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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
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Playboy’s Girls of the Pac 12
In the October 2013 pictorial feature, The Girls of the Pac 12, there are some hotties:
The hottest: UCLA’s Jacqueline P. First runner-up:
Honorable mention: Shanice Jordyn of Arizona State, Kristin Daniel and Ginny Connor of Arizona, Hannah Marie of the University of Washington, USC’s Chloe Fox, Cal Berkeley’s Alice Ohtsuki, Hayley Taylor of Colorado, Oregon State’s Kandy Jo, Kennedy Lane of Oregon, Ashlen Miles and Kristina Swanson of Washington State, and Arizona’s Ginny Connor.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Greg Palast's DVD Vultures and Vote Rustlers: Greg Palast Investigates Vol. 2 comes out in November
Friday, October 11, 2013
Must View and Must See
Interview with Jen Senko who is making the film The Brainwashing of My Dad. Watch the Kickstarter video.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Michael Lind has the best article I've ever read about the nature of the Tea Party. He cuts through the fog.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Title of the Article Says it All
"Exposed: Enron billionaire's diabolical plot to loot workers' pensions" by David Sirota
UPDATE: Matt Taibbi has more. Also, read Taibbi's priceless post on Robert Benmosche.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Koch-Blocked parodies the creepy Obamacare ad in "Opt Out of Koch Propaganda, Not Obamacare":
Salon articles on the GOP's unsuccessful rebranding effort and its race-baiting for the one percent. In the comments section of the later article:
. . . This has been going on for decades. Republicans know that there are large parts of the middle and working class white population who would rather cut their own economic throats than share a piece of the American Pie with black or brown people. And even though their throats are cut and bleeding, these morons CONTINUE to vote Republican. They believe that White is Right and Republicans are the White Party. I think they would rather starve to death than see a single black mother get a few dollars worth of food stamps every month. This race war is not new. It has been going on since the founding of our country and EVERYONE is losing. These people can't die out fast enough for me.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Salon.com is Smoking!
Two must-reads: Andrew O'Hehir "The GOP's 'Hunger Games' Vision of America" and Jonathan Bernstein "Ted Cruz's Bullying Formula."
Friday, September 20, 2013
Paul Krugman, "The Crazy Party":
[T]his story is all about the G.O.P. First came the southern strategy, in which the Republican elite cynically exploited racial backlash to promote economic goals, mainly low taxes for rich people and deregulation. Over time, this gradually morphed into what we might call the crazy strategy, in which the elite turned to exploiting the paranoia that has always been a factor in American politics — Hillary killed Vince Foster! Obama was born in Kenya! Death panels! — to promote the same goals.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Amanda Marcotte on how weird wing-nut ideas become mainstream:
The problem with that theory is that right-wing, apocalypse-obsessed Christians are not marginal characters who have little power in the world. They constitute a huge percentage of Americans, and just as disturbingly, they have influence over another huge number of Americans. They actually don’t want attention drawn to their wacky beliefs a good deal of the time. On the contrary, the preferred fundamentalist right-wing communication strategy is to use their own spaces—spaces that are often far from the prying eyes of the larger world—to talk about their lurid fantasies, and they prefer to show a more sensible, moderate face to the larger world.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sorry about not posting for a long time. I've been on vacation. I added to the Reagan and Racism blog--as a response to Michael Reagan on his father's racial legacy.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Media Matters on Fox and the non-voter fraud non-scandal:
Wilson took his campaign to Fox News, where he received a platform for softball interviews from several anchors. The network used the "dead voter" story to promote South Carolina's voter ID law, which had been blocked by the Justice Department.
Again, these claims were always dubious - deceased voter fraud claims are often revealed as unfounded, the result of data errors or other explanations.
Indeed, on July 3 the public release of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provided the answer we anticipated: No voter fraud was found, no charges filed. As of noon E.T. on July 8, Fox had not reported on those findings.
Monday, June 17, 2013
My Recent Trip to Barnes and Noble
I went to Barnes and Noble the other day. I was amused by Joe Muto's book An Atheist in the Foxhole; there was a chapter titled, "Loofah, Falafel, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." I also noticed the book Ben Shapiro's book Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans. I looked through it and thought, "What a douchebag!" Anyhow, I wrote an Amazon.com review. If you like it, you can give it a thumbs up on Amazon.
Strawman Arguments Prevail in this Book
Shapiro is in the new crop of right-wingers attempting to appeal to the graying, shrinking, overwhelmingly white talk radio audience. The book notes Shapiro's impressive educational credentials, which makes his McCarthyite approach and appalling ignorance of basic issues in the book all the more egregious. A notable example of the Shapiro's supercilious tone and the lack of grasp of simple fundamental issues is his approach to the "chickenhawk" issue.
