More scenes from the class war

Fox News viewers may have trouble driving from Oklahoma to Mississippi.

“Middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.” “The census data that just came out show that the median household income — the amount at the 50th percentile — was about $50K last year.” “Blessed are those who, in moments of moral integrity, defy this cynical list of political beatitudes and act from a sense [Read More...]

Mitt Romney says half of Americans are immoral parasites who think they’re ‘victims’


The scoop seems to belong to David Corn of Mother Jones, “SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He Really Thinks of Obama Voters“: During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack [Read More...]

From the archives: Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Lie


This video – – makes this post from July of 2011 newly pertinent, so I’m re-posting it today. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – [Read More...]

Movie idea: ‘Oz’s Eleven’

Artist's conception of Jacki Weaver in full makeup as the villain in "Oz's Eleven."

OK, here’s a can’t-miss movie idea: Oz’s Eleven. It’s a stylish heist caper based, of course, on the Soderbergh/Clooney remake of Ocean’s Eleven. I’m picturing an all-star, all-Australian cast — Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Chris Hemsworth … you get the idea. But the real star [Read More...]

Scenes from the class war

“What my dad didn’t tell us was that those rich people who lived in those nice houses were the real hard workers in the world (unlike himself and his brothers) and if we worked as hard as those wealthy folks we could be just like them and live in a nice house, and not a [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Gershom Gorenberg: “Republicans and the ‘Quality of Sodom’” A couple of strangers show up in town. In the previous chapter they had arrived at the tent of Abraham, who hurried to put out the best meal he could provide. His wealth, he understood, was merely a trusteeship, something he’d been granted in order to share. [Read More...]

The city councilman who wrote a bill and pocketed $80 million

No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time; yet what are many of the most [Read More...]

Climate change denial as real estate ploy?

What is John Droz’s end-game? I’m assuming he has one. I’m assuming here that Droz — “a real estate investor who owns properties along the North Carolina coast” — has some kind of long-term plan in mind. Apart from being a wealthy coastal developer, Droz is also involved in the lucrative business of climate-change denialism. [Read More...]