8 Conservative Lies Debunked

From Alternet.org by Dave Johnson There are a number things the public “knows” as we head into the election that are simply untrue. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs. Here are eight of the biggest myths that […]

It Has to Work This Time. Right?

A dysfunctional political system is one that knows the right answers but can’t even discuss them rationally, let alone act on them, and one that devotes vastly more attention to cable TV preachers than to recommendations by its best scientists and engineers.

What If A President Cut Taxes And No One Noticed?

The Republicans run a better theater – told us LOUDLY in 2003 we were getting a refund, let us anticipate it for 3 -4 months, made sure when it came that it had George W. Bush’s name written all over it. The Democrats just don’t get the show business of politics.

The Tea Party Juggernaut Rolls On

In the Tea Party narrative, victory at the polls means a new American revolution, one that will “take our country back” from everyone they disapprove of. But what they don’t realize is, there’s a catch: This is America, and we have an entrenched oligarchical system in place that insulates us all from any meaningful political change.

How My Republican Party Destroyed the American Economy

IF there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing.

California Schools – The Beatdown Goes On

Hot for Teachers w/ Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green from Megan Fox

Teachers! Who Needs ‘Em?

All we really need is the right test. Right? If we could just find that one magic (standardized) test, teaching could be completely automated. Done by computers. We could set up classrooms with 30 (or 50) computer terminals and one IT guy. Then, my friends, you could just stand back and watch the learnin’ begin!

Texans Take Note – News From The Outside World

I know Texans don’t generally give a crap about what the rest of the country, or the world for that matter, thinks about us. But this time, they’re laughing at us and they’re a little bit spooked by us at the same time. And they’re not wrong. We might wanna take a few notes this time. Below, a few observations by SF Gate columnist, Mark Morford. You know, San Francisco, where all those crazy hippies live.

Texans – Take Back Your Schools

Even though I still consider myself a Texan, I don’t live there anymore. I certainly don’t have any children in Texas schools, so how and what the Texas Board of Education decides to teach the children of their state really shouldn’t concern me. It shouldn’t. But it does.

Echoes of Oklahoma City 1995

My dear friend Peggy, a fellow Texan, sent this to me today. I think it offers a lot to think about and, as you know, The New York Times suffers from very poor circulation so I thought I’d lend them the weight and influence of my blog. Thank you, Peggy. The Axis of the Obsessed […]

Tax and Spend Democrats! Oh, Wait.

Here’s An Interesting Chart It tracks U.S. Government revenue increases against U.S. Government spending increases going back through eight presidents. As you can see, the light blue bar represents the increase in revenue, and the dark blue bar represents the increase in spending by the U.S. Government during the tenure of each president. The last […]

Republicans Quietly Scramble for Stimulus Cash

From Daily Kos Washington Times: GOP lawmakers privately admit stimulus created jobs by Jed Lewison Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 08:42:03 AM PST If there’s one thing that unites the Republican Party it’s that the stimulus bill was a job-killing piece of legislation that was the worst thing in the whole entire world for the […]

Health Reform’s Human Stories

The following is a first-hand account of the free health care clinic staged at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana this past weekend. The doctors, nurses, technicians, and other personnel were all volunteers. The facilities, equipment, instruments, and medicines were paid for by Americans all over the country who donated generously so that several of […]

Jon Stewart Riffs on Glenn Beck

Jon Stewart devotes an entire segment of his show to a parody of Glenn Beck, which most people will find spot on, and very funny, with the possible exception of devoted Glenn Beck followers. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The 11/3 Project www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political […]

Hypocrisy – A Definition

Representative Joe Wilson, (R) South Carolina, (best known for his “shout out” to the President during a joint session of Congress) sent an email to his district last week announcing that his wife, Roxanne, had been diagnosed with the swine flu and urged his constituents to get vaccinated. Then, he proceeded to blast the Obama […]

The Truth About …

Since the outset of the current healthcare reform debate in this country, a lot has been said on talk radio, cable news outlets, assorted print media, the blogosphere, and thousands of other internet outlets. Not to mention every corner drugstore and coffee shop in America. The available information ranges from “just the facts” to honest […]

Would You Kill For a Million Bucks?

Would you kill a wheelchair-bound man for a million dollars? Probably not. But there are those who would. If you needed further proof that the health insurance industry is broken, and needs some new controls, here’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with it. Ian Pearl is 37 years old, and he suffers from muscular […]

Exactly What Are We Fighting About?

The debate over whether or not the federal and/or state governments should mandate affordable access to medical care for all Americans has raged for at least 75 years. As a larger and larger segment of the population finds itself in the “have not” column when it comes to healthcare access, this debate is more critical […]

Democrats Poised to Blow It – Again

Will Rogers was fond of saying, “I belong to no organized party. I’m a Democrat.” I don’t know whether to take heart from the fact that the Democrats’ current lack of focus and direction is not a new phenomenon, or to be discouraged by the fact that they’ve been this undisciplined for at least eighty […]