The Return of the “Social Security is Going Broke” Myth

As if there wasn’t enough panic coming from the Republicans in D.C. (along with some Democrats like Harry Reid) about detainees from Gitmo being re-located to American suburbia, now comes the obligatory ‘Social Security is going broke’ myth from one of the usual suspects on the right, Robert Samuelson, columnist for the Washington Post. ”The […]

The Cost of “Keeping Us Safe”

There is an often-repeated phrase that I’ve been hearing lately in the debate over the actions of the Bush administration, and in relation to the closing of Guantanamo and what to do with the people being held there. President Obama repeated it in his speech on national security Thursday. Former Vice-President Cheney has used it […]

Did Torture Work? It Doesn’t Matter

Former Vice-President Cheney’s recent appearances attempting to defend and justify the Bush administration’s use of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” has seemed a bit puzzling to me. What is he trying to do? He has admitted that techniques for which others have been prosecuted as war criminals were used, said that the president authorized them, […]

Gingrich: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Newt Gingrich was in fine form on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. He took a page from the Sarah Palin playbook, accusing the Obama administration of “pallin’ around with terrorists,” and actually had the audacity to point the finger at someone else for a “bitter partisan attack.” About the attorneys who are defending […]

Cheney: No Room for Colin Powell in GOP

It appears that Colin Powell has committed the unpardonable sin in the Republican Party, he dared to speak critically of Rush the Great. Thirty-five years of military service, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of State—nah, no room for that guy under the ever-shrinking tent. No less an authority than Dick Cheney […]

Join Us at the Art Car Parade Today!

Today is the annual Art Car Parade here in Houston.  This year, Recipe for Success Foundation, started by wife, Gracie, has entered a car in the parade.  My regular readers know that Recipe for Success was formed to help fight childhood obesity through teaching elementary school kids about nutrition and healthy lifestyles with volunteer programs […]

Colin Powell vs. Rush Limbaugh

The Republican Party pulled of a remarkable feat yesterday. In a 24-hour time span they managed to alienate 4 different groups of voters–gays, women, moderates, and African-Americans. So much for that re-branding effort. First, Senator John Thune of South Dakota: “Conservative leaders have warned the nomination of a gay or lesbian justice could complicate Obama’s […]