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September 29, 2012

Ann Romney, Surrogate Liar

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 3:05 AM

In a recent interview with a Nevada television station, Ann Romney, in addition to confessing should her husband outdo the more heavily favored snowball in Hell and actually win the election this November, said that her main concern would be for his “mental health.” But she also said something that reinforces a common right-wing lie. She said, “This economy has been under his control for the last four years, and we have seen no jobs,” Romney said. “It’s been a jobless recovery.” That is not true.

Most Americans do not know how their U. S. Senate operates. It is not exactly a democratic (small-“d”) institution. (more…)

September 20, 2012

My Favorite Example of Cognitive Dissonance

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 9:05 PM

Craig T. Nelson, an actor who can best be remembered from me having you read his name at the beginning of this sentence, was being interviewed by an apparently bored and disinterested Glenn Beck. He had this brilliant insight to offer to the political discourse: (more…)

September 17, 2012

Happy Constitution Day, Happy 225th USA v. 2.0

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 12:31 AM

The Declaration of Independence was adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776, and for this reason it is generally considered that July 4 is our nation’s birthday. Actually, that was the birth of the United States of America Version 1.0. The first version of the United States was governed under something called The Articles of Confederation. The Articles were a States’ Rights person’s dream. Under the Articles, “Each state (more…)

September 15, 2012

Deceitful Sleazy Dealings

Mitt Romney likes to tell lies. Even the normally polite Rachel Maddow called him out on his lies. This is a parody about Mitt Romney, based on the Eagles tune “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”

Deceitful Sleazy Dealings
Words and music “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by Jack Tempchin
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider

I like the way your barking cheerings play
And how my wins confound
And I gotta keep with you as I face to the right
With my million cars all around

‘Cause I’ve had deceitful sleazy dealings
And I hope they won’t yet be found
‘Cause I already pander like a clown

And you found out a short time ago
What a Mormon will do to your soul
(more…)

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This

It was a week of tragedy. On Tuesday, an al Qaeda-trained unit breached security, overtook the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, his aide (and former Airman) Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. They were honored yesterday in a Transfer of Remains Ceremony at Andrews, AFB, in Maryland. [Full Disclosure: My first assignment out of Tech School was to Andrews, AFB, in 1983. I got to play golf on one of their championship golf courses because Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger decided to cancel his tee time, an hour and a half late.] Recent reports indicate the attack may have been in retaliation for a drone strike that killed the then-Number Two In Al Qaeda, widely agreed to be the most dangerous job in the world. It did not have anything to do with the protests going on in Egypt and Yemen over that stupid anti-Muslim movie trailer for a film that, in all likelihood, given the criminal past of one of the men involved, does not exist. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton made wonderful, poignant remarks in remembrance of the fallen Americans.

President Obama began by quoting Scripture, as Christian men are wont to do, “Greater love (more…)

September 8, 2012

Wherein I Salute Chris Kluwe

Our story, at least the part that immediately pertains to us, begins in February of this year when the state of Maryland passed a marriage equality law. In order to gain passage in the House of Delegates, the bill’s authors had to agree to allow for someone to try to get a ballot referendum vote in November. At the time, polls were evenly split on the issue among the people of Maryland. But that was before President Obama came out in support of marriage equality, after a little prodding by Vice President Joe Biden. (How can you not love Joe?) Between those two events, opponents of the new law managed to get the issue onto a ballot referendum. After Obama announced his support for marriage equality, polls among African American voters showed increasing support.

Enter Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo. (more…)

September 1, 2012

The Real Romney

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 3:05 AM

By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock (or, if you are among the more affluent, inside a cave), you’ve heard some kind of story about how Mitt Romney turned a private equity firm around and saved lots of jobs. But what you probably haven’t heard so much about is how he did it, and how he lied about it later. If you knew, you wouldn’t be so quick to want him to run our country the way he ran Bain. You see, Mitt didn’t really “save” the company by building revenue and new sources of income. No. In fact (more…)

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