Archive of Articles for March, 2013

The Back To Work Budget

[ Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2013 – 17:04 UTC ]

Since it is indeed budget release week, we'd like to take the opportunity today to shine a spotlight on a budget which doesn't get the same amount of press as, say, what Paul Ryan's trying to peddle. While the Senate Democrats released their budget proposal yesterday, a group of Progressives in the House released their blueprint for a budget as well.

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Time For Vatican III?

[ Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 – 17:01 UTC ]

But while the Catholic world rejoices with the news of a new Pope, many voices are also being raised over the subject of modernization of Church dogma on various subjects. While, obviously, the child abuse sexual scandals are still a problem that has not entirely been dealt with (and which the new Pope will have to address in one way or another), these suggestions go beyond damage control or dealing with past sins within the Church. Innovative proposals are being spoken of on such issues as allowing priests to marry, allowing women into the priesthood, revising Church doctrine on birth control and/or abortion, and even addressing the status of gay people in a more modern light.

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Budget Release Week

[ Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 – 16:53 UTC ]

While a goodly portion of what I choose to write about is pointing out the idiocies and foibles of our beloved elected officials, today I'd like to offer up some applause instead. Because it seems like we're getting back to how budget battles in Washington are supposed to be fought, and I believe that's a good thing. The fact that this puts me in agreement with Republicans is somewhat distasteful, of course, but in this instance they do indeed have a point.

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Obama's Charm Offensive

[ Posted Monday, March 11th, 2013 – 17:25 UTC ]

President Obama changed political gears last week, and decided to take a new direction in his dealings with Republicans in Congress. This "charm offensive" will either later be seen as a meaningless photo-op gesture, or a brilliant strategic maneuver on the political chessboard. Time will tell. That golf game with John Boehner didn't really gain Obama much, to put it another way. But the political winds are a-changin' in Washington (as they tend to do), and if Obama is really serious about developing personal relationships with those in the opposition party who might possibly be open to deal-cutting, this time around a charm offensive might bear some political fruit. Obama is attempting a bold plan to exploit the existing disarray in the Republican Party, and largely bypass the entire Republican congressional leadership. If it works (and even, possibly, if it fails), this will only serve to widen the chasms within the GOP right in time for the next election. That's some pretty juicy political fruit indeed.

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Friday Talking Points [248] -- I'd Love To Change The World

[ Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013 – 18:12 UTC ]

Our column's subtitle this week is a silent homage to guitarist Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After, who sadly died this past week. Anyone who has seen the movie Woodstock knows of Lee's incredible talent on the electric guitar, and we just wanted to begin by noting that Alvin Lee is "Goin' Home" for the last time. Requiescat In Pace.

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Rand Paul's "Mr. Smith" Moment

[ Posted Thursday, March 7th, 2013 – 17:19 UTC ]

That title is, obviously, a bit of a misnomer, since Rand Paul didn't just have a "moment" yesterday on the Senate floor -- he had a whole bunch of them. Thirteen hours' worth, in fact. Senator Paul has a tool at his disposal that his father Ron never had, and yesterday he took that tool out of its box for the first time. Paul has been in the Senate for over two years now, but yesterday was the first time he staged a "talking filibuster."

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Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2013

[ Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 – 17:35 UTC ]

Obama's approval ratings saw a sharp drop last month. The sharpest drop, in fact, since the summer of 2011, right before the campaign started getting underway. His average monthly approval fell from 52.7 percent down to 51.1 percent, a total drop of 1.6 percentage points. This followed a 0.4 percent drop in January, for a full two-point drop in the past two months.

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Playing Hooky, In A Giant Way

[ Posted Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 – 21:29 UTC ]

OK, so I played hooky today. Instead of writing a column, I went and did something fun with my wife. But I thought I'd at least share with you folks what I was doing.

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Blue Fairy Godmother Budget Cuts

[ Posted Monday, March 4th, 2013 – 17:55 UTC ]

I'm going to admit right up front here that I swiped the concept for my title from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s novel Mother Night. Blue Fairy Godmother budget cuts, to define my homage, are those that can only be seen and believed in magically, and offer further magical protection from any political harm. So it goes.

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Friday Talking Points [247] -- When Universes Collide

[ Posted Friday, March 1st, 2013 – 18:11 UTC ]

This is what happens when Hollywood causes metaphysical universes to collide. That's the way I see it, at any rate. The news that J. J. Abrams will now be directing movies in both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises has, quite obviously, sent ripples across the multidimensional continuum which are only now beginning to be perceived.

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