Tea Party double-talk

That was too easy for me to ask. Too obvious. A cheap shot set up to produce a negative outcome. So let’s try again. Let’s talk about bloated bureaucracies in Tampa, Tallahassee, and D.C. Let’s whack a bunch of bureaucratic parasites! Are there entire departments you’d eliminate? Which ones? Maybe just fire a percentage of employees of all departments, across the board? Say 20-30 percent of all government workers? Who would the Angel of Death pass over? Would the bureaucrats line up and draw lots?

Our resident socialist calls the Tea Party out and reminds them governing is hard

By Rod Brooker

Tea Party people:  I get it.  I get you.  Tell me if I’m wrong.

You wish things were simpler.  You want things that work with much less government.  You don’t want to give your hard-earned money to a wasteful government.  You want a job for everyone who wants one, and you want everyone to want one.  You want to buy and sell American.  You want parents to parent, and teachers to teach.  You want society to have a moral basis.  Continue reading “Tea Party double-talk”

A new Rashid ally: a socialist who doesn’t like trains

Some of you have gone to Defcon 4 at the term “train tax.” Kids! I have to call it what it is. Remember the Penny for the Good Life? It was really the Bucks for the Performing Arts Center. That penny was allegedly for “sports, arts, and recreation.” Little children would learn the cello in ball parks dotted across the county. So what happened?

Karl Marx liked trains. Rod Brooker does not.

By Rod Brooker

So I’m reading Mr. Ingram’s most recent one-act play about what’s-his-name and Mark Sharpe, and Sam The Anti-Pope, and I’m thinking it’s a pretty good piece of writing for a Celt, and then I’m reading the comments of you gentle readers, and lightning strikes me.

This whole complex issue of the train tax, the Arkansas house, the County Fathers, and home schooling was all moshed together in my mind, and, in an instant, enlightenment!  Continue reading “A new Rashid ally: a socialist who doesn’t like trains”

The mess that is public education

There’s a lot of talk these days about education reform. People want to blame the unions. Schools blame the parents. The lack of morals and the need to “restore” us back to the “good ole days,” is a common theme. Others think we just need to throw more money at the problem. And then there’s the most common one, “We need teacher accountability.”

Education Just needs a good dose of Teacher Accountability. Right?

By Debra Cole

There’s a lot of talk these days about education reform. People want to blame the unions. Schools blame the parents.  The lack of morals and the need to “restore” us back to the “good ole days,” is a common theme. Others think we just need to throw more money at the problem. And then there’s the most common one, “We need teacher accountability.” Continue reading “The mess that is public education”

A liberal’s rant

The simultaneous earthquake and hurricane in East Hillsborough County was in fact the sound of 50,000 jaws dropping, followed by howls of fury that a homosexual judge, seated in the Land of Fruits and Nuts, had knocked down a California measure that forbade homosexuals to marry. We’re not talking about this civil union crap. We’re talking the Real Thing here.

(and he’s a trial lawyer…)

By Rod Brooker

The simultaneous earthquake and hurricane in East Hillsborough County was in fact the sound of 50,000 jaws dropping, followed by howls of fury that a homosexual judge, seated in the Land of Fruits and Nuts, had knocked down a California measure that forbade homosexuals to marry.  We’re not talking about this civil union crap.  We’re talking the Real Thing here.  Continue reading “A liberal’s rant”

A view from the Left

I’m quite open about my support of gay marriage. I sincerely believe all Americans should have the right to humiliate themselves on the Divorce Court Show. Everyone in this great country should have equal opportunity to appear on daytime trash TV. However, when I was asked on Facebook to sign a petition protesting Obama’s decision to have Rick Warren do the invocation at the inauguration, I wasn’t into it.

I.V.’s resident comedian takes a look at all things Obama from a lefty comedian’s standpoint

By Debra M. Cole

I’ve heard a lot of complaints from my gay and lesbian friends in conversations and on the web about the Obama administration being slow to act on LGBT issues. The emotions range from mild disappointment to outrage.  They’re upset that he hasn’t repealed the “don’t ask don’t tell policy of our military.” They were angry that he kept quiet when California voted on Prop 8 and when Maine rejected gay marriage at the ballot box. And even though he extended health benefits for same sex couples who are federal employees. That was considered a small step and perhaps just a gesture.

I’m quite open about my support of gay marriage. I sincerely believe all Americans should have the right to humiliate themselves on the Divorce Court Show. Everyone in this great country should have equal opportunity to appear on daytime trash TV. However, when I was asked on Facebook to sign a petition protesting Obama’s decision to have Rick Warren do the invocation at the inauguration, I wasn’t into it. Continue reading “A view from the Left”

How Obama can fix Public Education

Sadly, many officials will pull the same stunts they do every time there is a real or imagined budget boogey man. Fine arts, physical education, world languages, along with teachers’ salaries and class sizes will all suffer.

President-Elect Obama, you want to improve the schools? Start with encouraging states to slash the technology budget.

By Debra Cole

I know what you’re thinking by the sub-title. Apparently this writer is in a nursing home, gumming applesauce while surfing between the DNA results of “Who my baby Daddy” on Maury Povich, and reruns of the Golden Girls. Or, the writer has pledged allegiance to a paranoid anti-computer commune in Idaho that has a 15:1 semi-automatic weapon ratio. Continue reading “How Obama can fix Public Education”

Challenging GOP orthodoxy

It’s troubling, particularly, because we are suddenly inundated with the same uneducated complaints. Communism as we know it has always been based off an imperfect manifestation of Marxism, which assumes that equality is absolute, we’re just being “kept down by the man” in true conflict theorist fashion. Sounds a lot like Democrats, no?

What’s wrong with paying more in taxes?

By Colin Brennan

I see this again and again and again, to the point that I’m exhausted with it. Every single Republican I know or read from is riding this one, consistent fear. They are terrified of losing their well earned cash, and the word behind it all is always the same: communism. Continue reading “Challenging GOP orthodoxy”