Common Sense

The straight news or punditry often starts with the premise of scaring the American people away with a price tag. From the Biden Build Back Better plan reporting, one would think that its’ only attribute—or detriment, depending on your point of view, is the 3.5 trillion dollar price tag. Even...

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  • October 18, 2021

I have rolled a question around in my head for months; why are Republicans so mean? I have concluded that it is not meanness, it is fear. The fear of betraying the religion of Trump and fear of being called stupid. Having a point and blind devotion to a point...

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  • October 1, 2021

Dr. Eddie Glaude points out that Democrats lose when they act like scorned lovers as they neglect parts of their base for others. Dr. Eddie Glaude makes a necessary observation x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. While discussing the draconian Texas abortion law, Nicolle Wallace noted that Democrats are, in...

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  • September 9, 2021

“…wearing a mask while playing was no different from wearing a parachute while skydiving.” The above quote is purportedly from the late Jacques Plante, former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey club when his bravery was questioned for wearing a mask. As absurd as it seems now, there was a...

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  • August 16, 2021

A few years ago, I wrote the piece titled “Boomers Must Take Some Blame And Help Fix Generation Y Unhappy Problem” without any malintent. I was raked over the coals by my boomer friends who accused me of agism and much more. Some said I was pitting generations against each...

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  • May 23, 2021

Most things in America are solved by either common sense, solemnity, or time. The one exception is race. Historically both the Democratic and Republican party has used race as a means of power and control. Although the Federalist Party is long dead, the current Republicans are fighting, legislating, and restoring...

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  • May 17, 2021

As much as I would like to take credit for the fitting title of this piece, I cannot. I heard it for the first time yesterday afternoon (April 8th) on the Randi Rhodes radio broadcast. A caller from Philadelphia used the two-word descriptor, and I found it apropos to the...

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  • April 9, 2021

Black Girl Magic has become the nouveau riche way modern society describes the accomplishments of the current crop of black women and girls, but have existed throughout history. What could be more magic than the lonely trips as a conductor on the Underground Railroad rescuing enslaved Africans led by Harriet Tubman;...

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  • April 2, 2021

I check off a day every morning on my calendar because I am counting down to the day of my second Covid-19 vaccination. I, like a lot of other Americans, especially black Americans, have expressed skepticism over the speed, effectiveness, and side effects of the vaccines. I wrote about a...

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  • March 31, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón (D. CA), in support of Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager’s (D. CA) State Senate campaign in the upcoming special election to fill outgoing LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s (D. CA) seat on March 2nd: Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D. CA) As...

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  • February 25, 2021

Kristi Noem, the GOP superstar governor who took one of the least densely populated states in the nation and turned it into a big-city-style COVID cluster*, appears to be Republicaning in other ways, too. In other words, she’s following in the feculent footsteps of her ocher overlord by engaging in...

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  • February 15, 2021

Another thought before Trump’s presidency (hopefully) slips into distant memory.  One of the many truly odd things about Trump’s presidency was that he insisted on, and got away with, using his personal cell phone all the time — which is an absolute security nightmare because it is unsecured and is listened to by who...

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  • January 29, 2021

This morning in his latest batch of rescinded Executive Orders issued by his predecessor, President Joe Biden reinstated the rights of transgender men and women to serve in the armed services. Biden was quoted as saying, “Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the...

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  • January 25, 2021

Why can the government use imminent domain to seize land but not use these ships for emergency life saving measures in California and overwhelmed coastal areas?  This no room at the inn is unacceptable.  Why is this not happening?  Why are emergency lockdowns for all of these redzones not implemented? ...

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  • January 5, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

 Regarding republican legislators, Do all of us realize, we are paying these people to do this horrific coup?  We cannot continue to let this stand. This talking is getting us nowhere but stressed and more apt to get sick if not down right killed.  These people who are in this...

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  • December 10, 2020

 Regarding republican legislators, Do all of us realize, we are paying these people to do this horrific coup?  We cannot continue to let this stand. This talking is getting us nowhere but stressed and more apt to get sick if not down right killed.  These people who are in this...

