My Politics Page

Being my small effort to counter the lies and infamy of the right.......

Make your own Bumper Stickers

Famously, Freedom of the Press belongs to him what owns one.  Similarly, Freedom of Expression could be said to be restricted when you can't find a bumper sticker that says what you want.  Some two years back, I figured out how to make my own bumper stickers and have been "expressing myself"  (some would say making a fool of myself) by plastering my poor cars with leftie bumper stickers.  On the left was my wonderful Golf GTI VR6 (totalled by a deer on the Taconic on rainy night) from the Bush years, on the right,  my current 48MPG VW Diesel Jetta with Trump-related stickers


Make your own Protest Signs

Big good-looking ones, 24x30, cost maybe $15-$30...or less, depending on what hardware, scrap wood and tools you have.  Here's some signs I made up to protest at our local newly-elected Republican Congressman's home and office. More details at the link in the title line above....

Two more rcent signs, feel free to download


The fraud of asserting that universal healthcare puts people at moral hazard

Where once (in the time of my father, grandfather and great-grandfather, all doctors) medicine was a calling that struggled desperately to discover cures and save lives, now that medicine has that capability, it seen by the Right as immoral for everyone to have that healthcare if profit isn't being made.  But that's moral hazard: getting something for we do for the fire department, the police, garbage, the protection from our armed forces....that's OK (and we actually do pay for it), but getting healthcare that way is some how wrong and morally repugnant.

It's ironic that one of the main soundbites that the GOP used to oppose the creation of  Obamacare was "Death Panel", that it would supposedly create a bureaucracy that would chose who would live and who would die.  Now after ACA is insuring 20 million people who are pretty satisfied with it...and was on a path to cover something like 32 million, the GOP is trying desperately to fulfill its fear mongering against ACA and repeal it...only to be met with a tsunami of opposition.  So now it has been forced into committing to replace it with something....that will have everything that ACA does, cost less and be better.  Somehow given that the GOP is the party of wealth and benefit inequality, it's more likely that any replacement will do less...and thus decide that more people will die.  Yes, there's a Death Panel...and it belongs to the GOP.

Click to the link in the title above.......

My take on the Right's 'ownership' of Godliness...the fraud of 'Moral Values'.  

This was an opinion piece I wrote for the local Public Radio station, WAMC in Albany, NY, back when Bush was first elected

A friend asked why anyone but the rich would vote Republican....

I grew up in KY and have been forever been puzzled by this.  Here are some of the things I've tied into that...

Some of my favorite political commentary blogs

Some particularly choice political links

On "Intelligent" Design, that wonderful fairy tale of the religious right...

Shufflin' Sam Thompson

When I was a kid growing up in Louisville, KY, we had black help.  My mother was almost completely paralyzed and my father was an eye surgeon.  Our family only worked because of the kind-hearted,  substantial and committed help of Queen Esther ('Queenie') Williams (who ran the house), Willie Mae Fuqua (who did the laundry).  On occasion, Sam Thompson would stop by to wax the floor or rake and burn the leaves in the autumn.
Sam was a target for the local (white) police...perhaps because they learned that it was 'fun' to push his button...they would lean on him, he would tell them to get off his back, and then they would throw him in jail for a week or two and fine him $10 on some bullshit  pretext.

I don't know that things got physical with the police...Louisville was hardly the deep South, where a black man who stood up for himself was in mortal danger.  But there was no recourse for Sam, because the Kentucky Cosntitution doesn't allow appeals for a fine of $10 or less!  So the police would keep pushing Sam's button and doing it to him
This happened time and again over the years, and, when I was 13 and Sam had been victimized like this for more than 50 times, Dad got Sam in touch with the KCLU to finally get him some recourse.

This time, Sam had been in a (black) bar waiting for the bus out of the cold.  He had bought and paid for some food, the proprietor said he was welcome to be there, and Sam was sitting on a stool tapping his foot in time to the music on the juke box.  The white police came in and did their usual number, and Sam was charged, fined and put in jail for dancing (shuffling his foot) in an establishment without a dancing permit.
Since there was no recourse from the KY State Supreme Court, the KCLU took the case to the Supreme Court of the United States of the United States, where the Louisville DA defending the City action got his ass handed to him.  And the police left Sam alone after that.

Would to God we had a Supreme Court that cared about civil rights and the common man now...


The details of the case are here.....

An old Reader's Digest article on the case is here