When I first became involved in progressive Democratic politics, it was the worst of times. Bush won election with the help of the Supreme Court, and Democrats were running scared. The Democrats were further shocked into paralysis after 9/11 and were decimated in the 2002 midterm elections. Not coincidentally, this was a great time for… Read More
- Third Way's corporate leadership attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren for advocating populist progressivism, only to be undercut with a speech attacking income inequality from the President himself.
- Candidates who sound like Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama win elections in modern America. The ones that don't end up on Morning Joe panels.
A recent article in Elle magazine, seemingly reprinted from 1973, helps needy women figure out how to deal with the scourge of a busy pseudo-boyfriend who has, like, a job. After a giant splash ad promising “50 Date Night Dresses He’ll Flip For,” Elle presents the story “Meet the Thursday Guy: The New Problem Plaguing… Read More
Greenwald, for the gazillionth time, made the case that just because the government uses foreign surveillance, it will absolutely turn those operations on its own people, targeting each of us personally and without warrants. And until it does, the government is using the fear that it might collect your cat memes and porn habits to keep you in line.
South Carolina embarrassed itself yet again (this year month week), when Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark decided it was an excellent idea to be publicly and unforgivingly absurd, by stating that he would not be following the President’s order to fly the U.S. flag at half-mast to show respect for the life and loss of Nelson Mandela. Clark’s reasoning, according to his Facebook page is that, “Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!! The flag should be lowered at our Embassy in S. Africa, but not here.”
Nelson Mandela is the latest progressive icon that the right has tried to claim as their own. Recent examples of this phenomenon include John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King. This is a sign of a key contradiction at the heart of conservatism. Famously, William F. Buckley described conservatism as standing athwart history,… Read More
World Net Daily is the black hole at the center of galactic wingnuttia. And its online reader poll on the “life and work” of Nelson Mandela is going just about as you’d expect. Leading the pack with 69 percent of the vote is the response: “He was a violent communist revolutionary who never should have been released from prison.”
If you’ve been overheard and recorded uttering nasty racist slurs against black people, it’s probably best to keep quiet when an iconic person of color passes away. Paris Hilton has called black people ‘dirty niggers‘, told journalists that “she can’t stand black people“, and has a “one percent” rule against dating black men (ie. her boyfriends… Read More
Today, the global community mourned the death of the man who led an unyielding struggle to end the system of apartheid in South Africa and provided hope to the dispossessed around the world. Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as ‘Madiba’, died Thursday aged 95, was a unifying force for not only black South Africans, but human beings.
While tributes pour in from leaders and celebrities around the world, here is ‘Madiba’ in his own, inspiring words.