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Michael & Me: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story is a fantastic slap-upside-the-head film, just what we need right now. It’s been playing a week in New York and Los Angeles, and just opened wide. The reviews are “mixed.” Critics say it’s just Michael Moore…

Oct 4, 2009 | Comments (68)

DESERT DISPATCH: Cash Greases the Sleazy Circle-jerk of Small City Politics

This article was first published by Vice magazine. We do not live in a democracy because America is all about serving the haves and the have-mores: a capitalocracy, where money talks and broke nobodies like you and me walk. Many…

Oct 1, 2009 | Comments (22)

Michael Jackson Died Healthy. Drugs Are Good For You.

Michael Jackson Died Healthy. Drugs Are Good For You. That’s what I learned when I checked out the Drudge Report today. AP News broke the story, but since Drudge simply cannot help himself, he linked to the same story over at…

Oct 1, 2009 | Comments (21)

Smearing Grayson: Health Care Industry Puppets Now Accuse Democrat Of Anti-Semitism

The health care billionaires are going ape-shit over Rep. Alan Grayson, because he represents their worst nightmare: a Democrat with balls. Grayson is responding exactly the way a politician in this battlefield should do when attacked: the more they go…

Oct 1, 2009 | Comments (30)

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Rightwing Pussies Run Screaming From Liberal Bloggers

Zoinks! I think I heard a liberal blogger! This is just like America’s rightwing pussies: all bluster and no fight. When no one’s looking, they’re screaming crazy treasonous shit like they’re badass revolutionaries, but at the first whiff of liberal-blogger…

Sep 30, 2009 | Comments (48)

Is America The Last Sucker-Nation On Earth? While Her Majesty Bans Brit Banker Bonuses, American Bankers Gamble The Middle Class Into Extinction

Can someone get me my beta blockers? You have to have a bottle of something close by if you dare to read the financial news on any given day. Like, oh, say, Monday, the Day of Atonement: Businessweek reports that…

Sep 28, 2009 | Comments (23)

Why Jim Badasci 'Went Postal': How Bullying Bosses and Economic Devastation Are Behind America's Latest Workplace Shooting

This article first appeared in Alternet. There was another workplace rampage killing last week, just outside of Fresno, California, leaving two company employees dead and the other employees grateful to be alive. Fresno, like so much of unofficial America, is…

Sep 28, 2009 | Comments (15)

The Czar Of Right: I, Mark Ames, Predicted The Financial Crisis. And You Didn't. Ha-Ha-Ha.

It’s great to be right. It’s Sunday, a good day to gloat about how I was right and everyone else who gets paid serious money was a fucking idiot. The Financial Crisis that everyone claims they couldn’t possibly see coming? I…

Sep 27, 2009 | Comments (48)

The King and Thai: Global Recession, Political Warfare and Discount Handjobs

In front of Bangkok’s countless sex fronts—massage parlors, hotels and go-go bars—brown-skinned northern women clad in logo-stamped fast-food styled polo shirts still let out their trademark drawn out hiss. “Maaaaaahhhh-ssaaaaaggggee.” But the deepest global recession since the onset of cheap…

Sep 27, 2009 | Comments (41)

What's The Border Fence Good For? Subsidizing Mexican Scrap Metal Entrepreneurs

Border Barrier Blues: Mexican footpaths on the Arizona side of the fence Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a depressing audit of the US-Mexico border fence we’ve been trying to put up for the past three years. The report caused about…

Sep 24, 2009 | Comments (27)

"Reverse Repo Man": Bernanke's Plan To "Re-Rob" The Last $1 Trillion From Ordinary Americans And Hand It To The Oligarchs

There was a leak yesterday to Bloomberg that the Fed is making plans to “drain” $1 trillion from the US economy. Because supposedly our economy is overheating with too much money—not that anyone you or I know has seen a…

Sep 24, 2009 | Comments (36)

Going Postal Murder: Ex-Employee Kills Former Coworker, Shoots Equipment, Self, in Fresno

After a brief lull, workplace shootings are back with today’s murder rampage near Fresno, California. Apparently the killer, identified as James Bascadi Badasci was recently laid off after 10 years from the company he attacked this morning—Fresno Equipment Company, a…

Sep 22, 2009 | Comments (24)

Pro-growth Shills Pop Up In Victorville To Boost Business Morale

VICTORVILLE, CA—Following the general trend seen all over the country, there’s been a push around these parts to convince people that the recession will soon be a thing of the past. Local papers have been publishing articles with laughable headlines…

Sep 21, 2009 | Comments (13)

The Informant!: It's Good!

If you think our culture is totally, horribly, permanently screwed up, go see The Informant! Because it’s a gallows-humor study of how/why we are totally, horribly, permanently screwed up, so it gives you an opportunity to consider the question. But…

Sep 20, 2009 | Comments (31)

The Great Gazoo Returns: “Don’t Scrap The Missile Shield, Dumb-Dumbs!”

The best reason to support President Obama’s decision to dump Bush’s Star Wars program is that the neocons are outraged. They’re wrong about everything: the geopolitical world’s biggest losers, punditry’s equivalent of the Chrysler car design unit. Everything that comes…

Sep 19, 2009 | Comments (45)

Memphis: A War Zone That Even Iraqi Vets Are Afraid To Come Home To

Memphis—or Memfrica, as we call it—is a city where all that is fucked up about America is taken to the extreme. I recently fled this festering dung heap of a ghetto for Russia, where I’ll be getting educated and properly…

Sep 15, 2009 | Comments (79)

Usain Bolt vs. A Cheetah

It was in the news the other day that a cheetah had achieved the fastest recorded cheetah-time, running 100 meters in just over 6 seconds, which is about 36 mph. What the hell? That’s the fastest recorded cheetah time? Are…

Sep 12, 2009 | Comments (52)

The Ghosts Of 9/11: An eXile Classic

This article was first published in the September 6, 2002 issue of The eXile. AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD EXILE EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE UNSUNG GHOST-HEROES OF 9/11! MIKE BERRINGER Mike was always the hard charger, the sparkplug of his 77th-floor accounting office….

Sep 11, 2009 | Comments (17)

TOWN HALL MEETING IN THE HIGH DESERT: A CIVIL DEBATE AMONG MURDEROUS RETARDS

This article was first published by Vice magazine. It was a hot day, still 98 degrees at 6 PM, as I zoomed through gridlock on my freshly fixed 1979 Kawasaki KZ-400, squeezing between the monster trucks and lifted SUVs clogging…

Sep 10, 2009 | Comments (55)

"Death Bonds": Wall Street's Shocking New Plan To Reap Billions Off Dying Americans

This article first appeared in Alternet Now we know why America’s oligarchs are fighting to keep the rest of us stuck in the world’s worst health care system: the more we die, the more billions Wall Street will earn. A recent…

Sep 10, 2009 | Comments (47)