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We went to gallows humor when my employer made that minor change. We knew it meant the company was going down.

Now the NRA makes the same minor change and it gives us hope.

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Direct download: The_NRA_Killed_the_Coffee.mp3
Category:Policy, Guns, NRA -- posted at: 1:48am EST

Parallels in history are not hard to find with my President. The third emperor of ancient Rome used at least one remarkably similar military tactic.

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Direct download: American_Troops_Gathering_Seashells_by_the_Seashore.mp3
Category:Policy, Political News -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

Well meaning people who object to, and often work against voter suppression, see the importance of dirty tricks, of cheating, of elections stolen.

It is sometimes too easy to miss the most important theft of all.

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Direct download: Missing_the_Point_on_Voting_Rights.mp3
Category:Election Fraud -- posted at: 1:03am EST

Republican candidates around the country now insist they support protection for those with pre-existing conditions.

And Republican lawmakers from every part of the nation are working to get their healthcare promises declared illegal.

Here's how.

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Cute little blue and pink baby bonnets can teach us something important about the reasons Republicans are giving for plans to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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The Trump administration tax cuts for the wealthy, and Republican plans to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, can all be traced back to a line drawn on a napkin in 1974.

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Direct download: Trump_Tax_Cuts_and_the_Napkin.mp3
Category:Policy, Political News -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

Last year, Elizabeth Warren challenged the documented history of a nominee and was silenced under an arcane rule.

This year, Mitch McConnell directly challenged the integrity of opposing Senators and the rules were ignored.

It helps to control the rules.

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Direct download: Warren_was_Silenced_-_McConnell_Persists.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

Judicial philosophy is a key. So is whether a drunken teenage sexual assault occurred, with later false denials. But one other key disqualification has been proven to a moral certainty on national television. Brett Kavanaugh does not belong in a courtroom.

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Direct download: Judgment_on_the_Judge.mp3
Category:Law and Justice -- posted at: 1:09am EST

An old joke and an ancient legend might give a Senator or two guidance in doing the right thing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and the Republic itself.

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Direct download: Kavanaugh_a_Sober_President_and_Republican_Clean_Hands.mp3
Category:Scandal and Politics -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

It is a fictional lament from four decades ago. When our national leadership sees only winning and losing sides, we all lose.

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Direct download: Trump_and_the_Condor.mp3
Category:Policy, Political News -- posted at: 10:21pm EST

This is not the first time a President decided to use the Justice Department to prosecute political opponents.

This is just the first time a President is proud enough to boast about it in public.

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Direct download: Honest_Evil__Just_Prosecute_My_Enemies.mp3
Category:Corruption and Justice -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

My President and his lawyer thought they could buy all the dirt their friend had on Mr. Trump. But J. Edgar Hoover had taught later generations how to play the game for fun, profit, and power.

They never had a chance.

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If Donald Trump decapitated every horse that ever won a race, he still could not intimidate intelligence officials.

He is no Dick Cheney.

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Direct download: National_Security_and_the_Head_of_a_Racehorse.mp3
Category:National Security -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Political experts have trouble understanding our President's actions, not because of the complexity of his behavior, but because of its simplicity.

There is not an ounce of nuance within him. His path is always the shortest distance between one point.

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Direct download: My_Presidents_Bully_Pulpit.mp3
Category:Policy and Politics -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Photo IDs are said to prevent the type of individual voter fraud that is so close to non-existent that the requirement is sometimes referred to as a solution looking for a problem.

But photo IDs actually solve a problem no sponsor wants to admit.

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Direct download: Lets_Kill_Democracy_to_Save_It.mp3
Category:Election Fraud -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

When I vote for President, Governor, or local dog catcher, It should matter that I am not a citizen of another country. So I was shocked when my conservative friend told me that San Francisco is letting non-citizens vote. Then I did some checking.

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Direct download: My_Conservative_Friend_is_Taken_In_by_Lies_About_San_Francisco.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

My long time friend writes that lefties like me were always communist sympathizers, and so our antagonism to Mr. Putin's Russia is hypocritical.

