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Regressive Watch: An Eye on Right Wing Politics

Deadbeat In A Cowboy Hat

April 27, 2014 5:13 pm

Everything about the standoff at the Bundy ranch is fake - hoodlums playing cowboy, a wealthy freeloading rancher pretending to be a noble western hero, Fox pundits claiming this lawlessness is ok but screeching about a penny in welfare fraud. So it's turned this suburban Jewish mom into a faux country star, to sing about it.

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bundy, bundy ranch, cliven bundy, economic opportunity, far right, Fox News, GOP economic policy, gop politics, gun crimes, hannity, hate speech, money, right wing militia

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The Triumph of Rationalization: Today’s GOP

April 25, 2014 11:26 pm

The author, a trained social scientist, examines the sociopathic behavior of the current incarnation of the GOP and posits an explanation for their ability to be on both sides of so many issues depending on how it affects them or their party.

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rationalization,lies, deception, faux nooz, selfishness, distortions, GOP, Republican, far right, fascism, Fox News, gop politics, intolerance, radical right, republican politics,regressive politics

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Time for some well-earned gloating!

April 25, 2014 7:11 pm

Despite the right's obstruction, lies, misleading ads, and 50+ pointless repeal votes, the ACA more than met its initial enrollment goal and is already helping millions of Americans. News this good deserves a song!

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ACA, Barack Enroll, Obamacare

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Vacant Models, Viral Videos, and the Tea Party

February 28, 2014 3:28 pm

Harry Reid has launched a new attack on the billionaire underwriters of the far right, using a phrase associated with a certain iconic '80s music video. So I couldn't resist turning myself into a vacant, glassy-eyed bimbo who doesn't really play her instrument (just like the glassy-eyed Tea Partyers aren't really pulling their own strings . . . )

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environment, pollution, epa, industrial waste, deregulation, industrial waste

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It's Not Easy Being Rich

February 18, 2014 2:09 pm

Oh, those poor persecuted billionaires! Just because 95% of the economic recovery went to the top 1%, and 85 people control as much global wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, their feelings are hurt when the rest of us complain.

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disenfranchise, economic, economic distress,economic opportunity, economic recovery, economy, inequality, regressive agenda,right wing politics,wealth redistribution

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Uncle Sugar, I Can't Control My Libido!

January 29, 2014 6:55 pm

Mike Huckabee has revealed my secret - Democrats have turned me into a beggar for cheap government birth control because I'm a helpless victim of my gender and I need pills to control my libido! Meanwhile the GOP proves how much it respects me by giving me mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds and freeing me from the burdens of making decisions about my body and earning equal pay - what 'war on women'?

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Christian hate, gop politics, intolerance, Mike Huckabee, protestant fundmentalism, radical right, regressive agenda, regressive politics, republican politics, right wing agenda, right wing politics, war on women, woman's right to choose.

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How Not To Talk To Women 101

January 24, 2014 9:04 pm

So far the GOP isn't doing so well in its effort to 'rebrand' itself and attract women voters. Maybe that's because all the suggestions about 'sensitivity' in the world don't matter if your policies haven't changed! So here's a musical reminder - contrary to the House Judiciary Committee chairman's ludicrous claims, Banning abortions is NOT a jobs bill!

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abortion, Christian right, far right, gop politics, mysogyny, reproductive rights, right wing agenda, right wing politics, war on women

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Chris Christie is Shocked, Shocked Bullying Was Going On

January 12, 2014 9:53 am

There are so many holes in Governor Christie's story (if he's truly eager to get to the bottom of something he just learned about, wouldn't he ask a few questions of his staffers?, how could he lose 2 nights sleep the day after he just found out, etc.), it's way too easy to refute it. So I'm taking the low road, making musical fun of the whole thing. It's just too tempting!

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bridge closing, bully, Chris Christie, far right, gop politics, GW bridge, mean, petty, radical right, regressive agenda, regressive politics, republican politics, retribution, revenge, right wing politics, small

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A Letter to Tony Perkins

January 10, 2014 11:51 pm

William Turner delivers and incisive and scathing dissection of Conservative hate speech obfuscations and particularly, the Family Research Council hate group and its spokesperson Tony Perkins.

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Christian hate, Christian right, Family Research Council, fascism, FRC, gop politics, Hate Group, hate speech, regressive agenda, regressive politics, religion, Tea Party, Tony Perkins

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No, Rand Paul, 2 + 2 Doesn't Equal 6!

