Observing (a) Leo Tolstoy’s Karenin Watching Anna Watching Vronsky and (b) Anna Watching Karenin Thinking of Her

Non-fiction By Bob Blaisdell In Anna Karenina, when Karenin watches his wife Anna watching Captain Vronsky at the horse race, it’s one of the greatest of observations of observation in literature: …

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Red State Stupid; Red State Mean.

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I want to talk a little bit more about what I call, in our blissfully post-PC era, Red State Stupid.

Red State Stupid is also really Red State Mean.  It’s shoot-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face mean.

And I don’t think that we can separate the two

My friend J. says that you can identify, with 100% accuracy, Democrats vs. Republicans with one simple test.  Democrats, he says, don’t care if some “undeserving” folks cash in on, for example, a free lunch program, as long as not one child goes out to recess hungry.  While Republicans, according to J., don’t really care how many children starve as long as not one, single “undeserving” child gets a free meal.

I think J. is right.  It’s pretty clear where I come down.

And I’ve been coming back to his test over and over as I ponder this article that I cited earlier about a woman whose husband…

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What is #ExitPollGate?

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What is #ExitPollGate?

Greetings, my brothers, sisters, & others — I have something special for you all today! As I’ve already explained with the last two articles (here & here), it is of the utmost importance that we shed as much light as we can on the dishonesty & corruption of the DNC, the Clinton-Machine, & the corporate-media. We are also fighting for as many delegates as we can get at the convention-level & there are many different groups that are pursuing legal actions to undo the rampant voter-suppression that has occurred in many places, too.

We all have things that we can do for the movement and I urge all of you to find out what those things are that you, yourself, can do — ask yourselves, “What is the most effective thing that I can do to help Bernie Sanders continue fighting for us?” Then, do that!

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Dear Senator: If You Supported Hillary in the Primaries I’m Voting Against You in November

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US Senator Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota, speaks about net neutrality for the Internet during a discussion hosted by the Free Press Action Fund on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 8, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This applies equally to governors, Members of Congress, state legislators, and any other supporter of the Democratic establishment.

I’ve had it. And so have hundreds of thousands of grass roots Democrats. Perhaps millions of us.

The Democratic party has become a mirror image of the Republicans on economic policy. On trade agreements. On military adventurism and intervention in the affairs of other countries. They have the same revolving door for industry alums and lobbyists to be appointed to their administrations. They both suck at the teat of Wall Street, they both take money from Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Ag, the military-industrial complex, insurance companies, Big Banks, and lobbyists.

They both support killing civilians in drone strikes, both support pouring billions into the Israeli treasury and back Israel’s mass murders of Palestinians.

We are supposed to overlook these atrocities because the Democrats say nice things about Hispanics and Muslims? Because…

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I Used to Be In Love With Hillary Clinton

I used to be in love with Hillary Clinton. Well not “in love”, but oh how I used to love her. I used to talk trash about how amazing she was when I spoke to Republicans. I used to say &…

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When Bernie Promised to #SayHerName #SandraBland

“That’s Bernie Sanders,” my sister said, indicating an unpretentious man with a full head of white hair that had slipped past me and tucked himself into a table in the shadowy corner of East Street Cafe, a Thai restaurant in Washington DC’s Union Station.

“Really? Are you sure?” I asked her doubtfully, as I took another bite of my basil chicken across the table from Ms. Geneva Reed-Veal. For better or for worse, he was not a man who had quite the signature look that more polished politicians cultivate; which is probably part of his charm.

IMG_0746 (2)I honestly was not sure if it really was him, but my sister has been working around DC politicians for almost 20 years, so I took her word for it. “Someone should go talk to him. You know he has been saying Sandra Bland’s name for months. Someone should tell him you guys are…

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Enough bashing of the poors, already!

An important article from The Nation.

It begins with a quote from “The Undeserving Poor” by Michael Katz which I read when I took a course on poverty at UCSB in the early 1990s. That course, and my own experiences, are the reason I fight income inequality. When I hear people with privilege lecture the poor on how their struggles are due to their own moral failings, it makes my blood boil. But this is behind the drug testing, and the “no fun for you” policies that are being pushed right now in this country (see Indiana and Kansas, among others). And the repugnant and cruel attitude behind them is very old. I believe it reveals a moral failing among us, collectively, that we still cling to the narrative of “undeserving,” as a way to justify not helping the poor.

The rich use drugs just as much as the poor, actually more, because drugs are expensive. They sleep around, too. And many of them also wear stupid clothes that show terrible fashion judgement. Some examples who come to mind are Bill Cosby (pull your pants up, and oh, wait a minute while I drug and rape some aspiring actress) and Rush (send the maid to Denny’s for some Oxy) Limbaugh. I could go on and on. Add the examples you think of. #undeservingrich

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