In Russia's recent power plays and provocation, some commentators compare to 1930s Europe, others see the specter of the Soviet spread, but it's really a new challenge to the new world order.
As the US redirects its War on Terror and continues to extricate from Afghanistan, with domestic pressure to reduce the NSA, Putin's push has NATO contemplating the inconceivable.
Aggressive annexation and military moves are met with new tools of sanctions and trade threats. The global gang tries to tame the Russian bear and now the G8 is now, gee, seven.
Is this a Cold War being thawed out, or a non-war nobody's sure how to fight? Whether Cold War, Cool War, Old War or New War,
it's a new year, new fear, or new terror in an unknown era.
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CPAC 2014 is over, and the hard core rightists of our nation have had their fill of entertainment for another year. The convention also provided a week of really solid material for comedians like Jon Stewart, who had his audience snorting into its microbrew with his play-by-play of over-the-top CPAC moments. This back and forth between the unknowingly ridiculous right wing politicians and knowingly ridiculous left-leaning commentators still isn’t old for me, though after years of this it probably should be.
Relentlessly, the right ups the temperature on its rhetoric, creating frenzy around something with a lot of style and little substance. What real leaders do is identify problems, work on solutions in partnership with others, and implement policies that improve people’s lives. CPAC folks don’t do any of these things. They are like actors pretending to be leaders on a stage. The pontificators of conservative ideology are either really poor quality performance artists, or really good ones- I can’t decide which. Read more
When Boston Mayor Thomas Menino came out against Chick-Fil-A after its CEO expressed opposition to gay marriage, numerous grassroots campaigns throughout the nation followed suit encouraging people to take their business elsewhere. If your Facebook is anything like mine, it’s probably full of statuses standing with, or against, the Boston Mayor. Read more
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Well the Republican National Convention in August is fast approaching and our fair city is getting ready for potential disaster.
Some 50,000 plus of delegates, news organizations, free lancers, bloggers, talking heads, strippers, hookers, rent boys, foreign commentators etc. will be descending on Tampa Bay and surrounding environs for the event.
On hand to greet them will be 5,000 cops brought in from surrounding areas and from out of state, helicopters with the latest in high speed down load video equipment, three armored Swat vehicles, new cameras hidden all over the city and plenty of tear gas and rubber bullets.
An estimated 10,000 - 15,000 demonstrators are also expected. Read more
Vice President Joe Biden recently made a comment on NBC’s Meet
the Press affirming his support for marriage equality. “I am absolutely
comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying
women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are
entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,”
Biden said. This new discussion forces one to look at the President, look
at his supporters, and ask the question: Why, again, do you support the
President? Read more
Keith Olbermann has signed a new two year deal with C-Span to host a new show tentatively titled, “Loud Talking with Olbermann.”
C-Span producer Martin Wiseman said about the deal, “Listen, we all know Keith's reputation. Which is why we think he would be a perfect fit for C-Span. He will be provided with a camera on a tripod and space in an empty office to record his program. And if he doesn't show up for work one day, we will simply press play and record the empty room. There will be no disruption to our regular programming.” Mr. Wiseman than excused himself to attend the “Olbermann Pre-Emptive Legal Defense Fund” bake sale in the C-Span commissary. Read more
With the Supreme Court hearing arguments for the next three days on the Affordable Care Act, many commentators, including Dahlia Lithwick appear to have so much contempt for the Roberts court that they believe the issue will likely be settled on politics rather than law. Read more
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It’s been obvious for a long time now that Republicans are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. You’d be hard pressed to find a Republican lawmaker to say anything negative about old Rush. Rush has for a long time held a lot of clout over Republican politicians, with Republicans kowtowing to Mr. Limbaugh in fear that Rush will bash them on his popular radio show. Read more
Many bloggers and commentators have expressed outrage over the decision by Virginia to require ultrasound examination, possibly transvaginal ultrasound, prior to women obtaining an abortion. From Bill Maher to Dahlia Lithwick people are outraged and have even suggested that it should be considered rape to force women to undergo vaginal examination by ultrasound prior to receiving abortion. Read more
Mr O'Reilly or Mr O' Really! as he should be known has an excellent personality and is clever in a crude kind of way. Read more
The evaluation of the NEP modern scholars are divided into several main groups.
Some historians presume that the NEP - a purely Russian phenomenon caused by the civil war. Read more
I’ve never been much of a Glenn Beck fan, since I don’t particularly care for red-faced screaming one-note commentators (regardless of whether they are conservative or liberal), but oh, MY – this is b Read more
He's taking it straight to his perceived enemy, calling both Fox News and Rush Limbaugh radical and out of the mainstream.
Poking the Cobra
Raging Moderate, by Will Durst
Now is the time for all good men to put their hands together, pull them apart and rapidly put them back together again, and repeat, to give props to the president for not curling up into a fetal position with a "Kick Me" sign taped to his butt. You know. Like a Democrat. Read more
by Justin Krebs
"What are they thinking?"
I find myself asking that all too often when conservative commentators tell us why we can't / shouldn't / won't -- whether it's over healthcare reform, energy reform, economic reform...you know any old reform. Their arguments are almost unbelievable...and yet, there they are, talk show after talk show, repeating the same talking points.
Then I ask a second question: "How do they all say the SAME absurd things?" Read more