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|What's Past Is Prologue . . .
“We have not yet made a decision.” Barack Obama August 28, 2013 “I've not made up our mind about military action.” George W. Bush March 6, ...
Two women, as shown in a Texas state trooper’s dash cam recording, are probed in their vaginas and rectums by a glove-wearing female officer after a routine traffic stop near Dallas. A few ...
|Taking the Pledge
Good morning. My name is [name redacted] and I'm from the extremely beautiful state of South Carolina. I intern for Republican Senator Tim Scott. I've had the pleasure of coming into different ...
|Heroes of the motherland: How the NSA won the war in Iraq (or wants you to think it did)
“Under Andropov, the KGB grew noticeably in political power, in personnel, and even in the number of buildings its occupied . . . Andropov was probably not deliberately pursuing any evil goals ...
|Insider Threats: Desperately Seeking Winston Smith
In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on ...
Now that we’ve reached the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, it ...
|Jack Lew and the premature descent from heaven: A tale of the American nomenklatura
“As a reward for a quarter-century of patiently fulfilling their duties, career bureaucrats may expect a second career as . . . ...
Died, after long struggle with infectious reality , Hastert Rule: For the second time this month, Boehner broke the Hastert Rule. The issue was Hurricane Sandy ...
|Of Blazing Saddles and platinum coins: Why minting a $1 trillion one is neither smart nor necessary
By now I'm sure you’ve probably heard more than you want to know about the platinum coin—although if you like learning fancy new words, you have to admit, “seignorage” is a pretty cool one.
|Lives of the party: Looking past Obama for a progressive Democratic coalition
I think it’s fair to say that the outcome of the latest battle in America’s endless fiscal war hasn’t ...
|House broken: How the GOP legislative machine turned into a doomsday device
If it wasn’t already obvious, the past few weeks surely have made it so: The House of Representatives has collapsed. Sure, the buildings are still there: The chamber in the right-hand wing ...
|Guns of December: Have the Apologists For Slaughter Finally Gone Too Far?
“It’s no secret that women are now engaging in hunting and the shooting sports in record numbers. My wife Susan and I are especially excited about the immediate success of the NRA Women’s ...
|Right-Wing Extremism and Obama’s Reelection: Will There Be Blood?
Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition,
|The GOP tax plan: Leave no billionaire behind
Amid the endless (and endlessly confusing) Beltway chatter about the deal that supposedly will keep the U.S. economy from gunning it over the fiscal cliff on New Year’s Day, one thing has already ...
|Mourning in America
By now, most of you have probably seen the Tumblr page entirely dedicated to pictures of white people mourning the Republican defeat last Tuesday. I realize how easy it is to make fun of those ...
|Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to Glengarry Glen Ross Street?
Scene: The set of Sesame Street. Except instead of an urban neighborhood, we see it is now a smallish, dingy office: a typical boiler room sales operation with cheap fluorescent lights and no windows.
|Jack Welch, Dick Nixon and the Great BLS Jobs Conspiracy
Unbelievable jobs numbers . . . these Chicago guys will do anything . . .can't debate so change numbers. Jack Welch Twitter October 5, 2012 Paranoia, paranoia, everybody's coming to get me just ...
|Skewed polls and the paranoid style
Fourteen-year-old Eggert Stolten’s mother was an ardent Nazi. She did not try to stop her son from listening to the BBC and Radio Switzerland, but instead maintained a withering commentary on the ...
|The Washington Post Lies About Its Own Poll
A few hours ago the Post put up a front page story reporting the results of the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. And said story appears to be baldly misrepresenting -- and by misrepresenting I ...
|The Elephants Grow Restless
Last night I came across an interesting column in a Florida paper by Matt Towery , the head of Insider Advantage, a GOP-affiliated polling firm. He sure doesn't sound very happy about the way things ...
|Gallup Signals Sizable Obama Bounce
Not by historical standards, maybe -- but then they don't make 'em like they used to. Frank Newport, Gallup's head of polling, has a post up talking about today's tracking results, which show a 3 ...
Scene: The 2012 Republican National Convention. There's chaos in the hall; delegates are fleeing in panic, the floor is littered with shot-up teleprompters and other debris. Off to one side a water ...
