Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’


Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’ “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft’ interred with their bones.” That line in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, from Marc Antony’s “Friends, Romans, countrymen…” eulogy of the slain leader, is the bard’s take on how we hold different perspectives in our judgement of people… Continue reading Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’

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History, truth and the insane belief in mainstream politics


"'You are a slow learner, Winston,' said O'Brien gently. "'How can I help it?' he blubbered. 'How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.' "'Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder.… Continue reading History, truth and the insane belief in mainstream politics

Protecting a lead – Campaign reform and the SCOTUS hedge


In his article in the current issue of the New Yorker, describing the Supreme Court's machinations in the 2010 Citizens United decision, Jeffrey Toobin informs readers that the attorney for the plaintiff, Ted Olsen, had a specific goal when he was presenting his case to the court in September, 2009. Since this was the case's… Continue reading Protecting a lead – Campaign reform and the SCOTUS hedge