It’s official: America has become an oligarchy
Apr17

It’s official: America has become an oligarchy

Remember the myth of noble America exporting democracy to other countries? Like Iraq? Well, it didn’t really work and almost certainly wasn’t meant to. Iraq was another glorious opportunity to shift the power in America from the American people (cannon fodder) to business interests (military-industrial complex) — better known now as the “oligarchy.” It’s official, friend. You can read all about it...

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It was torture and way worse than admitted
Apr12

It was torture and way worse than admitted

But we knew that. We’re back to square one: many Americans knew their government was lying and we were right. The question is: will confirmation that we acted brutally and lawlessly affect the system in any way? Probably not. We torture; we will continue to torture. We are beyond the law and that’s where we want to stay. The classified study, prepared by the Senate select committee on intelligence, concluded that the CIA’s...

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You choose: severe weather or bioterrorism attack?
Apr07

You choose: severe weather or bioterrorism attack?

Either way, Ezra Klein re-enters our atmosphere with a new website and an article on willful stupidity. Stupidity is old and well known. The article is led by a photo of the Capitol during either what appears to be a terrible great grey storm or, possibly, after a bioterrorism attack on the Congress we would most like to annihilate. The subject is, again, stupidity. We choose to be stupid. It ain’t just lack of education, a...

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Putin, Paul Krugman, and our latest President Painter
Apr06

Putin, Paul Krugman, and our latest President Painter

Actually, those “noted” art critics who say George W. Bush’s paintings are good are right. Not all of Bush’s work is good, but he does have genuine talent. One of his portraits shows an egotistical, bloated Putin who’s also unnaturally pale and looks frightened. There’s a lot of truth in that. George W. Bush saw it. Bush was a spoiled, irresponsible, privileged, and embarrassing president but he is...

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What the Supreme Court is up to
Apr03

What the Supreme Court is up to

Jeffrey Toobin has been keeping track. “McCutcheon” is nothing compared to what’s coming next. If you think that the Supreme Court’s decision today in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was bad, just wait: worse may be on the way. The issue before the Court was fairly narrow, even a little obscure. Congress bars individuals from contributing more than fifty-two hundred dollars to any candidate for federal...

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