Pundit reveals startling discovery: race = ideology

An interesting man said an interesting thing the other day.

Unfair, you say? Voters shouldn’t judge a candidate by his skin color. Maybe, but is it any more unfair than, for example, saying that because McCain and President Bush are both Republicans that a McCain administration would produce a third Bush term? No, it isn’t.

Ummm … you’re kidding, right? I mean, surely this taken out of context or something. Surely.

Well, read the whole thing and judge for yourself. It seems, at a glance, like Rothenberg is attempting to make a fairly valid point about how blind, uncritical preconceptions still exert a powerful influence on how people vote. So far, so good. Continue reading Pundit reveals startling discovery: race = ideology


Worst Week: Gonna be a big one for John McCain

This could be a Very Bad Week for Sen. John McCain.

Last week, McCain attempted a stunt for the ages, announcing that he was “suspending his campaign” so that he could rush back to Washington, where he was apparently desperately needed in order to pull together an economic bailout package. He called on Sen. Barack Obama to stop stomping the shizzle out of him on the campaign trail join him in pursuing a non-partisan solution that would ease the suffering of his cronies on Wall Street the American people.

Needless to say, the plan fizzled, and for a variety of reasons.

Project Censored 2009: the stories your corporate news whores are ignoring

If you have a pulse and an IQ of at least 70, you probably realize that our mainstream press sucks. The silly bitches at the networks (and way too many newspapers, as well) fall all over themselves address the pig/lipstick story. They treat the price of John Edwards’ latest haircut like they would news that Lower Fucktardistan just nuked Annandale (although they don’t seem nearly as concerned over John McCain’s $5K celebrity makeover). And their fair and balanced coverage can’t seem to distinguish between the truth and a bald-faced lie.

In short, we know – at an abstract level – that they aren’t telling us the important stories. But … what are those stories that they aren’t telling us? When they send a “reporter” to cover the latest Sarah Palin photo-op, what story have they decided not to cover? Continue reading Project Censored 2009: the stories your corporate news whores are ignoring

Nozzle of the Week: the RIAA

If the RIAA were a common street thug, here’s how things would go. It would jump an innocent old lady, stomp her within an inch of her life, and then, when she screamed for mercy, it would file a motion asking the nearest court to sanction her for wasting its time.

Seriously, you ain’t gonna believe this shizzle:

The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a “vexatious” litigator. The association is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system. Continue reading Nozzle of the Week: the RIAA

Saturday Video Roundup: “This is the guilt I’ll live with for the rest of my life…monsters aren’t born, monsters are created…”

As noted a couple weeks ago, the S&R team hooked up with the crew from Zero Coordinate and Eccentric Production at the DNC in Denver. In addition to their invaluable help in shooting the Lee Camp interview, we also worked together in covering the Returned Soldiers/Rage Against the Machine/Tent State march on the DNC.

Natalie Ashodian and her team have now produced a powerful video from that march, and for those who only read about it (or, as is more likely the case, given how little attention the mainstream press paid to it, never even heard about it in the first place) this coverage is extremely important. Continue reading Saturday Video Roundup: “This is the guilt I’ll live with for the rest of my life…monsters aren’t born, monsters are created…”

Lady Die: de Rothschild, elitism and the final episode of Punk’d

This is some pretty funny stuff.

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain
Posted: 10:45 AM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

But that’s not the good part. Check this: Continue reading Lady Die: de Rothschild, elitism and the final episode of Punk’d

Steal this election!

It looks our old friends are up to their old games again.

  • In Michigan: “The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County, Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.”
  • In Virginia: “Election officials in the county that is home to Virginia Tech were wrong when they issued a news release saying college students who register to vote there cannot be claimed as dependents on their parents’ income tax returns, a civil liberties group said Monday.”
  • In MIssissippi, that traditional bastion of progressive voting rights: Continue reading Steal this election!

TunesDay: S&R recommends…

As we noted not long ago, we’re now an eMusic affiliate, and you can sign the heck up by clicking the ad in the column to the right. As part of this relationship, we’re starting a new eMusic recommendations feature, which we’ll run occasionally on TunesDay. The way it will work is simple. We’ll post something about a band or bands that we think deserve a listen and whose music can be sampled and downloaded from eMusic. Can’t get much more straightforward than that.

We’re doing this for three reasons. Continue reading TunesDay: S&R recommends…

The man, the war hero, the…uhhh…inventor?

The fact is that Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet.

We all joke about it, of course, and his opponents made ungodly amounts of political hay with the distortion.

So, in the interest of bipartisan fairness, I’m sure we can trust everyone (yes, I mean you, FOX “News”) to do what’s appropriate with this breaking tidbit.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, John McCain invented the Blackberry.