What A Democrat Sounds Like

You'll be unsurprised to see the face featured in the video below, but I don't care. After decades of incrementalism, technocracy, cringing from real or perceived GOP attacks,  and corporation worship starting with the DLC and moving on to Third Way (still so maddeningly evident today even at the highest levels), it's both bracing and probably usefully instructive to get a full-blast reminder...

Haters Gonna Hate

I missed this one yesterday, but Digby (and The Economist) got it exactly right: When Mr Obama stops speaking as a partisan advocate of ambitious liberal goals, adopts his mature school-principal voice, and demands simply that political players adhere to reasonable norms of democratic governance, Republicans are left with nothing to oppose except the reasonable norms of democratic governance. ...

I LOVE The Smell of GOP Infighting in the Morning

More like this, please: TPM has the details on the latest round of the delicious Cheney-vs-everyone else spat in Wyoming. Apparently, Mama Lynne got all Mama Grizzly on the Simpsons (that'd be Alan and his wife, not Homer and family), one of the few other dynastic Wyoming political families (besides the Cheneys), for their continued support of Senator Mike Enzi over the recently-announced Senate...

Memo to NRA: THIS Is How You Deal With A 'Bad Guy With A Gun'

Yesterday in Atlanta - not thirty miles from where I live and my own children go to school - yet another disturbed person walked into an elementary school, armed to the teeth, prepared to go out in a blaze of infamy, taking as many innocent children with him as he could before committing "suicide by cop." But he didn't plan on Antoinette Tuff. She stopped him singlehandedly. How? Did she have an...

White Riot

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, and after yesterday's riot following the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, THIS. Every. Goddamn. Word. Of. It. ------------------ **UPDATE, 7/31** I missed this last night. In fact, I missed it right up until someone posted it on Twitter just now, but Chris Hayes had the above Gawker article's author, Cord Jefferson, on All In last night to do a little...

On Mitt Romney's 47% Comments

What Ezra said. Romney's comments were so shocking - and disgusting - on their face, that it's tempting to simply point to them or mirror the video and assume that the reader/viewer will know without thinking what's wrong with them. Truthfully, most people probably will intuitively understand most or all of why Romney's comments were so vile. But merely using implied assumptions to carry the day...

Magnificent And Depressing

This got posted up while I was on vacation in San Francisco, so I missed it. Luckily, someone in my Twitter stream was still posting it up today, so it didn't completely pass me by. It's a graph from Pew Social Trends Report by way of The Atlantic, of the last sixty years of economic activity in America. All of it. Of course, any graph that tries to represent such an incredibly large amount of...

Obama Recess-Appoints Richard Cordray to Head CFPB, GOP (P)outraged

I've said it on Twitter already, I'll repeat it here: THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA, FOR RECESS-APPOINTING RICHARD CORDRAY TO HEAD THE CFPB: President Obama will appoint former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray on Wednesday to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, making a controversial decision to install Cordray while the Senate is in brief recess to avoid Republican...