Hillary Clinton in campaign 2008: Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination as talking point


From transcripts Any candidate, having used a good talking point once, will likely repeat it. Talking points are a minor staple of political campaigns. The utterance may be fairly spontaneous the first time, but pretty soon it gets embedded in the basic stump speech. Then it gets repeated, and repeated, and repeated, with minor tweaks. […]

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The low-class Washington, D.C., chattering classes


The chattering classes are lower-class than the masses. We have seen this before. In 2002 and 2003, millions of ‘ordinary’ Americans figured something was wrong about wantonly invading Iraq. That perception was not shared, however, by established media authorities including George F. Will, Charles Krauthammer, the entire Republican noise machine, the three original major television […]

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Financial-political corruption is not just a “single issue”


Lead Paint and the Tangled Web of Corporate Finance Back in August the Washington Post ran an excellent, heartbreaking article on rip-offs of victims of lead paint poisoning. The article linked here should be read in full, but the short story is that finance companies induce poor people with annuities to cash their annuities in […]

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Message from a typical Donald Trump supporter


Here is today’s moronic email message. Found in my inbox this morning: [text follows] “Here is my insight. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I suggest you continue your education till you learn the […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Emails


Actually, the title of this post is a misnomer. They are the public’s emails. But as with the contents of the U.S. Mint, public ownership and public access are two different things. What we do going forward is what matters most. Facing these State Department emails, let’s start with some constructive recommendations. Here would be my recommendations […]

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Donald Trump, Staying Puft


Fun’s fun. Admittedly, it has been fun to watch Donald Trump ruining the field for sixteen or more other Republican candidates for the White House. He’s like a human-shaped cue ball. Knocked into the rack, he has sent minor and major candidates careening in all directions, colliding with each other and banging up against sides […]

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Hillary Clinton Would Be Awful for the Democratic Party in 2016


  And the Republicans know it. This post will be short.* Clinton would be the worst possible choice for Democratic nominee in 2016. Every flaw revealed in the 2008 campaign is still there, not to be ignored in a presidential campaign. Clinton’s one plus is that much of her work as Secretary of State was […]

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Elections 2014, and New York District 21 Is Looking Weird


Elections 2014, and New York District 21 Is Looking Weird Okay, this is just strange. A former GWBush official is running for Congress in an upstate New York district, and polls show the race as close. Admittedly, the official in question–Elise Stefanik–was only a minor official under Bush, and New York’s 21st District does not […]

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Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast.


Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast. A seductive meme: ‘Black voters in Mississippi helped Thad Cochran win’. But it sounds too good to be true. One day after the primary, the story makes the rounds like Paul Revere, except faster and in a warmer climate–black voters held their noses, or better, and put […]

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The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns


The returning issue of Romney’s tax returns Tax returns are not trivial In the land of abundance, the legal obligations of citizenship rest lightly for most Americans. With no military draft or compulsory youth service, the United States actually requires little in the way of civic obligation–that is, obligation imposed by law and justice. Jury […]

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