When Intelligence Leaders Call Snowden a ‘Traitor,’ He’s More Likely to Be Granted Permanent Asylum

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 1:50 pm

One would think United States officials would be interested in having former National Security Agency contractor returned home, but every time someone from the US makes statements, such as the ones made in a hearing before the House intelligence committee yesterday, it becomes more likely that a country will grant him permanent asylum.


Recognition Through Violence

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 9:30 am

I don’t want to dismiss the extreme nature of shooter James Holmes’ obvious mental illness. Like psychiatrists say about Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, Holmes might suffer from schizotypal personality disorder. Certainly he suffers from serious disturbances.

I do, though, want to make two additional points: 1) Recognition through violence is a common theme in American culture; 2) In the age of Facebook, Twitter and reality television, everyone seems to have access to a significant audience, but the recognition it brings is, usually, an illusion. When everyone’s a star, no on is a star.

Certainly not in a room full of mirrors

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 1:30 am

Were I Limbaugh (shudder) this is not the analogy I’d use when talking about losing advertisers

Michele Bachmann Gives Up

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 11:45 am

After a rather disastrous 6th place finish in Iowa, Michele Bachmann today decided to suspend her campaign for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. While Bachmann didn’t endorse anyone today, her dropping out of the race will likely be mildly good news for Rick Santorum, who did well with the same groups that voted for Bachmann.

The Waterboarding ‘Zombie Lies’ continue

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 1:30 am

On Saturday at the latest Republican debate a solid majority of the candidates embraced the prospect of waterboarding a foreigner. Only the marginalized Paul and ostracized Huntsman disapproved.

And on the Seventh Day He invented the Rimshot

By: Monday November 14, 2011 1:30 am

Thank goodness the GOP is rife with candidates claiming a direct line to the Almighty.

A Dog and Some Demagogues

By: Sunday September 25, 2011 10:00 am

Rin Tin Tin might be the ideal American: rugged enough but loyal and loving; a devoted friend and embodiment of empathy; a loner committed to community

Marist Poll: 49 Percent Definitely Plan to Vote Against Obama

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 9:45 am

Just shy of a majority of registered voters, 49 percent, say they definitely plan to vote against Barack Obama in 2012, but just 36 percent say they definitely plan to vote for him, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

The Dangers of Political Resentment

By: Sunday September 4, 2011 9:30 am

Resentment has long driven much of American politics, and global politics too. Think of antebellum southern planters who resented northern manufacturers and moral “meddlers” we know as abolitionists. Think of yesterday and today’s anti-immigrant xenophobes. Think of anti-labor tycoons who resent the notion that their workers are human beings to whom a crude definition of “property” should not apply.

But the Right has no monopoly on resentment. Sadly, I’ve heard its call, and acted upon it.

Debate Winner: Bachmann

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 3:22 am

By not embarrassing herself in front of New Hampshire GOP voters in the hall, the national media, and political junkies watching everywhere, Michele Bachmann won the debate.

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