ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist

  By Jeff Koopersmith, for American Politics Journal WASHINGTON DC – 20 January 2015 – It is terrifying how many times Charles Krauthammer turns up like a bad penny on Fox News.  One never knows when that mean-spirited grump will show his face, care of Roger Ailes et al and his usual team of bleachedContinue reading “ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist”

Mapping the Protofascist Money Trail, Wisconsin Edition

Here's a Sunday morning must-read. Scout Prime at First Draft links to a remarkably detailed and researched post at Cognitive Dissonance that maps the money trail from a negative campaign ad running in Wisconsin to the wallets of protofascist billionaires David and Charles Koch. Operatives are identified, email addresses (and a phone number) are revealed,Continue reading “Mapping the Protofascist Money Trail, Wisconsin Edition”

Suggested Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for 2011

It has become clear that our nation has a severely crippled political system where the will of the majority and the best interests of the nation are being ignored so a very few obscenely wealthy individuals and many international corporations can reap absurd profits. Our American democracy and way of life are under serious attackContinue reading “Suggested Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for 2011”

Game Day! Final Pre-season Primary Results

11:02pm — Carl Palladino has defeated Rick Lazio for NY-Gov GOP slot per AP10:49pm — Scandal-tainted NY State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has conceded to Gustavo Rivera. And our sources tell us that NY-Gov GOP favorite Rick Lazio's team is bracing for defeat.10:30pm — via Twitter, Dave Wasserman tells us that Paul Begala hadContinue reading “Game Day! Final Pre-season Primary Results”

Lunchtime Food for Thought: “[I]t was like the royalty was back…”

England's Queen Elizabeth is paying a visit to the Baked Apple, and in honor of her presence, you ought to take a quick look at Thom Hartmann's commentary from late last year on the birth of the USA's New Royalty at the Reagan Inaugural — and the need for populists left and right to uniteContinue reading “Lunchtime Food for Thought: “[I]t was like the royalty was back…””

Game Day: PA, KY, AR

11:08pm EST: AR-Sen Dem primary shows Blanche Lincoln projected to get more votes than Bill Halter, but unlikely to cross the 50% threshold, which means run-off time two weeks from today.10:27pm EST: Two sources calling the PA-12 Special Election for Democrat Mark Critz.10:11pm EST: AP calls PA-Sen Dem primary for Joe Sestak. Arlen Specter's numbersContinue reading “Game Day: PA, KY, AR”

What cousinavi said?

… at Bob Ceska's Awesome Blog (in comments, posted 4/24 at 12:14pm: Anyone in America (or anywhere else…but America most assuredly) [who says], "I don't even SEE color. It's just a non-issue to me. In order to move ahead, we have to stop looking at people as black, brown or yellow," is either ignorant, willfullyContinue reading “What cousinavi said?”

All Hail the Glorious Teabag Comrades!

I direct your attention to this one sentence: The Tea Party movement’s dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe their family fortune to the granddaddy of all their hatred: Stalin’s godless empire of the USSR. You know you have to read the rest. Click here for Yasha Levine's terrific article on theContinue reading “All Hail the Glorious Teabag Comrades!”

Morality as a Plus-Sum Game: Why Libertarianism Fails as a Social Policy

The libertarian and the liberal, observes Ernest Partridge, concur in their desire to maximize personal liberty. However, the libertarian advocates freedom without order – without, that is, an institutional structure that will ensure freedom for all. The liberal, on the other hand, strives to establish and maintain the social, economic and political order without whichContinue reading “Morality as a Plus-Sum Game: Why Libertarianism Fails as a Social Policy”

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part III

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace Mann The following is part three of Kaitlin Addams's fictional composite of several individuals who currently embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation.

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part II

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace Mann The following is part two of Kaitlin Addams's fictional composite of several individuals who currently embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation.

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part I

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace Mann The following is a fictional composite of several individuals the author has known who currently  embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation.  This is not meant to be a psychological profile, butContinue reading “Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part I”

The War Trap

Why, asks Ernest Partridge, have we failed to benefit from a "peace dividend" from the end of the Cold War? Why are we in the midst of the greatest economic emergency in seventy years, with the public sector of the U.S. economy starved for funds required for economic recovery, and with urgent global climate andContinue reading “The War Trap”

Sarah Palin to Resign as AK Guv. Why?

[UPDATED after the jump.] The most interesting aspects of her abrupt resignation announcement (it takes effect in three weeks) are that she did it as a late Friday news dump on a holiday weekend that will be dominated by the late Michael Jackson, and she gave a reason that makes no sense at all. SomethingContinue reading “Sarah Palin to Resign as AK Guv. Why?”

