap of paper? Because Vladimir Putin sure seems to think it’s a joke.

I was not even three years old when the declaration was signed but my father, an emigré from Croatia, understood its meaning. As a younger it was impressed on me the importance of a document that, among its provisions, was a statement of several important principles:


Parchment in the Fire: Is America an Oligarchy? – The New Yorker

Is America an Oligarchy? – The New Yorker.

From the Dept. of Academics Confirming Something You Already Suspected comes a new study concluding that rich people and organizations representing business interests have a powerful grip on U.S. government policy. After examining differences in public opinion across income groups on a wide variety of issues, the political scientists Martin Gilens, of Princeton, and Benjamin Page, of Northwestern, found that the preferences of rich people had a much bigger impact on subsequent policy decisions than the views of middle-income and poor Americans. Indeed, the opinions of lower-income groups, and the (Read more…)

wmtc: the courage and compassion of dr. willie parker, the last abortion doctor in mississippi

“The Pink House”, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.The owner painted it pink so it would stand out, in defiance.

I’ve thought a lot about heroes, that tremendously overused word, about who my heroes are and why I love them. Moral courage, as you may know, is my highest value. Now, reading this story in Esquire about Dr. Willie Parker, the last abortion doctor in the state of Mississippi, I realize there’s another ingredient shared by all my heroes: an abundance of compassion.

Dr. Parker, a committed Christian, embodies both physical and moral courage, refusing to run despite the (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: The marriage equality war in the US is over. We won.

You know how on election night the TV news channels try to out do each other with ever more ridiculous graphics and sound to announce their big “Official Prediction” ages after everyone has already figured out who the winner is going to be? Well drum roll please, ladies and gentlemen and others on the gender spectrum, it is time for an official Progressive Proselytizing Prediction: the marriage equality debate in the US is over. We won. After a short (probably the next Supreme Court term) waiting period until we get the official change, let the fabulous weddings nationwide commence!

It (Read more…)