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How To Find The Nearest AIG Financial Products Office

Since news broke about the obscene million-dollar bonuses that taxpayers are paying to the very same AIG Financial Products traders who destroyed millions of lives, decent hard-working Americans have expressed their First Amendment rights and flooded AIG Financial’s offices with…

Mar 17, 2009 | Comments (28)

He Stole It All from A Cockroach: A Lesson In Why You Shouldn’t Become A Poet

Robert Creeley: Great Poet or One-Eyed Interspecies Plagiarist? Here are two pieces of twentieth-century verse. One has been called “…the most often quoted, even the most widely known, short poem” of the 1960s; the other is from a long-forgotten collection…

Mar 17, 2009 | Comments (3)

TAKE THAT, PREVIEWS

This is a vengeful slagging of previews I’ve seen at least ten-thousand times, maybe through bad luck, bad timing, bad karma, it’s hard to say. They’re all for movies opening March 20th. Except for The Soloist, which may never open,…

Mar 15, 2009 | Comments (17)

Alabama Murder Mystery Solved: The Shocking Story Of How A Chicken-Slaughtering Billionaire Plundered Rural America

Mega-Statue Of Chicken Plutocrat Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim The killing spree in Alabama fits a well-worn pattern of workplace-driven massacres that we’ve seen since the “going postal” phenomenon exploded in the middle of the Reagan revolution. In spite of the fact…

Mar 13, 2009 | Comments (74)

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Raising Bristol: Freepers Deal With The Bastard Palin

“It is not their love for us but their lack of faith that prevents today’s Christians from burning us.” —Nietzsche For sheer gloating pleasure, you can’t beat the lunkheads on Free Republic trying to deal with the news that Palin’s…

Mar 12, 2009 | Comments (29)

Banking Porn: The Blowjob Market

One of the things Wall Street does best is confuse people. They are brilliant at it, making simple things seem complex. So today we’re going to go over one of the things they’re trying to make obscure and make them…

Mar 12, 2009 | Comments (23)

Alabama Shootings: Just Another Battle In America’s Thirty Years’ Class War

Whenever I hear about a rampage massacre like the one that just took place in southern Alabama a few hours ago, so far leaving 11 dead and untold wounded (casualty numbers seem to tick up every hour), the first thing…

Mar 11, 2009 | Comments (58)

War Nerd: Apocalypse Never

Sorry about the long break. I had to deal with my real job, even picked up some extra hours. Once I would have bitched non-stop about that, but I’ve noticed that everybody’s gotten real flexible about their schedules, now that…

Mar 10, 2009 | Comments (89)

WHO’LL WATCH THE WATCHMEN? EVERYBODY

Watchmen is one of those movies that is so thoroughly slimed with promos and recycled opinions by the time it opens, you’re already sick of it. The film industry term for this is “a saturation release,” meaning a liquid shitstorm…

Mar 9, 2009 | Comments (27)

Class War Survival Tips: Gun Shopping Guide

Deep in your heart of hearts you know this day will come. It may come tomorrow or 10 years from now, but its coming is as inevitable as your funeral. The TV will go silent, the Internet will cease with…

Mar 8, 2009 | Comments (70)

Did Republican Greg Ball Stage His Own Dead Goat “Threat”?

Headlines today are filled with stories about how a slaughtered goat was found in front of New York Assemblyman Greg Ball’s house, with a sign around its neck claiming it was the work of the MS-13 gang, a vicious Central…

Mar 7, 2009 | Comments (22)

Mobile Execution Bus Fleets: The Solution To America’s Banker Problem

“So many corrupt bankers, so few lethal-injection tables.” How many times have you heard that lately? Yes, it’s a common complaint in America today. In these difficult economic times, we have a lot of justice to mete out to the…

Mar 6, 2009 | Comments (36)

Showdown in Monterrey: La Familia Vs. Los Zetas

It’s getting hot here in Monterrey, and if you’ve been reading my column lately, you know I’m not talking about the weather. Remember about the surge of military presence in the state I wrote about? Well I got to witness…

Mar 6, 2009 | Comments (49)

