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In the middle of middle America â€” in a suburb just outside of Dayton, Ohio â€” funeral home owner Anne DunbarÂ has noticedÂ a rather unnerving new trend.
Families used to want the obituary notices that Dunbar writes up to include a pitch for donations to their dear departedâ€™s favorite char… Read full post »
Back from several days in Washington. The city still has all the disadvantages of being a one-industry town, with almost everyone working for the government or lobbying the government or reporting on the government or trying to influence the government or litigating on behalf of or against the… Read full post »
I have to admit, I’m boggled atÂ Kevin Drum’s reaction to the newsÂ that nearly half of Americans are young Earth creationists, with the God-guides-evolution people being the second largest group, and the people who actually accept evolutionary theory only making up 15% of the popu… Read full post »
Any day now the Supreme Court will issue its opinion on the constitutionality of the Accountable Care Act, which even the White House now calls Obamacare.
Most high-court observers think it will strike down the individual mandate in the Act that requires almost everyone to buy health insuranc… Read full post »
The elites who make policy write about it, have dinner parties where they cluck their tongues about it, mostly have good-paying jobs, health care and secure retirements. They are not affected by it. The elite commissions donâ€™t include unemployed people. The Congressional hearings don’… Read full post »
Jerry Sandusky was every single mother’s dream, or so it would seem. He was a golden-hearted man who took an interest in boys, guided them, took them on outings, had them at his house for parties and sleep-overs. He was a mentor and coach.
He… Read full post »
The publicâ€™s growing disdain of the Supreme Court increases the odds that a majority will uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare.
The latest New York Times CBS Poll shows just 44 percent of Americans approve the job the Supreme Court is doing. Fully three-quarters say justicesâ€™ decisio… Read full post »
George W. Bush returned to the White House last week, forÂ the unveiling of his official presidential portrait. Fox Nation used the occasion to ressurrect theÂ billboard that loomed over a Wyoming, MN, which featured a head shot of W. next to a caption that asked, “Miss me yet?”
I was on CNBC Tuesday when Bill Clinton gave an interview saying that, given the deadlock between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, it seemed likely the Bush tax cuts would be extended in 2013 along with all spending. When asked to comment, I said Clinton was probably correct.
But,… Read full post »
OK, here’s the thing. It’s not gonna work. None of it. It doesn’t matter how many facts we have on our side, how much truth we have, how honest we are … it just doesn’t matter. It’s not gonna work.
We’re not gonna sway one single person to see it… Read full post »
As I read more about the student movement in Quebec, known as the “Maple Spring” or the “Casserole Revolution,” it brings to mindÂ the final sceneÂ fromÂ Possessing the Secret of Joy, by one of my favorite authors, Alice Walker. In that scene, the main character â€” Ta… Read full post »
JP Morgan Chase,Â Â Goldman Sachs, BP, Chevron,Â WalMart, and billionaires Charles and David Koch are launching a multi-million dollar TV ad buy blasting President Obama over the national debt.
Actually, I donâ€™t know whoâ€™s behind this ad because thereâ€™s no way to know. And thatâ€™s a bi… Read full post »
Despite claims by the GOP in Raleigh (and in other places) that they’re going to concentrate on job creation, the parade of non-job-creating actions continues.
The latest here is a decision to remove tele… Read full post »
Garder54 calls Kevin June â€œa real scum.â€
LadyDawg4 calls him a â€œsleazeball.â€
Proud2bMom calls him a â€œliar and a thief.â€
Kevin June is the reluctant leader for the 37 families of the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, who were evicted from their homes, mos… Read full post »
The White House must be telling itself there are still five months between now and Election Day, so the jobs picture could brighten. After all, we went through a similar mid-year slump in 2011 but came out fine.
But however you look at Friday’s jobs report, itâ€™s a stunning reminder of… Read full post »
Big money does buy big influence. Enormously outspent, the recall effort went down to defeat.
Wisconsin affirmed the Right’s agenda by allowing Scott Walker to ke… Read full post »
Before Greece, before Spain, before Germany, France, or even Britain there was Ireland. Just two years ago,Â the Heritage Foundation placed Ireland in the top ten of its “Index of Economic Freedom.”Â That was two years after the “Celtic Tiger” that was the Irish economy… Read full post »
What if Europe and the United States converged on a set of economic policies that brought out the worst in both â€“ European fiscal austerity combined with a declining share of total income going to workers? Given political realities on both sides of the Atlantic, it is entirely possible.
So f… Read full post »
When I read about the recent polls indicatingÂ a huge shift among African-Americans towards supporting same-sex marriageÂ â€” aÂ Public Policy Polling survey showing that 57% of African Americans say they’re likely to support Maryland’s marriage equality law, andÂ a Washington Post… Read full post »
What could Mitt Romneyâ€™s handlers be thinking when they hyped his connection with Donald Trump â€” fundraising with Trump, offering supporters the possibility of a meal with Trump, relishing Trumpâ€™s attention and endorsement?
Trump signifies everything Romney presumably doesnâ€™t want peop… Read full post »
A Federal Appeals Court in Boston issued a ruling this morning that the Defense of Marriage Act denies gay couples their Constitutional rights to the same federal benefits s… Read full post »
The entire edifice of mega-million CEO pay, suggests an unexpectedly bold newÂ policy statementÂ from a prestigious Canadian business study panel, rests on assumptions so implausibly inane that only the seriously deluded could ever hold them… Read full post »
We now know austerity economics is bad for weak economies facing large budget deficits. Much of Europe is in recession because of budget cuts demanded by Germany. And as Europeâ€™s economies shrink, their debts become proportionally larger, making a bad situation worse.
The way to avoid this a… Read full post »
I have hoped for miracles before. Sometimes I’ve been disappointed, like when I could do nothing for my son as I watched him get sicker and sicker.
Then there’s my friend, Kelly Cuvar, who has had a… Read full post »