Gallups: Only Trump Can Save Christians from Persecution

The Christian right continues to indulge their ridiculous fantasies of widespread Christian persecution in this country. Carl Gallups, the end times preacher who has long supported Donald Trump, says that Trump is the only one who can save them from such persecution. … [Read more...]

The Absurdity of Trump as the Pro-Mother Candidate

Ivanka Trump tried her damnedest to make her father sound like a liberal feminist who believes in equal pay for women and for ensuring they have affordable child care so they can stay in the workplace. It was hardly a convincing performance. … [Read more...]

Corporate Profits, Lobbying and Regulatory Capture

Corporate profits are at an all-time high, with company after company breaking their previous records, but this is doing little to filter down to workers. Income inequality is growing as a result. A new study says that this is due to the impact of lobbying efforts. … [Read more...]

RNC Gives Full Access Press Credentials to White Supremacist Radio Host

One of the people who had full access press credentials at the RNC was white supremacist James Edwards, a radio host who claims that interracial sex is "white genocide." He says the RNC explicitly invited him to come and broadcast his show live from the RNC and he interviewed several members of Congress and a Trump adviser. … [Read more...]

Why People Believe Crime is Going Up

The disconnect between actual rates of violent crime and the public perception of the rates of violent crime is astonishing. In 2014, 63% of Americans believed that violent crime was going up when, in reality, it's been dropping steadily for 25 years and has dropped 20% in the last 8 years. In fact, a majority of Americans have believed that every year since 2003. … [Read more...]

Laughing at Trump’s Acceptance Speech, Part Three

Once more into the fray, dear friends. Picking up where I left off in part two in analyzing and pointing out all the lies, distortions and absurdity in Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the RNC, we'll begin with this long-repeated lie: … [Read more...]

Trump Defends Ailes as Even More Accusers Come Forward

On Meet the Press Sunday morning, Chuck Todd asked Donald Trump about the allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes and while saying he didn't want to comment, he defended him and tried to undermine the legitimacy of his accusers by saying Ailes had helped those women in their careers. … [Read more...]

Laughing at Trump’s Acceptance Speech, Part Two

Donald Trump's hour and 15 minute acceptance speech was so long and so jampacked with hypocrisy, stupidity and outright lies that it's going to take more than one post to get through them all. And so begins part two. … [Read more...]

Hannity’s Irrelevant Response to Stewart’s Criticism

Jon Stewart made his return last week on the Stephen Colbert show with a spot-on look at the hypocrisy of Sean Hannity and Fox News as they sing the praises of Donald Trump for the exact same things they criticize Obama for. Hannity fired back. Kind of. … [Read more...]

Laughing at Trump’s Acceptance Speech, Part One

Donald Trump's acceptance speech that closed the Republican National Convention on Thursday night was one of the most bizarre and least tethered to reality speeches I've ever seen. Internally incoherent, full of cognitively empty statements and laughably ridiculous lines, it was a tour de force of stupid. Herewith, some examples: … [Read more...]

Priebus’ Inspiring Story of a Nazi Collaborator

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Reince Priebus told what was supposed to be the inspiring story of William Knudsen, the head of General Motors during WW2, who converted his factories to create military vehicles and only took a salary of $1 because he was just so gosh darn patriotic. And now, the rest of the story: … [Read more...]

Thiel: Freedom and Democracy Conflict, Because of Women

Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and a gay libertarian who somehow bizarrely supports Donald Trump, has some strange views, to say the least. In an 2009 essay, he expressed his view that democracy and freedom are conflicting ideas and that this is at least partly because women have the right to vote. … [Read more...]