I Get Letters, Local Edition

Living in Georgia as I do, I’m frequently, ah, “treated” to the thoughts of my Representatives. Today, I received an email from recently-minted US Senator David Perdue. It contained the usual rube-rousing GOP numbskullery (war with Iran, fully repealing Obamacare, “free-trade” boosterism), but the sentence that really stuck with me was this one: President Obama, and now the Supreme...

Richard Perle On Iraq: Because We Could

For the past week, the media (and especially late night comedians) have been having a bit of fun poking Jeb Bush as he repeatedly stumbled over the family albatross, AKA: Iraq. Over on his beat at The Plum Line, Greg Sargent was one of the few journalists or widely-read opinion columnists to point out that getting any politician, at this late date (even Jeb), to declare that if they knew then...

NOW We See Obama Fired Up, Ready to Go

I said this last night on Twitter, after seeing a TPM post that talked about Obama “pushing back hard” on liberals, including Elizabeth Warren, who were excoriating the secrecy and push for fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but it bears repeating again here: what a President is willing to push for defines who they are politically, and how they should be viewed....

Thank You, Mr. Giuliani – My Question Is…

  Two evenings ago, POLITICO reported that Mr. Noun-Verb-and-9/11 himself, AKA Real American™ Rudy Giuliani said the following at a Scott Walker fundraiser: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was...

State of (Gun) Play In the USA

One of my friends on Twitter is a hard-core tea-partier (yes, it's possible to be friends). We have a running and occasionally bitter debate in DMs about the state of guns in America. Today, she sent along the following article from a website called "Guns Save Lives" dot com. No link to that site, as I simply don't want to add to their traffic by even a click or two. Fortunately, their story...

What White Privilege (and Black Fear) Looks Like

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. ~ Unknown It goes without saying that Ta-Nehisi Coates is an exceptional writer, perhaps the greatest of our age at what he does. It’s not just Coates' skill with the language that makes him great, or even his obvious intelligence: those just allow him technical mastery of the craft. It’s Coates' ability to perceive, and to convey,...

Operation DUMBSHIT

( Operation DUMBSHIT: Deploying United Military Because Syria Harbors Islamic Terrorists) Or, as Digby puts it, "here we go" (I’d merely add “…again”). Digby's right: when Democrats like Al Franken (of all people), who’s up for re-election in two years, start making very public noises to the effect that they're “troubled” the Obama administration “has not yet developed a...

Ferguson Absurdity, Media Edition

The images and news coming out of Ferguson, MO in the wake of Michael Brown's death more than a week ago have been heartbreaking and maddening. I haven't had a lot to say about it, because first, I'm not there. Also, frankly, I feel somewhat overwhelmed: what is there to say, after all, when something you read about in history books as something that happened in the past - armed police and...

War On Blacks

As sad as Robin Williams' succumbing to depression made me, the unfolding horror show in Ferguson, MO has made me even sadder - and sick at heart. Less than a week after the backwaters of the internet exploded with a ginned-up fear of a "war on whites" based on Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks' now-infamous assertion to FOX host Laura Ingraham, yet more evidence of a genuine, continuing war on...

DCCC Is Sounding Desperate Now

Apparently, the email the DCCC recently sent out that attempted to sound like a collection agency wasn't enough. Had you asked me, after receiving that one, whether I'd see anything worse from the DCCC in this campaign cycle, I'd have said no. And I'd have been wrong. This is Steve Israel's DCCC, after all, and I suspect that, although they can't and won't admit such a thing during a crucial...