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The 'Son of a Bitch' is a Greater American than Kremlin Don.

America is greatest when she overcomes her wrongs.  As she did with emancipation. And with the recognition of worker rights, women’s rights, consumer rights, civil rights, gay rights. But the path to greatness has had switchbacks, and progress has been slow. Today unarmed black Americans are still shot dead by ...

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Is the GOP's Latest Sadism (aka the Obamacare Repeal Effort) Dead?

The Cassidy/Graham bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is godawful. So vile that few Republicans have spoken well about it. And the few that have, had to lie to support their laughable point of view. There is little evidence that the majority of Republican Senators even know what’s in it. Certainly, ...

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Irony is Trump answering his own question.

The Trump Administration Hires Big Boobs.

In the Mad Man era — as the joke has it — the executive needed a new secretary. He interviewed the candidates. After asking them wide-ranging questions about their abilities, education, and experience, he hired the one with the biggest boobs. And so it is in the Trump administration. Ability, education and ...

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Price, Pruitt & Mnuchin Preaching Prudence but Living Large On the Taxpayer's Tab.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is a deficit hawk. As a congressman, no aspect of government waste was beyond his lash. Now he’s revealed — and is anyone surprised? — as a hypocrite of the highest order. In one three-day stretch, he took five private jets on the ...

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Monday Night Socialism - The Debt the NFL Owes to Karl Marx.

Baseball might call itself “America’s Pastime”  — but the big money is in the NFL. And there’s the irony. In this capitalist paradise, the most watched sports league is unabashedly socialist. Take revenues. The majority of the league's income comes from TV —  which is divided equally — with no regard to ...

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America is greatest when she overcomes her wrongs.  As she did with emancipation. And with the recognition of worker rights, women’s rights, consumer rights, civil rights, gay rights. But the path to greatness has had switchbacks, and progress has been slow. Today unarmed black Americans are still shot dead by cops. American minorities are still disproportionately thrown in jail. American Hispanics are profiled as ‘illegal’. And Americans with ‘ethnic’ names are turned down for jobs.

Some American NFL players protested by taking a knee during the national anthem.

To this, the President of the United States — a man who is supposed to be the President of all Americans — announced to a crowd of adoring zealots that these players, these “sons of bitches”, should be fired. For what? Exercising their first amendment rights? What if Trump had demanded that the NFL fire all players who owned guns?

Let’s note; the NFL kneelers have not been violent. They haven’t demanded the anthem be silenced. They haven’t asked anyone else do the same. They have picked no pocket, bloodied no nose, nor chanted hate or racism. They haven’t even carried a tiki torch. And yet they are sneered at for exercising their constitutional rights.

Patriotism does not demand indifference when injustice occurs. It doesn’t mandate slavish obeisance to a symbol. Patriotism is an action. It is in service to fellow Americans — as a soldier, a first responder, a teacher. It is contributing to the public weal by working and paying taxes. It is giving charity to the less fortunate.

Patriotism is loving your country so much you want it to be the best it can be. It is caring enough that you want the nation’s faults to be fixed.

Patriotism is quiet. It is not a lapel pin or a bumper sticker. It isn’t expressed in the size — or number – of flags you fly. It isn’t proclaimed with a tweet. And it isn’t thrust into the next guy’s face.

It gets worse. Trump’s slam of Colin Kaepernick and others at a rally in Alabama was racist. The crowd was white. The targets of his ranting scorn all black. He offered no understanding of their position. He made no allowance for some very fine people on both sides”.

Every American can make their patriotism count – by voting. In 13 months, patriots can go to the ballot box and make America great again. And if they don’t you can bet the racists will make it harder the next time. But that’s another post.

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Is the GOP’s Latest Sadism (aka the Obamacare Repeal Effort) Dead?

September 22, 2017

The Cassidy/Graham bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is godawful. So vile that few Republicans have spoken well about it. And the few that have, had to lie to support their laughable point of view. There is little evidence that the majority of Republican Senators even know what’s in it. Certainly, there has been no debate […]

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The Trump Administration Hires Big Boobs.

September 21, 2017

In the Mad Man era — as the joke has it — the executive needed a new secretary. He interviewed the candidates. After asking them wide-ranging questions about their abilities, education, and experience, he hired the one with the biggest boobs. And so it is in the Trump administration. Ability, education and experience count for little. […]

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Price, Pruitt & Mnuchin Preaching Prudence but Living Large On the Taxpayer’s Tab.

September 20, 2017

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is a deficit hawk. As a congressman, no aspect of government waste was beyond his lash. Now he’s revealed — and is anyone surprised? — as a hypocrite of the highest order. In one three-day stretch, he took five private jets on the taxpayer’s nickel — $60,000 worth […]

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Monday Night Socialism – The Debt the NFL Owes to Karl Marx.

September 18, 2017

Baseball might call itself “America’s Pastime”  — but the big money is in the NFL. And there’s the irony. In this capitalist paradise, the most watched sports league is unabashedly socialist. Take revenues. The majority of the league’s income comes from TV —  which is divided equally — with no regard to performance. As is the […]

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Fox News Sells Fear – And Too Many Americans Buy It.

September 16, 2017

Yesterday, an incendiary device went off in the London Underground. The media went wall-to-wall. ISIS took credit. And Trump tweeted some nonsense before any facts were known. Londoners, on the other hand, were singularly unimpressed. Yes, 30 people were hurt, but most not seriously. And no one suffered any life-threatening injuries. But, as usual, terrorists will be […]

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After 2,000 Years Evangelicals Should Have Come Up with a Better God.

September 15, 2017

When you look at the evangelical’s God, you have to ask: Is that the best we can do? With all the invention, discovery and intellectual advances since the birth of Christ, you would have thought they could have come up with a better model. The God of the evangelicals is no more than an old brick […]

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Hurricanes Reveal that Irrational Hate Is the Evangelical Brand.

September 14, 2017

Each time a hurricane hits the US, while first responders, utility teams, volunteers, charities, neighbors, family, and friends are working shoulder to shoulder, there are an unhappy few, pointing fingers and blaming gays. Take the Benham brothers. These twins are successful real estate investors, committed homophobes, and readers of God’s mind, who used Harvey and Irma and […]

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Ted Cruz’s Porn Habit Diverts Attention From Global Warming.

September 12, 2017

Two items hit the news today. One caused much titillation. The other will attract little attention. But they reflect on each other. Americans woke up on 9/12 to the revelation that a porn video was ‘liked’ – and quickly unliked – on Ted Cruz’s Twitter account.  Cruz dismissed the event as the fat fingered fumblings […]

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