Well, sometimes when your patriotism is challenged, even by an old friend, you just have to respond.

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Direct download: My_Pinko_Commie_Patriotism.mp3
Category:Patriotism -- posted at: 10:45pm EST

A state supreme court expands academic freedom to include the right of a professor to publish an attack on a student-instructor he has never met, and to guide readers to her contact information.

One of the web's best conservative writers celebrates.

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Direct download: How_to_Stomp_All_Over_Conservative_Academic_Freedom.mp3
Category:Academic Freedom -- posted at: 9:40pm EST

Treason is lawfully defined. It can't be changed.

We do have a President who defines treason as any personal affront, who declares other countries as enemies because of petty slights.

There are checks on his power. So our freedoms aren't at risk.

Right?

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Direct download: Treason.mp3
Category:Patriotism and Treason -- posted at: 12:59am EST

The myths that surrounded the Titanic in 1912 and later can provide vital lessons on today's immigration, and how we ought to deal with families that arrive in violation of US law.

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Direct download: Dont_Compare_Us_to_Nazis.mp3
Category:Politics, Bigotry, and Immigration -- posted at: 10:45pm EST

Those of us who grew to adulthood in a atmosphere of derision toward others know a terrible truth we hope will never be known by our great-grandchildren.

We know what it is to accept without question the prejudices of a deeply bigoted society.

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Direct download: Confessions_of_a_Bigot.mp3
Category:Politics and Bigotry -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

President Trump wants to testify. But his lawyers hesitate. He might forget details and be accused of perjury.

But I can help.

Here is a powerful little memory trick I was taught as a kid. I guarantee it will keep you out of perjury trouble.

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As Christians, many of us seem willing to turn their backs on what we see as the least of these, which is to say Jesus Himself.

It is becoming clear that we are now willing to replace Jesus with another ancient figure who stood in brutal opposition.

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Direct download: A_Call_to_Worship_a_New_Deity.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 1:20am EST

I recognize the latest defense offered for Trump in conspiring with Russia. It was used over 40 years ago in Maryland.

But here's the problem. It sent my political hero to a prison cell.

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Direct download: My_Hero_the_Thief_and_the_Role_Model_for_My_President.mp3
Category:Scandal and Politics -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Coincidence happens. A private financial deal can occur with a change in policy. By now, it should be impossible for anyone not captured by wishful thinking to believe that these abrupt changes in direction just happen to flow along the Trump money trail.

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Direct download: Coincidence_and_ZTE.mp3
Category:Political Corruption -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

One clue to Trump cruelty - his willingness to attack combat heroes, grieving widows, gold star families, and others - can be found in his curiously mystified befuddlement at simple humor.

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Direct download: The_Hilarious_Mr._Trump.mp3
Category:Politics and Humor -- posted at: 12:23am EST

The root cause of the political death spiral that afflicts the Republican Party has been blamed on Trump, Nixon, and a host of minor players. We have overlooked a hidden player that has only been with us for 30 years.

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Direct download: Political_Rising_Tide_and_a_Sinking_Republican_Continent.mp3
Category:Political News -- posted at: 1:22am EST

There is a deep seated human need to discover justice, to see good rewarded, to see evil punished.

This administration has turned that on its head. We see the worst acts rewarded. Virtue is a hanging offense.

Scott Pruitt is a case in point.

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Direct download: Hang_em_High.mp3
Category:Scandal and Politics -- posted at: 2:10am EST

They appear as polar opposites.

Mr. Comey is truthful, Mr. Trump dwells in alternate facts. Mr. Comey is low key, Mr. Trump bluster itself, Mr. Comey avoids personally denigrating others.

Yet, in one respect, they are frighteningly similar.

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Direct download: Why_James_Comey_Is_and_Isnt_Donald_Trump.mp3
Category:Scandal and Politics -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

True conservatives, the heartless ideological sort, are mistakenly attacking the Special Counsel.

