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|Albany charters stumble while founder pockets $400K-plus/year
Former Pataki hack Tom Carroll used to be the very public voice of the Brighter Choice charter school system in Albany. But since the charters for his two middle schools were not renewed by the ...
|Other Bloody Sundays
The 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma has occasioned a wonderful movie and moving tributes yesterday by President Obama and Rep. John Lewis on the bridge named for a notorious racist where ...
|The teabagger response to the first state seat belt law
Some teabagger pols in Maine want to repeal the state's seat belt law , because of the ficticious freedom to seriously injure yourself on public highways. yingyang had a diary today about this, ...
|NY-Gov: Gibson begins campaign
When GOP Rep. Chris Gibson, NY-19, announced last month that he would not run for a fourth term in 2016, many people ( myself included ) opined that he was setting his eyes on running statewide (...
|Scott Walker hates public higher education for two reasons
Hunter's diary today about Scott Walker's proposed $300M in budget cuts for the University of Wisconsin system is, of course, great. But Hunter does not explore the real motive for these savage cuts.
|A Koch hack tells the Pope to 'back off' on climate change
Pope Francis will be issuing a rare encyclical on the environment and climate change next year , and it's pretty clear that his message will not be "Drill, baby, drill." According to the Guardian ...
|Chris Gibson for NY governor or US senator in 2018?
New York Republicans have not won a statewide race (governor, attorney general, comptroller, US senator) in 12 years, mostly because NY is a solidly blue state by registration, but also because they ...
|The real story of ISIS
The corporate media went gaga about the "new" jihadi militia group ISIS a few months ago, largely because they had overrun the Sunni Triangle part of Iraq that had been the main battleground of the ...
|Mike Nichols: We are all Willy Loman now
Not exactly Willy Loman, and not exactly now, Nichols was interviewed by the NPR business show Marketplace in 2012 , when he directed a Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" starring Philip ...
|Joe Strummer: 'Black 47 is the only band that matters'
That's what The Clash's main man said in the 1990s, according to a wonderful valedictory story about the unique Irish-American band Black 47 in the New York Times on Friday. Why would Joe Strummer ...
|Greed drives outsourcing of good jobs
And water is wet. For many decades now, American manufacturing corporations have moved to the South, and then overseas, in order to find the cheapest labor possible. They have been encouraged, and ...
|Reframing 'infrastructure' to win the Senate
Maintaining a Democratic Senate majority this year was always going to be difficult, given lower mid-term turnout and that we did remarkably well in Senate elections six years ago. About 10 races (...
|When unions disappoint
Labor unions are generally supportive of Democrats, as well they should be because they know from decades of experience that Republicans would, if they had total political control, legislate unions ...
|NY-21: Woolf responds to Stefanik's national radio address BS
Elise Stefanik is a rich kid Bushite who is running for the NY-21 open House seat with the full support of the national Republican establishment. Before Saturday, that was evident in the seven ...
|Senator Gillibrand's Labor Day barbecue
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has held a Labor Day barbecue every year since she was elected to the House in 2006. The barbecue is largely a thank-you event for people in the former NY-20 who have ...
|Florida's libertarian beaches can kill you
This may essentially be another a story about how climate change sucks, but there's also a telling libertarian twist to it that should concern anyone considering swimming off Florida's beaches. ...
|A Villager explains why he's moving left UPDATED
Thomas Ricks covered the military for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for more than 20 years, and was, like most such in the DC media Village, supportive of the various wars he ...
|Has Carly Fiorina ever heard the 'strong and bitter words' of tea party leaders?
Carly Fiorina is a two-time loser (as CEO of HP and 2010 Senate candidate in California) who was invited onto CNN Sunday chat show to defend the anti-woman Hobby Lobby decision by five old Catholic ...
|George Will defends himself with projection
Tired old Tory pundit George Will has lost a few newspaper op-ed checks after his column about how college sexual assault victims get some kind of "coveted status" when they report the assaults. ...
|Anti-marriage equality march is another big DC FAIL
The National Organization for Marriage , the major group opposing marriage equality, held its second March on Washington today and like most such wingnut events in DC lately, it was a big FAIL. NOM'...
|NRA responds to Isla Vista with free membership offer
The NRA claims to have 5 million members, most presumably paying the $35/year fee, and gets outsized political impact from that claim, even though that's less than 4 percent of the voters in 2012. ...
|Corrected: Angry white man's murder toll did not double to 12
Correction: I misread the LA Times story, and had assumed from earlier reports that six people were killed in drive-by fashion, and that the evidently non-drive-by apartment, sorority and deli ...
|Domestic terrorism case is upstate NY?
