President Obama’s Moving Selma Speech

The “march is not over yet,” President Obama said in Selma today in one of the most moving speeches he has ever given. We have seen way too much evidence of late to believe that racism has been defeated. We need only look to Ferguson to see that evidence. Via the New York Times: Fifty years after peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and leading to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s first African-American president led a bipartisan, multiracial testimonial to the pioneers whose courage helped pave the way for his own election to the highest office of the land. The NYT also … Continue reading

Police Killings Continue: 176 Civilians Killed By Police So Far in 2015

Pasco shooting

One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by killedbypolice.net. Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually. FBI Director James B. Comey said last month, “You could tell me how many people, the absolute number, bought a book on Amazon. It’s ridiculous I can’t tell you how many people were shot by police in this country last week, last year, the last decade.” Most people killed by police are not armed with a gun. Only a small fraction of perpetrators are killed during or after a gunfight. The people killed by police are generally not nice guys. They are … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade

Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime, trusted aide, David Wade has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff. David Wade has been aide to John Kerry in a variety of capacities since he joined Kerry’s Senate staff in 1997 as a speechwriter. From speechwriter, David Wade rose through the ranks to press secretary, communications director and finally chief of staff in Kerry’s Senate office. When Kerry moved to the State Department, David Wade, was by his side at Foggy Bottom, sticking with Kerry with the unwavering loyalty that was a hallmark of David character. I don’t find a lot of time to write about politics lately, but I do feel the need to take the time to wish … Continue reading

They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?

by Walter Brasch “Branding! We have to make you a brand!” “I’m not cattle,” I told my sometimes faux foil assistant Marshbaum, who had just burst into my office. “And if you think I’m getting a tattoo,” I replied, “my body isn’t a canvas.” “It’s sure wide enough,” Marshbaum flippantly replied. Before I could throw sheets of wadded up paper at him, he explained what he meant. “It’s not a fire-iron brand,” he explained. “It’s strategic marketing.” “I’m a journalist,” I reminded Marshbaum, “I don’t do that kind of thing.” “You will if you want to stay in business.” “I’ve been in this business four decades, and I’ve never been branded.” “That’s why we need you to do TV commercials,” … Continue reading

MSNBC Falls on Hard Times

broken news

I can’t feel very sorry for a news network that thinks 24/7 news coverage of the 2016 presidential dog and pony show is “news” that ought to lead any serious broadcast. NBC has a news division which, for all its cuts, is still relevant, and with affiliate local news outlets all over the USA, but chose NOT to include much hard news on their news channel. Continue reading

Boehner’s Blatant Lie: Does the Truth Matter? At ALL?

bipartisan lie

The question is– aside from the Logan Act, which, while not probably actionable, STILL strongly indicates that only the President makes foreign policy — can one lying leader of one Congressional House, invite a foreign head of state, while lying about his authority to do so, without our national press noticing or much caring that it is a blatant falsehood that walks right up to the front porch of treason and sedition and rings the doorbell? Continue reading

The Persecution and Assassination of Jonathan Chait as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of the Intertubes Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

psycho-norman-bates

Our national dialogue of alternate realities has found a point of commonality at last: a confection of milky mindless hatred wrapped around a chewy nougat filling of purest Himalayan snark. Hate speech with a spell-checker, in other words. Continue reading