Top Articles by Oliver Willis
Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, TX, has been charged under the federal hate crimes laws for a “knockout” attack on a 79 year old black man. Police found out about the crime after Barrett showed the video he had taken to an officer. According to the FBI, he describes it as a “knockout” attack on… Read More
A friend passed on this new Beyonce video, XO, to me. I didn’t like the song but what was really jarring is that Beyonce uses the audio from mission control from the Challenger disaster as part of the intro. “Obviously a major malfunction” is what was said minutes after the shuttle exploded, taking the lives… Read More
A late night Twitter conversation devolves quickly into world-class weird and I was in the thick of it. This started out when I gave Fox News a hard time for asserting that Jesus and Santa Claus were white. Megyn Kelly Wants Kids At Home To Know That Jesus And Santa Were White http://t.co/ueBqQZqUO4 MMKAY —… Read More
Conservatives slammed George Washington as a violent revolutionary who achieved his goals by spilling human blood. “This man ordered the deaths of hundreds of English servicemen,” said radio host Rush Limbaugh, “and now liberals want to honor him by naming streets, bridges, even an entire city and state after him. Unbelievable!” Others pointed to Washington’s… Read More
An influential man preaching income redistribution, peace, love and understanding? If today’s right wing media had been around in the time of Jesus, I don’t think they’d be welcoming him with open arms. “Loose Woman Claims ‘Virgin Birth’ In Bethlehem” “Radical Cleric John The Baptist Promotes ‘Jesus’” “Far Left Radical Claims Poor Will Be Rewarded… Read More
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
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
Barack Obama is a mainstream, center-left Democratic president. On the key issues of the day, there isn’t a whole lot of daylight between Obama, President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Hillary Clinton or John Kerry. There are slight quibbles here and there and the glaring issue of the Iraq War, but besides that… Read More
This is slightly more wonky than I usually get, but its worth noting and revisiting this for a second. We’ve all forgotten about it by now, but last October there was a multi-state meningitis outbreak that killed several people. The outbreak happened because a steroid solution created by a medical compounding center had become infected… Read More
I’m on vacation here in rural Georgia at my aunt’s house and the following story has popped up locally. It is yet another example of just how screwed up “stand your ground” style laws are in actual execution: For now, the state has not filed any charges against Joe Hendrix, who admits to shooting a… Read More
Dan Bongino ran for Senate in Maryland and got clobbered by Democrat Ben Cardin in a nearly 30% drubbing. Since then he’s made the rounds in the conservative grifter circuit, and is now selling a book to the rubes while also planning to run in an upcoming congressional race (which he’ll likely lose). In the… Read More
In the middle of one of my regular arguments with conservatives on Twitter, I was surprised to see several of them make the assertion that we had lost more U.S. troops in combat with President Obama than we did under President Bush.
For a long time I was one of these people who really truly believed that there were many hidden mysteries to the JFK assassination. I watched Oliver Stone’s movie, read several books on the topic, and knew – just knew – there was “something” there. There isn’t. I was just like many other conspiracy theorists,… Read More
The entire phenomenon of Batkid on Friday was amazing. It was a shared moment, both on the ground in San Francisco, and online across the world thanks to Twitter, Instagram, and the rest of social media.
It was also another milestone in the ongoing triumph of the superhero. From the inception of Superman 75 years ago this past June to week after week of Hollywood blockbusters, this is a world many of us could have never imagined.
Professional wrestling, particularly World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) – the dominant brand in the business – often gets derided because of over the top characters and predetermined outcomes. But in many ways the work of the WWE Universe is far superior to what the mainstream media – particularly those covering politics – offers up on a… Read More
This doesn’t always work. While there is a method to political destruction, the best practitioners of the dark arts cannot win an election for a fatally flawed candidate. It may seem hokey, but voters prefer to vote FOR someone instead of AGAINST another. The best run campaign cannot overcome the basic shortcomings of a flawed… Read More
According to the right, here are just a few things that taint the fact that Terry McAuliffe won Virginia’s gubernatorial election: - If Cuccinelli would have had just a few more days, he would have won. As if the election was suddenly sprung on anyone. - Obamacare narrowed the gap they claimed was fake a… Read More
Today’s elections are considerably less exciting than last year’s, naturally. On one hand the fate of the entire planet, on the other hand New Jersey and Virginia. That said, the two elections show the problems facing the GOP. Chris Christie isn’t a moderate, but he fakes it well. Oddly enough, hugging Barack Obama may have… Read More