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Category Archives: Hypocrisy

Lies, Damn Lies, and the NSA

It is like an AA meeting where the first step is admitting you have a problem. Because until now our spy apparatus has been in denial. James Clapper lied to Congress about widespread spying on Americans. Former NSA head Keith Alexander denied it. Even Obama repeatedly told us that “no one is reading your emails […]

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Values

Congressman Vance McAllister (R-LA) was elected to office last November after running as a “values Republican”, touting his Christian faith and his family. He gained some notoriety when he brought one of the stars of the TV show Duck Dynasty to Obama’s State of the Union speech. So it should be no surprise to long-time […]

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Political Whores

Another chapter in the ongoing saga of Tesla Motors. Telsa sells sophisticated electric cars, and like other manufacturers of electronics, they want to sell their products directly to consumers. After all, nobody objects to the stores owned by Apple, or Sony, or Microsoft (or AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.) selling their products directly to consumers. Tesla’s […]

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Welfare Reform

Nicholas Kristof has a must-read editorial in the NY Times. Kristof looks at the conservative mantra that government assistance reduces initiative, causes dependence, and increases the deficit — and agrees! He helpfully suggests five public welfare programs are wasteful and have turned us into a nation of “takers”. They should be eliminated as quickly as […]

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He who laughs last…

Russia is having a good laugh at the US at us imposing sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. According to a foreign policy aide at the Kremlin “These sanctions are already a bore, they truly cause a sense of irony and even sarcasm.” Another aide compared the sanctions to a “political Oscar” that he is […]

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Boehner’s Whopper

At a press conference, House Speaker John Boehner claims that Obamacare has resulted in a “net loss of people with health insurance”. A reporter even questions Boehner to make sure the Speaker didn’t mis-speak. Boehner repeats his claim. But it is absolutely not true.

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Tortured Response

Andrew Sullivan has a must read rant on Obama’s foot dragging on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. As some of you know, Sullivan is a conservative, but he is gay and also likes Obama. But he has had enough. Basically, his point is that the well documented use of torture by the US […]

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Religious Rights and Wrongs

Concerning Arizona’s bill allowing businesses to use religious beliefs as an excuse to refuse service (in particular, to gays). You know, I’m all for allowing people to exercise their valid religious beliefs. However, bigotry, hatred, and intolerance are simply not valid religious beliefs. And any religion that practices such beliefs should lose their tax exempt […]

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Follow the Obamacare Money

I am constantly amazed at the creativity of investment funds. I didn’t realize until today that there are mutual funds that allow investors to bet for or against the Affordable Care Act. So what does Wall Street think about Obamacare? According to Bloomberg Businessweek “investors have bet 45 times more money on Obamacare’s success than […]

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Bad Headlines

The headline for the article on NBC News “Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths” is accompanied by a disturbing photo of a crumpled car destroyed in an accident. The article itself says that new research supports the claim that legal marijuana is making the problem of drugged driving worse, and tells stories of people […]

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Out of Thin Air

The group Americans for Prosperity — funded by the Koch brothers — is taking heat for several deceptive negative campaign ads they are running. In Louisiana, they are running attack ads against Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The ad features a number of people who appear to be Louisiana residents, receiving letters telling them that their […]

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If at first you don’t succeed, blame Obama

Just a week after raising hopes that the GOP would finally do something about immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner did a complete flip flop and said that Republicans will again refuse to do anything about it. And then he blamed Obama, saying “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce […]

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Sabotage?

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech, and promoted a story about a purported failure of Obamacare: Not long ago I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums […]

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Do as I say, not as I do

Republicans decry the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Seriously. Good thing we have Jon Stewart to call them on their bullshit:

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Spying, American Style

Jon Stewart tears apart Obama’s speech on NSA reforms: We already have plenty of evidence that without strict oversight, America’s spying agencies will always overstep their authority and violate the law. But we don’t seem to be able to learn from history, so I suppose we are doomed to repeat it.

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