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Less Is More: The Orwellian Derangement Of Libertarian Economics

Posted October 14, 2011 | 14:32:17 (EST)

Of all of the huff-puffing attempts by political groups to catch up to and co-opt Occupy Wall Street, none are so awkward and laughable as that of the economic libertarians. At least when establishment Democratic supporters MoveOn or SEIU et al. fire up their mailing lists to say "us too!"...

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Following Giffords Shooting, Sarah Palin's Crosshairs Website Quickly Scrubbed From Internet

Posted January 8, 2011 | 16:43:55 (EST)

In the minutes following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and members of her staff, the website operated by Sarah Palin that illustrated Gifford's 8th district with gun crosshairs drawn on a map was scrubbed from the internet.

The site, TakeBackThe20.com, was operating normally at 1:07 CST when I...

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Kentucky Oops: Grandmama and the Senator

Posted January 5, 2011 | 15:42:16 (EST)

A tall tale to commemorate the first session of the 112th Congress -- especially the Senate.

The January sleet patted the living room window. Outside, the dilapidated neighborhood's potholes and abandoned cars collected winter's offering to the streets.

Inside, Jarrod's little brother Daunte fogged the glass with his breath as...

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The Soviet GOP: There's Something Red About This Whitewash

Posted December 15, 2010 | 17:32:07 (EST)

Some younger readers might need a refresher course in the workings of a thing called the Soviet Union. Republican apologists for Wall Street are doing their best to provide one.

Before 1991, the United States was not the planet's sole superpower. There was one other: the Soviet Union or USSR....

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Kill A Company, Face Murder Charges: The Fair Consequence Of Corporate Personhood

Posted January 22, 2010 | 05:36:35 (EST)

Today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, led by corporate enthusiast and Bush appointee Chief Justice John Roberts has fully removed the previous restrictions on corporate speech in political contexts. Arguing that corporate personhood is a legitimate, non-metaphorical construct that calls for the protection of its "free speech" rights, Roberts's...

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Matalin to Palin: Quit Bitching, That's Just How The GOP Treats Its Women

Posted November 23, 2009 | 11:49:43 (EST)

In an odd piece reviewing Sarah Palin's book, veteran Republican strategist Mary Matalin can be seen struggling to all at once endorse and rebuke the plucky, baby-waving ex-public servant from Alaska.

From her perch as editor-in-chief at a Simon and Schuster imprint, Matalin opens by pegging the future of...

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Wanted: Free-Market Mouthpieces

Posted November 13, 2009 | 17:22:13 (EST)

For my entire adult life, I have watched free-market fundamentalists do their thing. They demonize government, run for government, capture government, then dismantle and privatize government. Usually, but not always, they are called Republicans. Sometimes not, because the philosophy of laissez-faire capitalism is sold, even to Democrats, as the engine...

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The Real Act Of Patriots: Restoring JUSTICE

Posted September 18, 2009 | 17:55:20 (EST)

Haven't one handful of isolated killers done enough damage?

The payoff of the 9/11 attacks was not delivered that day but in the months and years that followed. The lasting victory for that tiny band of extremists lay in the fact that the attacks diverted the domestic civic tone...

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It's Not Over Until You've Tried These Six Things, Mr. President

Posted August 17, 2009 | 19:41:47 (EST)

It seems like a grim moment in the struggle to reform health insurance. The lights are growing dim. As health insurance industry stock prices rise, the chance to win this debate for universal coverage and a public option is on life support.

But it isn't dead yet. And it...

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Christians, Please Report to the Health Insurance Reform Debate

Posted July 29, 2009 | 02:18:15 (EST)

As the health insurance reform circus plays out on the Hill, and the big pharma and health insurance industry lobbies pour tens of millions into the fight to preserve their obscene profits, I'm struck by one question:

Where are the Christians in this debate?

I don't mean to call out...

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Well, You Wanted Bipartisanship: House Awakens, Votes 429-2 For Oval Office Accountability

Posted July 10, 2009 | 20:29:59 (EST)

Despite a regular tendency to vote for third-party leftist candidates for president, I happily voted for Barack Obama in 2008. The defining issue for me was the badly degraded legal milieu of the Oval Office. In the wake of the Bush administration's repeated distortions of the powers of the Executive...

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President Obama's Clear Abuse Of Power Cited By...Senator Obama

Posted June 27, 2009 | 12:34:57 (EST)

"[I]t is a clear abuse of power to use such [Presidential signing] statements as a license to evade laws that the president does not like or as an end-run around provisions designed to foster accountability.

I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into...

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Racism And Other Paranoid Delusions

Posted June 12, 2009 | 15:13:10 (EST)

The dissatisfaction of disenfranchised Americans has often taken the form of grandiose paranoia, but that reliable pastime seems to have reached unprecedented levels since the election of President Obama. Why?

Can it be that more Americans than ever are feeling diminished and powerless, and so turn to caricatures of group...

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A Year In David Mamet's Marketplace

Posted March 11, 2009 | 15:31:00 (EST)

One year ago today, playwright David Mamet wrote of his personal transformation from a "brain-dead liberal" to one more person who sees the country mainly as a "marketplace". The author of Glengarry Glen Ross -- the ultimate drama of visionless American capitalism -- announced one year ago "a free-market...

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