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By John Dolan
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)

By Team eXiled
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)

By Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
“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)

By Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
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)

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By Eileen Jones
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)

By Yasha Levine
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)

By Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
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)