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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There is finally a tax cut deal. But not before Republicans started bleeding from the eyeballs. House Speaker John Boehner is in for a good cry. Or six.

boehner crop source Office of Congressman Mark Amodei public domainHalf a year ago, no one could have imagined this newly competitive  political landscape. Sure, teabag-terrorist governors like Wisco… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2011 11:50PM

Hey Democrats, zip it!

There is an old adage in sales, “When the spouse is selling your product for you, smile and nod and be quiet.” Well, “be quiet” is actually the phrase that goes by the initials, STFU. But you get the idea—the best Lyon-griswold-brawl wikimedia library of congress 300x person to make your… 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.
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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 »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 10:33AM

The day the tea party died

1024px-PudBrownTrombonesLayton attrib infrogmation cropOnce or twice a year too many political bombshells happen to pick just one. This was one of those weeks. But unlike other news-filled weeks, this one weaves a single narrative, the decline of the tea party. Let’s dig in…

You’d have to be an RNC official to… 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 »

Newt Gingrich does it. Ron Paul does it. Running for president in order to raise expense money isn’t news. But Herman Cain has adopted an entirely Cain-Herman_DummiesBook new strategy for converting campaign contributions to other uses. Cain’s tactic is a way to convert campaign contributions directly in… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2011 8:21AM

A medical cure for conservatism?

Scientists have found new reason to hope for those suffering with a family member who has Conservative Disorder. Conservative Disorder (also commonly called CD) affects some 90 million Americans. Almost eleven percent of our older folks suffer from the most disabling form of the disease, Teabagger… 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 »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 5:40AM

Chris Christie is running

  Chris Christie is no dummy. The bull-necked bully from New Jersey is, I believe, smart enough to know that he has to run. But he’d be a fool to run for president. Even if he enters that race, it’ll be to secure the number two spot. 

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A grown man gave my son the finger today. The man was riding in his car,  which was sporting a bunch of anti-Obama bumper stickers. Things boxing gloves attributed 275xlike “Obama tortures me,” I’m told. You know the type. So while my wife and son drove by, Jake gave… 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 »

It’s time we stopped America’s most profitable companies from running up the deficit

350px-The_road_to_dividend_child_labour_cartoon_Would it surprise you to know that $7.5 billion of the taxes you paid were  redistributed back to some of America’s largest corporations as “tax refunds?” Would you bel… 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 »

Today, we are a nation at war with itself. Unless the President joins the battle, he will be defeated by it. Here is the speech he ought to be giving…

My fellow Americans,

Government is broken. Only you can fix it. Until it is fixed, there is little… 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 »

Last week, we outlined the admitted (and denied) criminal allegations at News Corp and issued a first-in-the-nation call for an FBI investigation. Murdoch boxed Since that modest beginning, calls for a U.S. investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire have exploded. And the public outrage sho… 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 »

So it has come to this. In another example of the current state of American Exceptionalism, we’ve now become the only first-world nation to need a Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global InitiativeClinton Global Initiative (CGI) intervention. CGI is organized to “devise  and implement innovative solutions to some of the w… 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 »