I have so much respect for this response to ‘My Dad is a Right-Wing Asshole’

August 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Andrew W.K. might be my new hero.

He writes a letters column for the Village Voice and I’d never heard of him until yesterday when someone I know posted his response to a letter from Son of a Right-Winger.

How to discuss Hobby Lobby with business owners and people of faith

July 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

In a recent community forum conversation, someone posted the following in a discussion about taxing the wealthy. He was describing a friend of his who owned horses and the issues this business owner faced:

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Why is this amazing?

First, someone turned a $240,000 profit off of a $20,000 investment after taxes and trainer fees. That’s a 1200% return on investment. Not bad.

Second, the person involved in this tremendous profit considers this “not a good deal.”

Third, because this comment has everything to do with the recent Hobby Lobby decision.

And fourth, because I consider the author of this post an ally, not an adversary.

If any of this intrigues you, click to read on.

Some Recommendations for Those Interested in Ayn Rand

July 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

When I was 14, I picked up Atlas Shrugged thinking it was a science fiction novel.

My critique at the time was one word: boring. As science fiction, it didn’t measure up to Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Orson Scott Card, or any of the other science fiction I was reading at the time. Even L. Ron Hubbard.

Ayn-Rand

With so many folks referring to Ayn Rand in the news recently and with the new release of Atlas Shrugged, I thought I’d revisit Rand to better understand it.

The Zadroga 9/11 First Responders Bill

December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Why haven’t any of the mainstream media networks picked this up? The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Worst Responders www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook The Zadroga Bill is a bill proposed to help the […]

Who Doesn’t Want a Public Health Care Option?

July 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Insurers,  large hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

Surprise!

Witness how much these interests have amped up lobbying to prevent any kind of real health care reform.

A List of Bills Democrats Should Pass

January 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Since Republicans keep playing partisan politics as they have egregiously for the past 8 years (and further, the past 8 years have just been the worst), I think the Democrats should start pushing bills through Congress that will be very difficult to vote against. Here’s my list: The Banking Responsibility […]

Is Politics the Answer? Thoughts on David Kuo’s “Tempting Faith”

January 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I just finished David Kuo’s Tempting Faith, a book that in all honesty I have to admit I purchased because of his insider’s view of Bush’s “compassionate conservatism.” As advertised and promoted, Kuo featured some great quotes and examples of how the administration dismissively treated evangelicals and faith-based initiatives once […]

Historic Messages: Ben Franklin

December 16, 2007 at 11:47 pm

Here’s a selection of a few Benjamin Franklin (the original self-made man) quotes from Bartleby’s and his Autobiography to remind us of some of his thoughts on America. Liberty “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Historical Review of […]