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A blog critiquing and challenging various figures and institutions of power, with a focus on.. politics, economics, and religion.

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  • The Pauls take it to the next level
    on May 14, 2011
    With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. I...
  • Mitt Romney's love-hate relationship with the individual mandate (updated below)
    on May 14, 2011
    NOTE: This was originally posted on Thurs. morning and updated on Thurs. afternoon. Blogger has been experiencing all kinds of glitches; the site was down, posts disappeared, etc. The site is now back up and running but some lost posts have not been...
  • Website issues
    on May 13, 2011
    It's been a chaotic 24 hours at Blogger. They've had all kinds of glitches, posts have disappeared, one thing after another. Things are being resolved and posts are reappearing now. I'm just waiting for my Thursday post to reappear before I start pos...
  • Mitt Romney's love-hate relationship with the individual mandate
    on May 12, 2011
    Mitt Romney, 2007:ROMNEY: I happen to like what we did. I think it’s a good model for other states. Maybe not every state, but most. And so what I’d do at the federal level is give to every state the same kind of flexibility we got from the feder...
  • In honor of Newt's announcement
    on May 11, 2011
    Newt Gingrich is running for president. No, I'm not kidding. Gingrich, who turns 68 next month and is on his third wife, is apparently convinced that the American public is yearning for his return to national politics. The good folks over at Mother J...
  • Alan Simpson is not a liar. He's just an idiot.
    on May 11, 2011
    Back on April 13 I wrote about the misinformation campaign regarding life expectancy as it relates to the retirement age for Social Security. The big Establishment lie is that Americans are living sooo much longer now than we were when the...
  • State of the GOP field
    on May 10, 2011
    The pizza man is rising! If the Republican primary for President were held today, for whom would you vote? CandidateGOP Voters Chris Christie17% Herman Cain14% Ron Paul10% Mitt Romney9% Newt Gingrich7% Sarah Palin4% Tim Pawlenty4% Mike Huckabee4% Do...
  • Religious lunacy
    on May 10, 2011
    A few exciting recent developments in the world of fantasy: 1) "Close allies" of President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been arrested and charged with sorcery. Apparently, among the twenty-five men who were arrested are "magicians" who are dange...
  • Final thoughts on the morality and legality of killing Osama bin Laden
    on May 7, 2011
    The nature of blogging is to write about stories that are still fluid. This week, in particular, has posed a difficult challenge for bloggers, because the official story about the killing of bin Laden seemed to change daily. It is much easier - and p...
  • The debt ceiling
    on May 6, 2011
    Rep. Michelle Bachmann on U.S. debt and the crushing taxes it will necessitate if immediate action is not taken: "I tell you this story because I think that in our day and time, there is no direct analogy to that horrific action," she said, referring...
  • Priorities of the political class
    on May 5, 2011
    Corporate America is on one hell of a ride: A cover story in Fortune via Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook reads: “Profits of the 500 Largest U.S. Corporations Soar by 81% ($318 Billion), the Third Largest Percentage Gain in List History … Wal-Mar...
  • Prospects for ending the Afghan war (updated below)
    on May 5, 2011
    The killing of bin Laden has spurred numerous calls, from all over the political spectrum, to scale back or end the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Here's conservative Republican Dick Lugar: "With al-Qaida largely displaced from the country, but franc...
  • More on bin Laden (updated Thursday)
    on May 4, 2011
     One aspect of the bin Laden postmortem that we seem to be taking for granted is this phenomenon of primarily crediting President Obama with his killing, even to the point of saying, flat-out, "Obama killed bin Laden." He did not. Obama handled...
  • The death of bin Laden is not comparable to the death of Hitler
    on May 3, 2011
    Some friends of mine have defended the euphoric reaction to bin Laden's death by, at least implicitly, comparing it to the death of Hitler. They have pointed out, rightly, that upon hearing of Hitler's death millions of decent people all over th...
  • On the killing of bin Laden (updated below)
    on May 2, 2011
    Osama bin Laden is dead. The implications are minimal. As Robert Fisk and Chris Hedges pointed out last night, he had no operational role in planning terrorist attacks. He was a name, a symbol, a "spiritual mentor" in the words of Hedges. H...
  • Contrast
    on Apr 29, 2011
    The Evil Hugo Chavez has apparently decided, sinisterly, that social programs and education for Venezuelans should take priority over corporate profits. From Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez: ...revenue from the tax will not be used for investment...
  • Sarah Palin corrects us
    on Apr 29, 2011
    We've all heard that investors and economists are pleading with members of Congress to swiftly raise the debt ceiling and warning that failure to do so would have a catastrophic effect on financial markets and the economy as a whole. But Sarah Palin...
  • Tim Pawlenty is confused
    on Apr 28, 2011
    The dynamic Tim Pawlenty delivered what was surely a riveting speech Republican activists yesterday. During Pawlenty's speech, he criticized Wall Street and corporate welfare, what he termed "special deals for some.''  But when asked a...
  • Signs of hope
    on Apr 27, 2011
    A few positive developments in the news... 1) Obama has decided to finally obtain and release his long-form birth certificate. I thought stringing the birthers along for this wild ride over the past couple years was a brilliant political tactic, but...
  • Political competence from the Democrats?
    on Apr 27, 2011
    Humiliating the birthers, causing "chaos" in the Republican caucus, forcing neo-Randians to defend corporate subsidies, and now this? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Wednesday that he would host a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R...