No Moore!

A Democrat has been elected senator in crimson red Alabama.  Roll Tide!  A huge portion of the Black voting population as did voters under 40.  What is puzzling to many outside of the south is why anyone would vote for Roy Moore.  Especially the Evangelical “Christians.”  The lesson for us is that there are more like Moore in the south.  That and those who would say they’d vote for any Republican over a Democrat.  Let’s remind those folks that before LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, their grandpappy was a yellow dog Democrat.

So what does this mean?  First a president with a 32% favorability  probably isn’t going to help your campaign.  Even in Alabama.  Second it means the alt-right, teabaggers, bigots, homophobes and misogynists are a minority;  if people who don’t normally turn out for special or mid-term elections actually turn out they can make a difference.

If Democrats and reasonable Republicans and independents turn out for the 2018 elections the Democrats can take the House and Senate.



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Complicit! has named “complicit” as the word of the year.  How apropos.


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Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted.  Okay, lets face it, the guy always looks guilty.  Muller is gonna squeeze a guy who has no moral core.  He’s gonna squeal like a stuck pig.  More indictments to come.


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Trump’s Katrina

The lack of aid to the people of Puerto Rico by the Trump administration is appalling.  Could it be that there are brown-skinned people there? That they speak Spanish?  Could it be that this was the site of yet another Trump bankruptcy.  Could it be that Trump’s attention is on the NFL or the fact that he couldn’t get a win for Luther Strange or a win for “repeal-and-replace-Obamacare” or that the GOP tax plan is being exposed as a tax break for the rich and sticking it to the poor and middle class?

It makes no difference.  This is a humanitarian crisis.  The president is not doing his job.



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Houston We Have a Problem


All our thoughts are with the people impacted by hurricane Harvey.  However the irony is not lost on how a city that has heavy petroleum interests is devastated by an event that may be the result of climate change.

Stay safe Texas.


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Brian G. Arens 1959 – 2017


Our pal is gone.  The crusty curmudgeon is silent.  We’re all gonna miss him.


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Repeal and Replace!


. McConnell and the Republican Senators choked.  They couldn’t get it together before the July 4th break.  Now they get to hear what their constituents think of their plan.  But all this effort begs two questions: Why and with what?

As to why it’s obvious.  They wanted President Obama to fail, putting party before country.  And now they want to destroy Obama’s legacy.  They did such a good job polishing Reagan’s  legacy, despite it’s many failures, they figure they can do the opposite with Obama.  But why?  Because he’s a Democrat?  Because he’s Black?  Because they have a craven desire for power?

So after doing all they could to sabotage Obamacare for the last eight years what have they come up with?  Nothing.  You’d think in eight years they’d have plenty of time to come up with their own plan.  Instead they cobbled together a plan in five months that’s good for the very rich and craps on everyone else.  Again why?  Perhaps they had so much trouble is because Obamacare is their plan.  It came from the Heritage Foundation.  It has ideas that go back to Nixon.

The result of this failure may be leading us down the path to a public option and then on to single payer.  And why not?  We spend more on healthcare than anyone else yet we rank 39th on good outcomes.  We could save billions.  Every other industrialized country has it so it would make our businesses more competitive.  Better than a tax cut!


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