Rahm Emanuel Is Losing Control Of Chicago

By: Monday June 17, 2013 10:20 am

Chicago has experienced one of its bloodiest weekends yet under “Murder Mayor” Rahm Emanuel with 46 people shot and at least 7 dead. Questions are now being raised as to whether Emanuel can govern the city.

 

Public Television Cowers Before Koch Brothers

By: Monday May 20, 2013 8:30 am

Not even a week after Buzzfeed’s relationship with the Koch Brothers is exposed do we learn that a near civil war erupted in public television over documentaries that focused on Charles and David Koch. In an expose written by Jane Mayer of the New Yorker it is revealed that two public television affiliated documentaries prominently featuring the Koch family came under pressure to be censored and edited due to fear that Charles and David Koch, major donors to public media, would withdraw support.

Beverly Hillbillies, Updated

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 8:00 pm

It turns out that it really is possible to strike black gold in your own backyard, but instead of getting rich from the experience, now the oil belongs to someone else and you end up in an ExxonMobil-controlled no-fly zone where the foul black goop that swept away your petunias is now on its way to your drinking water supply.  The comedic possibilities of such a turn of events seem limited, especially when Keystone XL is barreling ahead unimpeded.

Dead-ender

By: Monday March 18, 2013 1:30 am

Since we are coming up on the ignominious tenth anniversary of an economy-wrecking, enemy producing, falsely-based war crime it is only fair to note that “Dead-Enders” come in all shapes and hues.

Late Night: Booby Prizes

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans.  Is it personal wealth and privilege?  Sometimes, undoubtedly.  Deep-seated bigotry?  That tends to play a role as well.  Stupidity?  Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.

The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems. 

NFL Referees Strike: Fans Must Tune Out for Labor to Succeed

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 7:40 am

The replacement ref incompetence has now officially cost one team a game, and the frustration on display in the third week of the lockout just grew even more.

Ruling Overturning Parts of Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Likely to Be Short-Lived

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 9:00 am

Don’t expect yesterday’s Dane County court ruling overturning sections of Wisconsin’s anti-union law to remain operative for long.

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:50 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it…

More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 5:12 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond.

After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:25 pm

Were the options to a recall effort? Possibly. The populist movement that arose from the uprising could have used every dollar given to a politician or an outside campaign spending group and used it in community-based organizing. We could have seen well-funded nonviolent actions. We could have seen education campaigns, going door to door with a message rather than an ask to support Tom Barrett or whoever else. We could have seen economic boycotts on Walker-supporting businesses, more organizing into broad coalitions around the idea of repealing the rights-stripping collective bargaining law, or an insurgent movement, one that captured the energy of the uprising rather than re-channeled it.

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