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Monthly Archives: July 2011

The End is Near

Introduction. I’ve been working on this post off and on for a while now. It’s not really ready for prime time, but I decided to put it up in its immature state because the debt ceiling charade we’ve just witnessed demonstrates very conclusively that I’m right, and I want to appear somewhat prescient. Also, I’m […]

The cult of balance tips right

Paul Krugman continues his righteous jihad against centrism in today’s column, but I have a bone to pick. He says: The cult of balance has played an important role in bringing us to the edge of disaster. For when reporting on political disputes always implies that both sides are to blame, there is no penalty […]

Santorum: Ignorant or Liar? We report, you decide.

The article at this link is mainly devoted to documenting Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy in the matter of supporting American workers while buying foreign made stuff. ABC is asking the Republican candidates to explain the foreign made t-shirts and other doodads that their campaigns are distributed. Newt just hemmed and hawed, but Rick Santorum ran with […]

Working geezers = unemployed youth

Further proof at the link, if any were needed, that Lieberman’s proposal to raise the age of Medicare eligibility makes no sense in financial terms. One thing that is rarely mentioned when these issues are discussed is the effect that raising eligibility ages has on the young. This is an issue, however, about which the […]

What’s good for Obama is not necessarily good for the Democrats

David Atkins, at Hullabaloo tries to make sense of Obama’s debt ceiling maneuvering, particularly his seeming eagerness, all of his own volition, unasked by the Republicans, to throw Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security under the bus. He notes speculation that Obama is intentionally ticking off his base so he can run as the reasonable centrist […]

Still playing the share the blame game

The Times speaks with two tongues. On the editorial pages, where they are actually supposed to editorialize, they puts the blame for the “deadlock” just where it belongs-on the Republicans. But on the front page where they are supposed to stick to the facts, they editorialize. The headlines says “Both Sides Refuse to Budge” (print […]

My hat’s in the ring, sort of

Thursday night I was nominated for not one, but two offices in the upcoming local election: town council, and Representative Town Meeting member for the district in which I reside. I agreed to have my name placed in nomination because we did not have enough candidates to fill our slates. So long as a real […]

Friday Night Summer Concert

See if you can spot the theme here.   A couple of standards. These Drifters are apparently one of many incarnations, but they sound alright to me: The Spoonful: And finally, something a little different, but I think we can all agree with the sentiment:

Grifter leeches, long may they live

Today I got a mailing from Americans for Sarah, A Project of Justice PAC. I hate to admit it, because now my wife will have a comeback when I start kidding her about all the right-wing mailings she’s been getting lately. I like to think that some devious left wing mail order person is selling […]

I’m a hero

Someone told my wife that my name appeared on the crawl as one of Colbert’s heroes, in recognition of the fact that I ponied up some money for his Super-PAC. She figured that we’d have it on tape, as I record Colbert every night for our viewing next day, but alas, that was not the […]