Your stupidity, fanaticism and all around mean spiritedness continue to astound, with your bizarre and – dare I say it – unpatriotic defense of British Petroleum only the latest example.
|Separated at Birth?
Many politicians remind me of animals -- Tom DeLay was a snapping turtle; Joe Biden a badger; Bill Clinton the B'rer Rabbit (for several reasons, not just his skills as an escape artist), and so on.
|The "Epistemic Closing" of the Conservative Mind
One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array ...
|New York Times: "Race" Means "Class"
Proving once again that no power on earth can force the "newspaper of record" to recognize what it is determined to ignore, the New York Times tonight released the results of a major survey ...
|The Conservative Hippocratic Oath
A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek ...
|What a Friend We Have in Lesbian Bondage
The Republican National Committee gave nearly $2,000 to a Southern California GOP contributor for meal expenses at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed California nightclub that ...
|Spock with a Beard: The Sequel
For some years now, I’ve been morbidly fascinated by the political dark arts -- especially the very dark art of disinformation: the systematic creation and dissemination of false ...
|The Bosses of the Senate
Via Meteor ...
|Godwin Takes the Day Off
Liberal bias has become the single biggest distortion in modern Bible translations . . . The committee in charge of updating the bestselling version, the NIV, is dominated by professors ...
|Tells You Everything You Need to Know
CLARIFICATION: An early version of this story referred to town hall protesters waving photographs of Barack Obama adorned with a Hitler moustache. While Republicans have used Nazi ...
|The [Redacted], the Whole [Redacted] and Nothing But the [Redacted]
The Inspector General’s review was launched by complaints coming from valued senior employees who felt that the Bush Program (as John Yoo has dubbed it) was wrong. One of them ...
This takes the Stockholm Syndrome to a whole new level: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats and Republicans alike lauded ...
|A Tortured Excuse
SEN. McCAIN: We all know that bad things were done. We all know that the operatives who did it most likely were under orders to do so. For us to continue this and harm our image ...
|I guess I should have called it the "Addington Administration"
A report released on Friday by the inspectors general of five agencies about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program makes clear that Mr. Cheney’s legal ...
[from the diaries - BarbinMD] MIKE FERGUSON: What is the proper role of government, and what are the potential impacts of the direction that we're going right now? BLUNT: Well, ...
|The Chair Recognizes the Grand Dragon . . .
According to Capitol Hill sources, it appears that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions will become the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee -- after former ranking member Arlen ...
|Second Thoughts, or Rebellion Reconsidered
Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "...
(From the diaries -- kos) Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many ...
In the wake of the biggest financial shock since 1929, economists say the odds of a depression are less than 50-50 -- though still uncomfortably high. But even if a depression comes to ...
|Chocolate Covered Cotton: An Update
From the Financial Times , via the shrill one :
|Citi to Uncle Sam: For You We Make Special Deal
The government's larger stake in Citibank does not constitute a nationalization of banks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) argued Monday. "I think the American taxpayer ...
|A Mad Tea Party
THE “AMERICAN TEA PARTY” MOVEMENT SEEMS TO BE GROWING, with plans for taxpayer protests in Dallas, Chicago, Fayetteville, NC, San Diego, Omaha, and elsewhere. (Plus Atlanta).
|Generational Theft? Sorry, That Money's Already Been Stolen
I think this can only be described as generational theft . . . we’re going to amass the largest debt in the history of this country by any measurement. And we’re going to ask ...
|Chocolate Covered Cotton
By providing the financing the private markets cannot now provide, this will help start a market for the real estate-related assets that are at the center of this crisis. Our objective ...
|Same Day; Different Nations
Congressional efforts to impose stringent restrictions on executive compensation [at government-subsidized banks] appeared to be evaporating yesterday as House and Senate negotiators ...
|Obama at the Plate
Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. Barack Obama Inaugural Address January 20, ...
