Saturday, August 29, 2015

Donald Trump Finally Interviewed by Someone With Real Questions

As an interviewer, Sarah Palin may have set a new standard for the definition of softball sycophantic questions in this broadcast on something called "One America News" last night:

Is she looking for a spot as Secretary of State in the Trump Administration?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Donald J. Trump's Lesson in Elementary Logic

If you have been unlucky enough to have watched American television over the last two weeks, it will have become immediately obvious that only one of the 22 major-party candidates is deserving of any air time:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bernie Sanders' Perfect Campaign Ad Was Already Filmed (in 1912).

Here is "The Old Way and The New." This 1912 film is the first known use of moving pictures in a political campaign. It promotes the new way of using small $1 campaign donors behind Democrat Woodrow Wilson against the old way of cartoonish oligarchs' $1,000,000 donations supporting Republican William Howard Taft and ex-Republican Teddy Roosevelt (Bullmoose).

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

No need to adjust your sound. This is a silent film.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I Just Stumbled On The Whitest Corner Of The Internet.

Jimmy Carter's cancer news this week got me thinking about his stellar post-Presidential life of service, which led me to muse about some of the less admirable roles played by recent ex-Presidential candidates (especially from the Republican Party). I knew that Mitt Romney's wealth had insulated him from the financial need host a Fox News show or sell boner pills or reverse mortgages, but I didn't know much about the Solamere Capital group he had formed with his son Tagg, so I visited and found the following three-page white on white on white website.

Shield your eyes.

You've been warned.

The complete home page featuring a white wall and
empty white desk on an empty white background.
The "About Us" mission statement highlighting nepotism and backscratching.

The White Leadership Team.

That's it. That, except for a disclaimer, is the entire website.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The GOP Alternative to the International Iran Deal

The Republicans have had an alternative to the complicated nuclear deal agreed to by the US, UK, Iran, France, China, Russia, and Germany all along.

It has never changed.

John McCain even made their simplistic strategy the semi-official 21st-century theme song of the Grand Old Party when he sang "Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran" at a South Carolina campaign appearance on April 17, 2007.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How Much of the Constitution Are GOP Candidates Willing to Change?

Thanks to Common Cause for pointing out on Twitter earlier this morning that today is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
When I saw that celebration of the 19th, I couldn't help thinking about the current universal rage against the 14th Amendment being expressed by Republican presidential candidates and the right-wing media.

It makes you wonder at what point the GOP will stop thinking it's OK to mess with the Constitution (if nothing else we know they'll stop before touching the Holy And Sacred God-Given Second Amendment).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy 80th to Social Security!

On this 80th anniversary of Social Security today, let's not forget which party has never given up on destroying this cornerstone of American socialism.

Here's the official plank from the final 2014 platform of the Texas Republican Party.

The Republican plans to replace Social Security with a privatized system didn't end with their last President's failure to do so as his highest domestic priority in 2005. Ending this successful social program of FDR's will remain one of their highest priorities if they regain the White House.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Trump Campaign FINALLY Makes Sense...

The entity tweeting as @realDonaldTrump has been promoting its online store today, so I paid it a visit.
It immediately became clear that the entire "Presidential campaign" is just a scheme to sell the thousands of overstocked cheerleading and tailgating supplies left over after the demise of Trump University.

"GIMME A T! GIMME AN R! . . . .
Give me your VISA card!"

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Oligarchy By The Numbers

With billionaires trying to buy candidates and control election results in both major US political parties with the legal support of a pro-business Supreme Court, the word "oligarchy" is getting thrown around again as we approach the 2016 election. So I found these sentences relevant when I ran across them in my morning reading...
"So the long period in which towns prospered, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, was also one in which the sense of urban community was most highly developed. In some respects the notion of a community is specious, however, since the richer townspeople known as 'the better sort' created an oligarchy of power concentrated in a small network of families. In Norwich 60 per cent of the wealth had devolved into the hands of 6 per cent of the population..." --Peter Ackroyd, Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors ["page" 139 of the Kindle edition]

Yeah, you say, but that was the 1100's and 1200's. That was medieval England. Everyone knows that medieval societies were based on hierarchies of extreme inequality, not like today when the top 1% are expected to control more than half of the world's wealth by 2016 and when the top 0.1% of Americans control as much wealth as the bottom 90% and all of these numbers are trending quickly toward even greater inequality.

So if 60% of the wealth being controlled by 6% of the people was defined as 'oligarchy' back in the 12th and 13th centuries, we may actually need a new word for our extreme 21st-century phenomenon.