Late Night: Take This Job and Shove It

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 8:00 pm

Perhaps out of a combination of peevishness and thirst, John Boehner recently blurted out, “I need this job like I need a hole in my head.”  Of course, the job he was complaining about, Speaker of the House, third in line for the Presidency, happens to be well-paid, prestigious, and quite evidently can be performed, after a fashion, even when drunk.  That is, it’s decidedly not like the jobs that the vast majority of Americans toil away at, should they be lucky enough to have a job at all. 


Late Night FDL: Swinging From the Trees

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 8:00 pm

As I watch President Obama and his minions mercilessly tout his genius and bravery as a “War President,” presumably to attract “swing” voters, my only consolation is that I can now delete his incessant money-grubbing emails without a trace of guilt. Actually, it’s become a pleasure to do so, and it saves money, too. Never mind the creepy grave-dancing involved; the most galling part is how easily he slipped into this role, even resorting to tinny Bushisms about Bin Laden being “brought to justice.”

A Year after the BP Spill, It’s All about Access

By: Saturday April 16, 2011 9:00 am

A year after the BP disaster erupted in the Gulf, Cherri Foytlin walked from her home in New Orleans to the White House, to let President Obama hear firsthand the suffering that continues to affect the residents of the Gulf Coast. Sadly, she couldn’t get an invitation to get past the gate. (Rubbing salt in her wounds — she got to watch Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles stroll past her on the sidewalk on their way inside.)

Meanwhile, BP and certain parts of the government continue to try to spin the news, limiting media access to heroic rescuers, limiting scientific access to spill sites, and otherwise trying to hide the record and avoid accountability.

Access. It’s the name of the game.

Early Morning Swim: On Hardball, TIME Reporter Explains Why BP Oil Disaster Really Isn’t That Bad

By: Friday July 30, 2010 4:46 am

Meanwhile, how long before oil industry shills Republicans start citing Grunwald’s reporting in talking points?

Late Night: Lament for the Gulf — Dirty Air, Dirty Money

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 8:00 pm

Mary Gauthier’s “The Sugar Cane” laments environmental damage to Louisiana from the sugar industry, but could apply equally well to the BP oil spill.

Making Time for a Friend, as Suicide Takes its Toll

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 9:06 am

I got a phone call last night from a seminary classmate. An old college friend of hers had just committed suicide. Sadly, calls like this are far too common — whether related to military service, the economy, disasters like the Exxon Valdez or Katrina or the BP spill, or a hundred other causes.

More than ever, tough times call for us to care for one another.

Late Night: BP’s Big Sleep

By: Friday July 23, 2010 8:00 pm

Not wanting to hear bad news turns into refusing to hear bad news, which… inevitably, turns into bad news.

Late Night: Sometimes a Banana is Actually a Disguised Tactical Nuke

By: Monday July 12, 2010 8:00 pm

I wonder if there’s a Batshit Crazy alert at Michele Bachmann’s campaign headquarters that buzzes every time some other illiterate Republican idiot infringes on her trademarked brand of unfiltered ignorance. If such an alarm did exist, it would be buzzing louder than a stadium full of vuvuzelas today. The culprit? None other than Georgia Rep. [...]

Haley Barbour: BP Oil Disaster Proves Free Market System Works

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 10:30 am

The Republican governor of Mississippi, who previously said the BP oil disaster was being overblown by the liberal media, was asked by NPR if all of the damage and destruction and deaths have caused him to reconsider his “smaller government, less regulation, more freedom for industry” ideology.

Amoral Corporations and Immoral Corporate Personnel

By: Sunday June 27, 2010 10:30 am

Corporations are creatures of stature, not, despite the best efforts of the Supreme Court in cases like Citizens United, human beings. Corporations don’t have consciences, or any other human attributes. We hope that the people running corporations have human attributes, like consciences, but it appears that is not always the case. The only goal of a corporation is to make money while limiting liability for the owners. This fixation frequently leads to massive disasters, like the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico.

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