"If you are fed up with our dysfunctional political system, the two parties which control it and with media shrillness and banality you will like Michael Charney's clever essays on our 'Electile Dysfunction." This book will make you smile, make you think, and it might just make you even angrier about the sorry state of American politics. We need more voices like Michael Charney's calling for change."
--Linda Killian, author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents
The partisan blogosphere is filled with arguments over whether liberal or conservative policies are better for states. No matter what is proposed -- cutting the sales tax, raising the minimum wage, etc.
Michael Charney's insight:
The problem I always have with things like this is that too many will take correlation for causation. There could be a host of reasons for why this is true. It also forgets that a "red state" could be one with less than 50% registered GOP'ers (in fact, it probably is). It could also mean that the poor aren't able to vote "blue" because they've been disenfranchised or gerrymandered out of significance.... Many possiblities exist, but I fear that most on the far left will see only the one that Occupy wanted us to see....
'I Just Freaking Answered It!' Mary Katharine Ham Clashes with O'Reilly Again ... Mediaite Last week Bill O'Reilly and HotAir Editor-at-Large Mary Katharine Ham fought over pot legalization, and Ham returned Monday night for round two.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday assured children viewing her program that both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were white men even though some liberals were trying to make them black. In a column for Slate ...
Michael Charney's insight:
Megyn Kelly proves once again how easy it is to Palinize facts....
"In the wake of the partial government shutdown, many establishment Republicans argued that the hardliners in the GOP, backed by the Tea Party, needed to be reigned in. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio tells David Greene about his efforts to put millions of dollars toward that goal in the 2014 mid-term elections."
Who are the people and groups behind the TV ads in the 2014 federal elections? Below is a list of organizations that have been active or are expected to be active in raising and spending money to influence voters in 2014. Click on the links to read profiles of each organization. The groups were selected based on the amounts they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or the media attention they have attracted. It is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
Many of these groups may legally raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. They are known as super PACs and must register with the Federal Election Commission. Others may legally raise unlimited donations and avoid disclosing their donors. Those groups do not file with the FEC, but register rather with the IRS under Section 501(c).
Increasing the minimum wage wouldn’t lead to a wages blowout and cutting it would just mean more working poor (Sensible piece about min wage by @GrogsGamut debunking ideology of the Business Council & Tea Party in the Govt
The Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t find the kind of political bias needed to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service’s heightened scrutiny of tea party groups, law enforcement officials told the Wall Street Journal.
Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly's white Christmas war at Fox News IrishCentral Accurately sensing a threat to their 16-year-old news channel, Fox pulled Brigadier General of the War on Christmas Bill O'Reilly out this week, who gallantly sprang to...
Limbaugh and Pope Francis could not be more diametrically opposed when it comes to issues of money and poverty. Whereas Francis has been known to don "regular priest" duds and sneak out of the Vatican to minister to ...
What's behind the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget deal which one news site called "a new era in cooperation"? Is it all about preventing the Tea Party from ever using the government shutdown as a weapon?
"Insuring 30million of our fellow citizens at a price of $300M is ten bucks per. If we can’t have single payer (yet), can we at least stop whining about having to spend $10 each to provide a system by which the less fortunate among us can sign up for (lest we forget) FOR-PROFIT health insurance?"
"My plea to ordinary Republicans is this. Is there any hope that you will rise up and take your party back from the extremists in the tea party who claim to be patriots but who really are corporatists?"