Obama, Putin, Chess and the GOP

Barack Obama seems to have learned a lesson from his geopolitical chess matches with Vladimir Putin. Unfortunately, in its usual grasping defeat from the jaws of victory mode, the re-emergent GOP majority is actually struggling to put itself in the same sort of bad position Obama put the United States in against Russia. In the […]

Health care challenge fraught with many perils

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an ill considered challenge to the Affordable Care Act based on the idea that since Congress didn’t explicitly authorize, and may have forbidden, the creation of a federal exchange consumers in those 34 states without a state exchange are receiving illegal tax credits. This approach seems valid on […]

Obama not the wolf in sheep’s clothing here

Some “conservatives” are circulating a heavily edited video excerpt of a speech by President Obama. In it, he contrasts the “ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and [written] into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal” with another […]

If you oppose the BK-Tim Hortons merger, you hate teachers and the children

America’s current and retired public school teachers are the second largest institutional owner of Burger King. TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC, – Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA–CREF) – owns 1.17% of Burger King. Teachers Advisors, Inc.- another TIAA-CREF affiliate – owns another 0.43%. This makes America’s teachers the second largest […]

First they came for the chickens (with apologies to Martin Niemöller)

In a particularly cruel violation of the 5th and 14th Amendment’s protections against deprivation of property without due process of law, a Minnesota Police Chief has made himself judge, jury and executioner in the case of a 5-year old boy’s pet chicken. He claims that the animal violates a city ordinance against “fowls”. Aside from […]

And I feel fine

Government shutting down. National debt exploding. Default looming. Genetically modified food is poisoning us. The government can’t even run a website. There’s an island of garbage floating in the Pacific and nobody smart enough to exploit it. Syrians at war because Bashar Assad can serve until 2014 under the new constitution. Hives are collapsing. The […]

Is a 27% cut really a “shutdown”?

A lot worth considering in this, most noteably that the much feared “shutdown” only involves 27% of federal spending and barely balances the budget.     Libertarian Party calls for permanent government spending slowdown, defunding Obamacare There is no impending government shutdown — only a government slowdown. The threat of a “shutdown” is designed to scare […]