Taking a cue from the pages of Superman, Lawrence O'Donnell lambasted the mainstream media Wednesday night for their failure to cover the Third Parties debate and for failing to address this little nightmare: Imagine if Congress passed a bill that the president signed that allowed indefinite detention without charge or trial. That would be issue … Continue reading Lawrence O’Donnell Takes Off The Gloves: National Defense Authorization Act, Soft Journalism, and the Spoonfed Two Party System
From June, 2012. It's interesting for me to re-read this in post-2016 Democratic primary world. June 4, 2012: What do we do with Obama's drone war? From the New York Times: Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on … Continue reading It’s Okay To Assassinate the Families of Suspected Terrorists, Just Don’t Waterboard Them First
But it isn’t just Obama’s flaws that are making this race interesting. Mitt Romney might not be the most charismatic candidate, but that’s a hidden strength in an election that’s all about competence and getting back to the basics of what once made America work so well. This week, the pro-Obama journalist Andrew Sullivan wrote … Continue reading The Good Old Days Weren’t Always Good: A Transatlantic Reminder to Tim Stanley
You've heard that in 1991, literary agency Acton & Dystel typo'd the part of client Barack Obama's bio that mentioned his place of birth. (They said it was Kenya). If a story from WND can be believed, successor firm Dystel & Gooderich kept the mistake in their client's profile up through April 2007, when it … Continue reading Did Obama Allow “Born in Kenya” Narrative? If So, Does It Bother You?
I just posted this on Facebook and wanted to share it here: I didn't watch SOTU, but I'm optimistic. Not about Democrats or Republicans. Not about elections or debates. About something money couldn't buy but the economic crisis helped us see: here and now, most of us want to be better than we've been. Most … Continue reading The State of Our Union Tomorrow, Today
In September, President Obama announced that his administration would not adopt the new ozone standard recommended by EPA after a two-year review of the 2008 Bush administration standard. EPA head Lisa Jackson had been pushing hard for the updated standard to replace the 2008 model, which the American Lung Association says “failed to protect public … Continue reading Who’s Right on Smog and Clean Air Standards? Obama or His EPA?
Just got this in the in-box. Are they right? Do lobbyists have too much power because the government has too much power? And if so, which government? The government of incumbent elected officials? The government of tenured bureaucrats? And don't get me wrong, people in both groups do wonderful things. But who's really hog-tying the … Continue reading And Now a Word from Our Libertarian Friends