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    satire on the campaign trail

    Cruz Spurns Five Girlfriends to Pick Fiorina as his Running Mate

    by | Apr 28, 2016
    Ted Names Carly is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com from images by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz bucked all political convention Wednesday by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate instead of one of the five women he’s run around with on the extramarital sex circuit, according to rumors reported in The National Enquirer.

    “You figure they had leg up on Fiorina,” quipped one Cruz source. “Turns out maybe Ted isn’t as big a leg man as everybody thought.”
    Indeed, according to another source close to Cruz, the conservative evangelical Christian senator chose Fiorina to quash rumors of his extramarital sexual escapades by “picking a woman nobody in America could imagine even Ted Cruz would have sex with.

     

     

    important first step

    Trump’s Rise: Not just a Threat but an Opportunity

    by | Apr 27, 2016
    Donald Trump's Big Tent Party by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

    The rise of Donald Trump means that the American political system, already sick, could be degraded still further. But – if Trump does become the Republican nominee for president, which looks probable – this danger also presents an opportunity to restore the health of American politics to levels not seen in years.

    But seizing that opportunity will take more than defeating Trump because the political pathologies that he represents – such as a Republican base ready to support a proto-fascist candidate…

     

     

    on the surface

    Queer Southerner’s Reflections on Race: A Starter

    by | Apr 21, 2016
    Queer Southerner's Reflections on Race: A Starter

    I don’t understand race.  An anthropologist colleague says, “Louie, race doesn’t exist as a scientific category.  At best a race is just ‘a breeding community with unstable boundaries’; and you and Ernest knock the hell out of that one, don’t you!” I see what she means.

    Yet racial categories so pervade my life that I cannot hope to understand myself, much less the world, without sensitive and difficult vigilance regarding pitfalls and opportunities.

     

     

    open letter

    Bernie, It’s Not “the Billionaire Class” But Its GOP Minions You Need to Defeat

    by | Apr 17, 2016
    Portrait of Senator Bernie Sanders by DonkeyHotey

    Dear Senator Sanders,

    You’ve done the nation a great service in calling attention to the way Big Money is rigging our politics and our economy. But in focusing so much of your fire at “the billionaire class” and “giant corporations,” you are not waging the battle as effectively as you should. You are a political leader and your battles are in the political arena against political adversaries. Although you rightly oppose the dominance of “the billionaire class,” it is not that class that you need to defeat  — not that class that you can directly fight — but rather their political servants.

     

     

    inexperienced fruitcakes

    Legislative kooks, weirdos can give Georgia a black eye

    by | Apr 15, 2016
    American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

    Eventually, if you elect enough kooks and weirdos to the General Assembly, don’t you figure by the time they find their way around the State Capitol, that they might, just might, introduce some crazy legislation?

    It’s impossible to lay blame at any one door. However, these days in Georgia we have many more Republican legislators than Democrats in the 2016 session. (The GOP dominates the Senate 39-17; in the House, there are 118 Republicans; 60 Democrats; one independent; and one vacancy.) When we had Democrats in charge in Georgia, there were more oddball and woeful legislators in the Democratic Party. Today it is just reversed.

     

     

    rome rejects hate:

    An Interview With Jessie Reed

    by | Apr 14, 2016
    Neo-Nazi via ourtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    What should a citizen do when neo-Nazis announce that they intend to invade your town? That is the question now facing the people of Rome, Georgia. For some the initial response to the impending occupation of their quiet North Georgia community by a hate group from Michigan was to plan to hide and pray that the threat just goes away. Every schoolyard bully knows that denial and pusillanimity are powerful temptations. Fascists and white supremacists count on the paralysis that it produces. Fortunately some Romans didn’t give into the temptations of moral cowardice and instead decided to organize…

     

     

    port of st. marys

    Doesn’t it Always Seem to Go That You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘til it’s Gone?

    by | Apr 14, 2016
    St Marys Georgia - Aerial photo

    St. Marys, Georgia: A peaceful little coastal town of unsurpassed beauty. It serves as the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore, a mecca for tourists who want to experience true Southern charm, and a dream-realized for those seeking a natural environment beyond compare.

