Moved to FREEDAmerica!

Dear Readers,

I’m FREED!, so to speak, or rather write.  I’m moving my articles and commentary to my new site at FREEDAmerica.  

We’re developing exciting projects like (what do Trump’s tweets really mean?!?) and FREEDWork.  I may occasionally post here if I remember.  But don’t count on it.

I invite you to check us out at FREEDAmerica, sign up for our mailing list, contact us there to volunteer, and follow us as well on Twitter and Facebook.

Best Wishes,

Marc Freedman



Win a Year for your New Year’s Resolution

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Please share this promotion with your friends.  Make 2018 your year to meet your holiday resolution!



Grande Old Elephant, I hardly knew ye

I’m not a history buff.  But I do love a good story that’s rooted in fact and not the typical hero worship, half-truths, and fiction written by the winners or current incumbents.

One mystery is what happened to the Republican party.   I remember them positively as a teen (yes, in an ancient era) as the party of economic opportunity.  That was long before its hijacking by first religious fundamentalists and then the super-rich.  Going back much further, the party roles were reversed.  How can you not root for Abe Lincoln and the GOP, fighting for justice to end slavery against the wealthy landowners?

According to Bring Back the Party of Lincoln,  the recent change in the GOP isn’t new.  Republicans are historical flip-floppers.  Author Heather Cox Richardson concludes,

Twice in its history, the Republican Party regained its direction and popularity after similar disasters by returning to its original defense of widespread individual economic success. The same rebranding is possible today, if Republicans demote Reagan from hero to history and rally to a leader like Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower — someone who believes that the government should promote economic opportunity rather than protect the rich.

Change is inevitable, especially amid a changing electorate that reduces the Republican power base every year.  The only question is when.

While anything is possible, it’s unlikely to happen soon.  The Super Recession was nearly as bad as the Depression.  It had no effect on the party.  There have been various Republican branding initiatives.  They’ve gone nowhere.  The party has virtually shut down Congress.  Not a budge.  And there is no savior in sight.

Instead the party has used its power to enfranchise its legitimacy by redrawing voting maps and giving the rich even more influence.  It’s drawn the Democrats far right of where they were 30 years ago, thus providing far less GOP maneuvering room.

I suggest nothing is going to happen until the party runs out of all its tricks and loses both houses of Congress and the Presidency at the same time and that’s probably 20 years away at best.


Vote now for the July #StealthCatch of t

Vote now for the July #StealthCatch of the Month @

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Midnight Window Shopping
Our speaker warning convinces these kids that the store is truly closed … and protected.

2 Copper Thieves Nabbed by Police
A wire fence doesn’t stop these thieves. But live monitoring does.

Rooftop Trespasser Breaks Ankle
Bad things happen when you’re stranded on a rooftop and the police arrive.

4 Masked Robbers with Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer meets speaker. Who wins?

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Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, f

Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, featuring Stolen … and Returned Weedwacker
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Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the M

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The good 1% and the bad 1%

I send my compliments to Mark Suster on Putting Tom Perkins Comments into Context.

Perkins opened his Wall Street Journal letter Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? with the headline:

I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.’


Boorish entitlement has never worked, at least not in public.  It never ceases to amaze me that many well educated successful people can stoop to third grade name calling and be so insular and oblivious to the rest of the world.

Suster, a self-professed one percenter himself, called the letter insensitive and tone deaf.  That’s far too mild.  He did a terrific job on his comprehensive post.  So I’ll skip further pontification and just recommend you click on his link above.

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