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  • December 10, 2020
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A loser’s victory rally, what a message. In his Valdosta, Georgia speech on Saturday Trump will essentially repeat his 46 minute Facebook rant from Wednesday with a few local references and additional stupid ad libs. Save that hour for more productive activities that don’t involve super-spreading. They’re “not dumb in Georgia” but...

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  • December 3, 2020

It’s common courtesy, not to mention common sense, to ask someone’s permission before using them in an advertisement. The Trump campaign has no interest in courtesy, sense, or for that matter the law. They put out an ad which took Dr. Fauci totally out of context to make it appear...

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  • October 12, 2020

Jennifer Rubin is a longtime NeverTrumper member of the marginally sane community. She’s one of The Washington Post’s conservative writers, but when she decided to side with common sense over Trumpite servility, she became an apostate in the eyes of many of her fellow travelers. Importantly, she pushed away from the...

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  • October 11, 2020

Having a hole in a barrier renders it either compromised or ineffective. The last time you went to the dentist and he or she said, ‘open wide’ you would have been aghast if the dentist were not wearing a mask. When your surgeon enters the operating room and the anesthesiologist...

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  • October 7, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Slate Magazine’s The Surge that re-evaluates the top seven swing states the Biden-Harris ticket should keep an eye onn: 1. Florida Pipe down, Pennsylvania. Sit on it, Wisconsin. Go suck an egg, Michigan! When it comes to election anxiety production, Florida, the Terror State, has...

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  • September 11, 2020

Look, I know Nancy Pelosi is human but she is also a political genius.  What in the world possessed her to trust a RWNJ owner of a hair salon tell a stylist to go inside for a hair shampoo against all common sense this close to an election? Pelosi took...

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  • September 3, 2020

Elbridge Gerry was the 5th Vice President of the United States from 1813, until his death in 1814, serving under President James Madison. Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. More importantly, he did not sign the Constitution after saying at the Constitutional Convention debates...

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  • September 2, 2020

In 2015, writer, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a scathing rebuke in the National Review of President Trump’s sister, then federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Like most who oppose partial-birth abortion, he seized upon gory detail, describing the procedure in its most medieval incarnation, all the while ignoring its medical necessity or rarity....

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  • August 24, 2020

From Westword: During recent interviews, Gardner has said positive things about the way Colorado has conducted mail-in voting, and he did so again, more or less, during a forum not meant for public consumption: an August 5 telephone fundraiser. But in a transcript from the event obtained by Westword, he also sought to...

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  • August 13, 2020

I am so sick of stupid.  I am sick of parents putting their kids in danger right down to being canaries in a coal mine.  The people who believe the orange headed nutcase who spreads as much poison to ignorance as possible are dying from his poison kool aid. Magically...

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  • August 10, 2020

There is a diary on here which is very good about Betsy No nothing and it is good. http://www.dailykos.com/… I am a parent, grandparent and great grandparent.  I know kids.   I have raised enough of them to know them. We know we have a shortage of teachers and we do...

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  • August 2, 2020

Laurie Garrett and John Moore discuss herd immunity which is the default position of leaders like Trump who don’t care how many people die. Trump continues to make excuses and even regress to debunked remedies. He will sacrifice a quarter-million people to achieve re-election, making the actual death toll attributable...

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  • July 29, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: MJ Hegar (D. TX) COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in our country because so many of our leaders have failed to put Americans’ health first. Like...

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  • July 23, 2020

From High Times Magazine: The Yale-educated former aide to Rep. James Clyburn, Jaime Harrison, is challenging Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham for a US Senate seat in South Carolina. Harrison is a vocal supporter of cannabis legalization, and recently highlighted the disproportionate way that cannabis laws are enforced upon black...

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  • July 18, 2020

Talk about stupid.   The greedy Republicans have no clue how to even make the state money not to mention flatten the curve.  They know how to throw a fine on a seat belt violator.  They know how to throw a big fine on someone doing 45 in a 40 mph...

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  • July 17, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), did an interview CNBC this week where he mainly discussed issues younger voters cared about. One of the biggest issues he discussed was legalizing marijuana: I think we should legalize, regulate and tax marijuana like we do alcohol and tobacco. There is simply...

