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For Friends of Bill: Baseless Racism Holds Republicans Back

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – Over the last 25 years Republicans have gone from disingenuous jerks to complete assholes. From occasional forays into dirty politics and smear tactics to a no holds barred enterprise of fear, hate and racism. From a tacit deployment of bigotry, to a stentorian campaign of disenfranchising minorities and…

America the Boiling Frog

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Eschew Obfuscation –By Michael Douglass – I just ate macaroni and cheese out of a pull top can with a big ass spoon. Forty years ago Sarah Palin would never have been chosen as a presidential running mate. Not because she’s a woman but because she’s dumb as a goddamn stick. Forty years ago, you…

Ted Cruz for President?

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – Rafael Edward Cruz is running for president. Boy howdy. By all accounts Ted Cruz is bright and formidable. He’s a powerful speaker. His academic accomplishments are impressive. His career trajectory just prior to politics is downright imposing. There’s a certain charisma in a Bob Dole meets Pee Wee…

One Step Forward, Two steps Back

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – I know this kind of deceitful seduction has been a part of American politics since our republic was born. But my mind is made up. Up until now, as cynical as I am, I bought into it. I hoped. I did. I’m guilty. But what I see now…

Gaslighting, Again

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – Virtually no one in America had ever witnessed such a horrific event live and free on television — until then. It was simultaneously more violent, more chaotic and more disturbing than maybe anything we’d ever seen. A handful of burly peace officers bearing down in concert on a…

The Shaft Revisited in Ferguson Missouri

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – It was all over before the shouting when county prosecutor Robert McCulloch opted to actually try the case before a secret grand jury as opposed to simply and traditionally allowing the matter to be tried in a public court of law. The fix was in from the start.…

Three Strikes for the Democrats

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – So, we smoked a turd in hell with Satan himself while midterm fires raged all around us. We opted for that as opposed to showing up at the polls. A Michele Bachmann bathroom stall door closed, a Joni Ernst toilet overflowed and fecal chocolate logs made their way…

Asphalt Ballet in America

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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – Gas is at three bucks a gallon. Unemployment is under 6 percent and the stock market is through the roof. Everything Republicans say they…

There’s No Party More Dangerous Than A Wounded Animal

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Mildred: Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against? Johnny: Whadda you got? – The Wild One, 1953 – Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – I used to be young and idealistic. Now I have no idea what to make of it. It’s not even policy or ideology anymore. It’s dogma fueled brinkmanship. Or, it’s…

Some of My Best Friends Are … Racists

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nig·gard·ly [nig-erd-lee] adjective – 1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly. – 2. meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter. – Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – Racism is alive and well in America. But it’s not your father’s racism. It’s yours. It manifests differently. Just as overt.…

Righty Tighty Leftie Loosie

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Eschew Obfuscation – By Michael Douglass – I find myself battling with the insouciant left more these days than with the ignorant right. It bugs me. It’s not that I don’t understand. Egregious acts against humanity every day. Business as usual. Drones. Corporate lawyers being appointed to the judiciary. No prosecution of the pigs at…