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Fear Watch 2008

Recession, Depression and Therapy

Alan Miller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alan Miller

We should challenge both the nasty idea that recession somehow will result in a cultural renaissance and the destructive one that we are all in need of therapeutic counseling.

Jason Linkins

Obama Birth Certificate Kooks In Court | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mike Madden chronicles in Salon a day spent watching the people who believe President-Elect Barack Obama isn't a natural born citizen because of gamma...

Gut-Wrenching Moments In Money

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

It's like a rock in the pit of your stomach, a cold clammy feeling that spreads up your gut and momentarily stops your breath. It's the awful moment...

Jason Linkins

Obama Birth-Certificate Suits Discussed On MSNBC | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, we mentioned how insane lawsuits about Barack Obama's natural live birth were creeping like cracked-out, pissed-off kudzu through our court...

Jason Linkins

Obama Birth Certificate Lawsuits Flourish Everywhere | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, I made note of how one of these nutlog lawsuits alleging that President-Elect Barack Obama was not an American citizen had been appealed to...

Jason Linkins

Obama Citizenship Rumor Peddlers Buy Ad Space In The Tribune | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, if you've been following the many tin foil hat wearing crack-a-lacks that the election season brought out of the woodwork, with their Whitey tapes...

Mailbag: The Case For Home-Schooling In California

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We want your stories! What was your voting experience like? What interactions have you had with the campaigns? Are you volunteering for a candidate? H...

Top McCain Advisor Learned Slime Tactics From Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

During the '84 NC Senate race, one of Helms' top aides responsible for implementing a gay-bashing strategy was McCain advisor Charlie Black.

McCain Campaign Tried Using Assault Hoax to Slime Obama

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

According to one of the actual police reports documenting the charade's unraveling, Ashley Todd says she can't remember whether she mutilated her own face, or had someone else do it.

McCain and Palin Inciting Violence in North Carolina

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

In the wake of McCain-Palin visits to North Carolina, a string of election season crimes have occurred around the state involving violence, vandalism, and harassment.

Jason Linkins

Campaign Trail Antipathy Really Getting Scary Now | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Good God. Really? According to the AP, officials in Cullowhee, North Carolina are having to investigate who placed a dead bear cub on the campus of ...

Jason Linkins

Cartoonist Depicts Powell As Benedict Arnold In Blackface | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As if Colin Powell needed one more reminder of the toxic level of political discourse that, in part, fueled his decision to endorse Barack Obama, poli...

Jason Linkins

Florida GOP Figure Traffics In Obama Death Jokes | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The issue of campaign tone came up in last night's debate, with a false equivalency drawn between the Obama campaign calling McCain erratic and people...

Jason Linkins

Sacramento GOP Removes "Waterboard Obama" Graphic From Website | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican officials in Sacramento, California have removed highly offensive materials from their official website after just about everyone with even...

Jason Linkins

Campbell Brown Hits Back On Maligning Arabs, Muslims (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Campbell Brown's own brand of "special commentary" doesn't quite draw the fanfare of those offered by other media figures. So it should be noted that ...

Drudge Report Incites "Kill A Mockingbird" Racial Fear Of Obama

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Lewis

This photo does not appear anywhere in the linked story. It is only on the Drudge Report front page.

Jason Linkins

Times Exposes Anti-Semitic Obama Slanderer, Finally | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During this long election season, one of the things that the candidates have had to confront are smear merchants, peddling the most vicious and hatefu...

McCain Shouts "Terrorist!" in a Crowded Theater

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Yourgrau

I keep recalling the poisonous climate revved up by right wing fundamentalists in Israel prior to Rabin's murder. Are my recollections uncalled-for exaggerations? I sure as hell hope so.

Party Watchwords: Fairness and Fear

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Palin has been put to the job of trawling for undecided voters who are racially anxious enough to be tipped into voting for McCain by one additional rumor or tremor or fear.

Jason Linkins

Republican Jewish Coalition Gets In On The Guilt By Association Game | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everybody else is playing the Guilt-by-Tenuous-Association game (ages 6 and down) so why not the Republican Jewish Coalition, whoever that is? Ari at...

Jason Linkins

WATCH: Virginia Rep. Depicts Opponent As Scary, Dark, Bearded | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Virginia Representative Virgil Goode -- whose primary contributions to the civic discourse has been ranty, slow-witted displays of Islamaphobia -- has...

Finally: One Brave Newspaper Refuses to Distribute 'Islam Terror' DVD

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina's longtime editor, John Robinson, explained his reasoning in a column yesterday.

Pro-McCain Group Dumping 28 Million Terror Scare DVDs in Swing States

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Funding is coming from a New York-based group called the Clarion Fund, a supposed 501 c(3) non-profit that this week featured an article supporting John McCain on its website.

Time to Go Daisy Cutter

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

Who says Republicans are the only ones who can play the politics of fear? McCain's reckless temper combined with his inherent militancy is a very very dangerous combination.

Nico Pitney

Inhofe Questions Whether Obama "Really Loves His Country" | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some harsh talk from Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK): Regardless of what polls show, Inhofe said, voters will have to ask themselves a question once they ge...