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Our Weimar Democrats : Why They are Such Losers

Barack Obama and the Dems: Back to square one. Photo by Chris Usher / EPA.Servility and incompetence:The ‘Dead Center’ Democrats Having taken office on the sales pitch of “Hope,” the Democrats can be counted on only for timidity and incompetence. … Continue reading

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Brown and Palin : Photogenic Pols a Panacea for ‘Independent’ Anger?

Scott Brown and Sarah Louise Palin: All smiles and skin. Composite graphic by Larry Ray / The Rag Blog. Photos from Cosmopolitan and Vogue Magazine.Good looks and empty minds:The new political trend? By Larry Ray / The Rag Blog / … Continue reading

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The Blame Game : Reform is Bigger than Obama

Barack Obama: Were expectations unrealistic? Image from Black Agenda Report.Too simplistic to just blame Obama:High hopes and the slow pace of reform By Richard Flacks / The Rag Blog / January 13, 2010 People on the left make a serious … Continue reading

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Republican Attack Machine : Controlling the Spin

Republican assault on the truth:A winning strategy for an off-year election The Democrats appear to be clueless in the face of a relentless propaganda campaign that relies upon what were once psychological tools to be used against enemy populations. By … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Escalation : Footprint We Can’t Afford

Ecological footprint. Image from Sprayblog.Escalation in Afghanistan:What’s the carbon/health footprint of another senseless war? By Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog / November 30, 2009 The Afghan War may now doom our ability both to cope with the global climate … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Obama is ‘Kicking the Can’ on Afghanistan

Kicking the can. Image from Oskar Rough.Obama’s Afghanistan policy:Playing to the imaginary center Like President Johnson before him, President Obama is squandering any hope for his progressive domestic agenda by this tragic escalation of the war. By Tom Hayden / … Continue reading

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Rogues and Centrists : How Media Frame the World

The symbolic uses of politics:The Gipper and the Rogue By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / November 20, 2009 Moderate Republicans — yes, they are not extinct, though most are in hiding — scoff at Sarah Palin and wish … Continue reading

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Bill Maher : Bald Eagle is Out. Cute Puppy is In.

New Rule: If America Can’t Get it Together, We Lose the Bald Eagle Get your head out of the clouds, you socialist dreamer! ‘What do we want!? A small improvement! When do we want it!? 2016!’ By Bill Maher / … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin Reads Vanity Fair, Resigns as Governor

Illustration by Risko for Vanity Fair. Even the woman in the red dress who told candidate McCain at a town hall campaign gathering in 2008 she thought Obama ‘was an Arab’ should be able see past Palin’s lip gloss, if … Continue reading

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Mexican Elections : Calderón Beats Law and Order Drum

Mexican President Felipe Calderón: his political muscle will be weakened. Photo by Gurinder Osan / AP. With all that sucking the sand from beneath his feet, President Felipe Calderón, like every beleagured right-winger since Nixon, is beating the Law and … Continue reading

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Juan Cole on Iran : Why Mousavi Probably Won

Iranian supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are chased by Iranian riot-police in front of Tehran university Sunday, June 14, 2009. Iranian youth took to the streets Sunday, setting trash dumpsters and tires on fire, in a … Continue reading

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