Q But Mr. Vice President, getting from there to here, 4,500 Americans have died, at least 100,000 Iraqis have died. Has it been worth that? CHENEY: I think so. Dick ...
|Flushing the Cheney Administration Down the Memory Hole
The drive to create reality transformed Soviet life into a masquerade. What became important was not what was true but what could be made to appear to be true as the structure of factual ...
|Closing the Books on an Economic Disaster
While we can't total up the damage from the current recession or even the current financial crisis, since both are still ongoing, with the release of December's unemployment numbers we can at ...
|A Final Communique From the Neocon Bunker
Talking Points Memo is linking to a story in The Hill reporting ...
|Obama's First "Hirohito Moment"
AKA: "A political statement so painfully cautious and/or ridiculously understated that it's hard not to laugh at it." Q: Does the President-elect believe the governor should resign?
|Today the Struggle
Tomorrow, perhaps, the future: the research on fatigue And the movements of packers; the gradual exploring of all the Octaves of radiation; Tomorrow the enlarging of consciousness by ...
The final 2008 Gallup Poll is out, and it is showing a last minute surge towards Obama and the Democrats.
|The Conservative Tawana Brawley
The parallels are striking -- right down to the implausibility of the handwriting:
|The Socialism of Idiots
Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Saturday accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of favoring a socialistic economic approach by supporting tax cuts and tax credits McCain ...
|The New Stabbed In the Back Myth
(From the diaries. Susan) Germans had been shaken to their roots by defeat in 1918. The emotional impact was all the more severe because German leaders had been trumpeting ...
|Things Become More Serious
The singular feature of the great crash of 1929 was that the worst continued to worsen. What looked one day like the end proved on the next day to have been only the beginning. Nothing ...
|The Future Belongs to We
Realignments take place because a dominant political coalition fails to adapt to or contain a growing social and political conflict. John B. Judis and Ruy ...
|Palin in Command, or: Keeping the Seward Marathon Safe
Gov. Palin knows the surge has succeeded. She's the commander of the Alaskan National Guard . . . She has been in charge and she has had national security as one of her primary ...
|Why the repeated attacks on "community organizers"?
It kept popping up in all the speeches tonight -- Romney's, Guiliani's and of course Alaska Barbie's: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that ...
|Rush Transcript of Rudy's Speech
9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/
|Does Palin Have an Israel Problem?
MSNBC reports that Gov. Palin gave a private audience yesterday to the entire board of directors of the American Israel ...
|In Your Heart, You Know They're White
The polls could always prove me wrong, but I don't think this convention is going to work for the Republicans, or for John McCain -- with one possible caveat, which I'll get to in a moment.
|Ready, shoot, aim
Aides to Mr. McCain said they had a team on the ground in Alaska now to look more thoroughly into Ms. Palin’s background. A Republican with ties to the campaign said the team ...
Chief Brody: ( slinging chum off the back of the boat ) “Why doesn’t he come on down here and chum some of this shit?” ( Looks behind ...
|Gettin' some of that "RE-form"
In my diary yesterday I pasted some quotes from a scene in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou , the one where the aging, cantankeous governor, Pappy "Pass the Biscuits" O'Daniel, ...
|Great Big Bounce
JUNIOR: He's the reform candidate, Daddy. PAPPY: Yeah? JUNIOR: Well the folks seem to like that reform. Maybe we should get us some. O Brother Where Art Thou ...
"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop." Martin Luther King April 3, 1968 Readers of my old ...
|The Bloody Shirt
Via Greg Sargent at Talking Point Memo, I see the McCain campaign (a.k.a. the kinder, gentler lynch mob) ...
|McCain: The New Admiral Stockdale?
I see that John McCain not only is having trouble keeping track of his wife’s condos and mini-mansions, but also isn’t sure what kind of car he (or rather, his chauffeurs) drive when ...
|Anatomy of A(nother) Fiasco
Georgia, Georgia No peace can I find. Just an old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind. Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael It’s not like I ...
|First time as tragedy, second time as farce
In Hersh’s most recent article, he reports that this meeting occurred in the wake of the overblown incident in the Strait of Hormuz, when a U.S. carrier almost shot at a few small Iranian ...
|The Great White Hope
The media’s moment of disillusionment with John McCain appears to be at hand. Even Joe Klein has finally noticed ...
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