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|BHO, Don't Be An LBJ
A Letter to the White House Friday, November 27, 2009 Dear Mr. President, Listen to Bill Moyers' compilation of L.B.J.'s recorded phone conversations about Vietnam, in podcast form on Moyers' ...
|Conservative Canard Deboned
It's the Republican excuse for lining up with the insurance lobby to oppose health care reform. It's the pretext for racist hatred and resentment of Obama. Crazed old people dribble about it at right-
|Imbecility of Joe Wilson and friends
Have you noticed that the same people who justify the war in Iraq by claiming it was our duty to save the Iraqis from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein absolutely bar giving health care to undocumented ...
Joe Wilson! Mark Sanford! Andre Bauer! Kristin Maguire! What is it about South Carolina Reprobatelicans? I wrote the following on 8/8/2005. Some of the numbers may have changed but I wonder if ...
Welcome to the era of Deranged Debate, in which subjects utterly beyond the pale are treated as worthy of serious argument.
"Socialized medicine!" Words that terrify At least those who think the least. For sans medicine we sicken and die While unsocialized a human's mere beast. The very phrase was an invention Of ...
|Solving Afghanistan, Gun Control, Everything Else
Crooks and Liars reports that travel book king Arthur Frommer is boycotting Arizona. Apparently he refuses to visit a place whose citizens are encouraged to carry assault weapons to public events. ...
|The bright side of health reform opposition
Depressed by the news lately? There's plenty of cause. Health care reform derailed. Afghanistan going badly. Bailed-out bankers bathing in megabucks, again. Joblessness and crime on the rise, ...
|Why the GOP Hates Our Troops
The Republicans like to wear the Stars and Stripes as outerwear (maybe underwear too but mercifully we're spared from knowing), chant "USA, USA" at the least provocation, and routinely call into ...
|Are all health care reform critics obese?
Talk about being part of the problem. Did you catch the NY Times photo this morning of the alleged small business owner wagging her finger at Obama over health care reform? The self-described "...
|Universal Law of Politics
Reading the news these days you'd think that politics was an awfully complex business. House bills and Senate bills, reconciliations and filibusters, amendments, White House pressure, signing ...
|Priceless advice for the GOP
I weary of reading about Republican soul searching. Who are we, and where are we going, and how do we get there, and so on. The party of Palin and Vitter, Sanford and Craig, Duke and Lieberman has ...
|We Need a Word for This
There is no single word for the state of being speechless with rage, frozen by fury. It is time we invented one. Ragezen? Angerlytic? Paramadic? Furorleptic? Consider Robert McNamara dying at the ...
|Slices of Life
As deeply annoying as is the wall to wall nonstop 24/7 coverage of Michael Palin and Sarah Jackson or whatever it is they're called, eventually attention will shift to trivialities of equal lack of ...
Now the lipsticked pig, like the Cheshire cat Fades to nothing but the sharky smile. No more glittering winks, rejoinders pat, Locutions incoherent or juvenile. Not straightjacket but book contract ...
Bernie Madoff with billions And got a hundred and fifty years. All those bankers who lost trillions? Getting on with their careeers. Blankfein and Thane and Pandit The boys at AIG and Countrywide ...
|The Pampas-ity of Governor Sanford
Mark Sanford rejected the federal bailout Flew to Argentina, there to make-out. Perhaps better to have taken the money And a much closer-to-home honey. His was the family-values shtick, But trouser ...
What a relief! Senator John Ensign's colleagues accepted his apology. Indeed, according to ...
|An Anatomy of John McCain
Addressing conditions in Iran McCain won't quote the Koran Instead, with demeanor gruff He insists on language tough. But chest thumping, with apes effective In diplomacy is quite defective For ...
|Life Without the NYT
$845.00 for a newspaper?! That's the annual cost for home delivery of the New York Times at their new rate, a 13% increase over the old price. If the Timesmen are trying to hasten the demise of the ...
|The Miracle of Modern Alchemy
Alchemists of yore wasted a lot of time searching for the formula to turn dross into gold. Their modern equivalents have finally discovered the secret, although we no longer call them alchemists. ...
