Chris Francescani’s otherwise solid Reuters article about George Zimmerman, with previously undisclosed and illuminating background info, is marred by the baseless assertion that Zimmerman “disregarded police advice against pursuing Martin.” Actually, there’s no known evidence that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin after the police dispatcher “suggested” he halt, but the lynch mob has brainwashed a lot of people into perceiving fiction as fact.
Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke is a modern woman who ably reaffirms that it’s not sinful for females to enjoy sex out of wedlock. Rush Limbaugh clings to the opposite and very outdated notion that such behavior is steeped in shame. He deserves to be mocked rather than taken seriously, but it’s self-defeating for Limbaugh’s critics to overreact to his disparagement of Fluke, because it breathes life into the very misconception they wish to expunge.
As is their wont, devotees of presidential candidate Ron Paul made their presence known on January 15 at the Three Kings Day Parade in Miami, an annual event that draws thousands of spectators. When one of them held up a sign touting their favorite candidate in front of a local Univision TV camera, the crew [...]
Former investigative journalist Viveca Novak, now the editorial and communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics, joined us yesterday. Her fascinating article about James Bopp, the controversial plaintiff’s attorney who originally filed the Citizens United lawsuit, depicts her subject as more committed to the First Amendment than to the Republican Party: “Though he’s socially [...]
Politics and insanity are a dangerous combination. One might argue that politics is insanity, but certainly insanity is political. Was the violent rampage of Jared Loughner in Tucson politics or insanity? To argue that Mr. Loughner’s actions in Tucson were politically motivated is to obscure the influence of mental illness on his shooting spree. Mr. [...]
When someone who habitually drinks to excess vomits from the flu, it’s not an indication he threw up from drinking too much. Though it would likely be beneficial for him to curtail his imbibing, it’s not a good time to make that point. Telling him then anyway, and expecting a favorable response, is like using the Tucson tragedy as an excuse to scold right-wingers, and expecting them to see the light.
Julian Assange doesn’t like using condoms. Should the two women have been surprised? Mr. Assange is well-known for his dangerous.... releases. Now I am not an advocate of unprotected sex, per se, but can’t a better contraceptive be developed? Do we still need to torture penises to be safe? I might as well hump a Ziploc.
In an op-ed published January 5 by the Guardian, Naomi Wolf argues that Julian Assange’s alleged Swedish victims - and all sex crime accusers – should be publicly identified by their real names. Wolf is mostly right. But in her zeal to promote the benefits of disclosure, she neglects to mention that women who have been raped still tend to endure a type of hardship which rarely – if ever – affects any other crime victims who seek justice.
Award-winning Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi comes to Largo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles on November 12 to celebrate the release of his new book, Griftopia, the dramatic story behind the most audacious power grab in American history. Whistleblower journalist Nomi Prins, who worked on Wall Street as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, will join him. Her latest book is It Takes a Pillage. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Michael Penn will open. Click here for tickets/info and here for a preview.
In an op-ed just published by The Washington Post, Rabbi David Nesenoff ascribes this incendiary opinion to the legendary journalist Helen Thomas, who was recently forced to retire after the rabbi posted an impromptu interview he had conducted with Thomas on the internet: “The Jew has no connection with the land of Israel.”