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Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-29 - Original post - cached version
Kirkpatrick, Sinema & Barber all voted with the Republicans for CISPA

Is Steve Israel or Steny Hoyer calling the shots, or did Arizona’s three freshman reps reach these cynical heights all on their own? It’s hard to say, but my bet is on Israel or Hoyer. Or maybe it's the New Dem...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Most Texas politicians-- both sides of the aisle-- got A+ or A grades from the NRA. Blue Dog Pete Gallego got an A- and Ft. Worth freshman Dem, Marc Veasy, was given a B+. Remember state Senator Leticia Van de Putte standing up the other night and asking what it takes for a woman senator to...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-28 - Original post - cached version

I shuddered to think which corrupt conservative shill he had decided was the "top race in the country." Since Israel was a member of the reactionary Blue Dog caucus himself before making a play for House leadership, I figured it would be one of the broken down, struggling, remaining...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-28 - Original post - cached version

There isn't much good to say about wealthy dog track owner and Republican Tom Rooney, who represents a huge rural chunk of central Florida southwest of Orlando, east of Tampa Bay and north of Fort Myers-- FL-17, basically Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee, Charlotte, Hardee, DeSoto...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-28 - Original post - cached version

It's a shame he already has the nickname Sammy the Hammer. Otherwise we just might want to go with Smilin' Sammy.

by Ken

The other day, in recalling how the five right-wing thugs on the Supreme Court made their way there, Howie made passing reference to what the Washington Post's...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Today, just after noon, the Senate broke the last-ditch attempt by the GOP racists and bigots to filibuster the bill. The vote for cloture was 68-32, Chambliss and Portman voting with the bad guys. A few hours later a solid majority in the Senate-- every Democrat and 14 Republicans--...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Murmurs on the Coconut Wireless

The Hawai'i Democrats have a conservative wing too

If you live in Hawai'i you probably noticed and if you don't, chances are you didn't. But last week, Star-Advertiser columnist Richard Borrecca weighed in on the current state of Rep. Colleen...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-27 - Original post - cached version
3 American Nazis with a toxic agenda- Gilchrist, Simcox, Hannity

Last week David Vitter's viciously anti-immigrant amendment was defeated in the Senate, 58-36, with 7 Republicans rejecting it and only the most reactionary Democrat in the Senate-- Mark Pryor-- crossing the aisle and...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-27 - Original post - cached version
-- from NYTimes.com's "Afternoon Update"

"Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for all Americans, and brings our nation one step closer to the promise of equality and justice for all. The DOMA decision ensures that married gay and lesbian couples are recognized by the...
Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-27 - Original post - cached version
No more checks from Idaho fascist Frank VanderSloot unless candidates can prove their anti-American extremism

Saturday night I was driving home after dinner and I was hearing some pretty racist talk coming out of my radio. Had someone changed the preset? No, I had a local PBS...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Digby, Jacquie and Amato met with Barbara Buono at Netroots Nation last week-- so now we can all vouch for what an incredible governor she would make. All she has to do is get around a gigantic roadblock, media darling (they're masochists) Chris Christie. But, as far as Blue America is...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Justice Ginsburg, who, like Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, went to my high school, James Madison in Brooklyn, knows what she's talking about when she says the decision by the 5 right-wing Republican activists on the Supreme Court, each of whom is also a corporate whore, produced an...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Carl and Ed, Massachusetts progressives

Only weak minded and self-deluded Republicans were surprised by Ed Markey's healthy win yesterday in the Massachusetts special election to fill John Kerry's old Senate seat. Markey has been the foremost champion of climate change amelioration of...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Oh no, he's back! (Sorry, no penis pictures available.)

by Ken

Howie will have quite a lot to say about the Supreme Court ruling in the morning, and I'm happy to give the subject a pass. I'd probably just fulminate, and probably calumniate -- the Five Supreme Lunks, that is. (Howie's...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Mike Lee & Orrin Hatch

What's a Republicano to do? The racist, hate-filled base they've nurtured equates comprehensive immigration reform with national suicide but the party elders and, more important, the corporate financial financiers, absolutely insist on it-- and assert it...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Two polls were released Monday-- and both auger terrible news for the GOP. One, by the reputable Pew organization trumpets the broad national support for comprehensive immigration reform embodied in the Gang of Eight proposal. The other, by the Republican Party's own polling firm, Rasmussen,...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Martin Wolf's autopsy of Europe's Austerity Agenda for the New York Review of Books doesn't even mention Paul Ryan. But I hope Democrat Rob Zerban, who nearly beat Ryan in 2012 and will take him on again next year, is reading it and absorbing it. It really is-- at least as much as...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-25 - Original post - cached version
Proud Southerner

