Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health. Cattle pens, threats of violence, blacklists, total lack of access. Time for journalists to say: Enough is enough! Transparency by and access to presidential candidates? Respect for the First Amendment? What could my pal Will Bunch be thinking? The actual author of [...]
Nicole talks money in politics with a guy whose name is synonymous with it, Shaun McCutcheon (as in McCutcheon v FEC), plus more in the 2016 sweepstakes. For Flashback Friday, it's David Byrne from this week in 1994.
Two images are shown above. One is courtesy of Cpl Mike Escobar, taken in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005. The other taken by reporter/photographer Danny Wicentowski of St. Louis' Riverfront Times two days ago in Ferguson, MO. Can you tell which is which? It's getting increasingly more difficult by the day to tell the difference. Americans' civil rights have eroded to the point where we have to question whether the First Amendment exists as anything more than a historical reference any longer. [...]
I know, two disparate topics today, but sometimes you must veer out of the political into the real world... We always try to do both. After a brief discussion of the Super Tuesday results (no big surprises on the presidential front; Dennis Kucinich and Mary Jo Kilroy lose :( , Mean Jean Schmidt loses!, and Joe the Plumber squeezes by an unknown...) we moved on to other issues of great importance. Anthony Badami joined me from the Daily Agenda, where he has been one of the few, lonely voices to write about the truly heinous HR 347 that passed the [...]
Thanks to the awesome Stephen Goldstein for this editorial in yesterday's South Florida Sun Sentinel West's hypocrisy: Talk-show host deserves apology Stephen Goldstein Columnist May 15, 2011 If the original Boston tea partiers had had to follow Congressman Allen West's rules, we'd still be a British colony. He needs to "man up" and apologize to radio talk-show host Nicole Sandler. She was arrested at one of his recent town hall meetings for the crime of exercising her First Amendment right — and "becoming physically aggressive," according to the police report, a charge which she denies. It shocked and grieved me to [...]