Entries Tagged as 'Polis'

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Zombie Economics

Readers of a certain age will recall George H. W. Bush’s (i.e. George I, not his idiot boy, George II) characterization of Ronald Raygun’s proposed economic policies when they both were running for the Republicon presidential nomination in 1980: “voodoo economics.” Laurie Essig has a better metaphor for it: “zombie economics.” Writing for the Chronicle […]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

WWJD? Rick Perry, Antichrist

Republicon governor Rick Perry has declared a public day of prayer and is organizing a major national public prayer event, using the typical language of the 17th-century jeremiad: America in crisis . . . facing doom . . . must act now . . . But what would Jesus do? Fortunately, we know without any biblical ambiguity, […]

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Coming to Our Senses?

OK, American; you’ve had a taste of what life under Republicons would be, and you don’t like it. As reported today, “Disapproval of Congress at Historic Level,” in the New York Times: The debate over raising the debt ceiling, which brought the nation to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to its highest […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Conviction and Responsibility

George Packer, writing in the 25 July 2011 New Yorker: The sociologist Max Weber, in his 1919 essay “Politics as a Vocation,” drew a distinction between “the ethic of responsibility” and “the ethic of ultimate ends”–between those who act from a sense of practical consequence and those who act from higher conviction, regardless of consequences. […]

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Tea-party Republicons and the Tea Bagging of America

Denizens of erotic culture and aficionados of American slang will know that “tea bagging” is the term of art for the practice of a man’s inserting his scrotum into the mouth of a sexual partner for the purpose of deriving pleasure. This sexual feat is sometimes performed (and photographically documented) while the passive party is […]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Irrational Exuberance

James Fallows, writing on the Atlantic Monthly Web site, “Another Chart for Your Debt Ceiling Discussions,” graphically displays our current debt crisis: “. . . the Bush-era tax cuts, extended last year under Obama, were the biggest single policy source of deficit increase over the past ten years. Therefore you can be for reducing deficits, […]

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Trump Discloses Source of Hair Design

Donald Trump, frontrunner for the Republicon presidential nomination, revealed today that his hair was designed by American architect Frank Gehry. This revelation came on the heals of Trump’s victory in forcing the hand of President Obama to make available his alleged Hawaiian birth certificate. Since then critics and bloggers had begun to question the national […]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Republicon Scott Walker “Stinged”

Remember when right-wingnuts did a sting on Acorn (Andrew Breitbart’s agents posing as a pimp and ‘ho)? Remember when they tried the same sting recently on Planned Parenthood? Well, turnabout is fair play. Or, to quote the Bard: Hoist on their own petard. Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast called up Gov. Scott Walker, posing as wealthy […]

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Republicon Bachmann Rewrites History

Thanks to Anderson Cooper of CNN for deconstructing Michelle Bachmann’s destruction of the historical record. Those who forget history are doomed to rewrite it to suit their own agendas.

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Domestic Arms Control

Ronald Reagan is sometimes praised by both sides of the political house for his concern that nuclear arms proliferation endangered world security. Contrary to ideologues on the Right, he understood that no limits on nuclear arms did not make the world a safer or more secure place. We were reminded of his legacy (and of […]

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Right-Wing Terrorism & the Republicons

Let’s call it what it is: right-wing terrorism. For well over a century, Americans have witnessed (though often with eyes closed and mouths shut) a countless number of right-wing terrorists, from “lone gunmen” (usually dismissed as pathological in order for Americans to evade the political implications of their violence) to organized hate groups (starting with […]

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

O, bama!

President Obama is a lawyer (Harvard, 1991), but I’m sure glad that he’s not my lawyer, otherwise I could imagine this scene with a DA: “Right from the start let me say that my client is guilty as charged. Are there any other charges that you would like him to plead guilty to? OK, now […]

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Nazis, Good for What Ailes Ya

Roger Ailes, Faux News CEO, recently characterized the executives of National Public Radio as Nazis several times in an interview after NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams for having made an impolitic comment about traditional Islamic garb. According to Ailes: “They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the […]

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Healthy Dems, Unhealthy Republicons

The Amazing Republicono Snake Oil Revival and Medicine Show was ridden out of town on a rail in 2006 and 2008, townspeople having discovered that its patent medicine not only didn’t work, it made people worse off. So one has to admire the persistence of the Amazing Republicono who hasn’t even changed the label, and […]

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Why I Live in Connecticut

I left Virginia over two years ago partly to shake the dust off my sandals of a state whose Republicon majority seemed more preoccupied with the nineteenth century than with the twenty-first. Here’s more positive evidence that I made the right move. Announced today in the Hartford Courant, the mayor of Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, Pedro […]

Thursday, November 4th, 2010


How can a political party govern that doesn’t believe in government?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Petulance on the Left, Pique on the Right, Stuck in the Middle School with You

The biennial student government election at Uncle Sam Middle School is over, and the tweens have demonstrated their usual hormonal bipolarity. Yesterday’s Best Friends Forever are . . . so yesterday. Case in point: A self-described liberal friend in Virginia who got her panties in a bunch because the Obama Administration recently defended in court […]

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Republicon Deficit Hypocrisy

Like an alcoholic boyfriend, the Republicon Party wants you to believe that it has given up besotted binges of deficit spending. It wants you to forget (or at least forgive) the fact that the national debt quadrupled under Ronald Raygun and George H.W. Bush, and doubled again under George W. Bush. It wants you to […]

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010


Buying democracy, one race at a time.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

A Real Communist Dictatorship

If the US were really a Communist dictatorship, as the Teabaggers and Republicons claim, President Obama would’ve put them all in jail. Case in point: The Communist dictatorship of China, the place of manufacture of the computer on which you are reading this and the computer on which I am writing this. China’s dictators imprisoned […]

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Lie or Die? Either Way, the Culture of Homophobia is Killing Us

What do Minister George Rekers; Pastor Ted Haggard, WA Legislator Richard Curtis, former congressman, Mark Foley, and Alabama Attorney General Troy King, and most recently Rev. Eddie Long (no relation to me!)  have in common? Each one of them took rabid anti-gay positions in their public lives. Each one of them has been accused of […]

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Right-Wing Nutbags: BillyBobNeck Exposes Maddow

America’s Right Wing (including its Teabaggers and Republicons) has more nuts than the scrotum of a mutant elephant: Fresh from YouTube, BillyBobNeck exposes Rachel Maddow (of the Nazi Marxist Socialist Communist Bolshevik network MSNBC) as a lesbian vampire! Or is BillyBobNeck just a satirist? Irony is so elusive (and so Lefty). You be the judge!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

GOP Candidate Channels Chris Farley

Republican Councilman Phil Davison of Minerva, Ohio made a fiery speech at Wednesday evening’s Stark County Republican Party’s executive committee meeting to select a nominee to run for Stark County treasurer. Was Davison channeling the late comedian Chris Farley in his numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live as “Matt Foley, motivational speaker”?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

NY Times: FDA Failed to Mandate Chicken Salmonella Vaccine

Reported today in the New York Times, the US Food and Drug Administration failed to mandate vaccination of chickens against salmonella, a method with dramatic and proven results in England. The vaccination only costs a few cents per dozen eggs. After institution of the chicken vaccination in England, reports of instances of salmonella from infected […]

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Obama’s Religion

Widely reported recently, including this excerpt from the New York Times: Since October 2008, the percentage of Americans who say the president is a Muslim has risen from 12 percent to 18 percent. The percentage of people who think he is a Christian has fallen from 51 percent to 34 percent. The polling data indicated […]