Top Articles by Bob Cesca
Enough already. Do we really have perform this little dance every time? Do we really have to rewind history to the years and decades before January 20, 2009?
The tea party movement is in favor of tax cuts, while embracing an historical event, the Boston Tea Party, that was violently opposed to tax cuts. In the interim, the tea party has objected to the notion that something like 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes.
Edward Snowden appeared via Google Chat at a special question-and-answer session at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas today, and to say it didn’t go very well would be a gross understatement.
Sarah Palin was the closing night speaker at this year’s Conservative Political Action Committee convention and her speech was just as awful as we’ve come to expect: an incoherent syllabus of bullet points, bumper stickers and word salads. So as a public service, I watched Palin’s address so you don’t have to.
Try not to, um, swoon all over the place, Fox News hosts. Here now, hearth-throb (and totally not apeshit crazy dictator) President Vladimir Vladimirovich “Pooty-Poot” Putin performing Fats Dominos’ timeless classic “Blueberry Hill,” courtesy of the (totally not a Russian propaganda front) RT network. Yes, really.
One of the most superficial, nonsensical Republican hobby horses is how the president dresses himself. Yes, too many Republicans tend to behave like Joan Rivers or a poncy E! host on the red carpet before an awards show, laser-focused on the president’s clothing and accessories. And it happened twice this week. Why?
From “The Big Fat Quiz of the Year,” kids from the Mitchell Brook Primary School re-enacted the condensed story of Edward Snowden and the NSA.
IRS official Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment during another Oversight inquest by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). When Issa decided to adjourn the hearings, Cummings protested and insisted Issa had been steamrolling any dissenting opinions in the hearing. But before he could fully voice his objections, Issa, calling to mind a tactic often used by Bill O’Reilly, turned off Cummings’ microphone.
It sounds like Team Stockman tried run a campaign in which they raised as much money as they could while spending as little as possible. Traveling to statewide events in Texas costs money. Having a campaign headquarters that doesn’t look like Buffalo Bill’s creepy dungeon in “Silence of the Lambs” also costs money.
This sort of crapola represents everything that’s wrong with online publications today. Not only is it infantile click-bait for attention deficit sufferers, but it’s also completely and totally condescending.
In The Guardian yesterday, Greenwald announced that there won’t be any editors approving or rejecting content for The Intercept.
Not only did Limbaugh complain that “not one conservative name was mentioned” during last night’s Academy Awards telecast — which took place in Hollywood, duh — but he went on to say that the only reason “12 Years A Slave” won Best Picture was because it had the word “slave” in the title.
A few weeks ago, after Stockman denied up and down that he was never arrested for smuggling Valium in his underpants, the Texas Tribune dug up Stockman’s arrest record and creepy mug shot. And now, Stockman has threatened to file charges against anyone who publishes the mug shot.
President Obama Is Neither a Weak, Indecisive Liberal nor a Blood-Thirsty, Warmongering Conservative
The harsh reality here is that this isn’t Kuwait, 1990. Sure, Putin’s Russia doesn’t nearly possess its Soviet era strength, and it’s, frankly, insecure about it, but it’s not Saddam’s Iraq either. Russia is an obviously irrational, unpredictable and bellicose nuclear power, and its leader is a bully. Meeting such zeal with kneejerkery is a recipe for disaster.
The big six movie studios along with foreign tax subsidies are in tandem killing the American video effects industry. This short-subject documentary about demise of the Rhythm & Hues VFX studio explains how it’s all going down. R&H was forced to declare bankruptcy just a week before winning the Oscar for Life of Pi.
From 2008 to 2012, the British counterpart to the National Security Agency tapped into cables allowing it to sweep up internet communications including still-frames from video chats perhaps, but not confirmed to include American citizens.
Last night, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer did the right thing and vetoed SB 1062, a bill that would’ve allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT consumers. It was a ridiculous law for many reasons including the fact that there aren’t any laws banning discrimination against LGBTs in Arizona in the first place. Then again, there aren’t any laws permitted it either, but this law would’ve codified Jim Crow style bigotry in a state that already has a spotty record on civil rights.
On Tuesday’s episode of the Dave Pakman podcast, Cameron said he’d be “open to” the death penalty for LGBT Americans, adding that it’s “not an unreasonable thing.”