Tag Archives: James Hanley

The Coming Presidential Tyranny: Maybe Trump, Maybe Later, but Coming Ever Closer

This screed is a response to a friend’s Facebook post. He linked to the article The Republic Conquered: On America Entering the Post-Democratic Era, with a warning to conservatives to set down their coffee while reading it “unless you enjoy … Continue reading

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Even Absentee Votes Are Counted

There’d a weird rumor going around, particularly among conservatives it appears, that absentee ballots are not counted unless a race is close enough for them to make a difference. I find it odd that conservatives of all people seem so … Continue reading

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Liberals, Trump, and the Anti-hero

Liberals are wondering how anyone could have voted for Trump. No single answer explains it all, but here’s what I think is part of it. Liberals, not alone, love their comic book anti-heroes, the guy who rejects the establishment and … Continue reading

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Gary Johnson’s Narrow Path to a Likely Loss in the House

The #neverhillary/#nevertrump crowd is looking closely at Gary Johnson’s prospects for breaking through as a third party president. Everyone agrees they are slim, but many think it’s not impossible. My conclusion is that it’s not that implausible for Johnson to … Continue reading

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A Non-partisan Argument Against Justice Obama

Hillary Clinton, never one to miss an opportunity to pander, told a prospective Iowa voter that he had “a great idea,” in suggesting she appoint Obama to the Supreme Court. It’s a terrible idea, and that has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Trump’s Democrats

[cross-posted at Hit Coffee] While many Democrats are eager to deny that Trump is drawing support from their party, the data show a different story. That data also reveals the falsity of the pretense that Republican party leaders could somehow … Continue reading

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Three Thoughts on Obama’s Interview

In an attempt to look like a legitimate newssource, BuzzFeed’s editor in chief finagled an interview with POTUS himself. Herewith, three thoughts in response to what the President said. 1. [T]here is no reason for an employer who is not … Continue reading

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Stakes on a Plane

I’m heading to Belize in 18 days with my students, and we’re taking two tents. I’m also hoping to avoid checking a bag, so I’d like to put the tents in our carry-on luggage. But while I’m sure the tents … Continue reading

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Can Everybody Please Just Shut Up Already?

You’d think by now that Republican politicians would realize that downplaying rape by focusing on the resulting babies is a bad combination of stepping in shit and putting your foot in your mouth. But West Virginia State Delegate Brian Kurcaba … Continue reading

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Why I’m Glad Congress Invited Netanyahu to Speak

There’s outrage among Democrats and probably smirking satisfaction among Republicans about Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to a joint session of Congress. While I like respect for both Boehner (who … Continue reading

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