An unusual quartet of law enforcement agencies -- the FBI, the NYC Police Department, the State Police, and the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department -- raided a mobile home in Malta Wednesday , ...
|Navy makes fuel from seawater
This could be really big, the US Navy has devised a way to refine seawater into a usable fuel. According to the Daily Mail, the Navy's process extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater ...
|NY-22: Credible tea partier challenges GOP incumbent Richard Hanna
Most tea party primary challenges to GOP incumbents in Congress are sure losers, largely because the tea party candidates have little political experience, no name recognition, and no money. That ...
|Fox "News" carries Palin's CPAC speech live
in its entirety, as if it's news. The other news channels were covering real news -- the Malaysian crash and the Ukraine crisis, mostly. But there's little GOP propaganda value in that, compared ...
|Military sexual assault serendipity
On the same day the Senate voted for, but failed to reach the 60-vote threshold in that undemocratic body, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to improve prosecution of rapists in our military , news ...
|Making Social Security an issue, in person
Social Security is the most popular general welfare program, ever and by far, and it is a Democratic program. It was started by a Democratic President and Congress in the 1930s, expanded by a ...
|A WalMart customer service story
I stopped by the WalMart on Route 4 in East Greenbush, a suburb of Albany, NY, tonight to pick up some Sahlen's ham for lunch sandwiches. I usually buy Sahlen's when it's on sale at Hannaford, when ...
|Christie's corruption goes way back
Like everyone, I've been following the demolition of Chris Christie's political career with popcorn. But along the way I missed this encyclopedic summary of how Christie's time as U.S. Attorney ...
|The NYT notices the erosion of the middle class
The New York Times had an insightful story yesterday about how our steadily growing inequality is well-known to the business community . Headlined "The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask ...
|Another 'family values' GOP pol exposed as rank hypocrite
Back in 1986, Florida Congressman Bill Young, a then-nine-term Republican from the Tampa area, received the Family and Freedom Award from Christian Voice, a major conservative religious lobby at the ...
|Duck Dynasty cruise sells out, of course
The Robertson clan of Duck Dynasty fame/infamy knows how to strike when the iron is hot. And if, as is likely, the homophobia/white supremacy comments by the "Duck Commander" to GQ were calculated ...
|White supremacist site VDARE.com closes for Christmas
At the end of Roy Edroso's excellent nut-picking column at the Village Voice on the phony War on Christmas was this surprising bit of holiday cheer -- the 14-year-old white supremacist site VDARE....
|Gary Player's two tributes to Mandela
Golfing great Gary Player is probably the best-known athlete from South Africa. His heyday as a world-class golfer was in the 1960s and 1970s , when he won three Masters, three British Opens, two ...
|60 Minutes doubles down on Benghazi fibber
Last week, 60 Minutes did a major Benghazi piece featuring a security contractor who evidently lied to them. 60 Minutes gave the guy a fake name, but his story of being an eyewitness to the attack ...
|FAIL after FAIL after FAIL as wingnuts try to organize around 9/11
Several far-right groups tried to use the 9/11 anniversary to raise their profiles and influence Congress this week. In every instance, they FAILed. As ericlewis0 noted, the Justice for Benghazi ...
|Republican policies are killing white people
The Republican Party, egged on by overwhelmingly white teabagger extremists who helped the GOP take back the House in 2010, has made opposition to increased health insurance coverage soon to be ...
|Wingnut media site claims dramatic drop in wingnut radio ratings
The Media Research Center, Brent Bozell's longtime grift that monitors and lies about liberal bias in the media, is pissed that major radio station owner Cumulus Media did not give Sean Hannity ...
|Mom's wingnut mail: Jim DeMint's pathetic plea for $25
My mother, God rest her soul, went from being an FDR/JFK Democrat for most of her life to being a very conservative Republican in her retirement years. Abortion was the reason, as it was for many ...
