A Tax Plan for a New Gilded Age
By the New York Times Editorial Board, November 2, 2017
With their new bill that would slash taxes on the wealthy and blow up the federal budget deficit, House Republicans and President Trump are making it absolutely clear whom they are working for — the top 1 percent — and whom they consider dispensable. Well, that’s pretty much everybody else.
The bill, which House leaders unveiled on Thursday after weeks … [more]
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The following letter to the editor, titled “Crooked stuff”, appeared in the Sunday, October 23, 2017 edition of the Sentinel Record. It’s typical codswallop from exalted sister Mary Robinson (bless her heart), so no further introduction is necessary. The photographs that follow represent about a minute of Google searching…
— Monsieur d’Nalgar, Lundi 23 octobre 2017
When someone is lying and doing a bunch of crooked stuff and you know they’re lying and doing a … [more]
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Remarks by Senator John McCain at 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony
October 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s annual Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2017 Liberty Medal to Senator McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:
“Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly … [more]
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Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of shallow-thinking, obsessive letter writers (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would just be piling on tautological tomfoolery). Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and little sister Mary Robinson (oy vey! will she stop already with her “America, bless God” adieus?!) are just two that come to mind…
My latest response to these clannish brethren, these self-righteous christianists trying … [more]
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Let’s be honest about the Second Amendment
By Matthew Walther, October 6, 2017
The Second Amendment clearly and definitively does not say what so many gun-rights absolutists in America claim it does. This is interesting when you consider conservatives’ otherwise consistent adherence to constitutional originalism.
Consider, for instance, that one of the soundest, if clearly not the most persuasive, arguments made against legalized abortion in this country is that the actual text of the 14th Amendment, so far … [more]
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By Ernest Dumas, September 28, 2017
Whenever Donald Trump in his serial bouts with failure decides he must re-energize his base of white nationalists by doing things like demonizing black athletes who protest discrimination, the mainstream press falls for it and gives him maximum space and time. We’re addicted.
Who could pass up the president’s words at an Alabama political rally: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, … [more]
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Well, folks, this is what we’re dealing with… Once again, with feeling (feeling nauseous), here is another visitation by something even scarier than a Stephen King clown, the one, the only (if only) Lloyd Hoffman. This unabashed adoration of Donald Trump was in today’s Sentinel Record. If Jesus still weeps, I know he has to be weeping now.
— Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar, Samedi 23 septembre 2017, ère commune
Kudos for Trump’s speech
After President Donald … [more]
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