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Archive for 'Stateside'

“I’m kind of disgusted…”

You’re not the only one, Shep.

Shepard Smith continues his honorable role as the voice of sanity at Fox News. (See also here and here.)

The comedy stylings of Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and possible candidate for president in 2016, has (like a lot of politicians with higher ambitions) written a book.
Walker rose to national prominence in 2011, shortly after taking office, when he set out to cripple Wisconsin’s public sector unions, provoking an angry reaction from organized labor in the [...]

Virginia state senator’s nauseating letter to Assad

For reasons I won’t even try to guess, a Republican state senator from here in Virginia (in whose district I am fortunate not to reside) has written a gushing letter of appreciation to Syria’s murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The letter was posted on the Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency.
The most cringe-inducing paragraph of this disgusting [...]

The Old Guard honors the fallen at Arlington

I posted this photo from Arlington National Cemetery last year on Memorial Day. But I like what it represents about my country, so I’m posting it again on this Memorial Day.
The photo originally appeared on the Facebook page of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the Old Guard, which conducts ceremonies honoring fallen [...]

BDS bullying at UCLA

It’s not always easy to evaluate reports of US campus conflict over Israel/Palestine. Sometimes the facts are unclear, and readers in the UK may not feel they have a full grasp of the wider cultural and political context.  I’m opposed to attempts to shut down debate and inhibit the free exchange of ideas by both [...]

Geller responds to offensive ad with even more offensive ad

An anti-Israel group called American Muslims for Palestine recently purchased advertising on the sides of buses in Washington, DC:

April 15 being the deadline for paying income taxes, it’s a stupid and offensive attack on US aid to Israel– none of which goes to support the occupation of the West Bank or the building of settlements [...]

The industrial policy that dare not speak its name

Guest post by Andrew Murphy
Republican governor Rick Perry of Texas is excited about the Texas economic model which has lured Toyota away from the high-tax Democratic-leaning state of California to the free market paradise of Texas. That is Perry’s spin on things, and the way things were played up on Fox News.
However, Toyota is [...]

The suspiciously socialist Newt Gingrich

Following the uproar over racist comments by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, the often bizarre and sometimes surprising Newt Gingrich, Republican former speaker of the House of Representatives, advocates public ownership of professional sports teams.
The right answer to the Clippers ownership challenge is to sell it to the people of [...]

Thomas Piketty on inequality

Huffington Post reports:
The number-one book on isn’t a guide to green juice or an erotic romance novel. No, the top seller on Amazon right now is a 700-page book, translated from French, about rising inequality and the state of modern capitalism.
In what may be a hint of widespread anxiety about the foundations of the [...]

This time it’s Kansas

KCTV in Kansas City reports:
A man yelled, “Heil Hitler,” after he was taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of three at two Jewish-related sites in the Kansas City area.
Two males were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. A female was killed a few minutes later in the parking [...]