|The War on Drugs kills another kid
In Austin, Texas, two young parents smoked pot, so the state took their two-year-old daughter away from them and placed her in foster care . The father noticed that his daughter Alexandria had many ...
|Boehner lies that House Republicans represent the 'American people'
GOP House Speaker John Boehner has a favorite mendacious meme that whatever the tea party House does -- repealing Obamacare dozens of time; holding the world economy hostage to unprecedented debt-...
|Rand Paul and abortion
Freshman Senator Rand Paul is a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 . His mini-rebranding of his father's neo-Bircher libertarianism, nationally amplified by his anti-...
|Ambitious pol plots tea party revival in NY
Bill Nojay is just a first-term New York Assemblymember, but he has quickly become a leading statewide Republican via his loud opposition to Gov. Cuomo's gun control law (the SAFE Act ) and ability ...
|NN13: Where are the wingnuts?
Ever since the first Netroots Nation in Austin in 2008, our annual gathering has been shadowed by the well-funded wingnut right. The Kochs-created Americans for Prosperity created an astroturf ...
|The twilight of the Murdoch Post
Rupert Murdoch's New York Post has been the most conservative major newspaper in New York state for decades. The Murdoch Post has been a cheerleader, in its news and editorial pages, for right-wing ...
|NBC/Comcast carries Pete Peterson's water
Tonight on NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams introed a story about how Medicare spending is slowing somewhat by making it all about the inevitable insolvency of Medicare and Social Security. (I could ...
|Tea Party Patriots promote anti-IRS rallies, with no mention of their own IRS problems
The major tea party umbrella group -- Tea Party Patriots -- hopes to continue its anti-Obama crusade with Rein in the IRS rallies tomorrow at IRS offices across the country . Of course, tea partiers,
|Conservatives and cheap labor
Conservatives evidently view the four-plus-year-long unemployment crisis as a Shock Doctrine opportunity to cut taxes some more for the wealthy and slash government jobs and programs. Conservatives ...
|NYT: Gun ownership continues long decline
Gun owners are an ever-shrinking minority in every section of the country, according to a front-page, above-the-fold story in today's New York Times . Overall, household gun ownership has shrunk ...
|Teabagger pol goes Godwin in the morning, apologizes in the afternoon
NY Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin , elected in the 2010 GOP wave with strong tea party support, does not like Gov. Cuomo's new gun safety law one bit. McLaughlin, who represents most of ...
|Felon scams charter school scammers
The Brighter Choice charter school gang, composed largely of Pataki hacks and funders, has set up 11 charter schools in Albany, NY, with the goal of destroying public education in the city and ...
|NY Conservatives still love 28% Wingnut Wendy
Last year around this time, the New York Conservative Party essentially launched the campaign of Wingnut Wendy Long for US Senate, against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , at its annual winter meeting ...
|An NRA/tea party rally
The NRA and its allies in talk radio put on a rally in Albany, NY, today . They turned out somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 in West Capitol Park, ...
|Refuting Newtown CT on talk radio
I used to call local talk radio (in Albany, NY) regularly, but not so much lately, as I cut back on listening to daily denigration of everything Democratic. What's the point -- the 27 percent ...
|Guns in homes kill people
There has been yet another spurt in gun sales after the Newtown massacre, like similar spurts after Obama's election and re-election. All aided and abetted by the gun industry and its well-paid ...
|AL Sen. Sessions hates on hungry poor people, again
One major reason the five-year farm bill has not been passed is that conservative House and Senate Republicans want to cut food stamps by $4.5 billion. The Great Recession has caused a marked ...
|School killer's mom was 'something of a survivalist'
Why would a well-off suburban single mother have an arsenal of at least six guns, three of which were used against her and dozens of schoolchildren and teachers by her mentally disturbed son? As ...
|DeMint for President
That's what longtime wingnut profiteer Richard Viguerie thinks, according to the top story at newsmax.com now . Viguerie started his direct-mail business with a Goldwater list, and has made a ...
|NY-Sen: Scenes from the debate
I attended my first televised debate last night, between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Scott Wooledge had an insightful diary about the debate , ...
|'Borrowing from China' -- another Romney debate lie
During Wednesday's debate, Mitt Romney said several times that he opposed "borrowing from China" to fund U.S. government programs. It's an effective meme for Republican pols, appealing to Birchers ...