Franken Wins MN Senate Seat; 2008 Election Over at Last

Breaking on MSNBC, 2:08pm EST: Minnesota Supreme Court rules that Al Franken has won that state's US Senate election. MORE: Norm Coleman at last shows a modicum of something resembling class and concedes. YET MORE: Harry Reid urges Tim Pawlenty to get off his lazy butt and certify Franken. YET EVEN MORE: Pawlenty cedes toContinue reading “Franken Wins MN Senate Seat; 2008 Election Over at Last”

Game Day: President-elect Barack Obama

11:00pm: Obama Wins with CA, OR, WA, HI. Our long national nightmare is over. – GG MORE — MSNBC calls VA for Obama. 11:10pm — McCain has called Obama to concede the race, per AP. 11:15pm — MSNBC calls FL for Obama. 11:18pm — McCain's concession speech set a well-balanced, conciliatory tone — and madeContinue reading “Game Day: President-elect Barack Obama”

Game Day!

All projections per NBC unless otherwise specified. 11:00pm: Obama Wins with CA, OR, WA. Our long national nightmare is over. – GG MORE: MSNBC calls VA for Obama. 10:56pm: NY-13, Vito Fossells’a seat, to Mike McMahon (D-pickup) by a solid margin, per WNBC4.– GG 10:50pm: CO-Sen to Udall. PA-12 to Murtha (D) by a heftyContinue reading “Game Day!”

Game Day!Early Edition

8:30am (all times EST) – Just got back from voting in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. In 2004 I had a 15 minute wait; today it was nearly an hour. The turnout is massive and excited. UPDATE: Someone was disenfranchised in my neighborhood, perhaps even at my precinct.Kommandante Kos posted the very first election tally, fromContinue reading “Game Day!Early Edition”

Election 2008: Who Decides? The People or the Programmers?

From crisispapers.org: Might it be possible that the decision next Tuesday lies not with 100-plus million voters but instead with a few dozen programmers who write the secret software for the voting machines that will record some 30 percent of the votes, and also for the computers that compile (i.e., collect and report) 80 percentContinue reading “Election 2008: Who Decides? The People or the Programmers?”

Health Care in America: It?s Big Business Vs. Joe the Plumber

Businesses go into a high dudgeon anytime politicians attempt a serious discussion about America's dysfunctional health care "system." Jeff Koopersmith says it's time for pet store owner Dave Ratner and media hog Joe the Plumber to learn the basics – including the fact moving to Ireland is not an option.

“Country First?” — The Question of Loyalty

Millions of American citizens who identify themselves as “Republicans” are coping with a daunting question: “What is the primary object of my loyalty? My Party? My Country? My religious faith? My conscience?” Ernest Partridge looks at the new conservative crisis.

Can the GOP Steal The Election Again? You Betcha!

From crisispapers.org: Private Republican corporations count and compile the votes with secret and unverifiable software. Just as they did in 2000 and in 2004, and we all know how that turned out. Accordingly, the stark fact remains, says Ernest Partridge: the Republicans might "win" this election, regardless of the preference of the voters.

The ?Hero? Who Runs from the Battlefield

From crisispapers.org: The McCain campaign has carelessly served a fat pitch down the middle, and if Barack Obama doesn’t hit it out of the park, perhaps he doesn’t deserve to win the election. The pitch? John McCain, the hero of the Hanoi Hilton, has shown himself to be a wimp – even, dare I sayContinue reading “The ?Hero? Who Runs from the Battlefield”

The Dam Bursts: John McCain and a ‘Nam MIA Cover-up

Mister War Hero (did you know he was a POW?) has some serious explaining to do. How many of our men in uniformed were left behind, John? (And here I'd been planning to get all snarky over my morning coffee about the Palin-McCain Administration's lie about Alaska producing 20% of the nation's energy [hat tipContinue reading “The Dam Bursts: John McCain and a ‘Nam MIA Cover-up”

Chuck Schumer Demonstrates the Art of Smashmouth

… here, of all places: "I thought the Britney Spears commercial was powerful," Schumer said, referring to McCain's television ad casting Obama as a vapid "celebrity." … "I would answer back hard. What do you mean he's not one of us? It's John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses and comes from oneContinue reading “Chuck Schumer Demonstrates the Art of Smashmouth”

What Atrios Said

Short but sweet: Obama Describes The Modern Conservative Movement Basically: Now two points.One: they know they're lying about what my energy plan is. But the other thing is they're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. It’s like these guys take prideContinue reading “What Atrios Said”

Bushism and Evil as the Absence of Empathy

From Crisispapers.org: In the 2000 TV film “Nuremberg,” psychologist Gustav Gilbert says to the Head Prosecutor Robert Jackson, "I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants: a genuine incapacityContinue reading “Bushism and Evil as the Absence of Empathy”