VICTORY GLOAT: AMES & LEVINE SERVE UP SANTELLI’S HEAD TO THE DAILY SHOW

Thanks to the slam dunk investigative piece by your humble correspondents, Rick Santelli was forced to cancel his appearance on the Daily Show last night, leading to this massively-blogged segment ripping Santelli and CNBC a gigantic bleeding asshole. If words…

Mar 5, 2009 | Comments (16)

Jim Cramer Destroyed CNBC Viewers’ Wealth In Just 4 Days

CNBC’s Jim Cramer has positioned himself as yet another champion of the people against the evil government. A couple of days ago, the method-actor/ CNBC host of “Mad Money” stirred up a hullabaloo when he pretended to be angry and…

Mar 5, 2009 | Comments (42)

Run Over by A VW Van

That was how he died, Professor Robert Beloof, my first mentor: crushed by a hippie van. In Portland, yet. It was a ridiculous way to die, and Beloof was, let’s face it, a ridiculous man. But it was also a…

Mar 4, 2009 | Comments (27)

Class War Hero: Rebel Blows Off Fingers Fighting the Man

Juan Jose Luna was an early contender for to the “Class War Hero” category. Judging by the mug shot, the Ivy Leaguers would have nothing to do with him, but he was smart enough to see the crash coming way…

Mar 4, 2009 | Comments (7)

“Slick Rick” Santelli Is A Bailout Queen

If you’re wondering why disgraced pseudo-rebel Rick Santelli and his pals at CNBC kept strangely quiet about the hundreds of billions in bailouts right up until a couple weeks ago, when the government finally extended its bailout program beyond the…

Mar 3, 2009 | Comments (21)

CNBC Bitch-Slaps Santelli Into Line, FreedomWorks Admits It Organized “Grassroots” Tea Parties, Jon Stewart Cancels Santelli & Megan McArdle Queefs On Our Founding Fathers

Our article last Friday exposing the familiar old rightwing corporate machine behind the fake “tea party” protests, and Rick Santelli’s highly questionable role as the one-man MC for the protests’ launch event, wound up crashing the tea party’s mojo, and…

Mar 2, 2009 | Comments (46)

Drood: A Humongous Horror Novel

Dan Simmons, a guy best known for his respected sci-fi stuff like the four-book “Hyperion Cantos”, has now produced a horror novel so big and heavy it could knock your head off, if flung. It’s called Drood, and it weighs…

Mar 1, 2009 | Comments (11)

Astroturf Revolution Dispatch: Koch Activists Teabag Media

Koch Industries’ one-man teabag revolution in Santa Monica As soon as Ames and I sent off our Santelli-FreedomWorks connection article to the editors at Playboy, I rushed out the door. I was already 10 minutes late to a tea party…

Feb 27, 2009 | Comments (42)

Exposing The Rightwing PR Machine: Is CNBC’s Rick Santelli Sucking Koch?

This article first appeared on Playboy.com Chris Matthews: “You’re up there with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity… It’s quite a team.” Rick Santelli (smiling and nodding): “It is quite a team!” Hardball, MSNBC, Feb 20, 2009 Last week, CNBC correspondent…

Feb 27, 2009 | Comments (75)

Sucker Stamp: 58-year-old Disgruntled Wal-Mart Employee Burns Self To Death in Parking Lot

A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee who said he “couldn’t take it anymore” lit himself on fire outside the Bloomingdale store where he worked late Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said this morning.

Feb 27, 2009 | Comments (19)

Dispatch From Mexico: Calling Bullshit on Gringo Travel Advisories

I saw that the US government posted an “extreme warning” travel advisory about Mexico last week and wanted to weigh in on the bullshit. If you’re traveling to Culiacan or Acapulco, or any major Mexican city for that matter, you…

Feb 26, 2009 | Comments (36)

An Italian Dead Head In Thailand: Close-Up Photos Of Severed Head Found Hanging From Rama VIII Bridge

A “Westerner’s” severed head was found in a plastic bag hanging from a rope from a bridge in Thailand on Monday. Turns out he wasn’t murdered, he was just depressed. And he wasn’t just any ol’ Westerner: he was a 53-year-old…

Feb 26, 2009 | Comments (9)