tom deganTom Degan is a fifty-four-year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

I’m Just Mild About Hillary

Hillary Clinton in 2016

Tom Degan: Could it be that “the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt” can’t come up with anything better than Hillary? Have they lost their imaginations? Or have they lost their minds?

Speaking the Unthinkable

Secret Service Failures

Tom Degan: The very sight of the most extremely right-wing of politicians (Darrell Issa, for example) expressing profound outrage over the fact that a mentally ill veteran was able to walk right in to the Executive Mansion and come too close for comfort to entering the family living quarters was something to behold.

Blame the Black Guy

Blaming President Obama

Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.

Egads! Sarah Palin in 2016

Sarah Palin Running For President

Tom Degan: For those of us who thrive on the gales of laughter provided to us by Sarah Palin and unintentional comedians like her, these are indeed sweet times to be alive.

Sarah Palin Rolls Out the “I” Word

Impeach Obama

Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?

Eric’s Bad Night

Eric Cantor Loses

Tom Degan: The extremist conservative, house majority leader, Eric Cantor, just wasn’t right wing enough for the knuckleheads in the state of Virginia who tend to vote in Republican primaries; defeated by an underfunded, unknown Teapartier with the curious name, “David Brat”. Aren’t politics a gas?

California Carnage

California Carnage

Tom Degan: A father’s anguished words following the latest, totally expected rampage of gun violence – this time in California – didn’t really have much effect on the people in a position to do something to stem the carnage.

The Ballad of Craven Cliven

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Tom Degan: The loony right wing loves to bitch and wail about the “undeserving poor” getting something for nothing. Why is it, then, that when it’s the undeserving rich we’re talking about, they’re always so quick to come to the plutocracy’s defense – and, oh brother, come they did!

Lindsey Graham’s Perpetual Pathos

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Tom Degan: Poor old Lindsey obviously doesn’t have much of a stomach for non-fiction these days. That seems to be a chronic state as far as the right wing is concerned.

Green Eggs and Scam

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Tom Degan: The funniest thing about Ted Cruz’s nearly day-long tirade was the fact that when his time was up, he proceeded to vote for funding the very thing he had been wailing against all through the day and all through the night.

Remembering Bill Clements

Bill Clements and MLK

Tom Degan: It was his mighty pen that sent former Illinois governor, Otto Kerner, to prison in 1974 in a bribery scandal.

Justice for Marissa Alexander

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Tom Degan: George Zimmerman is a free man. Marissa Alexander languishes in a prison cell. Do they even have air-conditioning in those jury rooms? You gotta wonder.

Bye-Bye, Bird Brain

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Tom Degan: As low as the standards are over at Fox, I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams that even they would humiliate themselves with a “Michele Bachmann Show”.

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