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Jim Webb for President, The Pros and Cons

This week, former U.S. Senator from Virginia Jim Webb announced that he is forming an exploratory committee, the first step in beginning a campaign for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016.

What can we make of the Jim Webb for President campaign? Here’s a quick sketch of the mixed bag Jim Webb’s political record:

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When the Greens Showed Up in Maine

In November 2013, J. Clifford wrote here about a Green Party that complained about ballot access but wasn’t running candidates.

In November 2014, the Maine Green Independent Party ran 13 candidates for state legislature — an impressive feat for a party with very few members and zero corporate support. It’s true that none of those […]

Republicans Against Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush for President in 2016? Some people are saying that the Republican presidential nomination is already wrapped up, long before the primaries have even begun. They say Jeb Bush is a sure thing. However, some Republicans are determined to see anybody but Bush in 2016.

“He is too moderate for the Republican base,” says […]

517 Days Since Barack Obama’s Broken Petition Promise on Edward Snowden

In case you were wondering, it’s now been 517 days since a petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the required 100,000-signature threshold to receive a response from President Barack Obama on his “We The People” official government petition page. Back then, Barack Obama had been posing as the transparency president. The responsiveness president. The justice […]

Ben Carson Creationism Would Lead Back To A Violent Past

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who retired from medicine in order to take up a career as a right wing commentator on Fox News, only to retire from Fox News in order to become a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, likes to talk about “our Judeo-Christian values” as if everyone in America has “Judeo-Christian […]

Ben Carson for President Tweets … A Deluge or a Trickle?

Earlier this week, J. Clifford used Google Trends, a tracking of search engine volume, to assess the success of Ben Carson’s self-paid infomerical over the weekend of November 8-9. To follow up on that assessment, I decided to look at the volume of Twitter posts with the text “Ben Carson for President” since that weekend. […]

Will Boeing Bucks Lead Congress To Look The Other Way From Dirtbox Spying Against Americans?

At the end of last week, we found out that the US Marshals are using airplanes to secretly gather data indiscriminately from huge numbers of electronic mobile devices, using airplanes that are equipped with “dirt box” devices that make the planes act like fake cell phone towers. The practice is far outside the scope of […]

Ben Carson For President Flops After Infomercial

Last weekend, right wing Creationist Dr. Ben Carson tried to jump start a campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination with an hour-long infomercial. Carson paid for the production and airing of a “documentary” that talks about what a great guy he is, suggesting that Americans are clamoring for a Ben Carson for President campaign.

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Can A Conservative Strikeforce Buy Active Engagement?

This week, a political action committee called Conservative Strikeforce wrote a check to a business called Active Engagement Limited Liability Corporation.

I see that the spending was on behalf of Bill Cassidy, who is running against Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff election, but I don’t understand:

– Who is the Conservative Strikeforce striking? […]

I Finally Agree With George W. Bush

The headline reads, “George W. Bush says Jeb Bush 2016 Presidential Run is “A Toss Up”.

So, I find that after all these years, I finally agree with George W. Bush about something.

The idea of Jeb Bush running for President in 2016 makes me want to toss up, too.

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Ben Carson, Jesus, And The Deficit

I worry about the harsh, judgmental, blinkered brand of politics that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson represents. I worry about his opposition to equal rights between heterosexuals and homosexuals. I worry about his eagerness to encourage panic about infectious diseases. I worry about his animosity to atheists, and his embrace of Creationist junk science. I […]