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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I did an Amazon review of Pat Buchanan's new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority. It's being slammed by the right-wing reviewers. If you want, you can balance the feedback. Read the review here.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Amanda Marcotte on the right's Cliven Bundy Syndrome:
The only reason right-wing media is giving sympathetic coverage to Bundy is that he’s identifiable as a conservative and therefore his desire to make money off the backs of taxpayers without paying his fair share gets sympathetic treatment. But if he was black or female and got away with even a dollar more food stamps than he was owed, he would be treated like public enemy No. 1 by Fox News. Being able to shrug off laws you don’t like is a privilege reserved for the few in the world of conservative media.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Robert Boston on the religious right's persecution complex:
Why, then, is there so much complaining from the religious right? (And it does come primarily from religious conservatives. Mainline and moderate clergy tend to understand their position of privilege and appreciate it.) Why do we hear so many cries about persecution?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Edwin Lyngar, "Fox News tried to tear my family apart: How they failed to incite my father"
Friday, February 28, 2014
Woo Hoo! Slate.com mentions me!!!!
L.V. Anderson mentions me in her article on Oscars security:
But so far, Oscars crashers have tended to be people like [gatecrasher Scott] Weiss, whose devious aim was to take pictures with a bunch of celebrities, and people eager for their 15 minutes of fame, like the 1963 crasher Stan Berman, the man who dubbed himself “Surfer Dude” in 2002 [note: she's referring to me], and the 1997 crasher who went on to write a book called How I Went to the Oscars Without a Ticket.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Daily Show takes on Fox Business News' Andrew Napolitiano
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Gabriel Sherman's Book on Roger Ailes is Shocking
I finally had the opportunity to check out Gabriel Sherman's book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country. I wrote a review on Amazon.com and you can read it here. If you like it, you can give the review a thumbs up. I elaborated on some of Sherman's themes. Sherman mentioned Fox News operative Bill Sammon's memos used against Obama. I gave some background on Sammon, mentioning some of his previous ratfucking and cited my article in American Politics Journal on Sammon.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I have crashed some great parties, but the get-together that Kevin Roose crashed was priceless.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Reince Priebus didn't deserve an apology from MSNBC chief Phil Griffin
Griffin profusely apologized for the staffer who tweeted that American conservatives "hate" interracial relationships. The right's record on race is horrendous. Just a couple examples: 1) The right's patron saint, Ronald Reagan, was a virulent race-baiter with a horrible record on race. Haley Barbour, who was recently the head of the RNC, recently praised the White Citizens' Council.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Watch This
Therefore, you should watch it:
Monday, January 27, 2014
John P. Walters, is a hardass drug warrior who once co-authored (with William Bennett) an article in the Weekly Standard, that--against all evidence--claimed that marijuana had no medical uses. When I just googled "John P. Walters," the following image appeared on the sidebar of the search results page:
Friday, January 24, 2014
Media Matters for America has the answer and it's not pretty.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
New Post on Amway Blog About the DeVos Family's Attempt to Destroy Labor
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Matthew Continetti Kisses the Koch Brothers' Asses (again)Today on National Review Online Continetti once again treats anyone who is the least bit concerned about the massive amount of money that the Koch Brothers have contributed to reactionary causes as paranoid. He did the same thing in The Weekly Standard in 2011. Lee Fang of Think Progress addressed Continetti's conflict of interest.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Monday, January 06, 2014
Answering Molly Ball
In her must-read Atlantic Monthly article, "The Agony of Frank Luntz," writer Molly Ball asks, "What does it mean when America's top political wordsmith loses faith in our ability to be persuaded? " The answer: It means Americans are a lot better off.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Matt Taibbi on David Brooks, marijuana, and class privilege.
Also, Belated Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Parry, Sam Parry, and Nat Parry
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Must Be Nice to be a Friend to the Elite
Christopher Kloman, a serial child rapist, was recently tried for his crimes. As a school teacher, Kloman preyed on his female grade school students which earned him the nickname “The Wolf” by his victims. One victim said that when Kloman grabbed her, his hands were like "lobster claws." Kloman taught in schools for the elite and wealthy and many of those people have come forward and called for mercy for Kloman. Members of the American elite pleading for leniency were ABC’s Charles Gibson, a former aide to Laura Bush, and most notably Ken Starr, former special prosecutor and current president of Baylor University, the nation’s largest Baptist university. Starr pushed for community service, noting that Kloman "took time to chat" with his daughter.
You’ll recall that Starr was a hardass when it came to things like consensual sex between adults—and set a perjury trap for a president who didn’t want the world to know about this consensual sex. You might also recall Starr’s behavior regarding Julie Hiatt Steele. Steele, a former friend of Kathleen Willey, initially went along with Willey‘s bullshit stories but then had a twinge of conscience and recanted her lies and refused to submit to Starr’s request to perjure herself. As a result, Starr prosecuted Steele for obstruction of justice and other charges. Steele faced 35 years in prison had she been convicted Fortunately, Steele wasn’t convicted.
Nevertheless, Starr felt that Koman should go free. Fortunately, the judge ignored the pleas by the elites and Kloman will die in prison.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013