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Overnight Decision to Go to War is Forty Years in the Making

– I cannot believe I have to say this, but this ain’t about WMDs. – It is unfathomable to me that anyone can look at the air strikes launched by US warships and authorized by the historically unpopular President and think that the quandary here is one of bellicose utility: if we have the power to end suffering, should we? It is even more infuriating that those who have obsessed over Trump’s connections with Russian intelligence for the last month – to the exclusion of important coalition building around critical domestic […]

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Dads and Presidents

– I recently became a dad, for the first time. – I knew before my daughter was born that she would depend on me to give her a leg up in this world.  And when I first saw her, I felt it in my heart – I owe her everything I can give possibly give her.  Within reason. Every parent wants to give their kid every possible advantage in life.  I want my daughter to eat the best foods and attend the best schools, and I’ll provide that to her […]

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Despite DeVos Vote, Democrats will Capitulate on Education

– Democrats mounted an admirable effort to stop the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. – The vote finally passed today with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.  This was a historic near-win for the Democrats and shows promise for the millions of people who have spent their own time pressuring their representatives to reject DeVos. It is a heartening defeat. But when you look at the track record of Democrats who occupy seats in the House and Senate, there is clear evidence that many of […]

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For-Profit Corporations Cannot Be Woke

– Wunderkind entrepreneur and billionaire Randian centerfold Elon Musk announced that he plans to collaborate with the Trump administration. – His hope is that his influence will steer the President toward supporting a carbon tax.  “The more voices of reason that the President hears, the better,” he said in Gizmodo, “Simply attacking him will achieve nothing. Are you aware of a single case where Trump bowed to protests or media attacks?” Donald Trump has famously asserted that climate change is a myth invented by the Chinese, and is currently moving […]

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Do Not Despair, Progress is Possible

  “I love being a millennial, because my framed Obama poster becomes ironic at will.”     I wrote this joke for a show in 2014 that I knew would have an older crowd, and people laughed.  It wasn’t only a joke. I actually do have a framed Shepard Fairey ‘Progress’ poster framed and hung on the wall of my office, staring hopefully over my shoulder as I write this.  Its meaning to me has drastically changed since 2008, because I have changed, and the country has mostly stayed the same. […]

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Primary the Democrats

In the first concrete measure of the political realignment currently shifting the two major American political parties, Democrats stopped a chance to lower the price of drugs for people.   Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Thune (R-SD) voted for an amendment introduced by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) intended to lower prescription drug prices while establishment Democrats Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Patty Murray (D-WA), among others, voted against it, effectively killing the bill.   Designed to lower prescription drug prices by allowing cheaper drugs from Canada to compete with the […]

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War Is Not Humanitarian

The Economist released this opinion piece (with no byline, so I guess it’s an editorial?) describing how the failure of the US to directly intervene with air support, and potentially troops on the ground, in Syria led to the current situation in Aleppo.  Similar pieces have been flooding well-meaning blogs like Upworthy, mainstream news sites, and saturating the pages of left-leaning commentary like the Atlantic and Salon.  All of them express the same regret – that Western nations and their militaries failed to “do something” to prevent the horrors in […]

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