The term "chickenhawk" was coined in the 1990's (about 30 years too late) to describe the phony machismo of many pro-war advocates who took great effort to avoid the dangers of combat (through clever means such as rigged draft boards, questionable medical deferments, and "champagne units"--more on this later). Taking his cue from the right's playbook for the last 45 years, Shapiro addresses this issue in the chapter Shapiro sneeringly titled, "Anti-Patriotic Bullies": "Leftists routinely called President [George W.] Bush a chickenhawk, even though he served in the Air National Guard, because his daughters didn't join the military. (Bill Clinton, who actually dodged the draft, was not a chickenhawk, presumably because he is pro-abortion and raised taxes)."
This passage illustrates either abysmal obtuseness or intellectual dishonesty. Bush's chickenhawk status has nothing to do with his daughters; it has everything to do with his own actions. After Bush graduated from Yale (and no longer had a student deferment), Bush's father, George H.W. Bush (who, by the way, voted for the Vietnam War), used his influence to push Bush the Younger to the front of the very long line to get into the Texas Air National Guard. The reason there was such a long line was not that large numbers of Texans were interested in the Air National Guard; rather, it was because it was an open secret that it was a notorious "champagne unit." A champagne unit is a reserve or National Guard unit that, during times of national conscription, serves to protect the pampered progeny of the influential from the dangers of the wars they supported (and whose stock portfolios were often fattened by a wartime economy). The prevailing thought among much of the American elite of the time was that dying in Vietnam was for the little guy---i.e., Appalachians, inner-city blacks, and men living in the barrio. One of Bush's professors at the Harvard business school noted how Bush swaggered around in his Texas Air National Guard bomber jacket and bragged that even though he was pro-war, he used his father's pull to get a spot in the Guard. Yuck!
Shapiro also demonstrates ignorance of the concept in his discussion of Bill Clinton. Under no circumstances could Clinton be considered a chickenhawk. Certainly Clinton didn't want to go to Vietnam but he didn't want any other Americans to go either.
Shapiro is obviously bright. It's a pity that he prostituted a promising intellect to try to become the next Rush Limbaugh.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney on the right's lie machine. It's an excerpt from “Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America”
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Must View: Bill Maher on Ronald Reagan
Also, read my blog on Reagan and Race.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Joe Muto on the fallout of the O'Reilly/Mackris/Falafal/Loofah affair at Fox News. Hilarious.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Virginia 2013: Vote No for Governor?
Read Alex Seitz-Wald's article on the Viginia gubernatorial race. I'm glad I don't live in Virginia. The Republicans nominated a wing-nut for governor and the GOP's choice for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson is completely batshit crazy.
On the other hand, the Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe is such a smarmy hack that I could never entertain the thought of voting for him. Read my previous posts about him here, here, and here.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Michael Lind, "Voting is not a right." Lind sums up the cuurent stat3e of affairs in one sentence: "The declinists of the White Right sense that they have lost the future, so they are doing what they can to delay their political downfall, while sabotaging the nation-state that the eventual victors will inherit."
Friday, May 10, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Alex Seitz-Wald on debunking George W. Bush's cronies' attempts at historical revisionism.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Gary May on how ALEC and the right use voter fraud as a pretext to attack voting rights. In the comments section is an insightful post by "Captain America":
This is hardly breaking news. It was manifest a decade ago. In fact, just about every "problem" that demands a right-wing "solution" is manufactured, either out of whole cloth or as a result of previous "solutions":
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Friday, April 05, 2013
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Dr. Benjamin Carson:
Last week, Carson came under attack for comparing advocates of same-sex marriage with advocates of bestiality and the North American Man/Boy Love Association. He then cast himself as a victim of political correctness, besieged by white liberals — “the most racist people there are” — who could not countenance his heterodoxy and wanted to keep him on the “plantation.”
The plantation metaphor refers to a popular theory on the right. It holds that the 95 percent of African-Americans who voted for a Democratic president are not normal Americans voting their beliefs, but slaves. A corollary to the plantation theory is the legend of the Conservative Black Hope, a lonesome outsider, willing to stare down the party of Obamacare and stand up for the party of voter ID. Does it matter that this abolitionist truth-teller serves at the leisure of an audience that is overwhelmingly white? Not really. Blacks are brainwashed slaves; you can’t expect them to know what’s in their interest.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Liberty University, Jerry Falwell's diploma mill, is intended to created "tens of thousands" of Kirk Camerons. Also, watch Bill Maher comment on Liberty U. last year.