Robert Stacy McCain Says That Liberals Are Terrible People

Can @Karoli Block the Entire Internet- - The Other McCain [Anonymoused]

Karoli is away from her blogging for jury duty at the moment, but her name has seen quite a bit of exposure at the blog of one Robert Stacy McCain in the last few days. I called her over the weekend and learned that McCain’s blog links are among the most commonly-shared items in the […]

Drone Fever Peaks As Brennan Speaks

How far does the president stretch 'imminent threat'? How far can the Huffington Post stretch it?

A recent Huffington Post headline: President Obama decided not to leave the White House without formalizing the drone warfare rule book and reducing attendant secrecy. That process revealed a robust conversation within the administration about the limits of drone warfare. Long before yesterday’s confirmation hearing, the New York Times reported that John O. Brennan had argued […]

Why America Lacks a Scientific Conversation

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The science is in, and Chris Mooney’s politicization hypothesis is real. Conservatives, especially evangelicals, are less apt to accept scientific evidence than they were 40 years ago. This trend has been driven by ideology, think-tanks, and a media echo chamber where the conversation is not about science. For example, the only people left out of the […]

The Psychology of Conservatism in Decline

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In its quantitative form, politics is about vote counts and polling data. In its qualitiative form, politics is about the state and the relative power of the many kinds of people in it. Today’s conservative problem is the diminishing power of its most likely voters compared to the less-likely, but more numerous, liberal voters. At New […]

Cults, Consciousness, and Culture War Conservatism

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Paul Krugman describes the basic problem of modern conservatism, which cannot answer any challenge of the 21st Century because it is living in an imaginary previous one: (T)he long-running con game of economic conservatives and the wealthy supporters they serve finally went bad. For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and […]

On Fog of War and False Flags

I’m not surprised by how much paranoid conspiracy claptrap exists around the Osama bin Laden mission. It has become all too routine for “false flag” allegations to wave madly after such events, and that is in great part due to the very act of truth-telling about them. Reports delivered 10,000 miles from the scene will […]

Bradlee Dean Makes Jeremiah Wright Look Sane

I noted Michele Bachmann’s membership at an anti-papist Lutheran church the other day. She has now reportedly left that church and distanced herself, but maintains her open adoration for punk-rock evangelist, homophobe, pope-baiter, and Obama conspiracy-nut Bradlee Dean. A few select moments here from Bachmann’s favorite wingnut-preacher:

Bradley and the Birthers: a Manning-Militia Mix?

Over the weekend, a progressive organizer and friend was approached by members of Oath Keepers. Apparently, the organization is looking for allies in the peace movement by comparing Bradley Manning to Terry Lakin. From the Colorado Independent: “What if Terry Lakin had been treated… just the same as Manning? Would the people who cheer the […]

Individuality Under Assault

Via David Neiwert at C&L: CNN offers a disturbing look into the rhetoric of the Hutaree militia. Neiwert does a good job dissecting it all here, but there’s one aspect that I don’t think gets enough attention: the Fight Club-like emphasis on individuality itself under assault. The giant invisible leviathan wants to erase you and […]

TIMEOUT

Did I mention I am working on video of 300 tea party patriots assembled under this today? They are working hard to transform the country in their image. They mean to destroy the Constitution in order to save it. End-times were invoked, along with the usual suspects. Swag was served. Petitions were signed. Craziness was […]