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Ducks and Cattle

I got to thinking about what Cliven Bundy has said on the issue of “the Negro” over the last couple of days. And “bam”, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame came rushing back into my political head. The similarities between these two asshats are amazing. Both seem to be focused on picking cotton and slavery. Someone […]

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Allen West: America’s GOP Stooge

You know how I like to start columns with the word “so?” So, former GOP Congressman Allen West (FL) has written a new book and he’s out peddling it to the masses. Actually, he didn’t write any of it. He used a ghost writer. Nonetheless, he’s “on tour” trying to sell his tome.  There’s just […]

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Today’s GOP: Modern-Day Pharisees

So this is the definition of a pharisee: a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. Another more, say modern-day definition of a pharisee would be someone who is “a sanctimonius, self-righteous, or hypocritical person” (dictionary.com). I’ve […]

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Religious Liberty Disguised as Jim Crow

So I’ve been following this whole “religious discrimination” movement going on across the country. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) famously vetoed S.B. 1062, which would’ve allowed any business in Arizona to turn away customers if those customers weren’t up to religious snuff per se. I’ll give Republics (if they insist on calling us the “Democrat […]

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Yes, Even Good Progressives Should Retire From Congress

Back in January, I wrote a piece in usnews.com basically laying out the case that a slew of really really old Members of Congress were probably going to just bag it and retire. Their fundraising was pitiful, they hadn’t paid their party dues and what’s worse, they’re hanging onto every stinking campaign dime in their […]

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Gay Rights or Civil Rights, the Struggle is American

This column originally ran in thegrio.com on June 28, 2013. Like many Americans, I wake up everyday and turn on my favorite morning television program (Morning Joe, of course!) to make sure I didn’t “miss anything” while I slept. Luckily, the world didn’t change much Wednesday but I did arise yesterday morning to that ever-familiar […]

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The School of Political Destruction

Sometimes I wonder if Washington, DC has reached a point where it has lost all its humanity. This town, where even the most mundane legislation rarely passes because of an indeterminate level of partisanship, seems to be on life support. Just last week, the U.S. House failed to pass a “Farm Bill,” traditionally the most […]

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What Went Wrong in South Carolina?

Just imagine a lovely spring day, it’s 72 degrees, zero humidity, and a warm sun is shining down on you in Charleston, S.C. Instead of tooling around in the golf cart with the dogs in tow, I’m covering what I’m calling the “southern clown show,” a.k.a a special Congressional election down here in the Palmetto […]

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