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The silver lining to the Wisconsin GOP’s murderous election

The silver lining to the Wisconsin GOP’s murderous election

If you’ve been following what is happening in Wisconsin, you know that the Wisconsin GOP, backed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court, prevented the delay of today’s state election. The reason the Republicans want the election today is because a conservative judge on the ballot needs a low voter turnout to get elected. So Republicans […]

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

After right-wing Christians elected Donald Trump, he promptly pulled America out of the Paris Agreement and gutted our country’s environmental laws, setting himself up to become the most prolific slow-killer of all-time. Trump will also be responsible for thousands of COVID-19 deaths because he put his ego and greed over the lives of his constituents. […]

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

This morning, I read an AP article about Donald Trump’s business and spiritual advisers pushing him to declare everything hunky dory with COVID-19 in time for Easter. God forbid that American church leaders and evangelists miss out on one of their biggest paydays of the year! Trump evangelical adviser, Johnnie Moore, even went as far […]

Behind the screen

Behind the screen

Marty’s photo of the day #3202: I call this photo from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru “Behind the Screen.” This morning as I scrolled through my photos, deciding what to post, it struck me as a metaphor for what is happening here in the United States, where Trump and his wealthy corporate advisers are pushing […]

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

In the past, when renewable energy companies asked for help, Republicans screamed, “Free market! We can’t pick and choose the winners!” Yet now, when airlines, hotels, and other corporations in their stock portfolio ask for help, Republicans proclaim, “Yes! If we don’t help them, the cure will be worse than the problem!” Congress and the […]

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

I thank Bernie Sanders for all he has done to bring awareness to so many important issues. I also thank him for successfully pushing the Democratic Party leftward to more liberal thinking. Now I look forward to thanking him for gracefully dropping out of the Democratic primary within the next few days (COVID-19 makes his […]

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans claim they don’t like socialism, but that’s a lie. What they want is privatized profits and socialized losses. Almost every American is going to be hurt financially by the COVID-19 shutdown. Nevertheless, it’s already quite obvious that it’s big corporations that will get the highest percentage of bailouts, not American citizens. The airline industry, […]

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

To fight COVID-19 and appease his evangelical followers, Donald Trump has declared today a “National Day of Prayer.” That’s fine—as long as the rules regarding the results are consistent. If COVID-19 suddenly stops in America, Trump’s right-wing Christian followers will rightfully claim that prayer works and God swooped in to help. On the other hand, […]

How life would be different with a single change to history

How life would be different with a single change to history

I love writing the Time Is Irreverent series of novels, because the characters allow me to demonstrate how things would be different with a single change to history. For instance, in the first novel time-traveling protagonists Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon show how life today would be different if Christianity hadn’t taken hold, and in […]

Joe Biden’s speech and the ugly theory

Joe Biden’s speech and the ugly theory

Did you see Joe Biden’s speech last night? If not, Google it. I’ve made no secret that Biden was far down my list of who I wanted to win the nomination, but I have to say his speech impressed me. First, I think his message of unifying America under a calm and steady president is […]

Doling out revenge as if it were candy

Doling out revenge as if it were candy

Republicans frequently state that they don’t care about Donald Trump’s behavior; they only care about his results. That sounds innocent enough—until you realize that people made similar claims during the reigns of the worst autocrats in history. Even Robert Mugabe had his fans. Where Trump will ultimately rank among the world’s authoritarian rulers is yet […]

The logical Democratic presidential nominee is . . .

The logical Democratic presidential nominee is . . .

I took the New York Times Democratic candidate quiz, and for me it showed Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tied at the top, followed by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. In a normal election I would agree with those results, but this is not a normal election. What the quiz did not ask was, “How […]

Trump teaches children that revenge is okay

Trump teaches children that revenge is okay

The Christian-right gets their panties in a twist if two same sex people kiss on television—because “children are watching!” Knowing that, isn’t it ironic that they don’t get upset when their “champion,” Donald Trump, assaults women, calls people derogatory names, goes on a deranged rant at the National Prayer Breakfast, profits off of the presidency, […]

No oral sex for Republicans

No oral sex for Republicans

On February 12, 1999, the vast majority of Republicans voted to convict Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial. His crime: lying about a blow job. On February 5, 2020, every Republican except one voted to acquit Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. His crime: selling out America and withholding aid to an ally for personal […]

Yelling bullshit at people I otherwise agree with

Yelling bullshit at people I otherwise agree with

I am a liberal on virtually every issue. That said, I believe liberals hurt their causes when they go beyond what’s helpful and into the absurd. Not only does it turn off people in the middle, but it also turns off those who support them. The rote overuse of terms such as “microaggression,” “trigger warning,” […]

The GOP suicide cult

The GOP suicide cult

Sometimes bad news can be good news. Soon Senate Republicans will reject impeachment witnesses and acquit Traitor Trump. When that happens, their white-supremacist and evangelical Christian cult will celebrate without realizing that the acquittal will backfire bigly. That’s because the rest of America will know that the GOP sold out their country to protect the […]

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

By standing by their cult leader, the Republicans have totally fucked themselves (and not in a good way). Over the past few weeks, pundits have speculated that the Democrats would try to make a deal with the Republicans, but the impeachment trial has changed that. If the Republicans don’t allow witnesses, their deceit will follow […]

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

While watching the impeachment hearings last night, I did a little switching back and forth between MSNBC and Fox News. Conservatives often justify Fox News by saying, “Well, the libtards have MSNBC.” But there really is a difference. For instance, unlike Fox News, MSNBC actually vets their stories and will come back with a correction […]

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Marty’s photo of the day #3141: I’ve been watching the impeachment hearings—not with anticipation that the Republicans will suddenly discover ethics, but with the hope that Americans who normally don’t participate in politics will finally realize that the GOP is blocking witnesses and documents because they care about one thing, and one thing only: power. […]

What if Mike Pence had an attack of ethics?

What if Mike Pence had an attack of ethics?

Now that Donald Trump has been impeached, reporters in the legitimate media pretty much agree that Republican senators will ignore their oath to “do impartial justice” and quickly acquit the Oval Office Sociopath of his crimes against America. But what if Republican politicians actually believed in the tenets of Christianity rather than just using it […]

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