They can make their wildest dreams come true, if they ignore the dyspeptic Mr. Trump and force Mueller to go much farther than he wants to go.

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Direct download: Trumps_Mueller_Meltdown.mp3
Category:Scandal and Politics -- posted at: 12:39am EST

We have entered a world we did not envision.

Gangsters endanger those who enforce laws, mobsters take over governments, and criminals take away the pensions of those who investigate them.

Pac-Man tactics have become a way of life.

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Direct download: Trump_Putin_and_the_PacMan_Ploy.mp3
Category:Crime and Government -- posted at: 12:37am EST

As with other tragedies, victims speak out, some with specific safety proposals. As with other tragedies, anonymous internet trolls ignore proposals and attack victims themselves, joined by a few public figures.

But this time, something is different.

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Direct download: Shut_Up_and_Dribble_-_Efforts_to_Silence_Parkland_Students.mp3
Category:Policy, Guns, NRA -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

Each clumsy firing was a joke, an example of ghastly humor, an exercise in executive cowardice.

The chaos, the anxiety, the tension have become too familiar.

The pattern is no longer funny.

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Direct download: The_Fading_Humor_of_Presidential_Pathos.mp3
Category:Executive Chaos -- posted at: 11:55pm EST

Political advocates have always twisted facts, tossed in irrelevant prejudices to muddy rhetorical waters.

But now some on the right go way past that, inventing alternate facts out of thin air.

One nationally known personality becomes a case study.

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Direct download: Pulp_Fictional_Republican_Arguments.mp3
Category:Politics and Dishonesty -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

As we watched a campaign witness go to pieces on national television, I was reminded of the most pitiful member of French aristocracy ever to face the guillotine.

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Few individuals are offered an unexpected opportunity to overcome danger while saving lives. Fewer still discover enough courage hidden within to perform well in the face of danger. President Trump surprised us with his own demonstration of character.

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Direct download: The_Bravest_President.mp3
Category:Politics and Courage -- posted at: 12:22am EST

There was a reason the FBI did nothing about organized crime before 1957, or about civil rights murders in 1955.

It is the same reason they would have ignored warnings about the coming high school tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

They had no choice.

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Direct download: Why_the_FBI_Ignored_the_High_School_Shooter__They_Had_To.mp3
Category:National Tragedy -- posted at: 12:54am EST

It is especially tragic when someone who accepts danger in order to protect the rest of us, a law enforcement officer, is killed.

How must we react when that death is used to attack an ethnic group?

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Direct download: Tragic_Death_Exploited_to_Smear_Immigrants.mp3
Category:Politics and Bigotry -- posted at: 11:13pm EST

It will be an epic economic irony if our Democratic Republic, and our freedoms, are saved by the policies that have driven Kansas into the ground.

 

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Voting rights are often debated as the conflicting rights of political parties to fair competition.

Let's consider the radical idea that voting rights do not belong to political groups, but to people. And that the price paid has often been blood.

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Direct download: Dying_to_Vote.mp3
Category:Voting Rights -- posted at: 1:58am EST

Trusted intelligence officers who give away security secrets may have many reasons. A recently arrested CIA officer was greedy. 40 years ago, Philip Agee hated capitalism. In 2016, General Flynn simply hated. Today, President Trump wants to impress.

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Direct download: Trump_Kills.mp3
Category:National Security -- posted at: 11:57pm EST

It has not happened. We must hope it never happens.

But we are uncomfortably close to discovering that "Banana Republic" can refer to something other than an upscale clothing retailer with a safari theme.

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Direct download: Trump_Law.mp3
Category:Political Freedom -- posted at: 12:06am EST

Experts watch for subtle signals that could mean great danger or great opportunity for the safety of our nation.

And we have a President determined to get rid of those experts.

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Direct download: Shadows_of_War_a_River_of_Blood.mp3
Category:National Security, Ignorance, Trump -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

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