Richard B. Simon

Richard B. Simon
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Mean Old Frisco,
Birthday
December 31
Bio
Contributing Editor, Relix magazine. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dominican University of California. Instructor, City College of San Francisco. Proprietor, SCORP10N BOWL blog. Co-founder, Frisco Freakout.

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OCTOBER 3, 2014 2:22PM

The GOP's Coup de Grace



Charles Krauthammer


by Richard B. Simon

 

Washington Post and Fox "News" talking head Charles Krauthammer is -- perhaps unwittingly -- pretty honest in his column today.

In an effort to rally… Read full post »

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I don't have television, so I have been thankfully spared the full horror of the shameful degradation of American POW Bowe Bergdahl by NewsCorp and the rest of the sick right wing character assassination machine.

But I just looked at the Fox "News" website… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2014 1:33AM

Keystone for Carbon Tax

Keystone For Carbon Tax

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- comprised of the world's top climate scientists, representing the world's governments -- startsRead full post »

MARCH 11, 2014 9:54PM

Climate Anti-Filibuster



Richard B. Simon
March 10, 2014

The Filibuster has been used more by the Republican Senate during the
Obama Administration than during any other period in modern history,
effectively turning the Senate from a 100-person body into a
120-person body, in which 60 is the number you need to get to… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2014 12:25PM

Chris Christie, Not a Bully

 

I guess that aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie closed lanes on the G.W. bridge to punish a local mayor by backing up traffic into his small city comes as a surprise to many, because Christie's reputation, as of a few weeks ago, was as a straight… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2013 12:17PM

Boehner The Wise


 
A little perspective.

 

"The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide."
-House Minority Leader
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OCTOBER 9, 2013 7:08PM

SHUTDOWN: Shooting, An Elephant



 


        "As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him. It is a serious matter to shoot a working elephant - it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery - and… Read full post »
OCTOBER 7, 2013 3:26PM

Shooting, An Elephant



 


        "As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him. It is a serious matter to shoot a working elephant - it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery - and obviously one ought not… Read full post »

The Republican House of Representatives is purposefully destroying the government of the United States of America -- a nation that is defined by its system of government, a nation of laws, not men -- at the behest of oil companies and big banks who don't like laws.

The New York Times reports:

Congressi… Read full post »

Tornado on May 18, 2013 near Rozel, Kansas. Image Credit: Shalyn Phillips/ TVNweather.com

 

Friday, May 17: Study of Peer-reviewed scientific articles on global warming and climate change finds that 97% of agree that global warming is caused by humans burning fossil fuels.  

 … Read full post »

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MAY 14, 2013 2:29PM

The IRS was Right to Scrutinize "Tea Party" Groups


Tea Party Groups want you to pay for their political organizing. (image: REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst)

Richard B. Simon


So, let me get this straight.

Conservative political organizing groups, formed in electoral opposition to the new presidency of Barack Obama because they are against "government han… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2012 4:23PM

All Hail the American Teacher

 

All Hail the American Teacher

 

All hail the American teacher
curse her, the two-face the Jekyll
how dare she be so bold?

Today she's a hero barring
the closet door against the
Reaper in his stone death mask
strapped in his mother's rifles

throwing her life away
to save your children

When Tomorro… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 2:20PM

Mr. Obama's 9/11

 The Atlantic Ocean crashes into the World Trade Center, on October 30, 2012.

 

by Richard B. Simon

Good morning, and welcome to global warming.

Scientists will hedge their certainty that any given weather event can be directly attributed to human-caused warming of the planet. That is/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2012 2:57AM

Biden Breaks A Gallop

 This time, the Republican was flummoxed.                image: John Gress/Reuters

by Richard B. Simon

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's debate strategy last week was fairly clear as it played -- lay down a barrage of lies in eve… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2012 11:49AM

Romney Laughs Off Global Warming

Romney, condescendant.

 

Here's the big funny joke from Staples co-founder Mitt Romney's speech Thursday night, accepting his party's nomination for President:

"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your

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AUGUST 29, 2012 1:20PM

Greetings From The RNC

Greetings From The RNC

A postcard from Tampa.  Read full post »

JULY 8, 2012 8:08PM

The Billionaires Are Revolting

 

Funny piece from the New York Times -- elites lining up in their European sportscars, limousines, and SUVs, to give Mitt Romney money at their Hamptons estates.

Even funnier is that I can picture this Ron Perelman's copper-roofed mansion cut out of the forest in… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2012 9:59PM

FOX Lets Slip The Veil

 

  Let us disinfotain you. LET US DISINFOTAIN YOU: The FOX and Friends hosts prepare to air their anti-Obama video.


Wednesday, the morning show on the FOX "news" network aired, several times during its broadcast, a four-minute anti-Obama propaganda video that it had produced -- and which was so billed,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2011 12:40AM

FOX "News" VP: FOX News is Not News

 



Kimberly Guilfoyle, former first lady of San Francisco, arguing that everyone in Berkeley is fabulously wealthy and has too much free time.


Roger Domal, the vice president for eastern ad sales at Fox "News", quoted in the New York Times:

"People know what the news is ... You're not comin… Read full post »






You can take it with a grain of salt -- convicted influence-peddler Jack Abramoff, who greased the wheels of Republican government with cash during the Bush years, is trying to rehabilitate himself.

But he's certainly telling the truth when he says:

What I did not consider then, and never consi… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 4:29PM

Obama Needs Counterinsurgency At Home



    
by Richard B. Simon

The entire purpose of the Tea Party was to cripple this country's move to a new energy economy.

The old powers in oil, coal, and even timber (and note that among the biggest Tea Party funders, the Koch Brothers, profit in most of these old-guard sectors of… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2010 2:50PM

FOX's Telling Response To Juan Williams

by Richard B. Simon FOX "News" commentator Juan Williams -- late of National Public Radio -- says in this video that the Republican field for 2012 is weak, and that the only one with enough charisma to go up against Obama is Palin -- but she is not…

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DECEMBER 27, 2010 2:45PM

FOX's Telling Response To Juan Williams

 



by Richard B. Simon

FOX "News" commentator Juan Williams -- late of National Public Radio -- says in this video that the Republican field for 2012 is weak, and that the only one with enough charisma to go up against Obama is Palin -- but she is not on the…

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OCTOBER 24, 2010 1:13AM

Juan Williams And NPR



by Richard B. Simon

Apparently, there is some sort of uproar over National Public Radio's decision this past week to fire "analyst" Juan Williams, after Williams -- on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox "News" -- admitted to becoming nervous when he sees Muslims in religious garb on an airplane.

Willi… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 7:51PM

Turn The Page: Obama's Iraq Speech

by Richard B. Simon

The shallow analysis of Presidential speeches by those paid big money to do so is amazing and shameful -- and damaging to our national discourse. Don't any of the people who are paid to opine on Presidential addresses actually read them?… Read full post »