• RonThompson commented on the blog post What a Referendum on the President Looks Like

    2014-11-12 11:57:40View | Delete

    Correctly perceived.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post President Obama Failed

    2014-11-10 11:50:25View | Delete

    Ah, well then I apologize for my error.

    But all in a good cause, since thinking about Rocky should bring a smile to every fan of a certain age. In The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading, and Bubblegum Book, Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris say, beside a picture of his 1959 Topps card, “Rocky Bridges looked like a ballplayer. In fact he probably looked more like a ballplayer than any ballplayer who ever lived.” Once, watching him, the author says “it would occur to me that in reality Rocky Bridges did not exist, that he was in fact a character from a Ring Lardner short story, or a punch line to a Grantland Rice anecdote, or a figment of Damon Runyon’s imagination.”

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post President Obama Failed

    2014-11-10 11:28:35View | Delete

    “I Managed Good, But, Boy, Did They Play Bad” was by Rocky Bridges, not Jim Bouton.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post President Obama Failed

    2014-11-10 11:26:00View | Delete

    So, how do we avoid making the same mistake again?

    To begin with, people on the left have to accept that Obama has been a major failure. As long as people rationalize and justify his performance as not a failure, or not his fault, we’ll be stuck debating with other Democrats. No doubt there are some who still believe in him, but those who share the realization of his failure, but have held back from saying so because they thought it would be harmful to the progressive cause, now have to say so, and analyze why it happened.

    One thing I would point out specifically is that many progressives in Illinois, who saw Obama’s work on health care in the state senate and his race against Bobby Rush, knew that he was not the fighting progressive portrayed in his 2008 campaign. But we were desperate for an alternative to eight more years of Triangulating Clintons, and believed what we wanted to believe. We can’t afford to make that mistake again. We have to find someone with a long record of fighting for progressive causes, and occasionally succeeding. There aren’t many of them. Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and Sheldon Whitehouse come to mind.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Over Half the Country is Voting Wrong

    2014-08-12 12:26:38View | Delete

    Obama will not be a factor in how I vote. I’m going to vote Democratic anyway.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post 80 Years Ago Federal Prohibition Ended

    2013-12-05 17:46:16View | Delete

    Oh, good! A chance to quote Franklin P. Adams’s poem on the report of the Wickersham Commission, which Hoover appointed in 1929 to review Prohibition:

    Prohibition is an awful flop.
    We like it.
    It can’t stop what it’s meant to stop.
    We like it.
    It’s left a trail of graft and slime.
    It’s filled our land with vice and crime.
    It don’t prohibit worth a dime.
    Nevertheless, we’re for it.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post 80 Years Ago Federal Prohibition Ended

    2013-12-05 17:41:17View | Delete

    Oh, good! A chance to quote Franklin P. Adams’s poem on the report of the Wickersham Commission, which hoover appointed in 1929 to review the progress of Prohibition:

    Prohibition is an awful flop.
    We like it.
    It can’t stop what it’s meant to stop.
    We like it.
    It’s left a trail of graft and slime.
    It’s filled our land with vice and crime.
    It don’t prohibit worth a dime.
    Nevertheless, we’re for it.

  • RonThompson commented on the diary post Things you never knew about Lee Harvey Oswald by James Richard Bailey.

    2013-11-24 16:27:29View | Delete

    Your credibility in writing about the events of November 22, 1963, would be greatly increased if you could spell the name of John Connally correctly. Forensic tests demonstrated that the recovered bullets were fired from the rifle found at the School Book Depository. Records showed that that rifle was purchased by Oswald, using the name [...]

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Obama’s Job Approval Rating Continues to Slip

    2013-11-08 14:24:48View | Delete

    You can fool some of the people some of the time. . .

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election

    2013-10-17 09:12:50View | Delete

    Hard to understand how anyone who knows anything about American politics could make such a stupid mistake.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Shutdown Tanking the Republican Brand

    2013-10-11 09:43:10View | Delete

    “Almost”?

    I would put it this way. There are some good progressives in the Democratic Party. Maybe about 10 senators and 75-100 Representatives. I’m not sure whether or not the party at the national level–Presidential nominations and elections–is salvageable at this point, but I sure would like to see Sherrod Brown or Elizabeth Warren give it a try. I’m all done voting for “Democrats” like Obama and the Clintons, though. After voting Democratic in seven consecutive presidential elections going back to Mondale. I voted for the Green Party candidate in 2012 (not that it matters-I live in Illinois).

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Shutdown Tanking the Republican Brand

    2013-10-11 08:21:55View | Delete

    There’s a separate link to go to “comments”, so it can’t be that. Many other blogs use “read more” when there’s more to be read, and “discuss” when there isn’t.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Shutdown Tanking the Republican Brand

    2013-10-11 08:18:23View | Delete

    What was the alternative to Obama in 2008? I would have voted for John Edwards, but he was out of the race by mid-February. So it was Obama or Clinton, and we’d seen what a disaster she had made, in both policy terms and political results, on healthcare reform in 1994. It wasn’t that most progressives were fooled by Obama–it was just that anything seemed better than eight more years of the DLC.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Shutdown Tanking the Republican Brand

    2013-10-11 08:08:27View | Delete

    Why does the front page have a link to “Read More” when there is no more to read?

  • Why does it say “read more” on the front page when there is nothing more to read? Why not just have a link to the comments?

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post The One Poll Question That Matters Most

    2013-09-13 07:36:04View | Delete

    Why is there a button on the front page that says “Read More” when there isn’t any more to read?

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Late Night: Media Fail: David Gregory Edition

    2013-08-16 08:15:21View | Delete

    Gregory is the rotten fruit of a rotten tree. As a thought experiment, say they canned him. Who would NBC choose to replace him? Chuck Todd? Andrea Mitchell? Chris Matthews?

    It’s hard to blame the chimp for being a chimp when the only thing the producers are looking for is chimpiness.

  • RonThompson commented on the blog post Pope Sixtus V Has a Suggestion for the FISA Court

    2013-08-03 10:01:24View | Delete

    I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up, since the article provides no historical context. Sixtus V, the last of that name to date, was Pope from 1585 to 1590.

  • Prince Charles has only two sons. William is the elder son. To be the eldest, he would have to have at least one more brother.

  • Also, too, Article IV of the Constitution:

    Section 1. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. . . .

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