Phil Gramm, U.S. Senator, McCain campaign advisor, investment banker, and dismantler of those pesky banking regulations that kept our financial system stable for more than half a century, was right: ...
Nobody seems to have noticed but the other day Elizabeth Warren, chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, told Bill Maher that nobody knows what happened to the first $350 billion of TARP ...
|This I Do Not Believe
I do not believe: In Arlen Specter as a Democrat because no good ever came of any specter. In democracies (India, Iraq, South Africa, Indonesia, etc.) where elections have body counts. In elections ...
|Quis torture ipsos torturers?
Now there's documentary proof the Bush administration tortured prisoners, right down to the Spanish Inquisition approved methods and the numbers of times they were applied, everyone is asking if it ...
|USA: Loving it, Leaving it
So now we know. The true agenda of the pro-America Americans, the "real" Americans, is secession. Governor Rick Perry of Texas and fatties like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are being vilified in ...
|Tea Bagging Improved
The great Republican tax protest, the nationwide tea bag party, came and went yesterday. According to fivethirtyeight.com over three hundred people turned out in Nebraska alone. But bold plans to ...
|Wanted: A New Savior
It's all over. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson just announced that the culture wars are lost. "We are awash in evil," he told supporters. As a man who's worked tirelessly to spread hatred ...
|ASU Unjustly Condemned
At ASU they agree Not to confer a degree On their speaker at commencement The USA's first black president. For this the U. faces opprobrium Their own Pres accused: Racist bum! And can they mean it ...
|The Genius of the GOP
"It's not a stimulus but a spending bill," complain the sages of the GOP, not quite grasping that government spending is by definition stimulative. Instead they propose deregulation, tax cuts, and a ...
|Truth in Lending: The Geithner Plan
Confused? Please try to follow: We lend money to speculators To buy speculative assets From banks who speculated. The assets are bankrupting The very banks who own them. But if sold at a good price ...
|Memo to the Obama Admin
Bank of America chief Kenneth Lewis now thinks banks must separate their investment from their lending activities. How quaint. The Roosevelt administration had the same thought back in the thirties. ...
|Laurel and Hardy go to Washington
Now that we're all incensed with the Obama economic team, is it too late to point out that we should have seen this coming? We keep lavishing rewards on a couple of inveterate bone-heads, a fiscal ...
|The Road to Riches
How to get rich in America? Let me count the ways You could work hard And play by the rules. But only if your enjoyment Is eventual unemployment. Some prefer the ponzi scheme And the noble art of ...
Watching Milk was a reminder of the ludicrous excuse made by Harvey Milk's killer, Dan White: the "Twinkie defense." Sorry your honor, too much junk food forced me to assassinate in cold blood San ...
|Madoff Jailed? Hold the Celebrations
As giant headlines shriek his guilt, as the boobesphere division of the blogosphere calls for his evisceration, drawing and quartering, whatever, as crowds with pitchforks and burning torches cheer ...
|Break the banks
Ahh, the '80s. On the floor of the NYSE cocaine was easier to get than a salami sandwich. It was cool to wear suits and ties to discos. Ivan "greed is good" Boesky was feted at Berkeley. Michael ...
|And now for the good news
The Rocky Mountain News: gone. The San Francisco Chronicle: going. The print edition of the Christian Science Monitor is no more. Seattle and Tucson may be next. Across the nation newspapers are ...
|Republicans: Evil, or Stupid?
