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Very Nice, Uncle Joe. But You Only Told Us What We Already Know.

From the Left / Dick Polman /

President Biden’s delivered a very nice speech this week about the MAGA Republican plot to destroy democracy. But there was one big problem.

“The 2020 election – it’s not hyperbole to suggest – (was) the most examined and the fullest expression of the will of the people in the history of this nation. This should be celebrated – ...Read more

Rupert Murdoch is Launching Fox Weather. We Can Only Imagine…

From the Left / Dick Polman /

This is for real: Rupert Murdoch will soon launch a new platform, Fox Weather.

Wrap your head around that one. Brian Wieser, a prominent media analyst, said it best the other day: “How do you address the fact that weather changes are caused to some degree by humans when you have a media property with a history of challenging that fact?”

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Indictment is Just the Start of Trump’s Troubles

From the Left / Dick Polman /

With apologies to the poet E. E. Cummings: It’s Indictment Day, and the world is mud-luscious…

Do you feel as jaunty as I do? Maybe not. Maybe you think that the first indictments against the Trump Organization, unsealed Thursday, are chump change. Maybe you think that the 15 felony counts – featuring alleged tax fraud, conspiracy, ...Read more

Yet Another Reason the Church Keeps Losing Members

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I don’t pretend to be an expert on the Catholic Church, but I can sniff out hypocrisy. And whenever you put the Catholic Church in the same pew with hypocrisy… hoo boy, does it ever stink.

But before we delve into the latest church farce – the budding effort by conservative Catholic bishops to deny giving holy communion to the devoutly ...Read more

In the War on American Democracy, Journalists Can’t Be Neutral

From the Left / Dick Polman /

On a podcast the other day, national political reporter Thomas Edsall analyzed the mounting threat of Republican authoritarianism and posed a great question:

“Trump and the Republican party have created a real dilemma for the media... A party of sedition is trying to (enact) rules that even when it loses, it wins... We have a different ...Read more

Texas is Whitewashing its Racist History

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I must warn you in advance that this is not satire. This news is real.

This week, the Republican governor of Texas signed a law creating “The 1836 Project,” a feat of “patriotic education” that will celebrate the purportedly glorious founding of the Texas Republic.

At his signing photo-op, Gov. Greg Abbott said: “To keep Texas ...Read more

RIP John Warner, a Republican Who Worked Across the Aisle. Imagine That.

From the Left / Dick Polman /

John Warner, a Republican who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years and died Wednesday at 94 in his home state of Virginia, said this about his Democratic colleagues: “We had political disagreements and fought on the Senate floor. But at day’s end we shared a drink, talked as friends, and we found common cause, solving problems and serving ...Read more

Democrats Shouldn’t Negotiate With Terrorists

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Why do most Capitol Hill Republicans oppose the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly coup against democracy staged on Jan. 6? Duh, take one guess. They know darn well that a thorough investigation will implicate them. They can’t handle the truth.

That’s why 80 percent of the House Republicans voted "no" Wednesday ...Read more

Is Chris Christie Pathetic, Shrewd, or Pathetically Shrewd?

From the Left / Dick Polman /

The Republican party has devolved into a motley mix of goose stepping fanatics like Marjorie Taylor Greene and sniveling cowards like Kevin McCarthy. But worst of all are the bloviating opportunists who seek advantage by simply blowing with the wind.

Which brings us to Chris Christie.

I’ve yet to decide whether the ex-New Jersey governor...Read more

Laud Liz Cheney For Defending Truth, But Don’t Forget Her Father’s Lies

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Kudos to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. Her House GOP leadership post hangs by a thread because she refuses to mouth Trump’s Big Lie about a stolen election, and Wednesday she boldly framed the stakes: “The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth…”

But we also need to ...Read more

Supreme Sleaze: Amy Coney Barrett’s Corrupt Conflict of Interest

From the Left / Dick Polman /

It’s hard these days to keep track of all the decrepitude in public life, so forgive me if I highlight some new sleaze that has likely escaped your notice.

In the waning days of the Trump dystopia, a group called Americans for Prosperity - which is bankrolled by conservative billionaire David Koch - spent more than a million dollars on what...Read more

Fake Vaccine Cards and the Cult of American Selfishness

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Republican pollster Frank Luntz met last weekend with 17 vaccine-resisting Trump voters to better understand why they won’t take the simple step of protecting themselves and their fellow citizens.

Their answers were predictably ignorant. One guy said, “I mean, we’re just going to be shot up and shot up and shot up. We can’t live like ...Read more

Some Evangelical Christians Have Forgotten Their Moral Duty

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I don’t want to malign anyone’s religious faith. I really don’t.

But it’s a tad disturbing that 45 percent of the nation’s 41 million white evangelical Christians are vowing not to get vaccinated.

As one Texas nutritionist told the press the other day, “It would be God’s will if I am here or if I am not here.” Has this ...Read more

So Now Republicans Hate Coke and Baseball

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Republicans and corporate America have been conjoined for so long that any breach in the bond is almost impossible to imagine. Yet we’re seeing one now, thanks to the GOP’s decision to give free rein to its authoritarian impulses.

The way it has long worked is easy to explain. Corporate America shovels big bucks to the Republicans, who in...Read more

This Time Infrastructure Week Is For Real

From the Left / Dick Polman /

What welcome words these were, from a newly elected president: “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure…our highways bridges, tunnels, airports…which will become second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”

That must be Uncle Joe, right?

Think again people. That was Trump, riffing in the wee...Read more

 

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