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  • July 16, 2020

From The Houston Chronicle: Not even the worst pandemic to hit Texas in a century was enough to stem the surge in voter registrations that has remade the state’s electorate over the past four years. Just since March, Texas has added nearly 149,000 voters even as the political parties and...

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  • July 11, 2020

Chris Hayes made the cut and dry case that the president should resign for causing the COVID-19 catastrophe that is costing lives. Chris Hayes was on point necessarily disparaging the President x x YouTube Video Watch complete episodes here. Chris Hayes did not mince words as he used the president's own words...

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  • July 4, 2020

I feel like I am assigning you all summer reading but then again, I will be taking off for the 4th of July weekend (every please be safe this weekend). With that said, here’s a must read piece that came out earlier this week from Glamour profiling State Senator, Dr....

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  • July 2, 2020

It sure looks like Arizona is going for another shutdown to deal with the coronavirus, but I suspect that Republican Governor Ducey would prefer to call it a “de-reopening” of Arizona. Conceding he made a mistake in allowing them to reopen, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday shuttered all bars in...

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  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Former astronaut and naval officer Mark Kelly is surging in the polls against Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally — and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is terrified and pulling out all...

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  • June 29, 2020

Trump wanting to be so mask free and wanting his own way, Florida is going to be a nightmare I predict come August. Ron Desantis is so naive that he thinks the Republican Convention will bring prosperty and money into Florida’s economy at the risk of killing the state.   I...

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  • June 25, 2020

From the Leavenworth Times editorial board today: Guns should be kept safely and securely. The news that U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach had four guns stolen from his truck in Wichita earlier this month underscores the importance of treating firearms with respect and care. “Secretary Kobach always has at least...

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  • June 25, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Singer-Songwriter, Carole King, in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) U.S. Senate campaign: Sen. Tina Smith (D. MN) Hi, it’s Carole King. First, and most important, I hope you and your family are safe and well. I’ve gotten to know Minnesota’s U.S. Senator...

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  • June 23, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of Joe Biden’s presidential candidate: This is a time of tremendous crisis for our nation.   Across the country, Americans are flooding the streets protesting the injustice of police brutality and affirming the unshakable...

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  • June 18, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020

Fred Hiatt in WaPo speculates on why Trump is engaging in self-destructive behavior by inciting the defiance of isolation orders. So here’s another theory. Trump and his team realized weeks ago that he was losing to Joe Biden, badly. They began casting China as an enemy and, preposterously, Biden as a Communist...

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  • May 17, 2020

Kudos to Elizabeth Meyer at Iowa Starting Line for capturing this: Iowa has the fourth-highest growth rate of coronavirus in the country and some of the nation’s largest numbers of cases per capita, yet in a recent interview with Breitbart, Sen. Joni Ernst said the state “has fared pretty well” during the pandemic....

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  • April 28, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of former Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaign: John Hickenlooper (D. CO) Hello, For too long, the workings of our government have been captured, with corporate interests and the power politics...

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  • April 28, 2020

Received this e-mail from the Giffords PAC in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) campaign: We’re excited to announce that we just endorsed another gun safety candidate running for U.S. Senate: Jaime Harrison in South Carolina! Jaime Harrison’s commitment to commonsense gun safety is personal. He lost his friend Clem and 8 others when...

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  • April 25, 2020

LIVE BLOG below  5:30* PM EDT *(rarely starts on time) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House Trump may try to double down today, perhaps with some attempt at “sarcasm” in a specific attack on reporters. He may simply cut his losses and even let...

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  • April 24, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign and Barbara Bollier (D. KS) and Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaigns: If Democrats want to take the Senate, we must win back the Midwest. So today, I’m going...

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  • April 20, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Councilwoman Christy Smith’s (D. CA-25) congressional campaign for the upcoming special election to fill Katie Hill’s (D. CA-25) vacant seat: Christy Smith (D. CA-25) Today, I want to talk to you about Christy Smith, the absolutely...

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  • April 17, 2020
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