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Depression Porn: How Banks Are Gaming The Real Estate Market

US Stocks Gain On Report Of Pending Home Sales . . . Pending Home Sales Rise the Most in Over Seven Years . . . Consumer Confidence Spurs Broad Gain . . . You see the same bullshit headlines churned…

Posted on: June 5th, 2009 | Comments (39)

Cass Sunstein: Meet The Horrible New Obama-Era Elite, or "All The President’s Middlebrows"

Last week, Obama moved another step closer to creating the ultimate retro-70s Middelbrow-ocracy when he appointed a loathsome overachieving hamburger-head named Cass Sunstein to a little-known but highly-powerful government post: director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs—otherwise known…

Posted on: May 22nd, 2009 | Comments (46)

My Autocrat's Worse Than Your Autocrat: Corruption Galore In The Washington Post

(This article first appeared in TheNation.com on May 11, 2009.) The May 7 edition of the Washington Post features one of the most poorly timed op-ed commentaries in recent memory. Carrying the harmless headline “A Friend to Georgia and Russia,” it…

Posted on: May 12th, 2009 | Comments (17)

Less Than Kudlow: Is CNBC Host Suffering Another Cocaine Relapse? (Article + Radio Version)

Listen to Ames talking about the cocaine-fueled comedy that is CNBC’s Lawrence Kudlow. This segment was aired on Los Angeles’ KPFK radio on April 21, 2008, on the show “Four O’Clock Tuesdays With Gustavo Arellano.” Why does CNBC host Lawrence…

Posted on: April 22nd, 2009 | Comments (18)

Free Texas! And If They Won’t Go, Give 'em a Kick (Backstabber Version)

(This post was published on Playboy.com) There’s word out this week that the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has thrown his support behind a bill that would declare sovereignty for the state of Texas. The bill is called HCR 50, and it’s…

Posted on: April 17th, 2009 | Comments (35)

Sylvia Plath's Son?

Most Recent Photograph of That Guy That Plath Popped Out (bottom right; circa 1962) Sylvia Plath’s son died yesterday. That’s how it was reported, even by the BBC. The dead man’s name was Nicholas Hughes, not Plath, but in death…

Posted on: March 24th, 2009 | Comments (32)

God Awful Morning: James Frey Is Killing My Toe

I got out of bed this morning and told Katherine, “Hey, I think my foot is bet-” At which point my gouty big toe slammed into the table leg. When I finished howling and bouncing around on the other leg,…

Posted on: March 19th, 2009 | Comments (26)