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Monday, May 2, 2016

‘Opinion/Commentary’ Archives

 Drafted by the National Security State

 Drafted by the National Security State

  Posted by William Astore at 8:03am, June 12, 2014. Click on picture for more images of Willie and Joe On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Brian Williams led off NBC Nightly News this way: “On our broadcast tonight, the salute to the warriors who stormed the beaches here in Normandy...”  It’s such a commonplace of our American world, that word “warriors” for those in the U.S. military or, as is said time and again, our “wounded warriors” for those hurt in ... Full Story

More Benghazi, you’ve got to be kidding

More Benghazi, you’ve got to be kidding

  The Already Asked-And-Answered Questions Fox Wants To Know From The Benghazi Select Committee May 7, 2014 4:03 PM EDT OLIVIA KITTEL, MICHELLE LEUNG, & SAMANTHA WYATT Fox News has pushed reset on many of its favorite Benghazi myths that have already been put to rest in the wake of the recently released Rhodes email and the House GOP's announcement of the formation of a Select Committee to investigate the attacks. QUESTION: Who Changed The Talking Points? QUESTION: Why ... Full Story

“No Labels” And Cory Gardner–Is This A Joke?

“No Labels” And Cory Gardner–Is This A Joke?

  Senate candidate Cory Gardner’s campaign sent out a press release on Monday claiming endorsement by the non-partisan ‘No Labels’ group. Foul, calls ColoradoPols.com, saying, “UPDATE: Hold everything, it looks like Gardner wasn't completely honest about this little "endorsement," press release from Gardner’s campaign : “Bipartisan “No Labels” group endorses Cory Gardner.” But a spokesman for the group later explained to FOX31 Denver that it is “an implied ... Full Story

Inequality in America

Inequality in America

Inequality Nation; The American Dream Isn’t Dead, But It’s Dying by Progressive Populist By Brad Hennigan We’ve seen the stats. Wage growth for 70% of American workers has stagnated or declined over the last decade, while productivity has dramatically increased. During the same period, income growth for top earners, particularly the top 1%, has grown to the point that since the Great Recession, 95% of all new wealth generated in the U. S. has gone to 1% of its population. But how did ... Full Story

Christian conservatives think they’re above the law

Christian conservatives think they’re above the law

Cliven Bundy syndrome: Why Christian conservatives think they’re above the law From Hobby Lobby to the Nevada rancher, members of the far right share a dangerous, anarchic pathology Amanda Marcotte, Alternet The situation with Cliven Bundy of Nevada should be a no-brainer for people from both the left and the right. Bundy has been stealing from the taxpayers for years, illegally grazing his cattle on federal lands while refusing to pay for the privilege. Both liberals and conservatives pay ... Full Story

Cliven Bundy Is a Pampered Millionaire, Not a Rugged

Cliven Bundy Is a Pampered Millionaire, Not a Rugged Rancher

Fox News 'Hero' Cliven Bundy Is a Pampered Millionaire, Not a Rugged Rancher Watching Fox rally to the defense of moneyed interests like mining and ranching is unbearable. The latest right-wing media poster-victim, Cliven Bundy, is just the latest in a long line of desert dwellers who thinks he or she should not have to follow the law and has a god-given right to unlimited use of public resources, in this case, rangeland.  I know the mentality well, because I grew up in rural Nevada and clung ... Full Story

Tea Party has become a terrorist group

Tea Party has become a terrorist group

  It’s Time to be Honest: The Tea Party Has Become a Terrorist Group  April 16, 2014 By Allen Clifton While I’m sure many liberals who come across this headline will have some response like “Duh” or “Tell me something I didn’t already know, ” I think it’s time to put hyperbole aside and get real for a moment. Sure, for a while many liberals have called tea party supporters domestic terrorists and have accused them of actively trying to sabotage our government.  And with ... Full Story

Democracy, sold down the river

Democracy, sold down the river

 America the voiceless: Voters can't compete with big campaign cash American public has ‘virtually no influence’ over politics in face of wealthy interest groups, study finds   April 16, 2014 11:30PM ET by Wilson Dizard @willdizard It’s not just your imagination: The influence of money in politics has indeed drowned out the voices of American voters, a new analysis shows, with runaway corporate lobbying and a lack of campaign finance reform to blame for giving much more ... Full Story

Concealed Carry Cowards

Concealed Carry Cowards

Are George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn "protecting" us? By Martha Rosenberg (about the author) The pro-gun lobby has successfully changed the gun violence argument from asking how mass shooters pass background checks and buy guns legally to why weren't there more guns around. Almost every mass shooter from Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Aurora), Jared Loughner (Tucson) and Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois University) to the more recent shooters, Aaron Alexis ... Full Story

Greenwald on Clapper

Greenwald on Clapper

  Inside the Mind of James Clapper By Glenn Greenwald I’m going to have a story published later today about a new document, but until then, this new interview with (and profile of) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper by the Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake is worth spending a few moments examining. Last week, Lake published one excerpt of his interview where Clapper admitted that the U.S. Government should have told the American people that the NSA was collecting their ... Full Story

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