The Witching Hour

The Righties have succeeded in making their meme more important than the anniversary whose celebration disgusts them so. Thus (bizarrely using — not for the first time this week — a UK newspaper and Writer/Blogger Toby Harndon to push their poisonous “American” blog linkages) Continue reading

Obama Fires Up Labor Crowd

Although he hasn’t quite kicked off his first official campaign events, President Obama roused an organized labor crowd on Monday as if it were a full-fledged rally. Obama spoke to a capacity crowd of 3,000 delegates at the Building and Construction Trades Department’s 2012 National Legislative Conference in Washington. The president clearly is working to fire up labor unions to come out for him this year much as they did in first propelling him to the White House four years ago. The president’s remarks were part infrastructure advocacy, and part basic stump speech. He also wove in praise for unions which underscored his basic campaign themes of fairness and income inequality. “It was workers like you who led us westward.  … Continue reading

Welcome To The New Underground Press

The old establishment “megamedia” still define the narrative — of course, for years, lazy talk show hosts and teevee news took their cues from the New York Times, nationally, and when we HAD local radio talk shows (before the Limbaugh putsch), they invariably took their cues from the local newspaper. Continue reading

Despite Their Gripes, GOP Women Vote For VAWA, Too

After much delay and debate, the Senate approved a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation more than 15 years old which helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Senate voted 68-31 for the VAWA re-authorization. The 31 senators who voted no not only all were Republicans — they also all were men. In the end, all of the female senators — including each of the Republican — ultimately voted in support VAWA. In some cases, the GOP women wound up supporting the VAWA re-authorization bill even after having complained about it earlier. Sen. Olympia Snowe of the Maine, who is retiring this year due to what she calls too much partisanship in the Senate, is … Continue reading

With Young Voters Once Again Lining Up For Obama, Dems Seize on Student Loans

Four years ago, young voters turned out big for Barack Obama, helping power the coalition which propelled him to the White House. Now, with signs that so-called Millennials are starting to once again line up for the president, Obama and his allies think they’ve found an issue to keep these young voters in the Democrats’ corner. Obama made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV program to have a little fun — but also to warn about the coming rise in college-loan interest rates coming this summer. Interest rates on student loans are set to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent – effectively socking 7.4 million students with $1,000-a-year in student loan costs. “In 2008, young people … Continue reading

Progressive Leader: Trustees Report Points To More, Not Less, Health Reform

Prominent conservatives are wrong when they blame healthcare reform for Medicare’s budget woes, according to the head of a progressive Washington policy shop. Rather, Medicare would be better off with more government financing — not less, he adds. The trustees of Social Security and Medicare on Monday released their latest report. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee, was quick to allege that the 2010 healthcare reform law “raids over $500 billion from Medicare to finance a new health care entitlement, and hands Medicare’s fate over to an unaccountable board of 15 unelected bureaucrats.” Not true, says Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future. “Those who have always wanted to cut Social Security … Continue reading

Told Jah So

But the main point is as homely as it is simple. In a front-loaded primary season, He who hath the most cash, wins. Continue reading

The Switch Family Robinson

Down in Cave Junction, Oregon, a brave family of castaways makes do without any understanding of the society of the 20th and 21st centuries. Oddly straddling the worlds of legitimate science and the world of crank science; “education reform” and “edumacashun,” they eke out a meager existence only backed by the shadowy zillionaires of the Club for Growth and Long Island political computer crank Robert Mercer. And they’re running for Congress. Again. Continue reading