Over the weekend, Molly Ball, writing in The Atlantic made the case for Democrats winning back the Deep South. When I was just becoming aware of politics as a kid, everything that made me hate the Democratic Party stemmed from the fact that it owned the Deep South--...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-25 - Original post - cached version

by Ken

Actually, I suppose by and large it is pretty easy being a FRWS Supreme Court justice -- under normal circumstances, anyway. You show up when they tell you, and decide which of the cases on offer you want to have the Court take on in the next term, and then you have to listen to a...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Chad Pergram is a Fox News reporter who skulks around the House floor all day looking to get behind the votes and delve into the whys of what's going on on the floor. He's better than almost all the other political reporters in the House-- and yes, he works for Fox! He had a field day...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-25 - Original post - cached version

John Boozman (R-AR) isn't a better senator than Blanche Lincoln was. When she was a congresswoman and then a senator she was generally rated an "F." Boozman is actually worse, although when you get down that low, there's no grade worse than an "F." There's no such thing as an "F-minus...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Egypt is one of the world's original tourist destinations. People have been traveling there to see the wonders-- whether built by man or alien-- since the beginning of recorded time. Roland and I decided to spend a month there just after Thanksgiving, 1997. Egypt is usually overrun with...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-24 - Original post - cached version

The Great Blue Dog Apocalypse of 2010 really marked the end of the any claim to power or influence for the treacherous conservatives inside the Democratic Party known as Blue Dogs. They lost dozens of Members as Democrat base votes just stayed away from the polls in droves and let...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-24 - Original post - cached version

The easiest-- and laziest-- way to vote without following exactly what our political elites are doing every day, is to just vote against all Republicans and for all Democrats. It's certainly what Democratic Party leaders like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Steve Israel, Steny Hoyer and...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Are you ready for this? Young Johnny McCranky seems to have taken it in his silly head that he is now some sort of conscience of the Senate. Ha ha!

by Ken

As some readers will recall, I'm not a great fan of The New Yorker's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza. I almost always...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Tomorrow, Jim DeMint's radical right Senate Conservative Fund will begin it's advertising campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch ("Miss") McConnell. No, they're not trying to help Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes or community leader Ed Marksberry, both...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-23 - Original post - cached version

There's a tear in your eye,
and I'm wondering why,
for it never should be there at all.
With such pow'r in your smile,
sure a stone you'd beguile,
so there's never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter's
like some fairy song,...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-23 - Original post - cached version
Not the New Dem who called me... but it could have been

A congressman who I used to talk to a few years ago-- before he was a congressman-- called me Friday. He said he felt badly because of the stuff I've been writing about him. I haven't really been writing about him much-- just...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-23 - Original post - cached version
Tony takes care of business in "College" (Season 1, Episode 5).

by Ken

It so happens that a couple of nights before word reached us that James Gandolfini had died of a heart attack in Rome at 51, I watched most of a Sopranos episode that I happened to notice on one of the HBO channels...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-23 - Original post - cached version

There's almost no topic I can't somehow turn into a tirade against some corrupt conservative-- if not Boehner, Cantor, Bachmann Ted Cruz or Miss McConnell then Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rahm Emanuel, John Barrow or Steve Israel. But we're not going to even try tonight. This post is too...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Roland's visiting the ancestral homeland this week, Maine. He just called me and told me Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud might as well move into Blaine House now because no one in Maine wants another minute of the state being embarrassed by their accidental governor, Paul LePage. (LePage says he...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-22 - Original post - cached version
Sam Nunn (L), Michelle Nunn (R)

Virginia Republicans who weren't paying close enough attention are still wondering how their party got saddled with such radical extremists at the top of their ticket. Neo-fascist Ken Cuccinelli and certifiably insane sociopath E.W. Jackson are not...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Boehnerland, the community of revolving door K Street lobbyists who run the House Republican caucus through their man John, is very troubled this week. The unexpected defeat of the Farm Bill has shaken up the lobbyist community to its core.