    Enter developer Christopher T. Ragucci and his Knights of the Green Shield/Worldwide Group. (Cue “Razzle Dazzle” from “All That Jazz.”) They quickly changed the company name to “The Port of St. Marys, LLC” and set about trying to convince the townsfolk and elected officials that turning St. Marys into an industrial barge port would be a blessing and boon to all.

     

     

    we know who we are

    Seems to be simple way to solve which restroom to enter

    by | Apr 13, 2016
    A female-identified restroom door by Ann Fisher

    We in Georgia may think we have our problems. Yet recent action by the Legislature in North Carolina puts that state in the ranks of those with reactionary actions flying in the face of reasonableness.

    The North Carolina situation particularly vexes us, in that its action made no sense. Legislators there quickly passed an act, their Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which will force public colleges and universities (as well as other public venues and government buildings) to require their restrooms be used only by people whose biological sex at birth matches the sign on the door.

     

     

    not just about you

    Bernie and Hillary, Give Us the Campaign We Need

    by | Apr 11, 2016
    Democrat's Game of Thrones -- Bernie Seaworth The Onion Knight and Cersei Lannister Clinton

    Your recent squabble  — with one questioning whether the other is “qualified to be president” —  highlights how you two have not been giving us the kind of campaign that would best serve not just the Democratic Party but the nation.

    The differences between you may be important. But way less important than that whichever of you gets the nomination wins in November.  Two extraordinary aspects of our national circumstance oblige you to allow that priority to dictate how you conduct your campaigns.

     

     

    governing by fiat

    Should President Obama appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing?

    by | Apr 11, 2016
    Scales of Justice by DonkeyHotey

    An op/ed column in Saturday’s Washington Post, by an attorney named, proposes a most interesting idea. The essence of the idea is suggested by the title, “Obama can appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing.”

    The essence of the argument is contained in this passage:

    It is altogether proper to view a decision by the Senate not to act as a waiver of its right to provide advice and consent…

     

     

     

    what would roger do?

    The Holy Bible becomes Tennessee’s official state book

    by | Apr 6, 2016
    The Holy Bible becomes Tennessee's official state book

    On Monday, April 4, the Tennessee legislature approved a bill making the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee. At least two other states (Louisiana and Mississippi) had talked about it, but Tennessee was the first to actually approve such a measure. The bill now goes to Governor Bill Haslam, who has questioned its constitutionality but still might sign it into law. If that happens, the Bible will join the Channel Catfish, the Eastern Red Cedar, and the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly as an official state symbol of Tennessee.

     

     

    breaking news

    Whew! Thank Goodness

    by | Apr 1, 2016
    Breaking News Screen shot

    Several shootings lately. Today it’s in Virginia at a Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal.

    Fortunately, no need to panic. As quick as you can scream “Active shooter, shelter in place!” the news stations pounced, emphatically stating “this is not terrorism!”

    Whew, for a minute I thought this was something serious.

    The local news and CBS categorically stated “There is no link to terrorism that we know of….

     

     

    remembering it is over

    Happy Confederate History and Heritage Month

    by | Apr 1, 2016
    Confederate Memorial Day by Dorret via flickr

    Governor Phil Bryant caused something of a stir in February when he signed a proclamation declaring April to be “Confederate Heritage Month” in Mississippi.

    Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal made no such proclamation, but he didn’t need to. The Georgia General Assembly already took care of this back in 2009, when it legislated that “the month of April of each year is hereby designated as Confederate History and Heritage Month and shall be set aside to honor, observe, and celebrate the Confederate States of America…

     

     

    nothing stuck

    Trump reminds us of Italy’s Berlusconi, when he was prime minister

    by | Mar 27, 2016
    Berlusconi drinking and laughing with Trump (composite image)

    While Americans are somewhat thunderstruck by an independently wealthy person, like Donald Trump jumping headlong into the presidential race, and gaining traction, it’s happened in other places in the world.

