Archive for 'Politics'

Almost primary day

July 27th, 2006 – 9:23 pm

The Connecticut Democratic primary is on August 8th, a week from Tuesday, so if you’re a Connecticut voter who is registered as Democrat and you’re eligible to get an absentee ballot, now’s the time to get it done.

I support Ned Lamont

June 5th, 2006 – 9:08 pm

Way back in 1988, I sided with then-Senator Lowell Weicker when he was challenged by Joe Lieberman, who, despite being the Democrat in the race, attacked Weiker from the right. Lieberman won the day, thanks in large part to support from Republicans who thought Weiker was too liberal, and he’s been an embarrassment ever since. […]

Happy May Day

May 1st, 2006 – 9:07 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Save the internet

May 1st, 2006 – 8:44 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

This time the internet is under threat from corporations that want to maximize their profits by deciding what part of the ‘net their customers can see: Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet’s First Amendment — a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which […]

Is that too much to ask?

March 20th, 2006 – 10:32 pm
Tagged as: Politics

I’m long past the days when I thought that the Democrats, as a party, were anything other than the lesser evil. I don’t expect that, even if they were to regain power, there’d be any real change to the neoliberal system that they and their corporate friends have helped build over the past decades. Still, […]

The cult of Bush

February 12th, 2006 – 4:30 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent post up today about the way that Bush’s followers have changed the meanings of “conservative” and “liberal” so that they have nothing to do with actual ideology, and everything to do with whether or not someone supports the Dear Leader. As much as any policy prescriptions, conservatism has always been […]

Republic or autocracy?

December 28th, 2005 – 10:24 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

Over on Empire Burlesque, Chris Floyd has written a brutally cynical and probably far too accurate piece about the crisis that now faces what remains of our Republic: So now, at last, the crisis is upon us. Now the cards are finally on the table, laid out so starkly that even the Big Media sycophants […]

The Al-Jazeera Memo

December 4th, 2005 – 3:36 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Politics

I’ve joined those who are willing to publish the infamous memo about bombing al Jazeera if it becomes available. Heard the Word of Blog? Of course, since I’m in the United States, this wouldn’t risk quite the same consequences that it would for a U.K. blogger, but I thought I’d add my name to the […]

Learning from history

September 23rd, 2005 – 7:54 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged says: I would be duly appreciative if the usual suspects would stop making cautiously approving noises about the New Republican Openness to Helping the Poor. I’m pretty damn tired of repeating history because you idiots aren’t capable of learning from it. You’re public intellectuals, right? I have to assume you’re trainable. […]

The power of blogs

September 19th, 2005 – 8:37 pm
Tagged as: Politics

The Daou Report has a fascinating look at the power (or lack thereof) of blogs in the political sphere. Whereas rightwing bloggers can rely on their leadership and the rightwing noise machine to build the triangle, left-leaning bloggers face the challenge of a mass media consumed by the shop-worn narrative of Bush the popular, plain-spoken […]