Kerry Gives Assad A Week To Turn Over All Chemical Weapons Or Face Attack

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:00 am

So much for Congress. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Assad government to turn over all their chemical weapons in a week or face attack. The State Department has clarified that Kerry was merely being rhetorical but the message the Obama Administration is sending is once again muddled. The US secretary of state has [...]

White House Contrasts Peter King Muslim Radicalization Hearings With Appeal to Tolerance

By: Monday March 7, 2011 6:15 am

This week, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will hold long-awaited hearings in the House Homeland Security Committee on Muslim cooperation with law enforcement in terror investigations. King pretty much has his mind made up before entering the hearing room – he believes that Muslim-Americans haven’t aided enough in investigations against extremism, despite a long record to [...]

Boehner: Public Workers “Have a Machine Gun” Pointed at Heads of Local Officials

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 9:35 am

Behold the most violent rhetoric to come out of the workers’ rights standoff in Wisconsin. It comes from the Speaker of the House: Speaker John Boehner: “It’s not just Wisconsin. It’s Ohio. It’s Indiana. You’re going to see these types of actions taken in a lot of states because the states are broke and over [...]

There’s Only You and Me and We Just Disagree

By: Friday January 14, 2011 9:50 am

That’s the sentiment of Paul Krugman’s column today, which makes a crucial distinction amidst this call for civility in the discourse, one I think a lot of people are missing. Sitting in a mixed bipartisan fashion or boy-girl-boy-girl at the State of the Union, or vowing to “come together” after a national tragedy is a [...]

Dingell Cites Examples of Violent Conservative Rhetoric on House Floor

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 7:06 am

Though he had a somewhat rough re-election campaign last year, John Dingell is not someone who’s going to temper himself for political expediency. So just as President Obama did his job speaking to the nation last night, so did Dingell do his job shaming Republicans with a recitation of their rhetoric last night. Quoting Sharron [...]

Thoughts on the President’s Tucson Address

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 6:34 am

Let me say that the President’s speech was perfect for the venue and the moment. The tone seemed right; he didn’t have an applause meter behind him, and anyway the ray of light and the celebration of life was completely appropriate for that room and the emotional tenor of it. The emotions seemed genuine and [...]

Conservative Crackup Cont’d

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 12:17 pm

The first political figure to resign their post after the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords was an African-American Arizona Republican: Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, [...]

Methinks Palin, Angle Doth Protest Too Much

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 7:16 am

Sigh. So I guess I have to comment on Sarah Palin’s statement on the Tucson shooting, which was actually a statement about Sarah Palin, of course. First of all, the faux sincerity achieved by shaking her head a little bit from side-to-side is grating. But enough of the theater criticism. Second, you have to love [...]

Debate Over Violent Political Rhetoric Continues

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 1:15 pm

After a few days of criticism despite not naming names, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik went ahead and named them last night. “The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. “[Limbaugh] attacks people, [...]

Right Wing Working the Refs Through Victimization After Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:11 am

President Obama will appear at a memorial service for the victims in Tucson tomorrow night, and the right wing has already decided to pre-but it. In particular, they are trying to steer the President away from any speech that contains echoes of President Bill Clinton’s Oklahoma City speech in 1995, about the “purveyors of hatred [...]

Right Wing Hopping Mad Over Culture of Violence They Have Wrought

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 6:55 am

Right now, the public isn’t ready to believe an argument that Jared Loughner was motivated by right-wing rhetoric. Fortunately, nobody has said that, because it’s the wrong claim to make. Nobody has claimed that crosshairs on a map or talk of “Second Amendment remedies” is specifically to blame (some on the right have blamed heavy [...]

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