|Marriage equality hero rang the doorbell tonight
When New York enacted a marriage equality law last year, Roy McDonald, who represents most of Saratoga, Rensselaer and Columbia counties, was one of four Republican state senators who made it happen.
|Charlie Pierce calls out the 'we built it' LIE
The Romney/Ryan campaign has made a big deal out of President Obama's factual statement that all US businesses have been helped in some way by government . The first night of the GOP convention was,
|Harry Truman showed how it's done in 1948
In 1948, President Harry Truman was considered by the corporate media of the day as a sure loser to Republican Tom Dewey. There were two other Democratic candidates that year -- racist Strom ...
|Maureen Dowd destroys Paul Ryan
Maureen Dowd has disappointed before, but not today. Her latest NYT column , that will also appear in hundreds of newspapers around the country, piles on about Romney's desperate pick of a far-right,
|NY-Sen: Wingnut Wendy and her peeps
Wingnut Wendy Long , the Republican challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November, did some campaigning around Albany Monday. Her major focus was to get some free media for her hopeless ...
|Stephanie Miller shows how debunking Ryan's 'boldness,' 'courage' and 'seriousness' is done
Not the only way certainly -- many here have done it well and Paul Krugman and Charlie Pierce have eviscerated Ryan in their national blogs. But Stephanie Miller was on CNN's Reliable Sources show ...
|The worst NBC/Comcast Olympics hour ever
The London Olympics are almost over, and there were many golds awarded today in a wide variety of sports. I watched some of that live this afternoon -- men's soccer, women's mountain bike, women's ...
|Pinoe powers USA women's soccer team to gold-medal game
Megan Rapinoe, the USA Women's National Team super-talented midfielder and only out player, has had a spectacular Olympics run. All the US women have played well as a team, but in the two games the ...
|Obama: 'So we can pay down our debt
in a balanced way' -- one of President Obama's goals for his second term, according to the ad that just ran on NBC's Olympics show .
|Megan Rapinoe rocks
I'm a fairly recent soccer fan, for too long believing that it was boring because there's so little scoring, compared to our American sports. That's changed with the incredible drama of several ...
|Talking about Rafalca's owners
Though as Kaili Joy Gray snarks in the title of her front-page diary , we should not even think about talking about this odd emblem of Mitt Romney's fantastic wealth. And single-minded stinginess ...
|US women's soccer team wins first contest of the Olympics
The London Olympics opening ceremonies are Friday, but the games started today, with the US Women's National Team defeating France 4-2 in an exciting soccer match in Glasgow, Scotland . The ...
|Romney does a love/lie-fest with Orange County job creators
I heard this on the national radio news while driving home today, Mitt Romney saying , "I want more people having good wages and better benefits." Given Romney's history at Bain Capital of slashing ...
|Mitt Romney is not a good Mormon
Another Mormon who knew Romney as a bishop and stake president in Boston has been heard from -- Dr. Brian Moench writes in Common Dreams that Romney's serial dishonesty should disqualify Romney from ...
|Romney's attacks on young Obama invite retaliation
The Romney campaign plans an all-out attack on President Obama's pre-public-life biography, according to TPM . Pot, cocaine, white girlfriends, communism, etc., are sure to come up, as they have on ...
|GOP establishment screws tea party leader
Back in February, Steve Flanagan, a decades-long Republican activist and founder of the Conservative Society for Action , perhaps the largest tea party group in New York state, announced a ...
|We're losing the Senate now, according to TPM
Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo does an average of polls, Polltracker , that shows the Democrats losing their Senate majority, as of now. 2012 was destined to be a tough year for Senate Dems, ...
|Exclusive!!! Obama birth certificate forger busted
At least according to the screaming front-page of the supermarket tabloid the Globe , on view for millions of shoppers now. I saw it today while waiting to pay for groceries, and had a few minutes ...
|NY-Sen: What kind of conservative is Wendy Long?
