“Dirty Tricks” Keep Coming

Political parties employ a wide range of tools that voters might not know about. They rely on partisan “think tanks” to provide a rationale for their policies… They employ psychologists to find words and phrases that resonate in our subconscious minds… They dig up dirt about their opponents and “leak” it to the media… And they […]
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The Real Bottom Line

  I just read a report that big-money donors are threatening to abandon the Democratic Party “if they go too far left.” As an example, a wealthy Democratic donor named Stephen Cloobeck said on TV recently: I’ve talked to Schumer. I’ve talked to Wyden. I’ve talked to Pelosi.  And I said if you use the […]
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An Encouraging Sign – But…

    Yesterday’s elections gave the Democrats cause for hope – but not for complacency. Results, especially in Virginia, were even better than the pundits predicted, and it looks as if a Blue Wave is building for 2018. But Democrats should beware. If they get too comfortable – as they have so many times in the past – they […]
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The Red Menace Evolves

  Back in the Sixties, we expected the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on North America at any moment. In Canada, where I was living then, some people even built bomb shelters in their basements and stocked them with canned goods, hoping to hide from the blast and wait out the radiation that would ensue. I understand […]
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Kamala Harris for President

  We Jamaicans are not easily intimidated. Ask Kamala Harris. Or, better yet, ask John McCain. Ask Richard Burr. They were among the Republican senators who tried – and failed – to shut her up during recent committee hearings. She kept talking back. Yes, a woman, a black woman, had the temerity to stand up to her […]
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Keeping us in Suspense

  Drop by tiny drop the “leaks” keep coming but why aren’t we hearing some official news from all of those investigations into Russia’s hacking? I would think the facts are easy to uncover. It’s common knowledge that Putin’s hackers stole information from the Democratic Party’s computers and released the damaging stuff they found. And everyone […]
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Echo Chamber Strikes Back

I don’t usually watch Fox News. Or read the rubbish on right-wing web sites. But my nephew Chris sends me links to various “conservative” propaganda outlets. I guess he thinks I would benefit from an alternative view of events. Today, his links included a claim from Sean Hannity that left-over Obama sympathizers in the civil service […]
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Digging up the Dirt

  When the president and vice president of the United States have to hire lawyers to shield them from prosecution,… When the vast majority in Congress, however poor before they got elected, are millionaires… When lobbyists and influence peddlers, foreign and domestic, write the nation’s laws… I have to wonder what Robert Mueller might find when he […]
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Trump is at it Again

i think the world of Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell  and the rest of the MSNBC crew, but I suspect they’re falling for one of those classic Trump gambits. They are seriously pondering the implications of Trump firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to dig up the facts behind the Russian hacking scandal. Of course Trump […]
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What Does Bannon Have that I Don’t?

I’ve been writing this blog for at least 10 years and nobody has invited me to help run the country. What do some bloggers have that I don’t, anyway? Steve Bannon, for example. Here’s a blogger with outlandish ideas who may be the most powerful person in America today. And what has he done to achieve […]
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