“We were shocked. We were...
Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-22 - Original post - cached version

There's a tear in your eye,
and I'm wondering why,
for it never should be there at all.
With such pow'r in your smile,
sure a stone you'd beguile,
so there's never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter's
like some fairy song,...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-22 - Original post - cached version

by Ken

Some time ago signs suddenly appeared in one of my frequently used subway stations, the Rector Street station of the no. 1 train, informing riders that, as part of a campaign to reduce litter in the subway, all the trash receptacles were going to be removed from the station....

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-22 - Original post - cached version

This week, PPP released a survey showing that Republicans-- plus 4 New Dems who voted with them (Jared Polis, Dan Maffei, Joe Garcia and multimillionaire Scott Peters)-- are way on the wrong side of public opinion when it comes to education. (Rumors have been floating that Obama's...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Great minds think alike but, alas, we don't have many of those in Congress. Thank God we do have Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Alan Grayson in the House. All three are skeptical-- very skeptical-- about the latest and most atrocious trade bill Corporate America is...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-21 - Original post - cached version

A good case can be made-- should be made-- that conservatives are waging a relentless war against American women and that it has to be stopped by voters at the polls by defeating the Republican Party. The GOP anti-women jihad is out of control in every state where they've seized power and in...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-21 - Original post - cached version

As soon as Jim DeMint took over the already right-wing Heritage Foundation, he made sure it would be even more extreme and, especially, more racist. Their first big effort under his regime was to put out a phony "study" claiming immigration would cost American taxpayers gazillions of...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-21 - Original post - cached version

"The University of Texas's admission policies have enabled it to increase diversity. '[T]his is what the policy was intended to do,' says John Cassidy, 'and that's why the Roberts Court might well strike it down.' "

"Having lived in the United States for almost thirty years, I am always...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version

During the Vietnam War I never thought I'd actually return to the U.S. I was so ashamed of what my country was doing to the people of Southeast Asia. But one morning I woke up in Amsterdam and realized I had been dreaming in Dutch. I decided to go home and I was back in America within...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version

My first serious, non-hippie job-- my friend Andy started calling me "corporate Howie"-- was working for Sire Records. At the first label meeting, Seymour Stein assigned me responsibilty for The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Replacements, Echo and the...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version

I've been spending some time on the phone with South Dakota's Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland and with some of his staffers. This week Digby and John Amato are meeting with him to complete the Blue America vetting process and I have no doubt our PAC will be endorsing him. He...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version

In the mid-1970s I was working in the Kosmos, Amsterdam's meditation center, and I hadn't figured out I was gay yet. I was in love with this beautiful Dutch woman who was one of the directors of the center. I was kind of shy but asked her out on a date. She asked me if I'd like to...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version
"You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."

by Ken

Ah, so that's what it was. It seems that in the three months since Men's Wearhouse co-founder George Zimmer went from CEO to "executive chairman" of the national clothing retailer, there has been squabbling between him and...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-20 - Original post - cached version
Dana!

Rohrbacher used to be... a surfer, a folk singer, a pot head, a homo, Congress' #1 supporter of the Taliban and a terrorist in Afghanistan (or at least someone who dressed up as a terrorist for a photo shoot). Rohrabacher recognized the affinity between the Taliban and the...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-19 - Original post - cached version

by PaiaGirl

Hanabusa: Using bipartisan coziness with defense contractors to tout China Cold War and promote military spending

When given the chance, Hawai'i voters reject candidates who favor a hawkish foreign policy. Despite the military playing a major role in the...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, crazed woman-hater--and very sick, deranged closet case-- Trent Franks (R-AZ) finally got a bill passed... kind of. Even Republicans found his rape comments so offensive and so dangerous to GOP election prospects that they took him off the case before the vote and put up an anti-...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Just before the brutal crackdown in central Istanbul by Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian regime in Turkey, Vision of Humanity released their 7th annual Global Peace Index, showing that Europe is the most peaceful region, with 13 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. I guess the violence...

Down With Tyranny - 2013-06-19 - Original post - cached version

"Since President Obama is asking us to trade some of our privacy with respect to our phone calls and our use of the Internet for greater protection against terrorism, at the very least we need to know exactly how our privacy is being violated."

-- Aryeh Neier, in a New York Review of Books...

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