Thomas Givens

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Do we move to save America?

America is at a crossroad. Do we continue with the US House able to hold the nation hostage to their Radical Republican/Tea Party views. Do we hand …

Ohio fights to suppress the vote.

Today the Roberts Court sided without comment with the Secretary of State and Attorney General of Ohio to stay a decision form a lower court to …

The Cold War mentality returns

I have had to take some time to deal with things cascading through my life. I am back.<p>The world has been throwing chaos, terror and confrontations …

The Coup

Franklin Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932. He embarked on sweeping social and economic reforms of American society to end the Depression that …

Ohio quietly becomes part of the South.

Texas, Arkansas and other parts of the Old Confederacy get the press for repressive abortion laws and voter suppression. However, Ohio is beacon of …

I am finally at the age where I bury more friends than I make.

Sometimes you meet a person that changes your life. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes, not. That's the crapshoot of friendship. If you are asked …

The GOP House Gets Desperate.

Speaker of the House John Boehner's district is about fifty miles west of where I live in Columbus Ohio.It has a reputation as perhaps the most …

The I word. GOP policy of rejecting election results they don't like.

Since 1992 and the election of Bill Clinton it seems to be Republican policy to assume any Democrat elected President is a usurper of power. It is …

DeWine Believes Hobby Lobby Case Is About Religious Liberty And Abortion. Really?!?

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has never met a dubious legal argument he won’t commit Ohio to defend. He even goes out of his way to join in cases …

SCOTUS looks into a religious abyss. The abyss stares back at us all.

Corporations are an artificial legal construct designed to shield shareholders from liability. That's my understanding but not being an attorney, I …

Cosmos. Knowledge vilified.

Cosmos. I watched and marveled at it's first incarnation led by Carl Sagan. He examined and explained the Universe in ways the average could grasp. …

The Right is spiraling out of control.

Bouncing around on Facebook today I noticed more stories of Right Wing asshattery today than normal. They ran a gamut from insane to the absurd. …

Equal means equal. And All means all.

If you listen in the quiet chill air of a frigid February you may hear the explosions of intolerant heads across the country.<p>The United States …

I'm not Anti-Christian. Honest

Those of you who have read my rants here or on Twitter and Facebook know I have some hot button issues that send me careening off on a rant.The …

Isn't Sedition a crime?

Since the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, we have seen numerous calls for impeachment, arrest, assassination and armed …

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid.

Sometimes I wonder what has happened to America. This is not the country where I grew up and came of age. Not the country that shaped my worldview, …

Ohio Leads The Nation In Job Losses, Time To Kick The Jobless To The Curb

Usually having the Speaker of the House calling your state home is good for the state. Since Ohio leads the nation in job losses, you’d think Speaker …

Fighting For The Right To Lie

Just when you thought it was safe to stick your head up in Southwestern Ohio, a couple of Cincinnati right wing groups find a way to still amaze me. …

A New Year and Same old stuff.

As Congress came back to DC in this frigid new year The Senate saw the lapse of long term unemployment benefits as a major and pressing issue. The …

So Are 2 Drinks A Day Really Too Many?

A lot of us are drinking too much, and on Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called us on it.<p>More than eight drinks a week for women and 15 drinks a week for men can get you into trouble, the CDC warned.<p>But that doesn't seem to jibe with other studies that found that drinking …

2014 Is Sneaking Up On Us

2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or …

Looking forward. Is 2014 the year the GOP goes off the rails?

Since the election of President Obama in 2008 the right wing blogisphere and the oppose at any cost caucus in the US House have screamed about the …

A Rambling Christmas List

It’s that time of year. Lists abound. Best of. Worst of. Funniest. Saddest. Who we’ve lost. Then there’s the old Christmas Wish List. An old …

Kasich in 2016. Really?

<b>Kasich in 2016. Really?</b><br>by Thomas Givens<p>I know a guy who works in state government. He got the job because he was very active in GOP politics. We were …

The Lighter Side: Donald Trump Floored By Santa’s Birthplace

Donald Trump, the modern wannabe gold standard for inquiries into birthplaces, reportedly was distressed to learn that Santa Claus was born in …

Kasich gets a challenge from the Right.

Well John Kasich has a talent for annoyance. You only have to look back at his career in the House or his tenure at FOX to see examples.<p>Since leaving …

Why I stand with women.

I've been asked by men I know who have occasionally read these posts or talked with me. They usually ask a question. Why do you say what you say …

It's official. Ohio is now Texas.

It is official. Ohio is now Texas. For what seemed like forever carrying a concealed weapon was illegal in Ohio. There were no permits. All you had …