    One recent ego-centered and financially independent figure on the world scene to seek political power was mightily successful. We refer to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who led Italy for nine years through four cabinets, often embarrassing that country with his escapades and outright peccadilloes, and was eventually forced to resign.

     

     

    make america great again

    Machen America Wieder Groß

    by | Mar 24, 2016
    not actually a photo of Donald Trump receiving an ovation at the Reichstag after announcing a successful Anschluss march

    Exasperated that its latest stratagem to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump – getting Jeb Bush to endorse Ted Cruz – has failed, mainly because Cruz is even more repugnant to most Republicans than the bellicose billionaire, the GOP is shifting its battle plan to subtle understatement.

    It’s going to distribute Trump campaign caps, “Make America Great Again,” translated into German (“Machen America Wieder Groß”) free to supporters to wear to campaign rallies in remaining primary states, hoping they get the hint.

    A GOP source admitted subtle is risky with Republicans.

     

     

    dog-whistle racism

    From the Party of Abe to the Party of Donald

    by | Mar 24, 2016
    Trump in the lap of Lincoln

    There’s poetic justice in Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential field. The GOP is reaping precisely what it has sown.

    One might indulge in Schadenfreude if the stakes weren’t so high. America teeters on the brink of fascism, and no one can confidently predict which way the chips will fall.

    Trump has essentially effected a “hostile takeover” of the Grand Old Party. How the GOP enabled Trump is the subject of Time‘s March 21 feature story “The Party’s Over.” The article – by Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center – is surprisingly candid…

     

     

    public underrepresented

    Budgets Three, Which One for Thee?

    by | Mar 23, 2016
    Half Ain't Enough by Tom Ferguson

    There are three budget proposals up for a vote soon, the President’s, the House of Representative’s and the Progressive Caucus’. The Progressive proposal is aligned with what polls say the general public wants so naturally this one doesn’t have a chance. The other two go to different lengths to cut services for the general public and increase breaks for the wealthy, corporations and spending for the military. The fiscal year for this budget kicks off October 1.

     

     

    credit where credit is due

    Oh, now I get it

    by | Mar 20, 2016
    Oh, now I get it

    Of course. Why didn’t I see this before? It’s as plain as the nose on your face and becoming clearer every day.

    Didn’t we all smirk when ‘the Donald’ stated that he’d get Mexico to pay for the wall to keep their people from crossing into our country illegally?

    When the President of Mexico replied with a firm, “Huh-uh, not on your life,” we agreed, declaring, “And you shouldn’t”!

     

     

    guns on campus

    Georgia’s “Campus Carry” Scam

    by | Mar 20, 2016
    Georgia's "Campus Carry" Scam

    According to recent reports, members of the Georgia General Assembly are scrambling to respond to Governor Deal’s reservations about HB 859, the “campus carry” bill, now on his desk. The bill permits students at least 21 years old with concealed weapons permits to possess firearms anywhere on the state’s public college campuses except residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and athletic events.

    It’s no wonder legislators are confused. A couple of weeks ago, Governor Deal airily dismissed arguments against the legislation as “lacking validity.” In recent days, however, he’s become persuaded that the bill has to be substantially revised…

     

     

    supreme court nomination

    “Merrick Garland, What’s the Point?” Here’s the Point

    by | Mar 17, 2016
    Chief Judge Merrick Garland

    I just got an email from Marc Ash, editor of the progressive news site, Reader Supported News. The title gives a clue about how exasperated Ash is at President Obama’s pick for his Supreme Court nominee.

