Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech, Social Media

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 9:00 am

Citizens, you have an obligation to remain silent. What you say online, once upon a time an arena of free speech, can and will be used against you. Here are two creeping examples. In the UK Six British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, what the Prime Minister called a “desperately sad day for our country.” [...]


FL: McDonalds Customer Sues After Worker Unloads With Anti-Gay Rant and Assault

By: Friday July 13, 2012 7:12 pm

There were no happy meals for the folks driving up to this Orlando, Florida McDonalds. The behavior in this incident is so egregious McDonald’s attendant Kristy Perez, in responding to customer Ryan Snyder’s query at the drive-thru that they weren’t given a receipt or change — responded by going homophobic-ballistic against her co-worker.

Late Night: A Certain Personality

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Whenever you listen to a Republican politician, be it, say, Eric Cantor, Joe Walsh, or Chris Christie, it’s natural to wonder how, in Heaven’s name, they manage to reproduce; could anyone, even their mothers, love them? The sneering insults, serial fabrications, loathsome arrogance, pig-headed stupidity, and utter lack of empathy or self-awareness would be stunning and repellent to behold individually, yet most of them are mountainous, steaming piles of all these traits, put together. In fact, those who fail to embody every possible obnoxious personality defect under the sun, and then some, are doomed to be dismissed by their base as closet liberals.

Or worse.

Late Night: Why Does Poopy Pat Hate People Who Are Different?

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 8:01 pm

Poopy Pat has been spreading his poop for over forty years, but he’s still mean to people who are different from him. I’m usually a lot less cranky after a big poop, so I don’t know why Poopy Pat is still so mean after all this poop. My Mommy tells me that everyone is different, and that’s what makes us special. Poopy Pat thinks different is bad instead of special. That’s really sad when you think about it.

Right Wing Hopping Mad Over Culture of Violence They Have Wrought

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 3:45 pm

Right now, the public isn’t ready to believe an argument that Jared Loughner was motivated by right-wing rhetoric. Fortunately, nobody has said that, because it’s the wrong claim to make. Nobody has claimed that crosshairs on a map or talk of “Second Amendment remedies” is specifically to blame (some on the right have blamed heavy metal music and a skull in his backyard, and that’s just as silly). The main claim is that the toxic stew of noxious rhetoric, particularly in Loughner’s home district and home state of Arizona, creates an environment that amps up a lunatic fringe. Loughner couldn’t help but trip over that, and indeed his writings do have a cockeyed resonance to some of the really far-right groups like Posse Comitatus and the Patriot movement. That doesn’t make those practitioners of angry rhetoric culpable, but it sure doesn’t mean what they’re doing helped, either.

In Wake of Giffords Shooting, Politicians Should Actively Retract Violent Rhetoric

By: Monday January 10, 2011 11:45 am

Whether Loughner was merely a deranged kid who would latch onto whatever philosophy he could find, or whether he actively sought out far-right conspiracy theories, I don’t think you can deny the general milieu of anti-government rhetoric that just so happened to nestle in the very state where Loughner lived.

Right-Wing Talker Fired from Congressional CoS Job for Inciting Threat Against Public Schools

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 3:50 pm

Allen West may be the nuttiest of the nutjob Republicans elected last week, and it took him negative-55 days in office to register his first controversy. West signaled his intention to hire a Florida conservative talk-show host as his chief of staff. After criticism of her and some of her comments (calling Nancy Pelosi “garbage,” basically calling for armed insurrection to take back the government), West dropped her, with the talk-show host, Joyce Kaufman, saying she would not be used in an “electronic lynching” by liberals. (West is black, by the way.)

But the case doesn’t appear to be that cut and dried. Kaufman may have incited a threat against Broward County schools, which is probably more the reason she won’t be running a Congressional office in Washington.

Republicans: Violent Losers

By: Friday March 26, 2010 2:29 pm

The Republicans have drunk deep at the well of their version of bad back woods moonshine. And their tainted moonshine of misinformation has blinded them. All they have left is the threat of violence.

Obama Selects Eliminationist Preacher Warren for Inauguration Pulpit: The Audacity of Hate

By: Wednesday December 17, 2008 5:05 pm

President-elect Obama chose eliminationist hate preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s Inaguration. With this choice, Obama sends three destructive messages. Number one: In Obama’s America, equal rights and reproductive freedom aren’t for everyone. Number two: Presdient-elect Obama likes sharing the stage with hate. Number three:

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