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Moral Anesthesia

It’s interesting to consider what the latest right wing craziness tells us about their vision of America. Judging from the recent NRA ad portraying secret service protection for the President’s children as some sort of elitist perk, their idea of a “free” country is one that’s in more or less permanent paramilitary lockdown. The children […]

The Answer, Joe, is “Yes.”

You talk over a woman guest trying to make a point. You and the other boys on the show chuckle, roll your eyes, and ridicule the women who disagree with you. You %F#@ SNAP YOUR FINGERS at Mika while she’s talking… Because, unlike Mika, my job does not depend on lying to you about this, […]

“I’m going to start killing people.”

James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response: F*ck that. I’m tellin’ you that if that happens it’s gonna spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not puttin’ up with it, you shouldn’t put up with it, and I need all you patriots to start thinkin’ about what you’re going […]

Okay. When?

Here is what we know. A gunman walked into an elementary school this morning and opened fire. We’re getting conflicting reports about the death toll. Twenty-seven dead, 18 of them children. Twenty dead, 10 of them children. Twenty-six dead… The president has released a statement. He says “Now is not the time” to have a […]

The Tipping Point

Almost two weeks ago, Frank Rich wrote a piece in Salon on the likely right wing reaction if Obama won the election. His point was that, in spite of the repeated predictions by liberals, the Republican party is unlikely to seriously reassess its swing to the right. I think the party, the radical, conservative, right-wing […]

Just in Time for Halloween!

I suppose it’s appropriate that we get this truly scary, fanged, and drooling glimpse of the face of modern capitalism on October 31st. CNBC Senior Editor John Carney has decided to weigh in on the subject of price gouging during a disaster. What’s striking is the bland cluelessness, a level of naivete that, feigned or […]

“Fings Break”

From Monty Python: Dino: You ought to be careful, Colonel. Colonel: We are careful. Extremely careful. Dino: Of course, uh, fings break, don’t they? Colonel: Break? Luigi: Well, everyfing breaks, don’t it Colonel (knocks a ceramic vase off the desk) Oh, there, Dino: Oh see, my brother’s clumsy, Colonel. When he gets unhappy he, uh, […]

Excellent Video about Ryan’s Visit to a Charity

Ryan’s budget would cut food assistance programs for people at risk of hunger. It’s not surprising that the St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room was furious with Paul Ryan for using the place for a photo op. The reason he cited was a no doubt well-founded fear of losing donors. The people who actually run […]

The Republicans Just Don’t Care Anymore

They’re using any argument, explanation, and claim they can get their hands on, no matter how stupid or hateful. One interesting example, Via Thinkprogress, is Linda McMahon Connecticut Republican Senate candidate, who faced some heat for telling the Hartford Courant Editorial Board that Catholic hospitals should have the option of denying rape victims the morning-after […]

Keep Talking, Mitt

It just makes your cluelessness about what Americans face more and more evident. Mitt Romney in The Columbus Dispatch: ‘We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’  ’ he said as he offered […]