Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Iran-contra scandal, 25 years later
By Peter Kornbluh
In 1990s, U.S. prosecutors assessed "criminal liabilty" of Reagan, George H.W. Bush.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War
by Juan Cole
What led comfortable, bright, middle-class students to join the Occupy protest movement against income inequality and big-money politics in the first place?
Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP
By Joe Conason —
Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailout:
by Mike Taibbi
Had a quick piece of news I wanted to call attention to, in light of the recent developments at Zuccotti Park. For all of those who say the protesters have it wrong, and don’t really have a cause worth causing public unrest over, consider this story, sent to me by a friend on the Hill.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Today, the 12-member congressional super committee is expected to announce failure to reach an agreement to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal budget.
The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary
By Bill Boyarsky — Unfortunately, the media's fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

Sunday, November 20, 2011
On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are (a) familiar with pizza, (b) familiar with vegetables and (c) sane.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Stupid Party.”
by Paul Begala
Republicans used to admire intelligence. But now they’re dumbing themselves down.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The GOP’s Message Problem
By Eugene Robinson
This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich
By Joe Conason
All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For
By Robert Scheer — In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Impartial' Supreme Court Justices Raise Money for Opponents of Health Care Law
by Bob Edgar
Suppose you were party to a lawsuit and you learned that the judge handling your case was hobnobbing with lawyers on the other side and helping to raise money for a group dedicated to defeating you in court?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Penn State Riots About White Men Not Liking to Be Held Accountable
By Mike Elk

If, like me, you scanned the crowds rioting at Penn State last night after the announcement of the firing of Joe Paterno, you may have noticed that nearly all the people there were white men. The riots were about white men not liking to be held accountable.

As a native Pennsylvanian, I never once considered attending Penn State University. Penn State always seemed like a place full of cliquish white people recalling their glory years of making fun of the dorky kids in high school. More progressive white people and people of color went to big city state schools like Pitt or Temple while whiter, more conservative types tended to dominate the settings of the rural, fraternity-heavy Penn State campus.

At the center of Penn State’s conservative culture stood Joe Paterno -- who frequently campaigned and fundraised for conservative politicians throughout Pennsylvania. As my friend sportswriter Dave Zirin points out, Penn State was a company town and football was the company that funded Penn State. Home football games attracted 100,000 people per game. Each year the program pumped a whopping $59 million into the poor rural economy of the surrounding area, from the sales of food to buying hotel rooms to the selling of sports gears, and created $50 million in pure profit that could be distributed to other programs at the university. In addition, Penn State football fostered large alumni donations as football games fostered strong bonds with graduates. To many Pennsylvanians, Joe Paterno represented Penn State and all it stood for.

Old, conservative white men around the state revered the football coach who stayed on well past his prime into his eighties. Paterno stayed on when others told him he was wrong not to change his old ways, well after his coaching seemed ineffective and his team’s record suffered. Paterno’s perseverance in the face of his deficiencies was a beacon of hope for many white men in Pennsylvania who felt their power challenged by liberals and people of color seeking to change their ways.

That's why I paid attention to the crowd rioting on television at Penn State last night. The firing of Joe Paterno upset the natural order that white men like Joe Paterno could rule not based on merit -- as Paterno’s coaching deficiencies showed -- but because white men always had.

As a Pennsylvanian, I could not be more ashamed of Penn State. This weekend I will instead be rooting for the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. There students participating in OccupyCal bravely faced police attacks for peaceably assembling, at the same moment Penn State white males attacked police over the firing of an 84-year-old football coach who enabled a child rapist.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich
Yes, it is Wall Street’s fault
Bloomberg joins Republicans in claiming Congress "forced" banks to give bad loans. Don't buy the propaganda
By Gene Lyons

The shame of Penn State
The university buried a child sex scandal for years. And rioting students dare blame the media?
by Allen Barra

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Elizabeth Warren has responded to the new attack ad from Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, which linked her to all manner of alleged depravity and radicalism at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011
Forget whatever you think you know about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. According to a former Navy SEAL who claims to have the inside track, the mangled tales told of that historic night have only now been corrected.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The third Koch brother?
Facing charges Koch groups illegally funded his campaign, Herman Cain says he's their "brother from another mother"
"Justice Scalia's Catholic Dissent on the Death Penalty."

"Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church,"
Oligarchy, American Style
by Paul Krugman
Inequality is back in the news, largely thanks to Occupy Wall Street, but with an assist from the Congressional Budget Office. And you know what that means: It’s time to roll out the obfuscators!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel AlitoOur ethically permissive Supreme Court

Conservative justices wink at their own conflicts of interest
by Ronald Goldfarb


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