January 6, 2014 10:53 pm

I know it's tempting to turn facts inside out to make ourselves feel better. But the facts are clear - extending unemployment benefits helps the economy, which means it would cost even less than that stupid government shutdown last year!

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far right, gop politics, radical right, Rand Paul, regressive agenda, regressive politics, right wing politics, Tea Party

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2013: A Year In Review

January 2, 2014 4:35 pm

Oh what a year! The highs, lows, and moments of comic relief were truly operatic, so here's an opera-inspired musical recap.

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Bill O'Reilly, Christian hate, Christian right, disenfranchise, economic, economic distress, economic opportunity, economy, far right, fascism, Fox News, gop politics, gun crimes, hate speech, inequality, intolerance, jim crow, regressive agenda, regressive politics, Sarah Palin, wealth redistribution, woman's right to choose

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For Immediate Release

January 1, 2014 1:19 am

This poem examines the culture of violence prevalent in modern American society from George Zimmerman gunning down a teenager for walking while black to inner city violence including drive by shootings, and the daily news cycle which has desensitized far too many to the carnage.

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Anger, gun crimes, Gun Violence, hate, NRA, racial hate, racial hatred, racism, regressive agenda, right wing agenda, right wing politics, Trayvon Martin

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The Annual “War on Christmas” Christmas Special—Brought To You by Fox

December 31, 2013 2:58 am

Fox News' War on Christmas claims exist to feed the corporate sponsor machine and boost ratings in the off season. They are not based on any credible facts and there is nothing that has resemblance of logic what so ever in their "War on Christmas."

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War on Christmas, Fox News, GOP, media, Gretchen Carlson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Festivus, Megyn Kelly, Christmas, War, War on Women,

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Schmuck Dynasty: I Do Not Think Free Speech Means What You Say It Does

December 24, 2013 1:16 am

According to Faux Nooz, Godless, liberal anti-Americans have taken time off from the War On Christmas to attack Christians, namely Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" for his recent comments about civil rights, homosexuality, and anatomy. When civil rights groups criticized Phil's remarks, the Faux Nooz crowd jumped to his defense, moaning about his right to free speech. To paraphrase the immortal words of Inigo Montoya: "I Do Not Think Free Speech Means What You Say It Does"

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A & E, Bill O'Reilly, Duck Dynasty, far right, Fox News, gop politics, hate speech, inequality, jim crow, Phil Robertson, protestant fundmentalism, racism, religion, right wing agenda, right wing politics, Sarah Palin

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Of Marxism, the Pope, and the History of Christianity

December 19, 2013 10:44 pm

The recent criticism of the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation condemning "unfettered capitalism" seems not to hold much merit when the critics terminology and definitions are so utterly flawed. Find out how the labels they have for themselves, much less the ones they have for the Pope and other progressives hold up to an historical evaluation.

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economic, economic distress, economic opportunity, inequality, Karl Marx, regressive agenda, regressive politics, religion, right wing politics, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, top 1% share of income.

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Megyn Kelly Just IS Clueless

December 19, 2013 3:03 pm

In the recent flap over Fox anchor Megyn Kelly's comments about Santa and Jesus both being white, Ms. Kelly needs to remember some basic maternal wisdom:

  1. 'Historical' and 'verifiable' are not subjective - check your facts and your dictionary before you go on air (and remember, we can watch the recording!)
  2. You can't complain about being the victim in a fight you started.
  3. Making fun of people is wrong in general, but when a public statement is begging for ridicule, it's only human to give into temptation!

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Bill O'Reilly, Christian right, Christianity, Megyn Kelly, protestant fundmentalism, radical right, regressive agenda, regressive politics, republican politics, right wing agenda, Sarah Palin, War on Christmas

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Not Conservative At All

December 13, 2013 11:59 am

Ever wonder where to place yourself within our political dichotomy? Any good story must adequately define or at least develop the characters within but an attempt to apply this axiom to our American Political Heritage could become confusing. If the labels are not working now then perhaps it would be useful to recall the historical context in which they originally came about in this informative article.

