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Snubbed In Budapest!

They think that things are all right/For the deer and the dachshund are one. — Wallace Stevens I just came back from two days of snubbery at a conference in Budapest, and I’m here to tell you that even in…

Posted on: March 12th, 2011 | Comments (52)

Wanted: More and Better Protesters

You know things are dire when I go to a protest rally. It’s one of the signs of the apocalypse, the one right before the seas turn to blood. I hate rallies. You stand out there feeling like a complete…

Posted on: February 27th, 2011 | Comments (76)

After Cairo, Twitter Still Sucks

Two years ago, I wrote an article for AlterNet about Twitter, then in its boost phase. As usual, I had been slow on the social media draw, and had no idea what people were talking about in 2008 when they…

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 | Comments (29)

Reagan’s Cheshire Snarl

“I know these people in my goddamn blood!” –Hunter S. Thompson’s Attorney I’ve had Reagan all my life. In 1967, 13 years before the rest of you got President Reagan, he became governor of California. It was the terrarium in…

Posted on: February 5th, 2011 | Comments (78)

Charlie Sheen and the Pursuit of Happiness

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…

Posted on: 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…

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 | Comments (30)

Dead Celebrities 2010: A Good Gloat Spoiled

One of the pleasures of the run up to New Year’s Eve is reading the list of celebrities who’ve died during the past year. You can gloat over the demise of people you always hated who’ve been taking up space…

Posted on: December 31st, 2010 | Comments (42)

Mark Ames and Yasha Levine Respond to Libertarian Blogger Glenn Greenwald

Note: This letter, printed in The Nation on November 24, 2010, is a response to Glenn Greenwald of the libertarian Cato Institute‘s attack on an article we published, titled “TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal.” *** Normally…

Posted on: November 24th, 2010 | Comments (87)

eXiled eXclusive! Advance Copy Of Martin Amis Eulogy For (The Nearly-Departed) Christopher Hitchens

If you’re like us, you’re sick and tired of having to wait around for some loathsome celebrity to die just to read their obituary. Who says we can’t read the obituary before they die, on our own time? This is…

Posted on: September 17th, 2010 | Comments (42)

Christopher Hitchens Update: A Life Spent Blowing Smoke, A Death By Poetic Justice

“C’mon cancer, I dare you to knock this sneer off my face.” Since writing my last piece on Hitchens (“How Christopher Hitchens Robbed Hunter S. Thompson’s Grave”), I’ve finally found a widow smart enough to give Blitcons a massive up-yours….

Posted on: September 16th, 2010 | Comments (32)

Death Of "The Assassin"

I just found out–belatedly–that one of my childhood heroes, Jack Tatum, died of a heart attack a few days ago. When Tatum played for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s, he was the most intimidating football player of his time–not…

Posted on: August 1st, 2010 | Comments (62)

Great Americans

Notice to readers: We are scrapping the Great Living Americans nominating process due to your miserable failure, and hereby revoke your suggestion privileges. The eXiled has also initiated a review of our policies regarding the solicitation of reader input to…

Posted on: July 4th, 2010 | Comments (84)

Meet The New York Times Critic Who Took 25 Years To "Get" The Fall

This article first appeared in Somehow I missed this review in the NY Times of The Fall’s new album. The article is titled “Mr. Smith Shows His Staying Power,” and it came out a couple of weeks ago. I wish I…

Posted on: June 4th, 2010 | Comments (26)

Facebook Friends: God Died to Get Away From Us

Maybe somebody could explain Facebook to me. I’m on it and I still don’t get it. I hate it without understanding it, like a dog barking at a vacuum cleaner. Facebook’s in the news for violating people’s privacy and selling…

Posted on: May 23rd, 2010 | Comments (67)

Glee as Election Rip-off

Of course it goes without saying that you don’t watch Glee, you couldn’t care less about Glee, you wouldn’t touch Glee with a stick. It’s a teen musical on TV, for Christ’s sake, there could hardly be anything lamer than…

Posted on: April 11th, 2010 | Comments (24)

Toxic Shock: Delayed Reaction to the Oscars

I woke up for the second morning in a row with a vague feeling that something terrible had happened. Then I remembered I watched the Oscars.

Posted on: March 9th, 2010 | Comments (36)

We're So Doomed: Paul Krugman Briefly Demonstrates Why Liberals Are Stuck In General Custer's Army

I didn’t plan on posting anything today, but then I made the  mistake of clicking open today’s piece by everyone’s favorite bearded-liberal, Paul Krugman, titled “You’re So Vain.” In just a few short paragraphs, Krugman unintentionally reveals why liberals are…

Posted on: February 27th, 2010 | Comments (48)

ATLAS SHRIEKED: Ayn Rand's First Love and Mentor Was A Sadistic Serial Killer Who Dismembered Little Girls

This article first appeared in Alternet. There’s something deeply unsettling about living in a country where millions of people froth at the mouth at the idea of giving health care to the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have…

Posted on: February 26th, 2010 | Comments (220)

Separated At CPAC?

Real CPAC closetcases marry nutsack-nosed homophobes God here. Just wanted to pipe in and say I really enjoyed the CPAC conference. Yeah, gotta keep Myself active, you know how it is. Anyway, I figure since everyone at the CPAC conference…

Posted on: February 19th, 2010 | Comments (11)

The Dirt on The Simpsons

It’s fashionable to dismiss The Simpsons, to claim never to watch it anymore because its best days are long gone. It’s been fashionable to do this for ages. I remember when the show was about five years old and staggeringly…

Posted on: January 11th, 2010 | Comments (40)