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Trayvon Martin, Fox and the History of White Resentment

It’s unsettling when the particulars of violent incident fit so perfectly with the larger societal forces behind them. Such is the case with Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old kid walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida, with candy, an iced tea, and a cell phone. He was confronted by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old prototypical… Continue reading ‘Trayvon Martin, Fox and the History of White Resentment’



‘Game Change’ a Telling Political Guilty Pleasure

I have a new favorite sexytime thought, which is Julianne Moore playing Sarah Palin. Let me just dwell on this for a second before launching into my thoughts on the HBO docudrama “Game Change” because Moore is one of those actresses who no adolescent male who ever saw “Boogie Nights” has been able to get… Continue reading ‘‘Game Change’ a Telling Political Guilty Pleasure’



So We’re Still Doing the Whole ‘Obama, the Radical’ Thing?

Dear American Right-Wing, I’m confused. Let me just check and make sure I have this correct: we’re still doing the whole, Obama, the Radical Afro-centric Leftist thing? Like, you, Right Wing, you’re still on this whole fantasy that our President, Barack Obama, is secretly a radical socialist who can’t wait to give black people reparations?… Continue reading ‘So We’re Still Doing the Whole ‘Obama, the Radical’ Thing?’



A Long, Red-Faced Rant on This Contraception Horseshit

Here I am reporting to you from what I guess must be the Fifteenth Century, where apparently a mysoginistic cabal of old white men in the Vatican can tell American women that they must allow every sperm a chance to conceive in their womb. Obama caved and whatev–he let the baby have its bottle, I… Continue reading ‘A Long, Red-Faced Rant on This Contraception Horseshit’



Why the Keystone XL ‘Victory’ Matters–and Doesn’t

Huzzah to Barack Obama for not taking the GOP bait and refusing to sign off on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve written much about the pipeline so I won’t repeat all my points here except to say that it was a… Continue reading ‘Why the Keystone XL ‘Victory’ Matters–and Doesn’t’



Pay Attention to Obama and Student Loan Reform

It’s become irritatingly chic to criticize President Obama for just about anything, even if it defies logic. For instance, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and other Republicans took him to task for withdrawing the last American troops from Iraq before the year’s end as if this wasn’t the status of forces agreement President Bush signed. Yet… Continue reading ‘Pay Attention to Obama and Student Loan Reform’



You Should Be Scared of Rick Perry

Rick Perry has hopped aboard the Republican presidential primary, and I’ll predict right now that barring some kind of scandal or damaging revelation, he will be the Republican nominee with a decent-enough shot of beating President Obama to make any reasonable person more or less terrified. The Republican primary as it stands now is a… Continue reading ‘You Should Be Scared of Rick Perry’



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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

‘Debt Chicken’ Will Become New National Pastime

As a sports fan who finds baseball about interesting as watching paint dry on growing grass, I’m so happy to see that the United States has found itself a new national pastime, which we can call “debt chicken.” Forget the fact that you cannot find an economist who thinks sucking billions of dollars out of… Continue reading ‘‘Debt Chicken’ Will Become New National Pastime’