Jim Wright considers events in Ferguson, Mo. A nugget:

This is part and parcel of The Big Lie we Americans tell ourselves. That one about our vaunted exceptionalism. Heh, heh, exceptionalism. Riiiiight. Exceptionalism isn’t even a real word, but then that’s par for the course. Tell me, America, what’s so damned exceptional about fearing the police? About living in fear of authority? What’s exceptional about armed troops in the streets? About armored vehicles and automatic weapons on the corners, in the playgrounds, guarding the schools and the store and the police stations? About blockades and showing your papers? What’s exceptional about being shot down without trial or due process? What exactly is exceptional about dead kids in the street? What’s exceptional about tear gas and rubber bullets – or lead ones for that matter? But then what’s so exceptional about an armed population? About citizens who solve their differences with pistols and assault weapons? What’s exceptional about racism and inequality and disparity and naked hate? What’s exceptional about crime and riot? What’s exceptional about the arrest and detainment of journalists and reporters? What’s exceptional about political division that verges on civil war? These things are all too common around the world.

Go read his post.

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Eric Hoffer:

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

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The stupid, it burns.

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Cop in military combat gear to James Madison, who is drafting the First Amendment:


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Bob Cesca:

. . . we can’t help but to contrast law enforcement’s reaction to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, versus law enforcement’s reaction during the Bundy Ranch fiasco.

Read it.

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12 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

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11 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Balloon Juice’s Anne Laurie does a masterful takedown of Libertarianism and its dupes, symps, and fellow travelers.

Just read it.

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09 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Wayne O’Leary does his homework and uncovers the motivation for the charter school movement; he finds that it’s not educational excellence. A nugget:

So what’s the hidden motivation for the ongoing attacks on US public education as presently constituted? Quite simply, there’s gold in them thar hills, if American education can just be turned into a business. Rupert Murdoch no less, whose News Corp. has an education investment subsidiary called Amplify, says the sector could potentially be worth $500 billion. In some respects, our educational system is already well on its way to becoming a private industry; that’s what the charter-school movement, the key component of what education historian Diane Ravitch calls “corporate education reform,” is really all about.

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Thom and Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, review how the US went back on its word and what how that may have affected what’s happening Ukraine.

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Very Special Twits.

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Cartoon pointing out that courts have defined unlimited corporate campaign contributions and corporations' forcing employees to comply with corporate

Via Kos.

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President Obama in hoodie carrying Skittles and soda followed by figure who looks like George Zimmerman wearing sweatshirt labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Edwin Lyngar describes his journey from supporting teabaggery to enlightenment. It is a fascinating read. Here’s a snippet:

In 2010, I couldn’t support my own Tea Party candidate for Senate because Sharron Angle was an obvious lunatic. I instead sent money to the Rand Paul campaign. Immediately the Tea Party-led Congress pushed drastic cuts in government spending that prolonged the economic pain. The jobs crisis in my own city was exacerbated by the needless gutting of government employment. The people who crashed the economy — bankers and business people — screamed about government spending and exploited Tea Party outrage to get their own taxes lowered. Just months after the Tea Party victory, I realized my mistake, but I could only watch as the people I supported inflicted massive, unnecessary pain on the economy through government shutdowns, spending cuts and gleeful cruelty.

I finally “got it.” In 2012, I shunned my self-destructive voting habits and supported Obama. . . .

I have a close friend on permanent disability. He votes reliably for the most extreme conservative in every election. Although he’s a Nevadan, he lives just across the border in California, because that progressive state provides better social safety nets for its disabled. He always votes for the person most likely to slash the program he depends on daily for his own survival. It’s like clinging to the end of a thin rope and voting for the rope-cutting razor party.

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01 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

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