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far right, intolerance, radical right, regressive agenda, regressive politics, republican politics, right wing agenda, right wing politics, Tea Party, tea party hate, teabonics

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The Bashiring of the American Liberal Media

December 11, 2013 11:02 am

A look at the firings of liberal media personalities for comments contrasted against the behavior of the Right Wing demonstrates the existence of a pervasive and dangerous Right Wing news media bias and the underlying bias of the corporate conglomerates who control it.

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Anne Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Cenk Uygur, David Shuster, Ed Schultz, Glenn Beck, Greg Palast, Keith Olbermann, Lawrence O’Donnell, liberal media myth, Martin Bashir, Michele Bachmann, Rachel Maddow, Rand Paul, right wing media bias, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson.

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A Letter From the Front Lines

December 10, 2013 7:55 pm

A letter home from one of the boys on the front lines trying to survive Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin, and the evil Faux Nooz minions in the raging War on Christmas.

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Bill O'Reilly, Christian hate, Christian right, Christianity, far right, Fox News, intolerance, protestant fundmentalism, regressive agenda, regressive politics, republican politics, right wing agenda, right wing politics, Sarah Palin, War on Christmas.

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Here Comes Jebbie

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm

So Jeb, the slightly less stupid Bush brother, wants the White House. At least that's how it looks given his sudden gusto for the media and move to the hard right in quest of the blind, crippled, and crazy Tea Party vote. This article chronicles Bush family failures of the past and the downward spiral of the GOP since the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

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911, Dubya, economic, economic distress, economy, george h. w. bush, george w bush, gop politics, Iraq War, Jeb Bush, Jon Huntsman, money, radical right, regressive politics, republican politics, right wing politics, security failure, Theodore Roosevelt, unemployment.

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My Kinda Pope

December 5, 2013 6:02 pm

The author, a lapsed Catholic, applauds Pope Francis' eighty-four page Apostolic Exhortation which takes  the "new tyranny" of "unfettered capitalism" to task and shines harsh light on the Fox News driven "right wing scream machine" and its severe case of "spastic apoplexy" in reaction to a Pope who condemns avarice, takes his vow of poverty seriously, and seeks to put Christ back in Christianity.

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Capitalism, Catholicism, Christian right, Christianity, Conservatism, economic distress, economic opportunity, economy, far right, GOP economic policy

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If My Uterus Were a Gun

December 3, 2013 7:05 pm

"If My Uterus Were a Gun" is psycho mom Lauren Mayer's scathing response to the GOP's attack on women's reproductive rights and ceaseless attempts to roll back the sexual revolution contrasted against their adamant refusal to enact sensible gun policy.

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abortion, birth control, Christian right, far right, gop politics, gun control, gun crimes, NRA, protestant fundmentalism, radical right, rape, regressive agenda, republican politics, right wing agenda, right wing politics, todd akin, war on women, woman's right to choose

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Trashing Teabagger Talking Points: White Supremacist Defection to the GOP

November 22, 2013 10:01 am

This article gives you the facts you to need to easily shred one of the most infuriating teabagger arguments: the Democrat Party is the party of racism. While that may have been true prior to the failed Dixiecrat party, it's not true today. This article details the defection of white Southern Democrats to the GOP and Mitt Romney ultimately winning the South.

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dixiecrat, gop politics,Hubert Humphrey,inequality,intolerance, jim crow, John Birch Society, KKK, Klan, Ku Klux Klan, racism, racist radical right, regressive agenda, Republicans, revolution, richard nixon, southern strategy, Strom Thurmon, Tea Party, war on drugs, WOD

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The Inspiration of a Hip Hop Artist

November 16, 2013 7:13 pm

Hip Hop artist The Real JKill describes his inspiration and experiences producing and marketing Hip Hop music. JKill dedicates his music to addressing the political climate and social consciousness. This post also includes two great hit songs and others by JKill.

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hop hop. rap, subversive, social issues, protest music. politcal music

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Letter to Sandy

April 29, 2013 3:49 am

In this prose poem, Gun addresses a history of violence from gang crime to mass shootings in a letter to Sandy Hook. 

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gun control, sandy hook, mass shootings, assault weapons, firearms, NRA, gun crimes

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“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” Revelation 13:1-3.

And the beast called itself GOP and written upon its seven heads Are: Avarice, Cowardice, Entitlement, Homophobia, Ignorance, Misogyny, and Racism. And the meek shall cry out in agony. And the beast shall be slain by the Lamb, in their name. And the beast's name shall be erased from the minds of men forever.

Amen