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Bamboozlement Sticks

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a […]

Insane Clown President

Matt Taibbi, announcing his new book, Insane Clown President: I would never compare myself to Thompson – that’s a losing undertaking for any political writer – but unlike previous campaigns I’ve covered for the magazine, 2016 had a lot in common with 1972. Richard Nixon was the defining monster of Thompson’s era. We’ve now found […]

Letter to My Representative about Syria

I am writing to urge you to vote against President Obama’s resolution to go to war with Syria. As terrible as the tragedy in that country is, I feel very strongly that any intervention on our part will do nothing more than exacerbate the situation there, and quite possibly draw us further into the conflict. […]

Wrong Target

Digby on the ridiculousness of the Edwards trial: But I suppose we have to give credit where credit is due. Wall Street gamblers and high flying bankers have so far been smart enough not to do the one thing that can get important, high-profile, white males in trouble with the law: get caught paying for […]

Of Course SOPA Is a Free Speech Issue

Here’s the AFL-CIO’s Paul Almeida, on why SOPA doesn’t represent a massive and disastrous abridgment of our rights to free speech: There is no inconsistency between protecting an open Internet and safeguarding intellectual property. Protecting intellectual property is not the same as censorship; the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks. This isn’t […]

Torture is Bad Even When You Don’t Call it Torture

Here’s Ron Paul making sense at the latest gathering of clowns: Well, waterboarding is torture. It’s illegal under international law and under our law. It’s also immoral. And it’s also very impractical. There’s no evidence that you really get reliable evidence. Why would you accept the position of torturing 100 people because you know one […]

Thompson on Nixon

In 1994, Hunter S Thompson wrote a sort of anti-encomium for Richard Nixon, who’d recently died. It’s bracing, brutal stuff — you feel like Thompson’s hatred is going to burn through the page — but some of it sounds sadly familiar. This, for example, on the failures of objective journalism: Some people will say that […]

Toxic Zealots

I continue to believe that Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry and the other deeply unqualified zealots on the Republican stage right now won’t make it past the primaries — but the damage is already done, just by virtue of their presence (and prominence) in the national dialog. They debase the entire political process, and make […]


From what I can tell, the new debt ceiling deal isn’t quite the shit sandwich everyone was expecting. The New York Times has a good flowchart outlining its various twist and turns. Here are the good parts: Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid are essentially cordoned off from any of the immediate cuts, though Medicare providers […]

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Co-Opt ’em

Kevin Drum is ruminating on why our politicians have more or less completely ignored the crushing unemployment we’ve been buried under since the economy collapsed, three years ago. Part of the reason, he thinks, is that the people in the media who would normally be banging the drum are now, by and large, part of […]

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