Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Washington Post FAIL

“For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to ‘those powerful few’ – Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.” @ Politico I guess the Post was looking for news ways to make money in an age of declining advertising revenue. […]

We tortured people to death

It’s time again to talk about torture… Too much of the debate on torture has focused on specific tactics in isolation. The logic goes like this: Pouring water on someone’s face doesn’t sound so bad does it? Having to stand in the cold doesn’t sound too terrible. Being slapped a few times is mean but […]

Your dose of climate fearmongering

Paul Krugman is now accusing global warming denialists of treason: Still, is it fair to call climate denial a form of treason? Isn’t it politics as usual? Yes, it is — and that’s why it’s unforgivable. … the deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore that threat, placing future generations of Americans in grave danger, simply […]

Losing the debate before it begins

Let’s say you’re about to sell a car. You’ve decided that you can’t part with your wheels for less than $10,000, but you think it could be worth as much as $12,000. When it comes time to post the Craigslist ad for your car, what asking price do you put down? If your name is […]

To have a liberal political party

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a liberal political party? How about one, that unlike the Democrats, supported ending our two wars. Or one that wasn’t trying to sabotage efforts at creating a universal health care system? On that point, here is an excellent video rant by Bill Maher (h/t Chris Dierkes): For those of […]

The Democrats War

Looks like there are only 32 House Democrats that are actually against the war in Iraq. The other 224 are either openly for the war, pretending to oppose it to get votes, or just following orders. In 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi excused her failure to stop the war funding, despite a Democratic majority in […]

The Iranian election & American hypocrisy

The results are in. The Western world’s boogeyman, Mr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, has won re-election by a score of 24,527,516 to 13,216,411. The United States, with democracy drooling from its lips, instantly barked about voting irregularities, even though evidence of fraud is, at the moment, nonexistent. Another bark came when Iran repressed some of the […]

Rush Limbaugh crosses the line on Von Brunn

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that on Wednesday an 88-year-old white supremacist shot and killed a security guard in the D.C. Holocaust Museum. You can read more about the shooting, and the shooter, James von Brunn in the Times. I don’t think there is all that much to […]

Good News: Executive pay limits at bailed out companies

The NY Times is reporting that the Obama administration is proposing executive compensation limits at seven bailed out companies: AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America, GM, GMAC, Chrysler and Chrysler Financial. That’s excellent news in and of itself. These now largely government funded organizations should have pay scales more in line with other government agencies, until […]

Quote of the Week nominees

“… the notion that [Former Treasury Secretary] Henry Paulson is a hero is complete and utter madness because TARP would never have been necessary if someone, anyone who wasn’t a greed-addled incompetent like Paulson had actually been regulating the economy in the last years of the Bush adminstration. If anyone besides Paulson had been running […]