DCCC Sends Out Some Serious Bullshit

I've always been a liberal/progressive. That means I've given money to the DCCC over the years, when I've been able to, and when I thought it was important. So I've been on "the list" (hell, many such lists) for quite some time. I also understand how political fundraising works (because I've done plenty in my day): most people - the vast majority - simply will not seek you out to send you...

Fire Boehner?

This is the hashtag which has caught suspiciously quick and omnipresent fire on Twitter this evening: #FireBoehner. Fire Boehner? Fine by me...if it can actually be accomplished. Only, it can't. And it's the (likely, though unprovable) source of this hashtag that is making me stabby this evening. Let's remember: the teabaggers have attempted to "fire Boehner" repeatedly. In fact, it's a recurring...

War and the Imperial Presidency

On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow led off her show with a brilliant, 22-minute rant against the return of all the failed Iraq war architects and cheerleaders to the nation's airwaves, now that Iraq is once again descending into visible chaos (apologies for the ad; I can't edit the MSNBC footage out): The entire thing is worth a watch if you were awake during the 2002-2005 era, since it truly is...

What America Is Facing In The Tea Party

Every now and again, in the increasingly firehose-like flow of data that is our modern 24/7 internet information-delivery system, I still run across a story that simply demands to be read a second or third time, and remarked upon. This is one of those stories, because it very clearly gives a peek behind the curtain of what America is facing in the tea party: Given how savagely anti-gay the...

A Tale of Two Shootings, or, Bad Week for NRA Propaganda

While everyone was still reeling from the Santa Barbara shooting spree of Elliot Rodger, and before we could even process that tragedy fully, two new shootings took place in America. They seem to be coming at the rate of about one a week now - sometimes even faster (and still, we do nothing significant to address it). These two shootings are instructive because they juxtapose two very different...

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...

GOP Gins Up More Fake ‘Voter Fraud’ Fauxtrage

Cripes, not this fake 'voter fraud' bullshit again. I'll say this for the GOP, they're certainly single-minded. They know what they have to do to maximize their chances of victory (cheat, rig the game), and they pursue it with the unyielding effort of your average zombie pursuing a meal. In this case, it's the old zombie lie of widespread voter fraud, which the GOP has been flogging for years if...

Charles Pierce Crushes William ‘The Bloody’ Kristol

The indispensable Charles P. Pierce of Esquire magazine (and Idiot America) fame apparently reads The Weakly Standard (so we don’t have to). Lord knows I wouldn’t otherwise have caught this bit of warmongering slaver from William Kristol (of PNAC and various other war cheerleading efforts) “fame,” because I simply do not read Kristol. There just isn’t any need for a thinking...

Darrell Issa Goes Full Metal Wingnut on Benghazi

Over the weekend on a campaign trip through New Hampshire (one of the early Presidential primary states), Issa flat-out declared he "had suspicions" then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was guilty of treason in regard to the Benghazi tragedy. Issa probably also implicated then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as well (depending upon whether you think Issa suggests Panetta knew and was "in...

Comcast-Time Warner Merger: Welcome to MegaConglomCo

In a headline that must rank as one of the understatements of the admittedly still-young century, CBS News' "Moneywatch" points out the Comcast-Time Warner merger could be bad for customers: For many consumers, cable is a virtual monopoly. Neighborhoods or even entire towns may have contracts with a specific provider, which means a lack of competitive pricing. The long-standing theory is that...