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Wingnut Welfare in Action

Posted by Greg on August 25, 2010

Good for the New Yorker, following the money trail that set up so much of the right wing infrastructure.

With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.

Hat tip: C&L

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Back at them

Posted by Greg on May 17, 2010

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Liar of the year

Posted by Greg on December 15, 2009

PolitiFact has the voting for 2009.  Vote Bachmann!

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Prop 8 Trailer Released

Posted by Greg on October 20, 2009

My friend Reed has been busy.

Here is the trailer:

Check out the full site here.

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Calling out the astroturfers

Posted by Greg on October 6, 2009

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Senator Ensign as illegal as immoral

Posted by Greg on October 2, 2009

Interesting new revelations on the Ensign scandal.

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Caught in the act

Posted by Greg on September 21, 2009

Jed at Daily Kos has a good summary of Faux News getting caught with their hand in the till, so to speak.

The video isn’t really a surprise: anyone whose watched coverage of protests can see that Fox is sympathetic to the protesters, but this video offered a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of Fox actually fueling the fire of the very same crowds they claim to be covering.

All the news that’s fit to invent.

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Reality vs. Glenn Beck

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2009

Priceless.

Hat tip:  MyDD

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Rooting out the evil

Posted by Greg on August 12, 2009

My friends at Cadillac Tight discuss the corruption in the Bush Justice Department.  Read it.

It is difficult to imagine any practice more deeply corrupt than a presidential administration distorting the criminal justice system in order to use it as a partisan weapon against its political enemies.
Newly released documents, including thousands of pages of White House emails, show that Karl Rove, Harriet Meiers and other high-ranking political figures in the Bush White House were deeply involved in using the federal criminal justice machinery to further their partisan political goals — including successfully orchestrating the firing of a top federal prosecutor who failed to bring criminal prosecutions against Democratic politicians because the evidence did not support bringing criminal charges. And, not surprisingly, Karl Rove also lied to Congress about his role in this corruption.

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Republican poetry

Posted by Greg on July 20, 2009

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Christianists on the Hill

Posted by Greg on July 10, 2009

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Parsing the wife

Posted by Greg on June 24, 2009

FDL calls it:

The only thing missing from the statement is a fine Southern “Bless his heart” to tie it all up with a bow.

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Holding Faux News Accountable

Posted by Greg on June 2, 2009

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“Asshat” is too kind for Sacha Baron-Cohen

Posted by Greg on June 1, 2009

Oh how I loathe that man and his variant of “humor”.

But his latest stunt really is over the top.  And Melissa McEwan nails it.

Eminem has alluded to, on multiple occasions, having been molested as a child. (His new album contains a widely discussed track in which he imagines a child being raped by a stepfather.) I don’t know for certain whether he has been, although I suspect it’s likely given his fascination with the subject and his evident anger surrounding it. It’s really incidental, except insomuch as how much worse this will have been for him if he is a survivor of sexual abuse.

And because there was more reason than usual to stop and think about how fucked-up this “joke” really is.

Baron-Cohen certainly is aware of the same almost-but-not-quite admissions Eminem has made about his childhood that I am, and he went ahead with this stunt, anyway. Most of the people in that audience, and probably most of the people who have viewed the video and found it hilarious, are aware of the possibility that Baron-Cohen was sticking his genitals and butt into the face of someone who is very likely a survivor of sexual abuse.

Yet it’s all so goddamned funny—because most of us won’t even make the connection between what Baron-Cohen is doing and sexual abuse.

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Giving it to them straight

Posted by Greg on May 19, 2009

It’s not often I’m proud of my former governor, but he’s done a good job these days…

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