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Special Guest Chewer Edition: El CapitanAmerica joins the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit

With the ticking clock leading to the presidential election this November, there has never been a better or more urgently felt opportunity (at least in my lifetime) to become involved in the political process.  This election represents two very starkly contrasted ideologies, polar opposites, really.Politics forum regular (and self-confessed Independent, neither Republican nor Democrat) ElCapitanAmerica … Continue reading

"I want my two dollars!"

Updated: Read Devin’s interview with John Cusack here It’s not such a shock if you haven’t heard much about John Cusack’s new movie, War, Inc.  A Google news search yields an anemic handful of hits. There’s no “arg” for it, unless you count real life. But for certain corners of the internets it’s as much … Continue reading

When White House Talking Points backfire

But first, some comic relief…  One of the most powerful essays to have been published on the Bush presidency was sparked by the Bush speech before Israel’s Knesset, brilliantly parroted by conservative talking head Kevin James in the clip above. Here are Bush’s comments: “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, … Continue reading

The News in Pictures, Vol. 1

The problem with the news today seems to be that the corporate news networks have a dictum which states that world events are too complicated for the average viewer and therefore they only scratch the surface in their reportage, or even easier: just repeat verbatim the talking points faxed to them from the White House.  … Continue reading

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

When Dick Cheney visited Saudi Arabia to talk about oil and the Middle East in general with King Abdullah, the Doomsday Clock ticked one minute closer to midnight.  Cheney and the neocon cadre have long set their sights on Iran and have worked every angle to reinforce their position.  In spite of IAEA data proving … Continue reading

While Spitzer was &%$#ing…

While no detail has been left behind in the mainstream press’ prurient “probing” into L’Affair Spitzer, what’s not known is that there was another breathless and no less illicit tryst going on in the same town at the same time. Greg Palast reports: While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in … Continue reading

Suspicious Transactions

Identity theft is a big story these days.  Someone goes an a spending spree in your name to the tune of thousands of dollars; your credit rating gets trashed; you’re stuck with hefty bills you don’t feel responsible for, yet there they are, accruing interest like a vampire at a blood bank.  From The Economist: … Continue reading

Political Divination for Dummies, Vol. 2

… … wherein I cast runes and read chicken guts to tell you what will happen in October…Let’s see now…Getting something…From Esquire: Just as [William] Fallon took over Centcom last spring, the White House was putting itself on a war footing with Iran. Almost instantly, Fallon began to calmly push back against what he saw … Continue reading

Der Googlegänger

Having a short, common name is good for privacy in the internets age. Commonness is about the only protective covering available for those of us on the paranoid side, in fact.  But it’s not without fallout.Take for example having an email account in your full, common name. On the one hand, people who know you … Continue reading