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Harry Truman and His Very Modern Take on the GOP

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but ...

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Election 2016: Trump May Make the Most Noise - But There Are Other GOP Candidates.

“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear” ~ William Gladstone. Marco Rubio spins his inexperience. Challenged by the fact that he is competing in Election 2016 with former and sitting Governors, and elected politicians with far more experience, Marco Rubio has discovered ...

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Gun Zealots Put Kids in Danger.

“A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject” ― Winston S. Churchill  In Mobile, Alabama, a boy, 3, was shot by his brother, 6. He is in hospital in critical condition. He's not alone. People are shot accidentally every day - by themselves and by ...

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The One True Science vs. God only Knows How Many Gods.

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring” ― Carl Sagan. What is the difference between science and religion? Consider this: If man's knowledge of religion and science disappeared, man would recreate both. What form religion would ...

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Argument By Anecdote. It's Easier than the Heavy Lifting of Actually Thinking.

“If we are not prepared to think for ourselves, and to make the effort to learn how to do this well, we will always be in danger of becoming slaves to the ideas and values of others due to our own ignorance.” ― William Hughes Donald Trump characterised undocumented Mexican immigrants ...

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“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear” ~ William Gladstone.

Marco Rubio spins his inexperience.

Challenged by the fact that he is competing in Election 2016 with former and sitting Governors, and elected politicians with far more experience, Marco Rubio has discovered relevant expertise in other fields. Mainly economic struggle. He mentions his parents’ paycheck to paycheck struggle and his own, until recent, subjugation to student loans.

He is trying to make a virtue of his real world struggles and connection to the common folk. In a word, he is promoting himself as the next Obama.

Mike Huckabee invites Nazis to the party.

Godwin’s Law states that: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″. Election 2016 candidate, Mike Huckabee didn’t wait long. He said that by trusting the Iranians, Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven”.

Besides being offensive, it is also inaccurate. No one in the Administration has said he trusts the Iranians – that’s why there are inspections. And wasn’t it Reagan who said “trust but verify”?

Most importantly Huckabee ignores that the actual Holocaust was a plan executed by European Christians. You know – his tribe. (h/t Mediaite)

Rick Perry believes that guns should be allowed in theatres and churches.

Fires are devastating. So humans have spent centuries trying to prevent them. Lightning rods, flameproof fabrics, sprinklers, smoke alarms and the like. Gun zealots, on the other hand, have fought fang and claw against measures that would keep guns away from the insane.

Election 2016 candidate, Rick Perry has leapt on this ‘do nothing’ bandwagon by recommending more guns. Does he think the solution to fire is issuing everyone a fire extinguisher? (h/t Daily Mail)

Is Donald Trump verifiably the GOP favorite?

Recent election 2016 national polls have 24% of likely GOP voters favoring Donald Trump. Other polls show him first or second in the early voting states, Iowa and New Hampshire. Does this mean he is the favorite of Republicans? Not necessarily.

Trump may have 100% of the ‘crazies’ – while the ‘non-crazies’ have split their loyalties among several candidates. As the race matures, and the long shot candidates fade away, the non-crazy support may well coalesce around an ‘anti-Trump’.

Put another way. Trump is ahead, but he may have reached his ceiling.

Bobby Jindal Promotes Gun Control.

Election 2016 candidate, Gov Jindal (R-LA) says that the Layfayette shooter “never should have been able to buy a gun”. Fair enough. But as the shooter bought the gun legally the only way to ensure the same doesn’t happen again is to pass new laws.

Jindal needn’t worry, the majority of Americans would support him.

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Harry Truman and His Very Modern Take on the GOP

July 26, 2015



“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t […]

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Gun Zealots Put Kids in Danger.

July 22, 2015



“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject” ― Winston S. Churchill  In Mobile, Alabama, a boy, 3, was shot by his brother, 6. He is in hospital in critical condition. He’s not alone. People are shot accidentally every day – by themselves and by others. Most of the […]

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The One True Science vs. God only Knows How Many Gods.

July 19, 2015



“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring” ― Carl Sagan. What is the difference between science and religion? Consider this: If man’s knowledge of religion and science disappeared, man would recreate both. What form religion would take is a mystery. […]

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Argument By Anecdote. It’s Easier than the Heavy Lifting of Actually Thinking.

July 18, 2015



“If we are not prepared to think for ourselves, and to make the effort to learn how to do this well, we will always be in danger of becoming slaves to the ideas and values of others due to our own ignorance.” ― William Hughes Donald Trump characterised undocumented Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. […]

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The Lesson of the GOP Base’s Embrace of Donald Trump.

July 17, 2015



“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious” ― Oscar Wilde The most unsettling thing about Donald Trump is not Donald Trump. The man may be a world class mouth – spouting racist paranoia or cynically trumpeting an issue he calculates will resonate with the base. And he has tapped a wellspring of deep fear and […]

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Really? 7.14.15 – The GOP’s Heartless Bastards; Pop Stars Aren’t Politicians; Dragging Family Into It; Carly Fiorina Worked Her Way up from the Middle

July 14, 2015



“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky Despite Trump’s buffoonish racism, the immigration issue will eventually run out of gas. At least the GOP hopes it […]

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Really – 7.9.15 – Banning Female Drivers; The GOP Flubs its Trump Moment; Marco Rubio Weasel; Religion’s Get Out of Jail Free Card.

July 9, 2015



“Politicians were mostly people who’d had too little morals and ethics to stay lawyers” ― George R.R. Martin If you think that county clerks have the right to deny marriage licences to gay couples  because of deeply held religious beliefs – then you must also believe that fundamentalist Muslim DMV workers can deny driving licences […]

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Really? – 7.7.15 – Religious Hypocrisy; Kids Killing Themselves; Homophobic Paranoids; Death by Geography

July 7, 2015



Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom” – Bertrand Russell In the face of the legalization of gay marriage Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, instructed county clerks they did not have to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if it offended […]

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