- Washington, District of Columbia,
- August 01
- After ten years haunting online political forums and much longer as a disability rights advocate, Jimmy Zuma started the online political journal, Smart v. Stupid. Since then, he has emerged as one of the left’s most direct new voices.
Almost immediately, Jimmy was offered the opportunity to join the political team at Technorati where he writes DC Water Cooler, a weekly feature on what the politicians and pundits are talking about. Most recently, his columns began appearing in the Tucson Sentinel in Tucson Arizona. He is also an occasional contributor to OpEd News.
Jimmy's goal is to return vetting to the marketplace of ideas, by elevating the status of smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.
MY RECENT POSTS
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July 12, 2012 04:08PM
- Shocking new revelations about
a Darrell Issa conspiracy
June 28, 2012 08:56PM
- Darrell Issa’s Fast and
June 21, 2012 08:47PM
- Raped in the military, then
raped by Congress
June 14, 2012 06:34PM
- The new American politics:
voting with dollars
June 08, 2012 08:05AM
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She was directly involved in
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that Mitt only put the dog on
roof that one time
April 20, 2012 01:16PM
- “Got a good chuckle out
of this one,
But let's not
go overboard. All we
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wholly accurate read of our
February 10, 2012 11:41AM
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Newly reported facts reveal Issa misstatements about Fast and Furious
June 28, Washington DC – Bombshell reporting in Fortune Magazineand the Washington Post sheds new light on the festering, wormy mess that is Darrell Issa’s Fast and Furious investigation. Fortune reports that… Read full post »
Almost everyone is now critical of the bait-gun programs conducted to stop smuggling of US guns to Mexico. The most well-known of these is Fast and Furious, an unfortunate and self-important name of the kind favored by “the Feds.”
But is the idea of using… Read full post »
Scarred by war, then by friendly-fire rape, House Republicans would also like women service members to bear their rapist’s child
Anyone who served in the military during the last decade has heard about a woman service member who was raped by another American. Military rape… Read full post »
Money didn’t win the Wisconsin recall for Scott Walker. Wisconsinites voted for, and got, what they wanted. Twice. Still, this election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are dec… Read full post »
With Occupy Wall Street sputtering during its spring reboot, it looks like the movement that dominated last year’s political discussion may not repeat. That’s not entirely unexpected. OWS promoted two concepts, one that resonated with Americans and one that didn’t.
The… Read full post »
Excerpted from the forthcoming book, The Rise of Stupidity – how dumb ideas are remaking America in their own image
In the 1980s the United States was in one of its periodic one-step-forward, two-steps-back conservative retrenchments. The battles for Civil Rights and the Vietnam… Read full post »
The following is excerpted from the forthcoming book, The Rise of Stupidity – how dumb ideas are remaking America in their own image.
The joke goes, “If Rick Perry wants Texas to secede, let’s pay him to go. If he takes Florida too, I’d give him a… Read full post »
Last week I offered Russell Pearce’s anti-Mexican jihad as an example of the kind of overt racism that is no longer tolerated in politics. Now just a few days later we learn that J.T. Ready, Arizona’s leading white supremacist, appears to have killed himself. He also allegedly murder… Read full post »
Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee, we’re starting to get indications of his general election strategy. Apart from trying to etch-a-sketch the radical-right positions he took in the primary, what is emerging is an election strategy based on two tactics: be… Read full post »
Ted Nugent just said some really crazy stuff. But he has a very important reason to get himself in the news. He’s launching his own line of Ted Nugent brand ammunition.
Despite his nutty ranting, you actually have nothing to fear from Ted Nugent. In Nugent-world he’s a… Read full post »
The endorsement of Mitt Romney by Florida Senator Marco Rubio signals the end of the Republican primary. He joins other tea party darlings, among them Utah Senator Mike Lee and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, in bowing to the inevitability of a Romney candidacy.… Read full post »
Florida’s law makes it dead easy to get away with murder
Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was killed – almost a man. But anyone who heard his screams for help on the 911 tape, followed by gunshots, knows that a child was killed that… Read full post »
To be fair, Rush Limbaugh and his legion of “ditto heads” have a point. Whenever I think of him, my mind automatically adds the honorific “that asshole” to his name as in “that asshole Rush Limbaugh.” Back when I used to care what he said, I frequently called Limba… Read full post »
Arizona Senator John McCain is at it again. This week he upbraided Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for failing to deploy US troops to fight in the ongoing civil war in Syria. McCain could hardly contain himself as Panetta finished his opening remarks, squirming like a first-grader needing a… Read full post »
You could be forgiven for imagining that everyone in Arizona is as rabid as the Governor, Jan Brewer. If you live in the rest of the country – especially anywhere in Blue America – it is easy to believe that the
megalomaniacal sheriffs, illegal-stomping senators, and finge… Read full post »
The heart stopping moment in the CNN Arizona Republican debate came when a citizen named T’sah posed a simple, online question,
The… Read full post »
The low quality of Republican candidates continues to haunt the party. Each remaining contender for the nomination is wildly weird, each more hooker than prom date.
First up, the strangely robotic Mitt Romney (R—Finance Industry). Kind of out of touch,… Read full post »
A civics lesson for John Boehner and the Bishops
The first thing you need to know is that bishops don’t get a veto. Given the hyperbolic rhetoric now spewing from the likes of Boehner, Gingrich and Santorum, you could be forgiven for believing that churches… Read full post »
Arguably, few blogs have garnered more criticism – simply for their name – than my blog Smart v. Stupid. The usual gripe is that it is arrogant to name and shame stupid (even though anyone who read the blog would know we criticize stupid ideas not stupid people.… Read full post »
Evangelical politicians are the guys who gather up money and power by claiming God speaks to them. They prefer to be called “social conservatives” as if they are not entirely driven by religious fundamentalism. They have had a pretty sucky week. After a long string… Read full post »
Today, most Americans see conflict between the rich and us
The United States has always had a culturally-enforced taboo: don’t speak ill of the rich. If anyone thought or said that the rich don’t play fair, they were simply a sore loser. This taboo lasted much… Read full post »
Make no mistake – if Mitt Romney was a Baptist this thing would be over. But Citizen’s United unleashed a ton of Mormon money and Evangelicals are running scared.
What’s playing out in the GOP today isn’t a battle between moderates and conservatives – the party no longe… Read full post »
The life-altering events that didn’t happen in 2011
Our brave democracy survived 2011. But our brightest conservatives warn us that it was close. According to them, the end of our democracy is (still) just around the corner. Luckily, here’s some really bad stuff that didn&rsq… Read full post »