DOJ Pushes Rampant Crime Myth for NYC

One of Donald Trump's primary bits of demagoguery during the election was his constant claim that violent crime was rampant in the United States after it had gone down steadily for a quarter of a century. The DOJ is now pushing that same nonsense in regard to New York City: … [Read more...]

Another Unnecessary Fear-Mongering Bill

A Michigan Republican legislator is proposing yet another pointless bill that will be useful to use for demagoguery during the next campaign, this time a bill that would forbid the use of foreign law by Michigan courts, something already not allowed except in contractual situations. … [Read more...]

Buchanan Hearts Putin Because He Hates Secularists

Pat Buchanan's latest column, in which he lavishes praise on Vladimir Putin, reveals both his own gullibility and the reason why so many paleo-conservatives like him are drawn to the man -- because he's such an allegedly godly man who is taking on evil secularists like me. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget Reveals His Ebola Demagoguery

ThinkProgress goes back and digs up Donald Trump's ridiculous fear-mongering tweets from 2014 about how Ebola was going to kill us all and it was all Obama's fault and he should resign. So guess what his budget proposal does? Cuts funding to the agencies that fight against such outbreaks. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Immigrant Crime Reports Literally Came from Hitler

Godwin be damned, it is certainly worth pointing out that Donald Trump's announced VOICE program, which will track and publish crimes committed by immigrants, legal or otherwise, has a literal antecedent in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, which did the same thing for crimes committed by Jews. … [Read more...]

Balko Calls Out More Demagoguery from Trump Speech

My friend Radley Balko delivers a blistering op-ed about Trump's speech to Congress, calling out the absurdity of the low expectations that greeted it and more instances of substance-free fear-mongering and demagoguery designed to make us all be afraid of nothing. … [Read more...]

Trump’s One Trick Pony of Demagoguery

Donald Trump's first address to Congress was little more than another campaign speech, filled with lies and distortions designed to make people afraid of one another when the evidence simply does not support that bleak vision of the country. … [Read more...]

Joyner: Common Core is ‘Treason’ that Will ‘Destroy America’

Professional Christian con man Rick Joyner vomits up another bucket full of stupid by announcing that Common Core constitutes "treason" and that it will "absolutely destroy America." Why? How? A Jedi questions not these things. Just shut your brain off and clutch your pearls. … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Creeping Global Fascism

The far right is clearly on the rise, not just in the United States but in much of Western Europe as well. The History News Network has an article about the many far-right, even outright fascist, political parties ascending across the west. … [Read more...]

Austrian Far Right Party Joins Putin, Lauds Trump

Among the many far-right. proto-fascist -- if not outright fascist -- political parties booming in Europe is Austria's Freedom Party, or FPO. They're getting record support in that country, which really ought to know better, and are seeking to join with Putin and Trump to push a mutual agenda. … [Read more...]

Trump Admits ‘Lock Her Up’ Promise Was Just for Show

Donald Trump is still going out to hold big rallies because of his constant need to be adored by friendly audiences, and he was here in Grand Rapids the other day. During the event, he basically admitted that his promise to jail Hillary Clinton was just for show. … [Read more...]

Violent Crime Still at Historic Lows

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its annual report on criminal victimization for 2015 and, despite Donald Trump's endless demagoguery, violent crime remains at historic lows and went down from 2014 to 2015, as it has steadily for 25 years. … [Read more...]