Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and the 10th Amendment

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota)

Somehow, I suspect Pawlenty is more interested in the impact of his idiotic comments on the GOP’s dwindling base of lunatics than he is in my comments. If I hear back, I’ll let you know.

Cut the Crap: Compared to America, Canada’s Health Care Is a Utopian Dream

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I’ve experienced health care on both sides of the 49th parallel and can tell you that, compared to what happens when you get sick in the US, Canada is utopia.

GOP Thugs Warn Collins, Snowe: Oppose Health Care or Face Primary Challenges

Maine Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe

Now we have proof that the crazies grabbed control of the asylum and bullies are shaking down and thumping – not entirely figuratively – Republicans in the halls of the US Senate.

Teabaggers in the Mist

Republican Think Tank (Photo: OliverWillis.com)

Glenn Beck once insisted that he started his “9/12 Movement” to recapture the sense of unity in the nation the day after the terrorist attacks in 2001. That idea lasted about four minutes Saturday morning as evidenced by the signs held aloft at the event he and a group of well-funded astroturf organisations in Washington [...]

The Only Way Out of Afghanistan Is to Leave. Here’s a Realistic Way to Do It

We won’t solve Afghanistan’s social or political problems by continuing to wage a cruel and apparently endless war. Our soldiers will never be able to change Afghanistan’s social behavior or end tribal customs that go back thousands of years. They are too busy defending their own bases from angry Afghans and it’s time to leave them alone.

Toronto Film Festival: Moore’s Capitalism Will Infuriate Wingnuts Because It’s Accurate.

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Michael Moore’s newest film explores a taboo question that will make the right wing go apeshit yet again: What price does America pay for its love of capitalism?

Cry, The Beloved Country

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Meanwhile, to my knowledge, only one elected Republican official has called for this to stop. I guess crazy is a pre-existing condition, as Paul Krugman notes in his blog.

The New Volt and an Old Nash Rambler

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American Motors and Nash have long-since disappeared. But if the auto industry could build that kind of fuel-efficient, gas-powered engine in the 1950s, why did it stop and why is the Volt such a big deal?

No, Mr. President, I Will Not “Back Off”

Sen. Ben Nelson (Dem., Nebrasksa) and President Barack Obama

One of the reasons so many of us worked so tirelessly for nearly two exhausting years was because of your long-standing commitment to genuine change in the way health care is delivered and paid for in the United States.

Confronted With Truth, Blue Dog Ben Nelson Throws Hissy Fit

Since the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seem unwilling to take on Blue Dogs blocking desperately needed public option from health care and insurance reform, the job of calling them out is falling to advocates and Keith Olbermann.

UPDATE 5: “I Love Alaska So Much I Quit”

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Sadly for the country, compadres of this group run amok in the nation, blocking health care reform, trying to stop card check, fighting financial industry regulation and taking stimulus money for their state in one hand while slamming it with the other. The GOP once was the Grand Old Party; now, sadly, the initials stand for Goofy Old Poops.

Obama Needs a Shot of LBJ

It is way past time for The White House to start playing hardball politics with Congress, and I don’t mean the annoying Chris Mathews version.

Ten Totally Weird Days on the Far Right

Pat Buchanan

Senate Republicans confirmed they have an odd, almost sexual, obsession with “wise Latina women” that borders on a fetish.

UPDATE 4: Goofy Sarah Blames Reporters So She Invites Them To A Fishkill

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Did any of the media really expect Palin would suddenly turn all serious and thoughtful and coherent, giving answers that both made sense and were introspective?

UPDATE 3: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Money Problems

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This morning’s New York Times which reports today that Governor Sarah Palin resigned because of the rising cost of her mounting personal legal bills

UPDATE 2: Goofy Sarah Stomps Her Feet And Holds Her Breath

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In addition to learning few lessons about national politics last fall, neither, apparently did she learn a real world, life lesson: Never pick a fight with anyone who buys newsprint by the ton

Missing Home on July 4

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July 1 was Canada Day and, on Wednesday, The New York Times asked 11 Canadians living in the States what they missed most about their native land. Turnabout is fair play and I started thinking about what I miss about home, having lived in Toronto since 1991. Here are a few things that come to [...]

Breaking News: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Resignation

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“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.” In fact, Palin loves Alaska and the honor of serving its people so much that she told relieved Alaskan Republicans Friday afternoon that she is resigning, [...]

