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“You Are Delusional”: Dylan Ratigan Calls Out Joe “I Lie 4 Healthcare Money” Wilson

In case you mighta mistaken South Carolina Republican Joe “You Lie!” Wilson for a principled populist who stuck his neck out on behalf of regular folks, this makes it clear that Wilson is nothing but a healthcare industry buttboy, and…

Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (2)

The Paranoid States Of America: 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Doodling…A Week After 25 High Schoolers Arrested For Food Fight…

File this under “Seriously Fucked Up”: While most of America has been hiding under the covers afraid they might have to confront the ghost of Joe Stack, shooing him away by pretending he was something else–”He was a Tea Bagger!”/”He…

Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (51)

Shutter Island, Or The Hole in Scorsese’s Brain

On Shutter Island, there’s a lighthouse where patients are supposedly taken to be lobotomized. The movie has about thirty-five shots of this lighthouse against a gloomy sky, so many that you begin to wonder if director Martin Scorsese has had…

Feb 21, 2010 | Comments (40)

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…

Feb 19, 2010 | Comments (11)

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Maryland Minority Report: Drunk Drivers of the Future Busted Today

Most rational people believe that drinking and driving are wrong.  Most rational people believe that drinking and driving involve operating motor cars on public highways.  Most rational people have never dealt with a Maryland court. One man, in Worcester County…

Feb 16, 2010 | Comments (18)

The Nation: How The Orange Revolution’s Neocon Hero Poisoned Ukraine

This article first appeared in The Nation.com… If you’ve been wondering what ever happened to that wonderful Orange Revolution in Ukraine–because let’s face it, it was probably the last feel-good moment America collectively experienced in an otherwise bummer-packed decade–Sunday’s presidential…

Feb 15, 2010 | Comments (47)

In Praise of The Dog Whisperer

Other day I was walking down the street past a weedy guy and his obstreperous five-year-old who was clamoring to go in the opposite direction, and I heard the guy say to the kid, “Tsst!” The kid promptly heeled, and…

Feb 15, 2010 | Comments (22)

Senator Feinstein Teams Up With Billionaire Farmers And Corporate Raiders To Mount Hostile Takeover of California’s Water

California’s Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein showed Californians who she really serves this past Thursday, when news emerged that she was trying to ram through a massive transfer of precious water out of the hands of millions of state residents, and into the private pockets of a clique of billionaire corporate farmers…

Feb 13, 2010 | Comments (14)

Royal Tea Party Rebels: The Heroic Billionaires’ Struggle To Overthrow The Tyranny Of Democracy

This article first was first published in Alternet. While Tea Party movement followers ran around Nashville last week dressed up in their Paul Revere period costumes, blathering about their heroic struggle against Obama’s Islamosocialist tyranny, the right-wing elite that nurtures…

Feb 12, 2010 | Comments (76)

Archer: Excellence Jamboree

You probably know about it already, but in case not, there’s a really bracing animated half-hour series on the F/X Network called Archer. It’s a spoof of the James Bond-type spy genre, which doesn’t sound too good, but never underestimate…

Feb 5, 2010 | Comments (19)

Obama Administration’s Crisis Catchphrase: “It’s OutrAAAAgeous!”

It’s that time of the year again when AIG’s executive bonuses are announced…and as every American raised on sitcoms knows, this means it’s that time in the show when the plot-twist causes the audience to gasp, and the camera cuts…

Feb 3, 2010 | Comments (24)

LISTEN: Mark Ames Talks To Scott Horton About Russia, Larry Summers, And The Growing Left-Libertarian Alliance

Listen to this radio interview as Mark Ames talks to Antiwar.com radio host Scott Horton about Russia, the fuckups in the White House, how Larry Summers screwed the entire world up, and what Libertarians and the Left have in common.

Feb 2, 2010 | Comments (53)

Mark Ames Radio Interview On “This Is Hell” Show

Mark Ames appeared on the great Chuck Mertz radio program “This Is Hell” straight out of Chicago. They discuss blood-sucking bankers, the plusses and minuses of inhaling nitrogen gas, and why it’s all so fucking hopeless that we may as…

Feb 1, 2010 | Comments (17)

Being Tim Geithner: A Brief Excursion Into The Marble-Floored Mind Of Our Treasury Secretary

Now I know what they mean when the media uses that word “outrage.” I saw it with my own eyes, during yesterday’s Congressional hearings with Tim Geithner. Turns out “outrage” refers to a ritual whereby Congressmen in Washington put on…

Jan 28, 2010 | Comments (16)

Cakewalking Into Yemen: One More Chapter In The Decline & Dementia Of America’s War Party

This article was first published in The American Conservative, March 1, 2010. If the last few decades prove anything about America’s strategy in fighting Islamic terrorism, it’s that no matter what the other side throws our way, America will respond…

Jan 27, 2010 | Comments (31)

Who Remembers The Murder Of Nicholas Deak?

Gold coin issued by Nicholas Deak at the peak of the last gold boom While working on my upcoming book out here in the High Desert, I went off on one of those research tangents that led me to an…

Jan 25, 2010 | Comments (49)

Exiles: Why I Hate Modern Novels

I promised this guy I’d review a new novel called Exiles, so the review could appear in eXiled and provide some sort of synergistic frisson in the universe or something. That was months ago and I still haven’t done it….

Jan 23, 2010 | Comments (53)

Fire The Failures & Save The Presidency

If President Obama wants to really understand why he got his ass handed to him in the Massachusetts Senate race—a defeat as shocking and strange as if Joe Lieberman was elected president of Iran—he might want to read one of…

Jan 21, 2010 | Comments (42)

Trainspotting Meets Bioterrorism: Scottish Junkies, Anthrax, And Murky UK Politics

Even the strongest Afghani brown can’t save Scottish junkies from the waking-nightmare that’s gripped them since December—when word first leaked out in the press of dope-fiends dropping dead from Anthrax-tainted heroin. Since December, press reports say there have been 14…

Jan 20, 2010 | Comments (28)

MONKEYSHINES IN MONKEY COUNTY: Why Europeans Despise American Lawyers

My Uncle Louie always referred to Montgomery County, Maryland as “Monkey County”. I never knew why. Now that I am an attorney, I do. I’ve learned the hard way that there are too many smirking chimps in Monkey County’s legal system. In…

Jan 19, 2010 | Comments (17)

Retarded Last Meals For Texas’ Death Row Inmates

Despite a 2002 Supreme Court ruling that executing the mentally retarded is unconstitutional, Texas has not stopped killing Gumps, according to this article in the Texas Observer.  Pretty much everything is present in this story to qualify Texas as institutionally…

Jan 17, 2010 | Comments (43)

How Cheap Solar Power Will Save the SUV

This article was first published by AlterNet. HESPERIA, CA—Say hello to the thing that could save our gas-guzzlin’ suburban lifestyle: affordable residential solar power that’s within reach of the most cash-strapped America consumer. This breakthrough is not a result of…

Jan 16, 2010 | Comments (25)

Are Obama And Geithner The Twins From Hell?

This article was first published in Alternet. A lot of us have been wondering, despondently, why the Hell Barack Obama is keeping Timothy Geithner on the job as Treasury Secretary, given his central role in the plunder of trillions of…

Jan 15, 2010 | Comments (24)

Homage To Haiti: A War Nerd Classic

This article was first published in The eXile on February 19, 2004. Haiti popped into the news again, and I decided it was time to tell the whole military history of the place. It’s got to be the most amazing,…

Jan 13, 2010 | Comments (54)

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…

Jan 11, 2010 | Comments (40)