Why Naomi Wolf’s Response to my Critique Is Largely Unresponsive
Naomi Wolf responded to my criticism of her recent work on the Occupy crack-downs today, here.
Hate to belabor this*, but I have a few comments about her response which you can read here.
*No I don’t. I suffer from this sometimes debilitating illness.
Naomi Wolf’s ‘Shocking Truth’ About the ‘Occupy Crackdowns’ Is Anything But True
There has been a flurry of speculation surrounding various reports suggesting that a “coordinated,” nationwide crack-down on the Occupy Movement is underway. The problem with these stories lies in the fact that the word “coordinated” is too vague to offer any analytic value.
The difference between local officials talking to each other — or federal [...]
Richard Sandomir offers us a truly remarkable bit of weaselly reporting — he really takes contrived “balance” to brave new heights with this one…
ESPN said Thursday that it was its decision to end a long association with Williams, but he disputed that on his Web site: “After [...]
OK, maybe not you – you may well live in a state other than Texas. And if you do live in the Lone Star State but you’re white, that’ll also decrease your odds of taking the needle. But in terms of overall population, Texans are more likely to have their execution order signed by Rick Perry [...]
Media Malpractice: CBS Pins Bush Debt on Obama
I’ve often compared various administration’s fiscal records. The honest way to do so — the only honest way – is to consider budgets that a president requested from Congress and then signed into law. Budgets are passed during the prior year, so while Reagan entered office in 1981, his first budget was in 1982. Reagan’s fiscal record [...]
Pornography and Terrorism: The Greatest Stupid Thing You’ll Read All Day
This is the greatest stupid deck I’ve read in a while:
The frequency with which terrorists are found with pornography raises important questions about the possible effects of pornography on our national security.
No, it really doesn’t! But that didn’t prevent Jennifer Bryson from toying with the question nonetheless.* And said examination produced this [...]
Paul Krugman Is Forgetting One of the Bush Administration’s Big Lies
Krugman has a good column today looking at the insanity inherent in the GOP’s new and extreme adherence to ideological purity-tests. In the middle of it, however, the following passage jumped out at me:
Supply-side voodoo — which claims that tax cuts pay for themselves and/or that any rise in taxes would lead to [...]
In the Bay Area? Hear Some Hard Truths About the Economy on June 30
I’ll be speaking with Norman Solomon — who’s running for Congress — and Lisa Maldonado of the AFL-CIO. Details here — hope to see you!
ConservaDems Joining GOP’s Debt Ceiling Insanity
I’ve called the game surrounding the debt ceiling, “peak crazy.” And now, according to the WaPo, members of the Sensible Party are joining stalwarts from the Very Silly Party in the fun.*
A growing number of Democrats are threatening to defy the White House over the national debt, joining Republican calls for deficit cuts as [...]
US Health-Care Spending Still Spiraling Out of Control
Perhaps one of the most brazen lies to pass conservative lips during the health-care debate was also the simplest. As Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) put it, “I do believe we have the best health care system in the world.” Barrasso followed that jaw-dropping statement with an anecdote. “That’s why the premier of one of the Canadian provinces [...]
Paul Krugman Offers Only Half the Story of Our “Low, Low Taxes”
As I’ve noted before, when compared to other wealthy countries, the U.S. has an extremely “limited” government and one of the lowest tax burdens.
Paul Krugman’s doing a yeoman’s job trying to insert some economic reality into our discourse, and today he offers this corrective to the popular myth that we’re “taxed to [...]
NY Times Pushes One of Corporate America’s Big Lies About Unions
Dean Baker catches the New York Times giving credence to the widespread myth that American workers can be forced to join a union. Reality: they can’t — it’s illegal even to coerce workers to join a union.
The NYT wrongly told readers that a bill approved by the New Hampshire legislature would, “disallow [...]
The Economist notes the irony of the GOP’s abomination of a budget plan being called “serious” and “courageous” while a truly brave proposal that would actually, you know, decrease the size of the national debt is largely ignored.
First, a quote from Matt Miller: “Mr Miller’s column notes that ‘the Congressional Progressive Caucus [...]
A lot of these things conservative tropes fall apart when you apply some basic common sense. Imagine if being really rich. You probably live somewhere that you like quite a lot — otherwise, what’s the point of being wealthy? You’ve established a life in that place, and no doubt value the community, the local school [...]
A bit more on that story about the horrific killings in Afghanistan which followed lunatic Pastor Terry Jones’ Qu’ran-burning stunt.
I wrote this a while back:
Those reactionaries within our own society who are pushing the Clash of Civilizations are mirror-images of the terrorists that inspire their hyperbolic fear; they’re just as [...]
Conceptually, humanitarian intervention is a rather beautiful thing. State sovereignty had been seen as absolute for 350 years, but then the universal human rights regime emerged and the idea took hold that a state’s responsibility to defend its people trumped its right to territorial sovereignty. When a state massacres its people rather than protecting them, the human [...]
Libya No-Fly Zone: “Limited Intervention” Is Like a Gateway Drug for War
Having mixed feelings about the no-fly zone established over Libya by the UN Security Council seems wholly appropriate. One can’t ignore the massacre perpetrated by Gaddhafi’s air-force, yet at the same time, events of the past decade have given the concept of “humanitarian intervention” a black eye. We can thank the neocons for that.
Ugly story out of Pennsylvania:
Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a 70-year-old man was stoned to death with a rock stuffed in a sock by a younger friend who alleged the victim made unwanted sexual advances.
According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old John Thomas of Lansdowne has told police he killed 70-year-old Murray Seidman [...]
Lots of interesting insights into the mind of homo republicanus (not that they’re homos — that pretty boy was just
Ed note: This is a feature I ran on AlterNet last week. I’m reprinting it here in its entirety because I think it’s an important reality–check.
Let us begin with this simple, indisputable truth: public employees’ unions don’t get a single red cent from taxpayers. And they aren’t a mechanism to “force” working people to [...]
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