Are Republicans evil, or stupid? When Robinson Crusoe finds himself shipwrecked on a desert island he draws up a written account of the state of his affairs, tallying the goods and the evils of his ...
|The GOP and the Pinocchio Effect
Have you noticed that when lies are given equal weight as truth, there's always a price to pay? And that the more influential the liar, the heavier the price? Call it the Pinocchio effect. A mere ...
|The Terrorists Among Us
It's a question for the ages. Why would Republicans enthusiastically support a three trillion dollar war with nothing but terrible outcomes and fiercely oppose an economic stimulus program costing ...
|GOP Officially Brain Dead
GDP is shriveling. Unemployment is soaring. According to McClatchey MBAs are lining up for jobs at theme parks. Homelessness is no longer an affliction but a lifestyle. Captains of industry are ...
|How the Boehner Gets His Tan
"We don't think it's going to work," says John Boehner of the Obama economic stimulus plan. Ever wonder how he maintains that tan in a D.C. winter? Joined by the rest of the right wing brain trust, ...
|Israelis Take Up the Bush Doctrine
Inauguration day and the final exit of George W. Bush. With Bush himself sitting beside him, Obama repudiated all that Bush stands for, W's lips compressing to thin hard lines as charge after deadly ...
|Doing Torture Right
Standing naked in front of a female interrogator in a bra with a thong for a hat? Led around a room on a leash and forced to perform stupid dog tricks? Deprived of sleep, subjected to cold, having ...
|Dear Citi: Will Destroy for Less
As Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin helped dismantle Glass-Steagall, fought regulation of derivatives, weakened accounting and reporting rules, and so laid the groundwork for our present economic ...
|The Bush Legacy Project
Hunters may be the unspeakable In pursuit of the inedible, But Bush's defenders Are far worse offenders. They are the reprehensible Defending the indefensible, The entirely mendacious, Denying ...
|Celebrating the Bush Administration
President Bush's defenders are out beating the drum for his administration. Condie Rice says his foreign policy deserves an A+. Just consider, she says, all the people he liberated in Afghanistan ...
|Not To Praise Pinter
How to win a Nobel prize, the Legion d'honneur, fame, acclaim, and fortune as a writer? If you were Harold Pinter, the technique was quite simple. Assemble a cast of repulsive people. String ...
|Equal Justice for All
Those who complain about injustice in America simply don't understand the system. Nobody is above the law and the punishment really does fit the crime. It's just a question of degree. For example if ...
|Rick Warren? Now We're Screwed
President-elect Obama has reached out to obese creationist bigot Rick Warren, provoking outrage among his supporters. The president-elect wants to fill his platform with Americans of every stripe, ...
|In Bush We Trust
The SEC used to be a middling reliable agency, more or less effectively policing the securities industry at least some of the time. But the Bush administration defunded and demoralized the ...
|The Class War is Over. Guess Who Lost?
Why would the Senate lavish 700 billion on Wall Street but withhold a meager 15 billion from the auto industry? It wasn't hypocrisy or hatred of union workers or even inconsistency. It had nothing ...
|The Great Debushion
President Bush is working on his image. He's touring the talk shows talking up his record of accomplishment. And what a record it is. Hardly a citizen in this nation is left untouched by eight years ...
|Ideal Retirement Plan for Bush
When President Bush leaves office he'll start earning a handsome pension. He also gets a big allowance for staff salaries, office space lease, travel, office supplies, and other expenses. The former ...
|Bush Wins International Peace Award
Over at CNN they're handing out 'Hero' awards. The Academy Awards is coming up in February. And just next week we get the Kennedy Center Honors. Like the awards presentations at the end of an ...
|April Fool's Comes Early: Geithner for Treasury.
"The New York Fed's supervisory activities are designed to ensure a safe and sound banking system. The New York Fed conducts onsite and offsite examinations of banks in New York…" That's ...
|A Citi Christmas
This is so heartwarming: Citigroup is getting a huge donation! Forty-five billion and counting of taxpayer money, along with a government guarantee to limit all future losses. Who can remain unmoved ...
|How to Save Bush -- and His Country
$700 billion for the U.S. bailout of the financial system? Chump change. According to Bloomberg , the ...
|Breaking: Bush Favors "Smarter Government"
Speaking about the world economic situation in New York yesterday, President Bush said, "Our aim should not be more government. It should be smarter government." The boy never spoke a truer word.
|Righties Lost, Now Losing It
Maybe it's disorientation after the longest and most incompetent, not to say reprehensible, presidential campaign in history, culminating in the election night massacre of their forces. Perhaps they'...
