Paul Ryan's Claim That His Budget Reflects... →
A look at the hypocrisy of Paul Ryan’s budget.
Colbert and Don McElroy →
Former Texas Board of Education Chairman Don McElroy’s appearance on The Colbert Report from Monday night. McElroy was influential in the Texas board’s decision to re-write the school curriculum to favor conservative views. This is Colbert at his wittiest. “I have always been a fan of reality by majority vote”.
To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy...– George Orwell, preface to Animal Farm
His system was so idiotically simple that some people can’t understand it, no...– Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to...– Winston Churchill (via politicalprof)
Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply...– Christopher Hitchens
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" →
A favorite of mine and always inspirational, George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language”.
Direct Misdirection: California
California’s budget and economic problems aren’t news to anyone. The state is broke and one of the reasons why is the ballot initiative; the process that allows people to vote on laws. California began using the initiative during the “progressive” era as a way to check politicians. However, over the last few decades, special interest influence has put many poor initiatives on the ballot and they...
Connecticut House votes to repeal death penalty →
Mohammed Nasheed, the "Mandela of the Maldives" →
We're still "pro-democracy" right?
Not really. U.S. foreign policy over the last half century has been to support right wing dictatorships as long as it is in our strategic and economic interest. This has happened regardless of whether the president is Democrat or Republican. The latest example of this is Honduras. In summer 2009, a military coup in Honduras ousted the democratically elected president Jose Manuel Zelaya. Now under...
"Elephants Down Under" →
Thomas Friedman illuminates the rightward shift of our political spectrum by comparing it to Australia and New Zealand.
war, the indescribable, the pleasure of the mad, the final argument of...– Charles Bukowski