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

marissa alexander

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

michelle bachmann

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”.

President Cruz?

ted cruz

Tom Degan: Show me a guy whose antics are too weird for the GOP and I’ll show you a guy who really should be be watched – if only for our own amusement.

Fear and Loathing in Houston

sarah palin

Tom Degan: Four months ago on the day after the massacre of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, I predicted that, in spite of the carnage, nothing would change. Nothing has. Nothing will.

More Than Enough Bushes

bush library

Tom Degan: So, the man who is in serious competition with James Buchanan for being remembered as the worst, most insanely incompetent chief-executive in the archives of human stupidity finally has his own library?

Portraits in Deregulation

waco texas explosion

Tom Degan: It’s always a hoot watching Rick Perry trying to lure business from California to his state. His pitch? Texas has a “predictable” business climate, by which he means, “ain’t no gub’ment messin’ round here with all them damn regulations”.

Ten Years After

bush painting

Tom Degan: On Saturday, December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged for his crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, George Walker Bush, Richard Bruce Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld live in comfortable retirement. Isn’t life strange?

CPAC Follies

sarah palin

Tom Degan: Themain problem with this year’s CPAC gathering was that so many of their speakers are walking illustrations of why conservatism in America is going the way of the 8-track tape.

Scalia and Racial Entitlements: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

scalia foot in mouth

Tom Degan: It was obvious by their questions to the lawyers making the anti-voting-rights argument that the five right-wing neanderthals on the bench have every intention of going gently into that dark night of voter suppression.

Repackaging the Message

talking heads

Tom Degan: According to Repubicans they lost big during the campaign of 2012 – not because their ideas were beyond atrocious (perish the thought) – but because those ideas weren’t “packaged” properly.

Like Lemmings to the Sea

tastes like socialism

Tom Degan: It’s going to take at least two administration – possibly three – to dig ourselves out of The Great Recession. And the only way to succeed is for those administrations to be progressive ones. A turn to the right is a turn backwards.

Message to My Fellow White People

obama family

Tom Degan: The history of the next century will primarily be the story of how well (or badly) white America dealt with that inevitable change in the coutnry’s racial makeup. Deal with it well, my friends. History will smile upon you.