Jimmy Zuma

Jimmy Zuma
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.

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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. bailout350

The… Read full post »

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APRIL 20, 2012 8:23AM

Ted Nugent’s dirty little secret

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.nugent screen grab

Despite his nutty ranting, you actually have nothing to fear from Ted Nugent. In Nugent-world he’s a… Read full post »

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JANUARY 13, 2012 12:49AM

Shattering the class warfare taboo

Today, most Americans see conflict between the rich and us

Mitt_Romney_Matthew Reichbach wikimedia 300x 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 »

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DECEMBER 9, 2011 8:21AM

Republican polls summary—it’s gettin’ ugly

Here’s the latest wrap-up of the Republican primary polls. 

  1.   Gingrich leads—toping one third of likely “R” voters in several states.
  2. Tea-partyers break for Gingrich, despite all they’ve advocated up to now.
  3. Religious intolerance is alive and well.
  4. More
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DECEMBER 2, 2011 8:09AM

Stocks point to a dying middle class

Quick, what are the top ten performing retail stocks this year?

Number one is Dollar Tree, one of those stores where everything costs a dollar, everything has “China” somewhere on the label, and quality is never the point–of–purchase reason. Number three is Dollar General… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011 8:00AM

The Republican ticket that Democrats want


The Iowa Debate


Whenever a campaign-killing allegation erupts—Bachmann’s Medicaid billing, Cain’s serial sexual harassment, Ron Paul’s eyebrow falling off, and now Gingrich’s lobbying scandal, the perp is quick to blame a Democratic conspiracy. OK, Ron Paul didn&… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2011 10:05AM

Citizens United constitutional amendment falls short

This generation’s most important legislation is still just a halfway measure

constitution In the coming days, you’ll hear more about legislation unveiled this week by New Mexico’s Senator Tom Udall. It would give Congress and the states the power to regulate campaign contributions.… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 11:31PM

Occupy Wall Street—Victory in 45 Days

In just six weeks, Occupy Wall Street protesters have won. They can now rightfully declare victory, having changed the substance of our national  conversation. Before OWS, the political narrative centered on made-up notions that taxes are too high and that the rich are paralyzed by oppress%IM… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 7, 2011 8:32AM

Do Occupy Wall Street’s critics have a point?

  Occupy Wall Street arrived in Washington DC this week. A DC-based Occupy closes the circle around the big money interests who buy government and the elected officials who sell it. In Washington, Occupy Dbailout350C is really two different groups. One is a small, ongoing protest at McPherson… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 6:34AM

Employers debunk Republican “job creator” myth

Can the myth of “certainty” be far behind?

Employers don’t create jobs, customers do. This week, business owners themselves exploded the myth that they are the job creators.

The American Worker Previously we’d offered the argument that businesses don’t create jobs. “Cu… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 5:08PM

Republicans Debate, Anarchy Wins

Elephant Anarchy -- mariopiperni.com There were clear winners and losers in the latest Republican debate, held at the Reagan Library. But before we score the candidates, it’s worth noting the two über winners. The first was Ronald Reagan. While I remember Reagan as the affable con artist who decided kids were pro… Read full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2011 8:02AM

White boy in the shadow of Martin Luther King

A great leader finally has the memorial he so richly deserves

“All men are caught in an inescapable network of  mutuality.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember the day the black kids came to Greenbelt Junior High School. This was not the… Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2011 8:12AM

Ames Straw Poll isn't the real Iowa -- Not even close

Des Moines Iowa—Midwestern Iowa might seem like a haven of nutbaggery, especially when viewed through coverage of the Iowa Straw Kevin Rivers Poll. Iowa is a state of over three million people. But well under one percent of them attended this over-reported event. So this week,… Read full post »

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JULY 21, 2011 8:06PM

American exceptionalism fuels Republican obstructionism

If you want to understand Republican obstructionism, look no further than American exceptionalism.

“They’re not even informed enough to know what they don’t know.”

Congressman Jim Moran

Gohmert_Louis-Dummy3 200xAs near as I can tell, “exceptionalism” is a made up word only found… Read full post »

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JULY 7, 2011 5:30PM

Rupert Murdoch runs from his shadow

Newscorp to close British newspaper after criminal newsgathering scandal

July 6 -- A simmering criminal scandal broke wide open at Newscorp’s British newspaper, The News of the World, last week. Now -- only one Rupert Murdoch day after Newscorp CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed his continued support f… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2011 9:37AM

Obama signals era of permanent war

President Obama’s recent speech was supposed to be about winding down the Afghan war. But actually it was a signal that permanent war is now our status quo. Every other branch of government -- including the ruling Obama Salutescorporate branch – was full-tilt ready to keep the wars… Read full post »

Arizona takes the lead with a smart new public policy idea

Arizona has not—repeat, has not—gone crazy. Not entirely anyway. Sure, Arizona still takes the prize for nuttiest state in this great nation. From deciding to let transplant recipients die, to banning the history of its large… Read full post »

dea-badge “The global war on drugs has failed” That’s the primary conclusion of a new report by Global Commission on Drug Policy, an impressive group of world leaders including five former heads of state, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, former US Secreta… Read full post »

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APRIL 22, 2011 10:14AM

What Democrats must say to win the 2012 election

Vote300x The next election will turn on what voters believe about five issues. Democrats need a clear message in order to win.

Their opponents are the same guys who spent most of President Clinton’s first term accusing him of murdering his friend, Vince Foster. Now they promote the notion… Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 9:48PM

The Koch brothers are getting nervous

Charles and David Koch seem less confident these days. The brothers – who inherited money from their dad and grew it into America’s largest collection of dirty industries – have decided they need to fight back. That’s not surprising. Since Koch-sponsored secret meetings were r… Read full post »

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MARCH 25, 2011 8:40AM

The Tea Party’s Mad Hatters are back

And who is paying Ginny Thomas’ salary this time?

TeaParty_Congress-copyThe tea party’s B-team mad hatters are back in the news after a few months of wallowing in their election-season failures. Now back in the game, they will once again try to bury substance under a big pile… Read full post »

Newt Gingrich SOTH paintingUnannounced presidential candidate Newt Gingrich rolled out yet another intelligence test – this time aimed at US Christians. It’s a simple test with just two, true-or-false questions:

  1. Would you believe that Newt Gingrich’s serial philandering is caused by his lo/
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FEBRUARY 25, 2011 8:03AM

A Game Changing Week in Politics

We'll be talking about this week's political stories for months to come...

Politics 400xAbout once a year, so much big political news happens that a single column can’t be devoted to a single topic. This is that week. So lace up your running shoes…

In gay rights,… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 18, 2011 9:07AM

Should liberals fear Kevin McCullough?

  The conservative media activist offers a strategy for permanent right-wing dominance

The CPAC event, Engaging America through Pop Culture, was in one of the big rooms and it was full. Most attendees had probably come to see the actor Steven Baldwin, but he didn’t bother to show. (In… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 9:10AM

CPAC 2011 was a carnival of weirdness

tricorn at cpac2011-02-10_14-24-06_909 The first thing you notice about CPAC is that most everyone is young – really young. Sponsors American Conservative Union, said that half the attendees were under age 25. But it looked much higher, more like seventy percent. A three-day youth ticket was $35 – half the cost of/… Read full post »