Sadly, This Is (STILL) America

This makes me flat-out angry -- though not surprised: An Occupy Wall Street activist is facing up to seven years in prison after being convicted by a jury in Manhattan of assaulting a New York police officer as he led her out of a protest. Seven years. For elbowing a cop who was dragging her away. Ms. McMillan may get less time...but it could be the full pop, too. Make sure you have a look at...

White Riot

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, and after yesterday's riot following the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, THIS. Every. Goddamn. Word. Of. It. ------------------ **UPDATE, 7/31** I missed this last night. In fact, I missed it right up until someone posted it on Twitter just now, but Chris Hayes had the above Gawker article's author, Cord Jefferson, on All In last night to do a little...

On Mitt Romney's 47% Comments

What Ezra said. Romney's comments were so shocking - and disgusting - on their face, that it's tempting to simply point to them or mirror the video and assume that the reader/viewer will know without thinking what's wrong with them. Truthfully, most people probably will intuitively understand most or all of why Romney's comments were so vile. But merely using implied assumptions to carry the day...

Does Hypocrisy Matter?

Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum writes a quick, irked post in which he takes the ever-odious Gregg Easterbrook to task for the admittedly annoying habit of always looking for perceived hypocrisy, even when it's not there or the charge of hypocrisy isn't relevant or accurate: The point of laws is to provide a level playing field, and no one is a hypocrite for following existing law even if they...

Peter King (R-NY), Terrorist Sympathizer

One newspaper, one (hypocritical) congressman, two stories on two successive days. From today's New York Times, Domestic Terrorism Hearing Opens With Contrasting Views on Dangers: Congressional investigation of Muslim American radicalization is the logical response to the repeated and urgent warnings which the Obama administration has been making in recent months,” said. And from yesterday's...

Dog Bites Man

...water is wet, kittens are adorable, ice cream is delicious, repressed, gay-hating, fundamentalist fire-'n'-brimstone preachers get arrested for spanking the monkey across from a kids park. Nothing new to see here, folks. Move along. ;o)

WI Governor Scott Walker Gets Punk'd By Blogger Pretending To Be David Koch

BWAHAHAHA!Normally, I wouldn't bother re-posting this, if it were merely a (decidedly delicious) case of "gotcha." By pretending to be billionaire conservative puppet-master Koch, however, and by succeeding in having a 20-minute conversation with Walker in which Walker was convinced he was actually speaking to Koch, a great deal of interesting information about Walker's mindset and intentions and...

Adult Conversations

Made you look. ;o) -- Not THOSE kind of "adult conversations." I'm talking about the kind of adult conversations the GOP both ran on last fall, and came into power in the House last week claiming they wanted to have. Here's Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) using the phrase referring to Medicare "reform" last November, just before the election. Here's newly-minted chair of the House Budget Committee and...

US, UK Made Use of Uzbek Torture

Via the Real News Network comes a visceral reminder of just how out-of-whack was our foreign policy towards other countries regarding the "war-on-terror" was during the Bush administration. Remember how the arguments for war against Iraq evolved over time? By the time the invasion had happened - and certainly by the time that it became clear WMD were never going to be found in Iraq except for...