The Blue Tsunami Arrived

The Blue Tsunami Arrived

We just experienced a rather significant Blue Tsunami. While maintaining close to the status quo may not seem like it, consider that by all rights, Biden should have lost at least half a dozen Senate seats, and at least five dozen House seats.

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Trickle-Down Lies

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Trickle-Down Lies

Trickle-down is a scam. Trickle-down not only doesn’t work, it obviously couldn’t. The first hint is in the name: “Trickle-Down.” Not “Rain Down,” “Shower Down,” “Torrent Down,” or “Flood Down,” but just a trickle, at best. The idea that workers get almost nothing is right there in the name. You’d think that people would have caught on to this sooner. It would be like an employer offering their workers a raise and calling it “Crumbs off the Table.” From there it…

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No, They Don’t Want That

No, They Don’t Want That

Neither Trump nor republicans want the affidavit released, just as they didn’t want the search warrant released. This is a very common republican tactic: by demanding to have something released when they believe it is unlikely that will happen, they can raise doubt while at the same time pretending that they have nothing to hide. Well, that backfired when it came to the search warrant: Garland got the warrant and receipts released, to the vast embarrassment of Trump and the…

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In Which Conservatives Hold That Liberals Are Racists

In Which Conservatives Hold That Liberals Are Racists

Conservatives claim that liberals are the real racists because they think that black people are too inferior to succeed on their own, and thus need “special advantages” in society.

It shouldn’t surprise you that this is utter bullshit based on ludicrous assumptions, like the idea that racism doesn’t exist, or else it has negligible impact on people. Click through to read.

Playing the Racist Card

Playing the Racist Card

When you hear right-wingers demand Ketanji Brown Jackson’s LCAT scores, do not respond to them by noting that she is an experienced judge at the Circuit level. They know that. That’s not their message. You have to remember that republicans have laid down a heavy carpet of racist propaganda over the past many decades which makes the assertion that no black person ever achieved anything except through affirmative action.

Guns and Responsibility

Guns and Responsibility

Read this article about a gun owner’s attitude toward Kyle Rittenhouse. It gets to the heart of gun control. Not directly, but in the assumptions made. I live in Japan, where guns are effectively banned; it’s incredibly safe here. In the US, however, that’s not really an option. Guns aren’t going away anytime in the foreseeable future. However, what the right wing wants is not the freedom to own and use guns; instead, what they demand is the liberty to…

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It’s a Deal

It’s a Deal

Trump is at it again: in order to drastically lower his property tax payments, he says that his golf club, assessed by the county as being worth $14 million, is actually only worth 1/10th that: $1.4 million. So now there’s going to be a huge investigation and brouhaha and an even greater waste of taxpayer money trying to untangle Trump’s lies. I have a simple solution: the county should accept Trump’s value. And then purchase it from him at his…

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The Quality of Wealth That Matters

The Quality of Wealth That Matters

One of the problems that I have with the current liberal messaging is the constant focus on billionaire wealth in terms of total value. Things like, “During the pandemic, billionaires increased their wealth by $1 trillion,” or noting that Elon Musk is now worth something like $6 billion more than a week ago. The problem is that this does not focus on actual, spendable wealth—instead, this is mostly stock value we’re talking about. And that wealth is not liquid. Saying…

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Facebook Jail: How Facebook Empowers Trolls

Facebook Jail: How Facebook Empowers Trolls

By attempting to stop trolls, Facebook ineptly empowered them even further—and the reason has to do with Facebook’s own laziness and greed. You may have noticed that a lot of people you know have been put in “Facebook Jail” for seemingly petty offenses. Why is that happening? I have a page on Facebook that I use to post about politics. I had already been through Facebook’s extortion wringer—they allow you to accrue followers on your page, gain some momentum, and…

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