Barack Obama’s Vision for an Effective Foreign and Military Policy: The Complete Text

Sixty-one years ago, George Marshall announced the plan that would come to bear his name. Much of Europe lay in ruins. The United States faced a powerful and ideological enemy intent on world domination. This menace was magnified by the recently discovered capability to destroy life on an unimaginable scale. The Soviet Union didn't yetContinue reading “Barack Obama’s Vision for an Effective Foreign and Military Policy: The Complete Text”

Game Day: Democratic Playoffs Conclude in MT, SD

9:00pm EST: NBC reports Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. MSNBC cut off some crabby old geezer's nattering speech to break the news (CNN did the same thing)> 2:15pm EST: AP has already called the Democratic nomination race for Obama. Cue the primary season fat lady. We'll have more to say tonight. Stack o'headlinesContinue reading “Game Day: Democratic Playoffs Conclude in MT, SD”

Privatization: The Key to the Coming Solar Age

With the privatization of the Courts, the Congress, the Military, elections, and virtually of government itself, privatization of the sun, the wind, the tides, the ocean, would seem to be the logical next step. On the other hand, Ernest Partridge reconsiders the dogma that privatization is the solution to all social, environmental and political problems.

The Great Regression — and the Road Back

In May, 2000, despite merciless and unrelenting harassment by a Republican Congress and the corporate mass media, Bill Clinton was completing eight years of peace and prosperity, with a budget surplus that promised a reduction of the five trillion dollar national debt.  Directly ahead: Bush v. Gore, 9/11, and a virtual suspension of the UnitedContinue reading “The Great Regression — and the Road Back”

The Great American Election Charade

The United States is one of the few two-party nations in which one party gets to choose both its own candidate, and also the candidate of the “opposing” party. Well, OK, I exaggerate. But it’s not much of a stretch to say that the GOP, with the help of its wholly-owned subsidiary, the mainstream media,Continue reading “The Great American Election Charade”

About This ?Mormonism? Thing

Dec. 18, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – When Willard “Mitt” Romney announced his intention to run for the Presidency of the United States, one might suppose that there was joy in Salt Lake City among the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I suspect that by now those leaders may be having someContinue reading “About This ?Mormonism? Thing”

Global Engineering and Climate Change

Oct. 10, 2007 – A Crisis Papers reader recently sent us an essay in which he proposed that the global climate crisis might be mitigated by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the ocean. This thoughtful, well-informed and articulate essay prompted a stimulating e-mail exchange betweenContinue reading “Global Engineering and Climate Change”

Dissent: What’s In It for You?

Oct. 3, 2007 – San Francisco (crisispapers.org) – The Crisis Papers is approaching its sixth year of internet publication. Our inaugural appearance was on November 2, 2002, two days before the Congressional election of that year. In the five years that followed, my colleague Dr. Bernard Weiner and I have written more than three hundredContinue reading “Dissent: What’s In It for You?”

Impeachment Now! ? A Recantation of Opposition

February 6, 2007 (crisispapers.org) — "I am … unwilling to endorse demands for immediate bills of impeachment against Bush and Cheney, for the simple and compelling reason that such an approach is less likely to succeed. Recent history teaches us that the direct route to impeachment may not be the most effective." I wrote this,Continue reading “Impeachment Now! ? A Recantation of Opposition”

More Advice for Ann Coulter

For the third time… I'll say it again: find the Satan within yourself… and kill it! Now that Ms. Coulter has catterwalled the name John Edwards by calling him a faggot at a neocon super-meeting, we thought you might want to read this stunning revelation about Coulter once more.

Only Americans Can Restore America?s Honor

The demons begged him, If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine. And [Jesus] said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. — Matthew 8:31-32

Jeff Koopersmith’s ?Genuine? State of the Union Address

If Bush told the truth, here's what he would've said…The REAL State of the Union Address As Prepared For Delivery to American Politics Journal Jan. 23, 2007 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Thank you very much. Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first PresidentContinue reading “Jeff Koopersmith’s ?Genuine? State of the Union Address”

The Speech George W. Bush Should Have Given the American People on Iraq

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: It's no wonder the President's speech on his latest shift in Iraq tactics was a bigger bomb than Ishtar. It wasn't Bush's nervous, stiff demeanor. It wasn't the fact that he preempted prime couch potato fare. What it came down to is that most people have no faith in Bush's IraqContinue reading “The Speech George W. Bush Should Have Given the American People on Iraq”

Here’s Your State of the Union

Sept. 13, 2006 – Lugano (americanpolitics.com) – I am such a lucky guy. All my life I worked hard for my advocacy clients, my candidates — on both sides of the aisle — and my son. Sure, I've had my ups and downs, and many of you have shared them with me. Today, as IContinue reading “Here’s Your State of the Union”