Media coverage of mass shootings contributed to the increase in the number of such crimes in the U.S., researchers said. A study co-authored by Western New Mexico University’s Jennifer Johnston and Andrew Joy claimed that the widespread media coverage of mass shooting instills a desire for fame among the shooters. The study found that the number… Continue Reading →
I’m not saying that all Republican elected officials are perverts, but … oh hell, the odds are in that favor. Meet the Mayor of Stockton, California, Republican Anthony Silva. Silva is a Super DeLux Brand New and Improved Christian. In fact, he gave the key to the city to God. Look, I’m not trying to be… Continue Reading →
Humans may be prejudiced by nature, but a new study has found that who we choose to hate may depend on our overall intelligence. The finding reconfirms the idea that it may be human nature to dislike those who are different from us — including those who look and think differently. According to the study, people… Continue Reading →
Published with permission for Alternet. On Wednesday, in the midst of the Republican National Convention, new allegations emerged of sexual assault committed by Donald Trump. This is the third woman who has accused the GOP presidential nominee of sexual assault. The latest allegations of unwanted sexual contact by Trump come from Jill Harth, a makeup artist… Continue Reading →
Porn. It is bad. Dirty. UnChristianlike. Sinful. A darn public health crisis! Well, at least the Republican Party declared it so earlier this month during their draft party platform meeting earlier this month. CNN reports that North Carolina delegate Mary Frances Forrester , aka Ms. Prude, proposed this amendment while clutching her pearls and waving a… Continue Reading →
Fascism has been working itself into the American arena for a couple of decades now. Like a lot of people, I prefer to think it can’t happen here — but I know that’s not true. We’re uncomfortably close these days.
And last night’s chants of “Lock her up!” at the RNC made that clear. We are now at the point in our political discourse where Democrats are not just opponents, they are enemies. They are criminals.
Josh Marshall, who trained as a historian and recognizes historical patterns, wrote:
This is not a disagreement about a matter of law: it is a demand for vengeance and punishment, one rooted in the pathologies of the current Trumpite right and inevitably to some extent about the fact that Clinton is a woman. If you have a chance, rewatch the speeches by Rudy Giuliani or even more ret. Lt. Gen Michael Flynn. These are not normal convention speeches. It is only a small skip and a jump to the state legislator in West Virginia who demanded Clinton be executed by hanging on the National Mall. In such a climate, don’t fool yourself: worse can happen.’
This is the way authoritarians think, to be sure. And the Trump Party is authoritarian through and through. But this sloganeering about how Clinton belongs in jail is sadly not confined to the right. There is an element of the left which consistently says the same thing, at least if my social media feeds are any example, with certain members of my own tribe calling for Clinton to be dragged off in chains for … well, the crimes don’t really matter.
I know most of you aren’t watching the Republican convention. God knows, I wouldn’t if I didn’t have to. But I have to tell you, there’s something really disturbing going on out there. I am actually afraid for my country — and maybe my own physical safety.
Look at the plagiarism story. I don’t think Trump is actually trying to gaslight us with his obvious lies — it’s about breaking the standards of national dialogue. It’s about eroding our collective will to fight against his lies, and bending it to his. I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve read with reporters who admit they’re too afraid of what the Trump organization will do to them if they aggressively question him.
This is how totalitarianism worms its way in.
And this is why, for all these years, I have fought the media narratives. Whether it’s pushed by individuals or groups, false narratives are destructive to a democracy. And if we lose that, what do we have left?
Jane Mayer has once again written the must-read article of the 2016 election season, this time about Tony Schwartz, the writer who ghost-wrote Trump’s Art of the Deal. It is a chilling, devastating and revealing interview. Here’s a taste, but just read the whole thing. “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a… Continue Reading →
Says he should have called it “Art of the Sociopath.”
So it seems Trump used to listen in on his resort guests’ private phone calls. Creepy, yes?
New Study Shows What Americans Think About Our Racial Divide…And Who Republicans Blame A study released on Monday by the Pew Research Center offers keen – and often disheartening – insight into how Americans perceive race across the country in 2016, where racism is believed to exist and the impact that President Barack Obama has had… Continue Reading →