Top Articles by Oliver Willis
Doug Gansler is one of several candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s upcoming gubernatorial election, and the state’s current attorney general. This race is effectively the race for governor, as the Maryland GOP has been reduced to a rump party with absolutely zero real power to influence the direction of the state (thank… Read More
Surrounding President Obama’s recent speeches about home ownership, mortgages, and the like, I’ve seen a return of commentary arguing that he’s getting everything wrong in not prioritizing renting over buying.
It is terrible, and everything wrong with the media today. This is part of the attitude that has led the Post to be sold for a relatively cheap price, same for the Boston Globe and Newsweek.
The debate over just how to put together a media shield law illustrates why we don’t need them, and in fact the danger within. It isn’t the job of Congress to determine who, exactly is a journalist. Already the definitions being offered in the Senate should send up huge warning sounds. Paid, unpaid, size of… Read More
Earlier this week I listened to several men with somewhat distinguished military careers regurgitate a lot of nonsense. In this instance it was an admiral, a general, and a former CIA operative who were joining up with a whack job conservative group to create a “citizen’s commission” to probe the Benghazi attack. As best I… Read More
I’m sure the Ready for Hillary people and the establishment Democrats backing the effort are excited about the prospect of Sec. Clinton running, especially since she is better positioned than anybody on earth to be the party’s next nominee and the country’s next president. But chill, a little.
On July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services proposed a reduction in funding for dialysis treatment. This is particularly idiotic and cold-hearted. My mother has end-stage renal disease and has been on dialysis since September of last year. At her dialysis center, the vast majority of the people getting treatment are middle to… Read More
The New York Times public editor has written an interesting story that lets us in on some of the hatred traditional political writers at the paper had for Nate Silver’s statistics-based approach to political coverage. It echoes a lot of the whining from Politico and their media writer Dylan Byers last year, who were still… Read More
For a long time I have lamented the fact that the left is stuck in reaction mode. As the right has set itself up for an assault on our society at the state and national level, the left’s victories have often come in reaction to right-wing encroachment. Look at the recent victories in favor of… Read More
Glenn Beck’s Man in the Moon event in Utah this past weekend featured big ticket speakers like Republican congressmen Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chris Stewart, right-wing figures Michelle Malkin and David Barton, and Charles Adelman, a technology guru so brilliant and visionary presented as someone who would make Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg look like “morons.” If you’re wondering “who the hell… Read More
L. Brent Bozell, the ego-heavy character behind the right-wing Media Research Center started promoting his new book on Tuesday, which promises to tell the tale of how the mainstream media “stole” the 2012 election on behalf of President Obama. Bozell’s book follows his most recent book, a 2004 tome on the “coming meltdown” of the… Read More
For a trial that is only a few days old, the amount of commentary on the George Zimmerman murder trial has been overwhelming. It has also been mostly stupid, whether it is conservatives making up excuses for Zimmerman’s actions or liberals writing about the racial/social implications of a trial as it is in progress. For… Read More
Via Wikileaks, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has just released a list of countries where he has applied for asylum. Snowden laughably claims that he risks “persecution” in the United States. You know, because he released classified information, some of it worthy of revelation, much of it done to shame the country and reveal national security… Read More
Edward Snowden’s statement by way of Wikileaks is hilarious and sad. I don’t know if it was Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, the Russian government or someone else who whispered sweet nothings in his ear as he went undercover to leak national security secrets to the world, but he sounds like he’s all tuckered out. It… Read More
Bigotry is dying in America. Unfortunately, it isn’t a quick death. But bigotry, at least as far as institutionalized bigotry enshrined by American law in the most shameful manner, is dying. Even as the conservatives on the Supreme Court did their best to defang the Voting Rights Act, the same court came to the logical… Read More
It still seems impossible that comprehensive immigration form may actually pass in the Senate on a bipartisan basis, but the question is what the hell will John Boehner do now? A combination of a minority of Republicans and a majority of Democrats could pass the bill, but could it be a bridge too far for… Read More
If you are part of the conservative movement that supports dead-end, reactionary, doomed to fail policies and legislation this has been a great week for you. The most vibrant sector of Republican politics, the Tea Party, is largely composed of people who are going to die relatively soon. They aren’t growing, and they can only… Read More
Two separate dispatches from Edward Snowden on Monday have continued to unravel the wannabe whistleblower and show him to be something of a simpleton in the way he views the world. First, his latest leak published by The Guardian. Snowden has revealed the shocking fact that the American government spies on people. Not just any… Read More