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The insanity of public paranoia

Public paranoia is at an all-time high, fueled by extremists, conspiracy-theory nutcases and the misinformation superhighway (AKA the Internet). Over the last few days, I’ve read too many paranoid fantasies on this web site, fueled by readers who seem to have left common sense at the door. I’ve made it clear for many years that […]

Domestic terror a real threat to America

Domestic terror a real threat to America

Domestic terrorism is a “real and growing danger” to America, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman cited extreme, incendiary and too often racist rhetoric as examples of what he and other Senators see as an increasing threat. Said Lieberman: The threat has […]

White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propagandists hit the talk show circuit Sunday to claim success in reversing the longest recession since the Great Recession but the glowing claims downplayed the economic reality of a slow recovery that will do little to help the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in the […]

Republican unease growing over Steele’s rule at RNC

Republican unease growing over Steele’s rule at RNC

Signs of growing GOP uneasiness over Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele’s high-flying lifestyle and mismanagement emerged over the weekend as two Congressional leaders voiced their displeasure. “This kind of thing has got to stop or they won’t get any contributions,” noted Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl. Kyl joined California Rep. Kevin McCarthy in voicing concern […]

So much hate, so little reason

So much hate, so little reason

In 2008, I sat with a group of local government officials in a Georgia city and listened to some of them predict that if Barack Obama won the Presidential election, he would be assassinated before ever taking office. “There’s no way the racists and extreme right-wing will let him serve a day as President,” said […]

Right-wing extremists encourage violence, FBI says

Right-wing extremists encourage violence, FBI says

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning police agencies around the nation that an extremist right-wing group that calls itself the Guardians of the Free Republics is encouraging violence against sitting governors while claiming their mission is non-violent. On its web site, the group says it wants to “restore America” by dismantling parts of […]

Right wing rewrites history in real time

Right wing rewrites history in real time

The rabid right wants to rewrite history and in states like Texas they are already doing so. Conservatives in the Lone Star state want the state school board to rewrite teaching guidelines and force schools to downplay the role that Thomas Jefferson played in American history while praising right-wingers like Phyllis Schlafly and challenging the […]

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

The American government is paying millions of dollars for training and equipment as bribes to buy support for nations for the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. The funds, spent without Congressional approval or oversight, comes from a $350 million Pentagon “slush fund” used to “improve the counter terrorism operations of U.S. allies,” the Associated Press […]

Sarah Palin’s Fox show unmasked as a phony

Sarah Palin’s Fox show unmasked as a phony

The high-profile launch of Sarah Palin’s “Real American Stories” on Fox News Channel should be retitled “Manufactured American Fantasies” after two of the subjects she suppossedly interviewed for the debut show say they were never contacted by Palin or Fox. Turns out the network recycled old interview of LL Cool J and Toby Keith video […]

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

In a repudiation of the Bush administration‘s now-defunct Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless […]