03 Jul 2014

Late Night: Sympathy for the Devil(s)

Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment on the racist mobs that successfully turned back busloads of immigrant women and children in Merrieta, California. The scene was not unlike Little Rock, the Edmund Pettus bridge, or any garden variety racist atrocity, and Rachel was appropriately outraged.
Things then went rapidly downhill, though, when she brought on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson. Either not having watched or worse, not having been affected by the preceding clips, Johnson proceeded to drone on with all the passion of Charlie Brown’s teacher.

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26 Jun 2014

Late Night: Ponies and Unicorns

No one was surprised when right wing toadies like Roberts declared that racism was a thing of the past, like Edsels and poodle skirts, or when the “conservative” bloc declared that vast amounts of money ladled to candidates didn’t create even an “appearance” of corruption.

But when a unanimous court declared that the often violent and never reasonable “pro-life” protesters were being stifled in their “free speech” by having to harass vulnerable women from a respectable distance away, it became clear that the black robe must be worn over the head, with earbuds.

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19 Jun 2014

Late Night: Smash and Grab

I hope everyone is sitting down; another “bold” Republican governor and 2016 presidential hopeful has landed himself in (worse) legal trouble. Chris Christie? No, that’s every day. This time, it’s that hilariously corrupt and goofy automaton from Wisconsin, Scott Walker.

And now that you’re over the shock, it turns out Karl Rove was involved.

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12 Jun 2014

Late Night: Pop Sociology, Indeed

Reading about the current disintegration of, basically, half the Middle East that has inevitably resulted from the colossal blunder that was once called so grandly called “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” I once again seethed at, well, Bloody Bill Kristol.

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05 Jun 2014

Late Night: Peas in a Pod

I just finished reading Max Blumenthal’s deeply unsettling book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, and I can certainly understand the frothing response it received from the Isreal-First crowd when it was released last year.

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29 May 2014

Late Night: Banana Republic

The most delicious piece of schadenfreude of the whole episode was, and remains, that Snowden has handily discredited each and every “liberal hawk” that has, like a moth to a flame, leapt to smear him.

By protesting entirely too much, they have drawn long overdue attention to their own epic wrongness on everything that matters since Sept. 11, 2001.

Join me in chipping in to keep FDL running; it’s worth it.

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22 May 2014

Late Night: Mission Accomplished, Indeed

So it seems that our notoriously slothful Congress managed to bestir itself today, twice, but naturally only for the worst possible reasons.

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15 May 2014

Late Night: No Place To Hide

What the almost universally positive reviews have thus far failed to mention is that even in writing a Hollywood-bound story in which he is the star, Greenwald is actually quite modest about his role. He devotes nearly as much time examining his mistakes along the way as he does his triumphs, though the latter are more numerous.

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08 May 2014

Late Night: Like It’s 1999

Obama knows, as did Clinton before him, that his only option in even serving out a second term is to serially cave to Republicans on matters big and small, which coincidentally makes a lot of the right people very happy.

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01 May 2014

Late Night: Crappy May Day

Despite some anomalous developments out here in the Northwest, things look as dreadful as ever for working people this year, as wages reach their lowest share of GDP since the last handlebar mustache era.

That it has proven impossible to raise the federal minimum wage, incrementally, from utterly disgraceful to merely pathetic illustrates the bipartisan amnesia about what the minimum wage is.

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