What’s With Cable’s “All Jack-O All The Time” News Coverage?

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Yesterday’s solemn, over-the-top, wall-to-wall, commercial free coverage of Michael Jackson’s death left me wondering if Archduke Ferdinand had been shot a second time. Yes, Jackson once was an entertainment and music genius but he hadn’t done anything in years, yes, and his parents doomed him in childhood to a miserable life. But Prince is a [...]

Yet Again, The Right Is Wrong – This Time About Cap-And-Trade Costs

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Don’t conservatives, ConservaDems, the Republican Party, and the rest of the “climate change is a hoax” crowd ever get tired of being wrong? For several years, business lobbyists along with GOP and other right wing mouthpieces in Congress and on the air have been yowling that the US cannot afford what they claim is the [...]

The World Should Be Thanking Nico Pitney

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More than MSNBC, BBC or CNN; more than The New York Times or The Independent; more than perhaps any other news outlet, the world should be thanking Nico Pitney. For seven days, his live blogging at Huffington Post of the Iranian election uprising has kept the world informed of what is happening inside Tehran and [...]

Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill

Walter Cronkite

The most trusted man in America is said to be gravely ill and nearing death. Walter Cronkite, once The Most Trusted Man In America according to a Gallup Poll at the time, is 92 and TVNewser reports that CBS, which began updating his bio last week, is preparing a special on his life and career [...]

The Italian Job: Border Police Seize $134 Billion in US Government Securities

Michael Caine as John Le Carre's George Smiley

Although the story is being widely reported across Europe and Asia, it’s received scant media coverage in the US. AsiaNews along with other major media outlets outside the US are reporting that Italy’s financial police, the Guardia Italiana di Finanza, seized US government bonds worth $134.5 billion from two Japanese nationals at Chiasso, located less [...]

The GOP Keeps Trash Talking Health Care

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Like when it rolled out its laughable 18-page “budget” five months ago that forgot to include any numbers, yesterday John “Man Tan” Boehner, Eric “Ralph Wiggums” Cantor and a handful of other Congressional Republicans unveiled a four page health care “plan” Wednesday that not only had no numbers, it had no substance, no ideas – [...]

Joan Walsh Is Right: Bill O’Reilly Is Vile

Joan Walsh, Salon.com

The good news about Fox News blubber mouth Bill O’Reilly is that he speaks to only a teeny, tiny percentage of the country; the bad news is part of that small and dwindling group actually thinks he makes sense and then goes out and kills people because they believe his vile, hate-filled rhetoric. Much as [...]

Health Care Folly: Insurance Companies Bet Big on You Smoking to Death

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In so-called “public service” ads appearing on TV and radio, or in print and on the intertubes, many health insurance companies urge people to stay healthy by quitting smoking. The company that provides a supplemental policy to me that covers things not paid by Canada’s national health even e-mailed a helpful PDF brochure with a [...]

A Simple First Step Towards Universal Health Care

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The New York Times reported Saturday morning that a major split between Senator Ted Kennedy – back on the Hill as he fights brain cancer – and Senator Max Baucus over the shape and form of universal health care. Kennedy, long a proponent of a single-payer system, is teeing up against Baucus who is negotiating [...]

The GOP Has Become A Bugs Bunny Cartoon

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According to the loonie chorus on the right, we’re all sons of bitches now. When they’re not bashing Sonia Sotomayor for asking sharp questions from the bench – which would seem to be a pretty basic part of the job description for a judge – or wondering whether her taste in spicy food clouds her [...]

A Tip Without An Iceberg: Americans, Not Canucks, Are The Real Medical Refugees

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Once the Senate puts aside the irrational fracas over Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court – she eats spicy food, her name doesn’t sound American, she can be quoted out of context, she’s a secret socialist – and confirms her nomination, Congress can turn its attention to dealing with genuine problems such as providing [...]

Hot Docs in Cool Toronto

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Its better known, slicker cousin, the Toronto International Film Festival, attracts celebrities, glitterati, paparazzi, red carpets and searchlights arching the Canadian night sky. Held in September, TIFF kicks off the industry’s festival season that continues until Cannes, which just concluded. Coming first means that, over the years, TIFF debuted numerous major motion pictures, as Hollywood [...]

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