Ben Affleck on Kerry’s Senate Seat: “One Never Knows”

By |December 22nd, 2012|

RIGHT NOW Scott Brown is leading Democrats by a mile in Massachusetts, as a recent WBUR poll showed, also revealing holding Kerry's seat after a placeholder is appointed against Brown will require a smart campaign by a good candidate. The closest Democrat to Brown in popularity is Martha Coakley, who ran a horrible race last [...]

Secretary Kerry

By |December 21st, 2012|

With a little prodding, Sen. John Kerry once reluctantly showed me his childhood passport. It was tattooed with border crossing stamps from almost all the Western European countries. From 1951 to 1954, his father Richard Kerry, a career Foreign Service officer, worked as an attorney for what was then called the Bureau of United Nations [...]

Queer Talk: Holiday Wish List and Reality Check

By |December 21st, 2012|

Actually, this is just a holiday spin on an existing Queer Wish List, and it's a truncated version only, with only a couple of items in current DC thinking and happenings. I think my overall wish, related to our Electeds, is simple: they will all miraculously begin acting like responsible, thoughtful, caring adults in powerful [...]

NRA’s LaPierre Calls for Congress to Fund Armed Police in America’s Schools

By |December 21st, 2012|

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." - Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO [Full Remarks] WHAT IF Adam Lanza had been confronted inside Sandy Hook Elementary School by armed security guards? That's where the NRA began its defense today. In his televised press [...]

Fools on the Hill

By |December 21st, 2012|

Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I [...]

Social Security Cuts Coming Unless People Raise the Roof

By |December 20th, 2012|

THE HEADLINE says it all and the emergency is very real. Activist progressives across the spectrum have been working to defeat President Obama's plan to cut Social Security and hand Republicans something they couldn't do on their own. Social Security cuts are assured, with Nancy Pelosi and establishment Democrats joining President Obama, unless you get [...]

Queer Talk: Blaming the Homosexuals, Women, Secularists, Abortionists for Sandy Hook and the Decline of the USA

By |December 20th, 2012|

Earlier today Taylor wrote about Charlotte Allen's blaming women for Sandy Hook, an example of what Taylor calls an "anti-feminist throw back." That provides the perfect background for the Queer Talk post I'd planned. When it comes to blaming-natural-and-human-made-catastrophes-on-every-one-who-doesn't-define-Christianity-exactly-the-way-I-do, the "religious right" has several favorite targets, each defined, of course, by the assumption that their [...]

The American Right’s War on Women, Sandy Hook Edition

By |December 20th, 2012|

JUST WHEN you think the American right can't get more offensive or insulting towards modern women, along comes an anti-feminist throw back to prove they'll never accept a woman in charge. From the hog-tied mind of a woman in bondage, though not the fun 50 Shades type; the kind that holds her hostage to a [...]

Cory Booker Won’t Challenge Christie, Looking to Senate Instead [Video]

By |December 20th, 2012|

THERE WAS no doubt that challenging Gov. Chris Christie for the governorship after his leadership on Sandy would have been a rough fight for Mayor Booker. In fact, I doubt he would have prevailed. A smarter move is being contemplated and it's likely Senator Lautenberg will be encouraged to retire to make a spot for [...]

It’s Not Israel for Hagel, But Negative Onslaught Could Pave Way for First Female SecDef

By |December 20th, 2012|

"Senator Hagel is one of the most well-respected and thoughtful voices on both foreign and domestic policy," retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, a former Republican national security advisor, told The Cable. "At an uncertain time in America-with a significant debt burden, a polarized Congress, and a host of challenges facing the international community, I am confident [...]