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January 2011


Charlie Sheen is in the news a lot lately because he can’t handle his liquor. Or his drugs. Or his porn stars. He’s a problem-partier; you know how there’s always one who freaks out on illicit substances, and cries, or starts a fight, or runs outside naked, or ODs and has to go to the hospital. Even at children’s parties, you’ll notice, one of the kids will have hysterics over too much excitement and cake. Charlie Sheen is one of those, and this allows millions of righteous gits to profess shock, shock I tell you, at the news that there are dedicated hedonists living in Hollywood. How can such a thing be allowed to go on?! Why don’t the producers of the Sheen show, Two and A Half Men, fire him for his own good?! Why isn’t Sheen tackled in the streets by the clean-living citizenry of Los Angeles, and frog-marched off to semi-permanent rehab?! Why don’t the cops arrest him on vice charges, just like they would if it was plain old you ‘n’ me?!

Here’s why.


January 29th, 2011 | Comments (53)

This Is Our "Capricorn One" Moment

This article was first published in Vice. If President Obama’s SOTU address left you feeling vaguely suicidal but you’re not sure why, a quick comparison to the previous Great Depression president’s SOTU address might clear it up and help you to…

January 28th, 2011 | Comments (30)

eXiled eXclusive: Charles and David Koch Made The Inaugural Ceremony Carpet Under President Obama's Feet

Yes, the Kochs are everywhere. Even under our feet. See that plush red and blue carpet cascading down the steps of the United States Capitol building, framing President Barack Obama as he makes his historic inaugural address? It’s made from…

January 27th, 2011 | Comments (14)

All Pain, No Gain: A Brief History of "Austerity Program" Massacres & Disasters

This article was first published in Alternet. Now that the shock of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting is starting to wear off and the country is returning to its normal insanity again, we’re back to facing a far worse, far more…

January 26th, 2011 | Comments (53)

Dead Souls: How Russians React To Terror

This article was first published in Vanity Fair. It takes a lot to terrorize a Russian. Compared to the truly spectacular acts of terrorism and violence that Russians have suffered over the past two decades, today’s suicide bombing at Moscow’s…

January 24th, 2011 | Comments (32)

We, The Spiteful

In the summer of 2004, I published an article in the New York Press that answered Thomas Frank’s question “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” The Bush-Kerry campaign was heating up, and it was clear to me that the American left…

January 22nd, 2011 | Comments (100)

Mark Ames Talks to Radio Legend Doug Henwood, Host Of "Behind the News" On KPFA 94.1 FM

Mark Ames talks to the legendary Wall Street critic and radio personality Doug Henwood, host of “Behind the News” broadcast on Berkeley’s KPFA 94.1 FM, and publisher of the “Left Business Observer”. Click the player below to listen to Hendwood’s radio interview with Ames.

January 17th, 2011 | Comments (9)

Two Gun Enthusiasts Answer "Why The Glock?"

A huge number of “going postal” rampage massacres that I’ve studied feature Glocks, including last Saturday’s assassination-rampage in Tucson. What is it about the Austrian-made handgun that makes it such a favorite of rampage killers, not to mention narco-gang-bangers and…

January 13th, 2011 | Comments (79)

"Mark at the Mic": Mark Ames on the Dylan Ratigan Show talking about Giffords Assassination-Rampage, Decline & Inequality

Mark Ames was back on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday talking about the Tuscon assassination-rampage murder, the degeneration of America’s political class and how growing inequality makes everything and everyone shittier. To quote eXiled hero Charles Portis, “We’re weaker…

January 12th, 2011 | Comments (33)

Is the Arizona Shooting A New Kind of American Murder?

This story was first published in Vanity Fair. Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona, has been variously described as an “assassination” and a “shooting rampage”—but which one is it? This may seem like a semantic quibble, but what occurred in that…

January 10th, 2011 | Comments (41)

Mark Ames Rants On MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show: Beware Of Dr. von Hayek's "Austerity" Snake Oil

Exiled Online editor Mark Ames delivers an address to the nation on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. The subject: A quick history lesson on why “austerity” is the worst, most insane idea imaginable to solve America’s economic woes–and how John…

January 6th, 2011 | Comments (54)

Freemarket Failures: Investors Prefer Doing Business With Hugo Chavez Over Billionaire Koch Brothers

You didn’t hear this on Fox News or the Drudge Report, but on October 10 Venezuela seized and nationalized a massive fertilizer plant part-owned by Koch Industries. The media silence is a bit puzzling. You’d think that the seizure of…

January 5th, 2011 | Comments (30)