“I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz…and I hate Ted Cruz.”

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has a famous sense of humor, one that, in a previous life, served him as a Saturday Night Live comedian. Now Franken has become one of the most merciless Democrats in the Senate, holding President Trump and his appointees accountable — even when they’re friends. As Franken writes in his new book, jokingly titled Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, he has made an effort to extend a hand across the aisle. “Behind the scenes, he tried to cultivate friendships, including with conservative Republican senators who wouldn’t be among his natural allies,” USA Today writes.

If you were trying to build a politician composed of equal parts narcissism, ambition, self-interest, religious zealotry, and sociopathy, you couldn’t do better than the real thing- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Deservedly one of the most hated (not merely disliked) elected representatives on Capitol Hill, Cruz is in a league of his own. Determined to push his own brand and advance his ambitions, Cruz alienated virtually every sentient being on Capitol Hill from Day One. One of the few points of unquestioned bipartisan agreement is that the junior Senator from Texas is a thoroughly dishonest sociopath who’d roll his mother if it brought him closer to fulfilling his ambitions. That his ambition is to become President and turn America into a theocracy governed by the tenets Seven Mountains Dominionism is frightening. Continue reading

One person’s historic memorial is another’s painful reminder of oppression

It’s been said- correctly, as it turns out- that history is written by the victors. More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, symbols of the Confederacy as quickly falling out of fashion and being removed. First, it was Confederate flags being removed from statehouses and those flying them being declared persona non grata. Now it’s the drive to take down statues of Confederate heroes. To some White Southerners, this represents an egregious disregard for their history and culture. For African-Americans, that “history” and “culture” is symbolic of racism, slavery, and oppression. That these views are anything but symbiotic goes to the heart of the problem: One person’s righting of historical wrongs is another’s erasing history.

Both views are correct for the people holding them. One is far more off base than the other. Continue reading

#IStandWithHannity: Behold the awesome power of smug arrogance and willful ignorance

It started with a late night walk on July 10, 2016. Seth Rich was talking with his girlfriend while walking through the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., when there was some sort of altercation. Rich was shot multiple times and died shortly thereafter. Nearly a year later, his death has become a cause célèbre among right-wing media and the fringiest elements of pro-Trump media, simply because he worked as a staffer for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The conspiracy theories started immediately. The day after Rich was killed, a Twitter user connected the murder with a lawsuit filed by Bernie Sanders supporters against the DNC. (This lawsuit would later be the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories after the death of a process server that the coroner would later conclude was caused by accidental polypharmacy, or a combination of drugs.)

It takes a special kind of person to peddle lies, insults, propaganda, and character assassination night after night with a straight face and no sense of irony (or guilt). Sean Hannity has always been just that “special”- profoundly devoid of anything redolent of a conscience or moral compass. Fox News Channel’s most well-known personality (after the exile of Bill O’Reilly), Hannity’s never found a Liberal he wasn’t willing to insult and degrade. The end justifies the means, even if it means peddling lies which create intense pain and heartache for some.

Bah…they’re probably bleeding-heart Libs anyway…. Continue reading

And you thought 2017 couldn’t possibly be any worse?

When 2016 exited with a whimper, most of us breathed a sigh of relief that a year which proven one of the worst in recent memory was behind us. Little did we know what lay before us in 2017. When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers, right? Continue reading