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It’s only a Bribe

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville, born this day in 1805. ***

Bella!

“They used to give us a day–it was called International Women’s Day. In 1975 they gave us a year, the Year of the Woman. Then from 1975 to 1985 they gave us a decade, the Decade of the Woman. I said at the time, who knows, if we behave they may let us into the … Continue reading

History 101: Sedition

History 101: Congress passed the short-lived Sedition Act on this day in 1798, making it illegal to spread malicious, false or scandalous rumors about the government. Not surprisingly, 25 Republicans were promptly arrested for sedition. ***

Happy Birthday, Robert Frost

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” ~Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) ***

See It Now

  This week in 1954, one man had the courage to stand up for a nation. Luckily, it was captured on tape. Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway *** For more on the dark side of television’s Golden Age, check out Lester & Charlie’s new book: ***

The Week in Politics

THEY ARE BLINDING YOU WITH SCIENCE Everything you need to know about last week’s politics for this week’s cocktail party. Calling Mr. Wizard! This week, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio no doubt pulled out their Texas science books to brush up on God and creationism when they were appointed to lead the influential … Continue reading

Some Friendly Advice

Note to the newly sworn-in Republican Congressional majority: This month in 1914, Henry Ford introduced a minimum wage that equals $14/hr in today’s dollars. As he put it, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”   ***

The Week in Politics

MAKING HISTORY Everything you need to know about last week’s politics for this week’s cocktail party. History was made and celebrated this week and we’re going to tell you the important parts. First, there was panic this week in Los Angeles, causing residents to flood 911 switchboards in record-setting numbers. It was due to a … Continue reading

The Week in Politics

LET’S GET REAL Everything you need to know about last week’s politics for this week’s cocktail party. Last week, Congress voted to sue the president because the president delayed a law — one that Congress hated and voted down a zillion times. Eric Cantor decided he had to leave Congress ASAP because he doesn’t do … Continue reading

The Week in Politics

BACHMANN’S SEAT Jim Read is a political science professor, an author, a Democrat, and he’s running for space/time traveler Michele’s Bachmann’s seat in the 6th District of Minnesota (after many years of running from it). He’s also a follower of Lester & Charlie’s weekly poll. So, when he quietly asked Lester & Charlie to tell … Continue reading

VIDEO: See It Now

This week in1954 one man had the courage to stand up for a nation. Luckily, it was captured on tape. Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway *** For more on the dark side of television’s Golden Age, check out Lester & Charlie’s new book: ***

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Obama’s State of the Union address gave conservatives a lot of opportunities to run their crazy flags up the proverbial vaginal probe this week. Faced with a Congress in serious need of maximum strength ex-lax®, Obama laid out a plan for legislating by Executive Order — raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, for one, … Continue reading

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