Thursday, June 25, 2015
“Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, was shown in a series of 14 photos taken by an Associated Press photographer at a ‘Celebrate the 2nd Amendment’ event Saturday afternoon, held at a shooting range in Johnston, Iowa. Five of the photos published by AP included images of guns seen on a wall in the background so that it appeared a pistol was pointed at Sen. Cruz’s head. The images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light."
Posted by Patrick at 9:48 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The president embarks on delicate negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran...he is firm in his belief that in the presidency resides the sole power to conduct the foreign relations of the United States.
When these negotiations are uncovered, this is the primary argument presented by the president and his defenders against the angry opposition of the Congress. The president is Ronald Reagan. The negotiations are regarding the exchange of weapons for American hostages, something the president vowed he never would do, and something he already told the country he hadn't done. The deal was facilitated in part by Israeli intelligence operatives, which is no surprise. Israel already agreed to sell Iran $40 million in weapons in a deal that had fallen through. Also, in deciding to sell the arms, the president was inspired partly by a book about combatting terrorism put together by an ambitious Israeli politician named Benjamin Netanyahu.Charles Pierce
Now, we have a president again embarking on delicate negotiations with the same fractious and unpredictable state. This time, instead of arming it, he is trying to reach a deal by which Iran will agree not to build nuclear weapons. Republicans in the Congress, heedless of the principles on which their party stood 30 years ago, and on their own initiative, invite that same Benjamin Netanyahu to come to the Congress to give a speech aimed at undermining the president's policy toward Iran and sabotaging any deal. This, say these members of Congress, is necessary to maintain Congress's role in helping to manage the foreign policy of the country.
Posted by Patrick at 7:59 PM
Monday, February 09, 2015
Sunday, February 08, 2015
...because American conservatives have a talent for combining stupidity, venality, and desperation in truly exceptional ways.
The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech
Posted by Patrick at 11:17 AM
Friday, February 06, 2015
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Rand Paul (KY)
Of course, he's an anti-vaxxer, in addition to a hundred other vaguely libertarian positions—all essentially designed to deceive oneself and others.
Having lived in Louisville for a few years, one becomes familiar with this type of charlatan, a product of what I call the Kentucky bubble—low-grade intellects developed within a low-stakes environment.
Posted by Patrick at 6:38 AM
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 02, 2015
Bill Moyers interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Moyers and Company
Very astute capture of our collective problem—our collective legacy. America's DNA is polluted with violence, hatred, and fear. Decades of institutional racism will not simply disappear—the reflexive denials will only compound and extend the injustice.
It will not just go away.
Posted by Patrick at 9:33 AM