John McGivern interviews Alderman Tony Zielinski

If some of you are curious about where some of the video used in the recent Jan Pierce campaign ad that Zach wrote about came from (the I, I, I segment)…well here it is:

Meet the New Hate, Same as the Old Hate

Salon has an interesting interview with Arthur Goldwag, author of the new book The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right. He argues that the racist and conspiracist approach of today’s right-wing nut jobs is “largely the same as it was 50 years ago.”

But what caught my attention was [...]

Demystifying Libertarianism and Austrian Economics

It’s really not that hard as soon as you realize it’s a cult like the Manson Family, Jim Jones or Scientology. It helps explain Ron Paul and his acolytes quite nicely, actually.

From The Austrian Disease — Poor Scholarship, A Priori Bias

Despite its efforts to reach a broader audience, libertarianism is a marginal discourse [...]

Punk Economics: Episode 1

Great review of the crisis in Europe by Irish economist David McWilliams! McWilliams has worked as an economist with the Central Bank of Ireland and as a banker with UBS bank and the Banque Nationale de Paris. He currently does documentary television.

Listen for the bit around 7:30 where McWilliams talks about working in Boston [...]

Republican Rep. John Fleming cites The Onion as factual news

Apparently Republican Rep. John Fleming does’t understand that stories found in The Onion aren’t actually true…

Free health insurance & pension benefits for public employees?

Uh oh….looks like someone needs to read something other than Scott Walker talking points… Here’s a question – Why should you get your health insurance and pension for free? What makes you so special?

The “you” Randy Hollenbeck is referring to would be Wisconsin’s public employees.

What’s curious is that I’ve been a public employee [...]

Reverse Racism -or- A Fairy Tale for Conservative Children

Spotted on Facebook…

Paul Ryan Dishonors Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. day, a teacher from Racine refused an award because it was given to him by Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.). The same Paul Ryan who has perpetually been adamantly against extending unemployment benefits [...]

Do As I Say Not As I Do

Seems to be high up on the republican platform.

I think the one thing that bothers me most about the current republican party as a whole, is their unmitigated gall and lack of shame. Here the daily show exposes it brilliantly!

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Edible Externalities, Part Deux – The Sugar Edition

Earlier this week I posted about Edible Externalities. Well, apparently the Europeans were listening to me…

PARIS — Sugar should be identified alongside alcohol and tobacco as a health danger, and governments should tax sweetened drinks and food as part of their efforts to combat it.

So says a commentary, published on Thursday in the [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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