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Dim Propositions

My jaw figuratively drops at the varieties of ‘Maker & Moocher’ arguments. Unemployment bumps up by 50% and suddenly there are 50% more takers too lazy to find a job. Ridiculous. In the mid-terms we will hear the 47% argument … Continue reading

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American Oyster

  2012 Presidential election. Thank you foxbusiness.com. Of course: lies and damn statistics — ignorance may exist anywhere and obviously a college degree isn’t an arbiter. For example, we have persons educated as medical doctors serving in the US Congress … Continue reading

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Everyone is going one place or the other, ‘cept corporations

On Heaven and Hell, God, and the Devil: You believe in heaven and hell? Nino Scalia: Oh, of course I do. Don’t you believe in heaven and hell? No. Nino Scalia: Oh, my. Does that mean I’m not going? Nino … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

“Buying and Selling is an Art, whereby people endeavour to cheat one another of the Land…….and true Religion is, To let every one enjoy it.” Gerrard Winstanley A New-yeers Gift for the Parliament and Armie 1650 (I’d be a Bernie … Continue reading

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Gerrymander and the GOP’s Worldliness Conundrum

  I didn’t expect the schadenfruede to be so long-lasting. GOP study calls for changes to halt presidential losing streak By Paul West March 18, 2013, 4:00 a.m. WASHINGTON — A smug, uncaring, ideologically rigid national Republican Party is turning … Continue reading

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The Perfect Candidate

The baptistry in the new Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Ill., features 12 oxen representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of … Continue reading

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Racist Anti-Democracy in Ohio

Originally posted August 17, 2012. Update November 4, 2012: Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election – Judd Legum on Nov 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm The racist Ohio Secretary of State Husted at the eleventh … Continue reading

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Rape, Shmape, the GOP All Up in Your…

Coerced to accept penetration by any object is called what? Figure it out by the logic of Paul Ryan: [flashvideo filename=http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/PaulRyan31.flv /] Ladies, get ready to hand over your body to the GOP, as Ann and Mitt prepare for (your) … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy and Thinking of Buddy Roemer

Low hanging fruit. Fail:David Plouffe. Fill stop right there. Meanwhile, Obama’s inner populist doesn’t ring true for me at all. But, Willard doesn’t even have an inner populist. This leads to the coding crunch in the above call and response … Continue reading

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Object Lesson in Public Lunacy

One of the interesting features of our contemporary media culture is that groups of (what may be called) very serious people are convened to publicize their willful and shameless individual effort to pretend absolutely no one in the audience can … Continue reading

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Mitt And the Muddle

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There’s so much I could blather on about the delicious presidential battle shaping up between old school neo-liberal plutocrats of the centerist left vs “personal responsibility” Ayn Randian … Continue reading

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Rich Risks

In 1997, the last year for which there was solid research done on the subject, 42 percent of the Forbes 400 richest Americans made the list through probate. This lies at the heart of our plutonomy thesis: that the rich … Continue reading

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WIllard Wagged

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Nose Holder

There has certainly been a persistent and growing gap between elite and non-elite progressive attitudes towards the 44th president and his administration. Liberal elite defections from the Obama camp started early and have spread steadily. First off the grid were … Continue reading

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Over the Cliff

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Give Me the Soft Kind

Their fiscal anarchism has now led to their threat to destabilize and possibly upend the American and global economy because they refuse to compromise an inch. They control only one part of the government, and yet they hold all of … Continue reading

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The Rich Return

What haunts the Obama administration is what still haunts the country: the stunning lack of accountability for the greed and misdeeds that brought America to its gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There has been no legal, moral, or … Continue reading

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Moral Hazard and the Laughing Gangsters

Making sense of the financial meltdown. There is positive explanatory viewpoint and various idealized viewpoints. About this latter froth of blame-casting, I term such viewpoints normative-mythic.  The first viewpoint would be concerned with the actual mechanics of the meltdown. Opposite … Continue reading

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Fairy Dust

The story the “cut-now-and-grow” lobby wants to tell depends not on arithmetic, but on what Krugman calls the confidence fairy (she’s good) and the crowding-out troll (he’s bad). In a tight budget environment like today’s, politicians love the fairy because … Continue reading

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Misinformation and the Other Kind of Information

(Following from\Swinging on the Hammock) Okay, watch the video. I’ve highlighted the moment that jumps out for me. RYAN: It’s a sign of the times, I think. I think it’s a sign of anxiety of the times. It’s also a … Continue reading

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