The Bernie Beat at Radio or Not

  If you've not had the chance to hear Senator Sanders at the National Press Club, here's a chance to correct that; he was in rare form. [Expected the hair to be more muzzled by the last declarative sentence.]     If you were to ask me what his major mistake has been, it’s that he thought that after putting together this extraordinary grassroots movement of young people, minorities and working-class people and getting elected to the presidency, then he thought he could sit down with the Republicans and negotiate all these agreements. He was mistaken.   The implied pulse [...]

Bikini Graph Time! Strong jobs report, wage increases best in 6 years!

Hey kids, guess what time it is! It’s job creation time! Which means it’s time to bring back that sexy economic data source, the Bikini Graph! That sound you hear is the GOP demanding President Obama’s impeachment for allowing this to happen on his watch. Jobsghazi!!!! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration. Me oh my, look at all that blue! Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog, here’s the latest on the new report from Bureau of Labor Statistics, including how the U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs [...]

White House Falters and Admittedly Fouls, Hebdo Continues

Eric Holder was taping effing Red Meat Meet the Press during the Unitè rally in Paris this past Sunday ... blocks away from the surrounding streams of over 3 million people and an arms-linked impressive front line of world leaders. I was embarrassed and critical of President Obama's decision not to attend or delegate Joe Biden to France with due dispatch. I agreed with Nicole's opinions on air and in her spot on blog yesterday, link here. And as the talking heads seem to agree upon, this is rather the raison d'être for Veeps lurking around. Today I am outraged. [...]

What I will not write about today: Infuriating news + snark chaser

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. CIA torture report not likely to result in reforms or prosecutions: "The Justice Department has cast the matter as a closed case... Federal prosecutors will not reopen their investigation of whether criminal laws were broken by CIA guards and interrogators for mistreating [...]

Bikini Graph Time! Jobghazi! 2014 “easily best year for U.S. job creation since 1999.”

Hey kids, guess what time it is! It’s job creation time! Which means it’s time to bring back that sexy economic data source, the Bikini Graph! In this episode, we learn that the unemployment rate remains at 5.8%, the lowest it’s been in over six years.  That sound you hear is the GOP demanding President Obama’s impeachment for allowing this to happen on his watch. Jobsghazi!!!! As always, red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration: Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog, here’s more on the [...]

McConnell failed “to turn off the chainsaw behind his back during the press conference.”

Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst: OBAMA AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms- monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock. If you ever wanted to see numbers bleed, this was your night. Surprised no referee jumped onto the CNN set, rang a bell, and raised the Koch Brothers’ hands triumphantly in the air. The [...]

“The big winners were the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and their colleagues.”

I read a tweet the other day that said the winners of the midterm elections were black lung and poverty. I've been too frustrated, disappointed, disheartened, and plain old angry to write up my feelings about the election outcome. I won't give up fighting for what's right (meaning, left), but right now I'm in no mood to put my thoughts down, because concentrating that hard on a topic that infuriates me that much will just intensify my feelings. Besides, I am trying my best to obey my doctor's orders and de-stress as much as possible. So instead, here are today's Los [...]

The GOP Systematically Defunded America Into Unpreparedness

  Now we know what happens when we elect spite and ignorance to Congress and beyond. If you had to guess how many upper echelon, budget-busting hospital beds were open for infectious disease treatment across the country, would it be fairly accurate given how much we have learned about Ebola these last weeks? I'd have estimated at least two or three hundred beds/high tech suites and appropriate staff, nationally. Damn. I'd have been off by a heart-stopping amount, as Rachel Maddow informed us this week … there are, in fact, a total of ten such beds. And four are presently [...]

LGBT Miracle: The Lady Judges finally said ‘Hell to the No’

Unfurl your 'dress' rainbow and equality flags to wave high and wave proud - and let the euphoric, historic and speedy change wash over your progressive soul … and savor every hard-won human and civil rights moment. SCROTUS may have just made some equality reparations. Suh-weet! The United Stats of America just witnessed decades, centuries of LGBT oppression, sexuality and gender discrimination, and the lucrative political pay to play. Wisconsin and Utah are particularly satisfying, right? Was truly startled to hear Scott Walker throw in the gym towel … "We're done." From Talking Points Memo: "For us, it's over in [...]

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