|World VIPs React to Obama
The nightmare is over. The country woke up yesterday and did the right thing. The Jackie Robinson of politics is set to become Abe Lincoln and FDR combined. Celebration is the order of the day, not ...
|McCain: In the Worst of Taste
To vote for John McCain is to exercise the very worst of bad taste. Yes the man is a serial liar and a purveyor of scurrilities, smears, and libels. True he chose an imbecile for a running mate. ...
|Beyond Stupid: Worrying About 11/4
Nothing more to hear, no further evidence to weigh, no more vetting to do. On one side, a vile-tempered intellectually bankrupt mendacious old reprobate shuffling dodderingly after his ever more ...
|The Palin Worldview
Sure it's a nightmare, but it could still happen. McCain-Palin win, McCain shuffles off his mortal coil, and the leader of the free world is… Sarah Palin. Judging by her performance so far she'...
|Bachmann-Palin Are Right: Defeat the Anti-Americans
Just in time for the presidential election, two ladies of the GOP have proposed a shocking theory. Sarah Palin says the country is divided into separate regions: "pro-America" and the rest of the ...
|How to Save McCain
Everyone's giving John McCain advice these days. As he sinks ever lower in the polls, doomed to suffer what Reagan apparatchik Ed Rollins is calling a "landslide" defeat, the candidate himself looks ...
|McCain! I am NOT your friend.
Hey McCain! Yes, you one! Turn on your hearing aid and listen up because I'm only going to say this once: I am NOT your friend. Not. Your. Friend. Never have been, never will be. So don't include me ...
|Palin Protected by Palintocracy
Any remaining doubt that America has turned into a nation of drooling imbeciles was laid to rest this week. The New York Times Opinonator collated ...
|The Wink From Hell
Specs aglitter, teeth agleam Sarah Palin winked -- at me. An invitation to share her dream Of the vice-presidency? Thanks but no thanks Sarah P. Your wiles I do resist. Though alluring you may be ...
|The Benefits of Financial Failure
The collapse of the financial system no doubt has its unpleasant side, but the many genuine benefits should not be overlooked. The end of illegal immigration, for one. Would-be immigrants will peer ...
|Republicans -- Misunderestimated, Misunderstood
The Reprobatelican ticket is being mocked for propagating seemingly daffy ideas. That foreign policy expertise accrues from living in a state that borders Canada, or from exchanging small talk at ...
|Sarah Palin: Ready on Day One
The same people who read books other than the bible are accusing Sarah Palin, in case she's elected and her running mate finishes his already partly completed shuffle off the mortal coil, of being ...
|A Sarah Palin Bestiary
The Palin campaign takes offense at Barack Obama remarking that "you can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig." Palin's people say Obama is calling their queen of pork, the governor who took ...
|Fun Post-Convention Activities for Republicans
Now that the GOP freak show, er convention, is over, how are the faithful to fill the void? Here are worthy activities for good Republicans: Put together a list of synonyms for uppity other than "...
|The True Secret Behind Sarah
Why Sarah Palin? Here, revealed for the first time anywhere, is the real reason for McCain's jaw-dropping, eye-opening, shocker of a running mate pick.
|The "Celebrity" Smear
On one side, a cranky old man who has trouble filling the rec room at a retirement home. On the other, a thoughtful orator who packs football stadiums. And somehow this is a virtue in the former and ...