    In the piece, he describes how Garland was someone that Senator Orrin Hatch, conservative from Utah, had suggested would be a good pick. And then Ash writes: “Battle? Ideological confrontation? Reshaping of the Court? Forget it – Garland is a safe pick for America’s ruling class. Obama punted. Hatch defeated him without a fight.”

     

     

    trump theater

    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    by | Mar 14, 2016
    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    Donald Trump has been called a “buffoon.” That’s a mistake. “Buffoon” implies foolish, stupid. But Donald Trump possesses a kind of genius: He’s a genius at getting attention for himself.

    One might say that the quest for attention – more than “making deals” — has been the driving force in Trump’s life. And for decades, he has succeeded in getting considerable public attention. But it is only in recent months that he’s demonstrated how extraordinary is his ability to seize – and hold – the spotlight.

     

     

    last white man standing

    Could 2016 be the year for the death of the Republican Party?

    by | Mar 9, 2016
    Could 2016 be the year for the death of the Republican Party?

    This year you may be seeing right before your eyes the death of the Republican Party in national politics.  If it happens, we lament it. (We feel that our country benefits by have a strong two party system.) It appears that the GOP could find itself threatened in this crazy political year. Here’s how this might turn out, outlined in a shortened step-by-step process.

     

     

    strife over cooperation

    Politics as war

    by | Mar 7, 2016
    Politics as war

    Why have our politics become so dysfunctional? The answer is really not so hard to find. Our founders knew the nation would always have its divisions — of interests, values, opinions. The hope in framing the Constitution was that we’d nonetheless find ways to move the nation forward by negotiating compromises.

    The question “How can we fight to increase our power?” would always be there, they understood, but the question “How can we cooperate to serve the good of the nation?” was supposed to have greater weight.

     

     

    debatable

    Nice Work, Megyn

    by | Mar 4, 2016
    Donalds hair by Polly Korbel

    OK, I have an apology to MSNBC. I watched the Republican debate on FOX last night, and I liked it. Megyn Kelly was fantastic. I mean, I used to scream every time the channel was on FOX news in public places (because the remote is forbidden from stopping there at home), but recently I have been watching with glee as they try to make sense of the present primary picnic (especially turd blossom, who is doing his best to pimp Rubio).

     

     

    and racism

    Warped Views of President Obama Push “Conservatives” Into Bizarre, Unconstitutional Territory

    by | Mar 2, 2016
    Warped Views of President Obama Push "Conservatives" Into Bizarre, Unconstitutional Territory

    It is now 60 years that I’ve been following American politics closely. Long enough to get surprised when the way things have always been change dramatically into something never seen before.

    I have been surprised, for example, to see people who regard themselves as “conservative” readily support leaders who break well-established American precedent. Aren’t conservatives the people who recognize that traditions are there for a reason – that you respect established norms, not just trample on them?

     

     

    jeff halper

    War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification

    by | Mar 2, 2016
    War Against the People by Jeff Halper

    Jeff Halper, an Israeli peace activist, spoke at Atlanta’s Oakhurst Baptist Church Monday night (2/29/16). He confirms and elaborates much of what Noam Chomsky says on the subject of Israel-U.S. relations. Halper raises the question, why does the U.S. so enthusiastically support Israel, enabling a brutal occupation and blocking peace with the Palestinians? He dismisses several conventional answers as being factors but…

     

     

    we are so fired

    President Donald J. Trump: the First 100 Days

    by | Mar 1, 2016
    President Donald J. Trump: the First 100 Days

    Donald Trump’s relentless promise to Make America Great Again carried him through the Republican primaries with surprising efficiency. He beat Marco Rubio in the Midwest, easily carried Florida and the West, and fought off a late entry by Michael Bloomberg. The Republican convention became a pep rally for the dissatisfied, and his surprise choice for his vice presidential running mate was the final blow to any mainstream Republican hopes.

    In a caustic and bombastic general election, Trump’s strength multiplied while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton fought a tight but eventually losing battle…

     

     

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