It’s the Guns, but It isn’t Just the Guns

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 3:04 pm

The killings in Isla Vista by one misogynist thug represent a terrible loss of life, most killed with a gun. Of course people can die so many ways, and the Isla Vista murderer managed to stab three people to death and run one down with his car. Still, the focus is and should be on the quickest, easiest way and thus most dangerous way to kill a lot of people: guns.

 

Late Night: Ass Forward

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s becoming increasingly clear each day that President Obama’s legacy, if you want to call it that, will be defined forever by his nutty and self- destructive declaration that the goal of his administration would be to “look forward, not back.”

In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “How’s that workin’ out for ya?”

Author Joe McGinniss Passes

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 6:35 pm

I got to first meet Joe in the fall of 2008 (at the time of the above image, taken by my wife, Judy Youngquist), when he came to Alaska right after the presidential election campaign. He was contemplating writing a book about Sarah Palin, and hung out a lot with the Alaska progressive bloggers, who were at that time a close team of colleagues. I had read The Selling of the President, Going to Extremes, Fatal Vision, and Blind Faith, and had followed the controversies surrounding the latter books over the years.

Nice Try But ‘No Sale’, Sparky

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 2:50 pm

Obviously this is Bill Kristol’s “Baby, please don’t go. I’ll change. I know I can change” plea to me to stick around:

Tired Old Media Whore Will Feign Interest in Your Election Boner for $$$

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 1:10 pm

Cancelled reality show contestant Sarah Palin, who once did something of note but we can’t seem to remember what it was- was it a sex tape with Ray J? Yeah, that was probably it: a sex tape – is out of rehab and babbling about how she might kinda sorta possibly it-could-totally-happen consider running for office again, because, fuck it, why not?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Frederic C. Rich, Christian Nation: A Novel

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 1:59 pm

How and why evangelicals persist, what motivates their zealotry and what they would do with power if they got it—these are the “What-ifs” Frederic C. Rich asks through his characters and a counterfactual storyline that takes readers from a key historical tipping point—the election and subsequent death of John McCain in 2008—through plausible plot twists and fictional conflicts that remain deeply rooted in the very real people, politics and ideologies that even today are significant forces in American life.

Late Night: Special Olympics

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 8:00 pm

Each time the stage mothers of the Republican Party push another child star out into the footlights, we find, yet again, that the children of Lake GOP are quite uniformly, below average.  Although this goes back to Reagan; the idea of casting affable meat puppets for the role of “President” to cynically sell the evergreen policies of the plutocracy to the unsuspecting rabble, the talent pool has gotten pretty laughably shallow.  And not for nothing.

CPAC and SXSW: an American Stew

By: Sunday March 17, 2013 9:30 am

It was spring break all over America. It was SXSW in Austin. It was CPAC time in Washington, D.C.

While I was listening in Austin to Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, CPAC attendees were complaining about life as beleaguered white people. Oh the prejudice they most overcome, and they will one day.

The cultures of SXSW and CPAC are so radically different that it’s a stretch to remember they are taking place in the same country or even on the same planet.

Talking Boob Talks About Boobs

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 12:00 pm

To be fair, the people who gave to Sarah PAC knew she was a fame whore before she fucked them, so it’s all good….

Write Another Chapter of “Saradise Lost”? – After Watching Broomfield’s “You Betcha!” – Nah

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 6:45 am

The announcements at the end of last week, broken first at Malia Litman’s blog, that Sarah Palin would not be renewing her contract with FOX News, didn’t surprise many. It certainly didn’t surprise me.

It did drive Palin back into the news for a few brief hours, though. She even made it to the top of Twitter for about six hours. It may be the last time she’s able to do that.

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