Tom Degan

Tom Degan
Location
Goshen, New York, United States
Birthday
August 16
Bio
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TOM DEGAN is a fifty-one year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:57AM

His Tragic Valentine

 
  February 14, 1884 was the darkest day of his very crowded life.

On his twenty-second birthday, October 27, 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married nineteen-year-old Alice Hathaway Lee. He had been relentlessly courting her for a year and a half. "See that girl over there?", he once as
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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:53AM

His Tragic Valentine

 

Alice Lee and Theodore Roosevelt

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Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

 
SUGGESTED READING:

Edmund Morris' MASSIVE three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt was over thirty years in the making. I'm smack-dab in the middle of it at thisRead full post »
AUGUST 13, 2014 11:42AM

Robin Williams With Tears

 

This has been too depressing for contemplation. I laugh easily, but it's difficult to make me really crack up. Robin Williams could make me howl. 

A few months ago I wrote a small tribute to Sid Ceaser who passed away on February 12. I ended
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JULY 29, 2014 8:42PM

Blame the Black Guy!


On the night he took to the podium ten years ago Tuesday, few would have dared dream  how far this guy would go. For a lot of them, that dream turned into their worst nightmare.

 "I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of
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JULY 22, 2014 6:10AM

Fascist Barbie in 2016



Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in to see you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Jiminey Cricket


Sometimes I can't believe my good fortune. I'm the kind of guy who loves a good train wreck - of the figurative variety
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JULY 15, 2014 3:43AM

Rolling Out the "I" Word

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One of the main reasons I have never regretted leaving the Democrats over sixteen years ago was because of their spineless, cowardly behavior during the sick and twisted reign of George W. Bush. Think about it: Here was the most corrupt, mind-jarringly incompetent chief-executive in
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JULY 7, 2014 2:59AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO STARR!!!

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy

-Richard Starkey, M.B.E

Ringo Starr is seventy-four years-old today.

I wrote those words down and stared long and hard at them, scarcely believing it. This just might
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JULY 5, 2014 2:10AM

Revisionism Cheney Style

  
 
 
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

Sickie Dickie and Dizzy Miss Lizzie

It must be a difficult thing being Dick Cheney. Think about it: He must know that he will be remembered
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JUNE 26, 2014 8:13PM

Slingin' that ol' Mississippi Mud

Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel
What a dance do they do!
Lordy, how I'm tellin' you....
It's a treat to beat your feet on the Mississippi mud
It's a treat to beat your feet on the Mississippi mud

Then again, maybe not.

I've
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JUNE 18, 2014 9:51AM

A Perfect Nightmare

 


"The World is reaping what Obama helped sow."

New York Daily News Editorial, 6/17/14

WHAT THE FUCK???

The topic of that editorial was the current catastrophe that is happening in Iraq. It was titled (GET THIS!) "What Obama

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JUNE 12, 2014 7:12AM

Eric's Bad Night



When the news came over my computer early this morning, I could scarcely fathom what it was I was reading. Was this some kind of Onionesque parody, I asked myself? The news was so baffling - and unexpected - that I had a difficult time
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JUNE 6, 2014 12:41AM

National Slave Remembrance Day


"I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect
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MAY 31, 2014 8:29AM

California Carnage

Richard Martinez grieves
"Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris's right to live?....When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say 'Stop this madness, we don't have to live likeRead full post »
MAY 27, 2014 8:33AM

It's Lonely in the Gutter


  
"But it was never merely winning a political battle that was important to Karl Rove - he was intent on destroying any political opponent who got in his way - Republican or Democrat. There are too many stories to count of Democrats
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MAY 14, 2014 9:34AM

just say "BENGHAZI"!!!


"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided that they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it
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APRIL 22, 2014 11:07PM

The Ballad of Craven Cliven


"I abide by all of Nevada's state laws.  But I don't recognize the United States government as even existing."

Cliven Bundy
10 April 2014

He says this while waving an American flag. Genius. 

Cliven Bundy wants to be a GEN-YOU-INE folk hero - and by the
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APRIL 16, 2014 9:27AM

Obamacare: HereTo Stay



This reminds me of an uncomfortable political situation that existed nearly eighty years ago. In 1935, just prior to Franklin Roosevelt's Social Security Act (or whatever the hell it was called) being signed into law, the conservatives in this country - within congress and
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APRIL 8, 2014 9:55AM

A System Rigged


The decision is called: "McCutcheon vs. Federal Elections". In the pantheon of horrible judgements handed down by the highest court in the land, this one surely will be right up there with "Dred Scott", "Plessy v Ferguson" and, more recently, "Citizens United". There used to
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APRIL 2, 2014 2:41PM

When John E. Comes Marching Home


  
One can only imagine the torment that John E. "Jeb" Bush feels deep down in the recesses of his soul. His father's reign as chief executive was not a term that historians will be drinking toasts to a century from now. The fact
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MARCH 25, 2014 10:08AM

Seizinf the Wealth

  
 
"You say you wanna a revolution?"
Well, you know,
We all wanna change the world."

John Lennon, 1968

As was the case eighty years ago, one of the the solutions to the economic quagmire we currently find ourselves wallowing in willRead full post »
MARCH 17, 2014 11:26PM

Mr. Paul's Nasty Faux Pas



“We have got this tailspin of culture — in our inner cities in particular — of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." 

So said Paul Ryan
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MARCH 10, 2014 8:46AM

Fixing the Unfixable



    
The dirty little secret is out: Grover Norquist, one of the architects of the modern-day conservative movement, is an undercover agent for the Muslim Brotherhood. This is according to Frank Gaffney, columnist
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MARCH 10, 2014 8:25AM

Fixing the Unfixable



    
The dirty little secret is out: Grover Norquist, one of the architects of the modern-day conservative movement, is an undercover agent for the Muslim Brotherhood. This is according to Frank Gaffney, columnist for the Washington Times and founder of the ultra-right th
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MARCH 7, 2014 8:38AM

Jordan Davis Gets His


Jordan Davis 1995-2012
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Jordan Davis would have - should have - turned nineteen last week. The only thing he celebrates these days is fifteen months under six feet of dirt. Whoopee. A man nearly three decades his senior stands convicted of firing
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FEBRUARY 19, 2014 10:56PM

February 9, 1964


And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

The Beatles
from Abbey Road, 1969

"They look like Moe from the Three Stooges!"

Tommy Degan, age five
9 February 1964

That was my initial assessment of the most magical phenomenon in the history
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