Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.
- The EFF's valorizing of the tea party once again shows that far-right libertarians and the far-left have essentially combined into one group.
- In terms of optics and long-term strategy, it's unclear whether the EFF along with the "Stand With Rand" crowd on the left really grasps the repercussions of legitimizing weirdos and villains like Larry Klayman, the Koch-funded FreedomWorks (also cited in the EFF article) and the tea party in general.
Greenwald tweeted a link to an extremist right-wing hate-site that’s almost entirely dedicated to trolling and smearing Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs. The post itself, titled “It’s Only Shari’ah: Will Johnson Apologise to Geller & Spencer? Nah.,” is directly aimed at Johnson while also supporting Islamophobic wackaloon Pamela Gellar. But that’s not the worst part…
Over the weekend, a quick glance at Twitter might have led you to believe that the feds were trying to jack up the Brady Bunch, or that conservatives were fighting hard to defend the Bunny Ranch, but now that everyone has caught up to the story of the Bundy Ranch, the dueling narratives have become “something, something, LIBERTY” and “conservatives defend freeloader.” The buried lede here is that the peaceful end of this standoff would have been very different had the cops been responding to a mob that was smaller, less white, and unarmed.
Recent pro-vaccine convert and co-host of ABC’s The View Jenny McCarthy has taken a long, well-deserved beating in these pages for her dangerous campaign of misinformation about vaccines, but if you needed further proof of just how disconnected McCarthy is from reality, check out lat night’s The Kelly File. Host Megyn Kelly, who believes in Santa Claus and is certain he’s white, and conservative media icon Dana Loesch, who believes that the Second Amendment allows for private ownership of chemical and nuclear weapons, took turns scolding McCarthy for, of all things, ignoring science.
The Advocate reports that Louisiana, the state where just 79% of students graduate from high school and the one which the National Center for Education Studies ranked as the second-worst in the country for public education, has decided to be proactive in changing its image as an illiterate, backwards place and recently voted for the state to have an official state book.
What the hell is Taibbi smoking? In an interview with Democracy Now!, the newly minted First Look Media editor and former Rolling Stone polemicist was asked a preposterous question, and naturally responded with a preposterous answer. The question: “Who was tougher on corporate America, President Obama or President Bush?”
As soon as Cliven Bundy squared off against the big, bad Bureau of Land Management — instantly becoming a folk hero to idiots who romanticize the notion of armed insurrection against the federal government, seeing it, ironically, as an act of patriotism — you knew it was only a matter of time before either Fox News or RT consulted the legislative Patient Zero of this whole movement. And so it is that Ron Paul’s recent appearance on Neil Cavuto has begun making the rounds, with Paul issuing dire warnings of another showdown between Bundy and the feds that’s surely on the horizon.