Wendy Long, who easily won the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November, is usually described in the media as a "conservative judicial activist." That refers to her ...
|NY-Primaries: A great night for the Dems
The NY primary for federal offices Tuesday chose a GOP candidate to oppose Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , and several notable Congressional candidates, mostly Dems from the city. Very low turnout, ...
|Murdoch's NY Post prints op-ed by a woman crippled by lack of health insurance
Anecdotes are not data, but they are stories of real life that can have an effect on public policy, as in the many Megan's laws, the Lily Ledbetter Act, Stand Your Ground laws, etc. The Murdoch ...
|The wingnuts' last-minute, junior-high attempt to glom onto NN12
The Right Online Koch-heads won't be in Providence this year, but billionaire-funded wingnuts never give up, and evidently never run out of money for the political equivalent of junior-high-school ...
|The GOP has been targeting white male working-class Democrats since Nixon
The Southern Strategy, Reagan Democrats, the Catholic/evangelical/Mormon campaign against women's and gay rights, the corporate-funded rise of conservative talk radio, Fox "News" and other Murdoch ...
|NY-Sen: Wingnut Wendy's bad week
Wingnut Wendy Long , the likely challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , has been getting some free media this week. Not all of it good. Though some of it may help her win the GOP primary three ...
|Scott Walker, college drop-out or kicked-out?
Unlike almost every governor, U.S. Senator, House Member, and state legislator, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not graduate from college. According to his wiki entry about his time at Marquette he ...
|How Paul Fussell memorialized Sgt. Edward Hudson, who was killed next to him
Long before Paul Fussell, who died this week , became famous for The Great War and Modern Memory , about how the charnel house of World War I trench warfare affected English writers and poets who ...
|A real job-creator and life-saver, and he's just 15
Want some good news for your Memorial Day weekend? A public high school freshman from Maryland who's always been interested in science won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this ...
|Petraeus for VP?
Former NY-20 Congressman and Miami Mob Leader John Sweeney has become a local (Albany, NY) political pundit of sorts, appearing regularly on the M-F TV show of local conservative talk radio host/...
|Breitbrat vettening -- Obama was an original teabagger
The Breitbrats are continuing the legacy of St. Andrew by vettening ( h/t the new and way-improved Wonkette ) the Kenyan usurper with vintage photos of Obama doing natural American things. Like ...
|NY-Sen: Dinesh D'Souza maxes out for Wingnut Wendy
Wingnut Wendy Long is the likely challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , though she still has to win a Republican primary next month. Long has the support of the NY Conservative Party and a near ...
|Romney and Skousen
Mitt Romney was the establishment GOP candidate this year, so he won the nomination, like every establishment GOP presidential candidate in memory. But back in 2008, he was running against John ...
|NE-Sen: Tea partier wins, good news for the Dems
The only close race of import tonight was the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Ben Nelson decided not to run for re-election, Bob Kerrey handily won the Democratic primary, and a tea ...
|Wingnut Ken Cuccinelli wants to be President
And why not -- he's white, male, super-Christian in every way, a tea party favorite, and he's from a high-profile swing state. Cuccinelli is currently Virginia's attorney general, and he's running ...
|NY-Sen: NRO rallies the right for Wingnut Wendy
Wingnut Wendy Long is the likely challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , though she still has to win a Republican primary next month. Long has the support of the Conservative Party, which only ...
|Martin Bashir calls Romney a liar
It takes a Brit to tell the truth about Mitt Romney -- he's a serial liar, and therefore not a good Mormon. In the Clear the Air segment at the end of his afternoon MSNBC show Thursday , Bashir ...
|IN-Sen: Poll finds Lugar behind
Serious tea party-supported primary challengers to incumbent Republican Senators are a lot rarer this year than in 2010 -- pretty much the only one is in Indiana, where six-term Senator Dick Lugar ...
|$10M for Rmoney, via Rove, from anonymous casino owner
Citizens United has struck again -- an anonymous donor has given $10 million to Karl Rove "to run ads attacking President Obama and his policies." Click the link, and there's a photo ...
|NY-Sen: Wingnut Wendy's pathetic attack against Kirsten Gillibrand
Wingnut Wendy Long has to win a Republican primary in June to become the challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , but she's acting like the nominee already. Today, she ignored her two primary ...
|Shocked, shocked by Supreme Court partisanship!?
This week at the Supreme Court was a revelation to some in the center-left part of the DC media Village. The four conservative justices who participated in oral arguments on conservative challenges ...
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