The first rule of extortion is, you don’t call it extortion. When thugs come around to collect, they don’t act like their taking your money, they act like their claiming theirs.
Leftist Rule for Engaging Conservative Ideas #1: conservatives’ motives are never what they claim. It must be rigorously asserted that right-wingers are invariably driven by impulses more sinister than making people better off or trying to find solutions to the problems we face. New Republic senior editor Jonathan Chait knows that lesson by heart—on the Daily Beast, he argues that from the lowliest Tea Partier all the way up to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Right is animated by a view of “the poor as parasites” and “the rich as our rightful rulers,” a dogma we’ve picked up from philosopher Ayn Rand.
Nathanial Stuart has done something so remarkable, so groundbreaking that no MSNBC reporter could even fathom the sheer novelty of the idea: Have a conversation with an actual black person at a Tea Party protest.
Stuart has produced an excellent video of candid yet illuminating comments by “conservatives of color” who were present at the Washington [...]
Like a used car salesman, giddy at the prospect of unloading an old Ford LTD, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is flaunting yesterday’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score as proof that Utopia costs nothing. The tragedy is that many will believe her – at least until the interest rate resets to 39%, the baling [...]
I wrote this blog post yesterday responding to Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield’s lament for the past 10 years. The political reflection proceeded the unveiling of the magazine’s list of best albums, songs, artists, and films of the decade.
For tonight’s Midnight Snack, here’s the complete list of albums along with a few remarks on select titles: