Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tim Dickinson of “Rolling Stone” Looks at the Koch Brothers’ “Toxic Empire”

By Elaine Magliaro Tim Dickinson has an interesting article about the billionaire siblings Charles and David Koch over at Rolling Stone. Dickinson’s piece is titled Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire. He notes below the title of his article that … Continue reading

Posted in Big Oil, Campaign Finance, Fascists/Corporatists, Justice, Oligarchy, Politics, Tea Party, United States | Tagged | 5 Comments

John Oliver Provides the Most Thorough “News” Coverage on America’s Predator Drone Strikes to Date on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”

By Elaine Magliaro It seems to me that we get much of our best coverage of news stories from comedians/comedy programs these days. I’m a big fan of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Last Week Tonight—which is hosted … Continue reading

Posted in American History, CIA, Media, Pakistan, Propaganda, Short Video, United States, US Military, War on "Terror" | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

The Case of the “Houdini Handcuff Suicide”: Young Black Man Supposedly Shoots Himself in Back Seat of Police Cruiser in Louisiana (VIDEOS)

By Elaine Magliaro Here’s an interesting story about a young black man who was shot while in police custody earlier this year. Twenty-two-year-old Victor White III died in a Louisiana hospital on March 3rd. He was the “victim of a … Continue reading

Posted in Countries, Crime, DOJ, FBI, Law Enforcement, Local Government, Louisiana, Racism, United States | Tagged , | 3 Comments

DIRTY TRICKS?: Koch-Backed Group Americans for Prosperity Mailed Out Incorrect Voter Information to Residents of North Carolina

By Elaine Magliaro Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing advocacy group founded by the infamous Koch brothers, is up to its old voter suppression tactics again. This time the group sent out voter registration forms to people in the state of … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Fascists/Corporatists, Politics, RNC, States, United States | Tagged , , , , | 22 Comments

Regarding the Killing of John Crawford III in a Wal-Mart Store in Ohio: Should the Police Officer Who Shot Him Have Been Indicted?

By Elaine Magliaro Previously, I wrote a post titled The Killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and John Crawford III: It’s Not about Race…It’s Never about Race!. John Crawford III, an African American, was shot and killed by a white police … Continue reading

Posted in Courts, DOJ, Law Enforcement, Racism, Society, United States | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

“Vetted Moderate Syrian Rebels” Condemn U.S. Air Strikes

Has anyone else noticed a change public discourse regarding foreign affairs after passage of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012?    Why do I get the feeling that freeing the State Department to direct their “strategic communications” toward American citizens helped … Continue reading

Posted in Neoconservatives, Propaganda, Syria, Uncategorized, War, War on "Terror" | 16 Comments

Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri, Apologizes to Michael Brown’s Parents (VIDEO)

By Elaine Magliaro Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, apologized to the parents of Michael Brown in a video message earlier today. Jackson extended his apology to peaceful protesters who may think that he didn’t do “enough to … Continue reading

Posted in Free Speech, Local Government, Missouri, Racism, Short Video, Society, United States | Tagged , , , , | 18 Comments

ACLU Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Mississipians Who Have Been Jailed Indefinitely without Being Indicted or Given Access to Counsel

By Elaine Magliaro Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Mississippi, and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed a class action suit “against the Scott County (Mississippi) sheriff, district attorney, and judges…” The three organizations did … Continue reading

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“The Face of Disgrace”: Charlie Pierce’s Brief Look at Three Failures of the Mainstream Media Since 2001 (VIDEO)

By Elaine Magliaro Today, Charlie Pierce has a post on his Politics Blog at Esquire titled The Face of Disgrace. The post is short—but points out the mainstream media’s failure to cover a few important events that occurred in this … Continue reading

Posted in Countries, George W. Bush, History, Media, Movies, Music, Politics, Propaganda, Short Video, Society, United States, War | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

Last Week Tonight (HBO): John Oliver Looks at the Miss America Pageant…and Its Claim about Educational Scholarships for Contestants

By Elaine Magliaro Last night, John Oliver did a segment on the Miss America Pageant. He talked about the “butt glue” contestants use to keep their bikini bottoms from riding up, the serious questions that contestants are expected to respond … Continue reading

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