Am I the only one to be surprised that... The Chinese were lavishly praised by the mainstream press for running an efficient Olympic Games. Since when is it a surprise that a totalitarian police ...
|McCain is the Man of the Moment
War is all around us. The Taliban wreak havoc in Afghanistan, destroying French troops and girls schools with equal fervor. The Kurds and Turkmen are at each other's throats in northern Iraq, while ...
|NYT's Brutal McCain Coverage
Letters to the editor that will never ever run in the New York Times: To the Editor: Michael Falcone's depiction of John McCain on Georgia [
|Jerome R. Corsi: The Dis-Corsi Code
From the co-author of the John Kerry slander Unfit for Command comes Jerome Corsi's The Obama Nation . Mr. Corsi, who styles himself doctor on account of his alleged doctoral degree,
|A Plea to McCain
McCain the mighty warrior Has made of me a worrier With all his saber rattlin' Does he mean to go battlin' 'gainst foes like the Russians Without dire repercussions? For McCain I have news: If more ...
|Bush's Gift To Us
The Bush legacy appeared to be as catastrophic as it could be. A financial system the envy of the world for its stability, transparency, and efficiency reduced to banana republic volatility through ...
|My Ticket to Ride the Straight Talk Express!
The McCain campaign has a new program: Just spread favorable McCain comments around the web, and you earn points leading to exciting prizes. Prizes such as a ride on the Dire Straits Express! It ...
Tuesday, August 05, 2008 Dear Diary, Nobody has a sense of humor anymore. Everyone used to crack up at my jokes. The Chelsea Clinton joke! The gorilla joke! But now I just get criticized for being ...
Monday, August 04, 2008 Dear Diary, I've never been proud of my country until right now. Or maybe I mean I've never been AS proud of my country. Whatever. Country first, America Uber Alles. So I ...
Sunday, August 03, 2008 Dear Diary, I take a lot of flack for occasionally getting a little confused about things. Like Sunni and Shia. The borders of Pakistan and Iraq. The timeline of the ...
Saturday, August 02, 2008 Dear Diary, Call me a senior, but boy do I have game. Mr. Uppity just doesn't know what hit him. Two days in a row on the front page of the NY Times, showcasing my 'Osama ...
Friday, August 1, 2008 Dear Diary, This is so exciting. You know how I'm learning to computer? Well I found this interweb page devoted to Geritol! You can order it right there and I would have ...
Thursday, July 31, 2008 Dear Diary, Sorry I didn’t have time to write yesterday. Trying to pee. But I’ve been having much more fun lately Diary. Since I brought Rove’s boys on board,
John McCain just has no shame, Who knew he’d stoop so low? At Barack’s door he lays the blame For oil high and econ slow Falling stocks and housing woes Costly food, each bank that ...
|It's a Real McShame
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Dear Diary, Cretin Reagan, the Teflon president? I’m better. The NYT keeps throwing dirt at me and none of it sticks. Yesterday’s big story on lobbyists in my ...
Right lies. Just a choice few: High oil prices are the fault of Democrats who oppose drilling more wells in the U.S. The oil companies are already sitting on sixty-eight million ...
|The Matter With South Carolina
Kos is reporting that South Carolina is strong for John McCain. There's good reason for that. According to The Economist, South Carolina leads the nation in hate groups. There are more ...
|McCain's Logical Veep? Pinocchio
John McCain, like Hillary Clinton and many other Washington warriors, justifies the Iraq war by insisting that before we invaded every intelligence service in the world thought Saddam Hussein had WMD.
|McCain is the Real McCoy
When John McCain cracks jokes about a woman beaten and raped by an ape, and about killing Iranians with cigarettes, his partisans say it’s the Arizona senator demonstrating his authenticity. &...
|The Surge Myth
John McCain takes credit for it. Lou Dobbs, red faced and finger pointing, insists on it. Blowhards and windbags of every political stripe repeat it at every opportunity. Even the usually clear-eyed ...
|A Permanent Solution to Everything
John McCain is criticized for running a presidential campaign built around lobbyists, but maybe we're not giving him enough credit. When a pharmaceutical company wants to put a toxic new drug on the ...
|McCain Knows War
McCain that king among bores, Claims he knows how to win wars Giving voters the choice of oratory Or the certainty of final victory. Trouble is the war McCain fought Ended Vietnam 1, U.S. nought. ...
|Why Bush Trumps Lincoln
Leaving the G8 summit on Hokkaido, George Bush, grinning broadly, punched the air and said “goodbye, from the world’s biggest polluter!” His exit line is drawing criticism for ...
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