Category Archives: Land of Liberty

The Onion is Serious Journalism

http://www.theonion.com/articles/bush-our-long-national-nightmare-of-peace-and-pros,464/

Old articles from The Onion are like fine wines – they just get better with age. The above piece is a 2001 vintage  – but featured the most salient assessment of the coming Bush terms I’ve read.

New Cain

Despite pulling out of the race, Herman Cain is still speaking to the electorate.

This short from Cain is deadly serious, and is a useful indicator of the electoral processes at play in American right now: it is getting crazy in there. The dystopian nightmare of Cain is something to behold: David Lynch meets highschool film-making course. And he’s deadly serious.

Messages like this form a very real context for American voters – something to keep in mind when considering the policies and people Americans are casting their ballots for.

The Electoral Industrial Complex

This latest polemic from American Crossroads is fantastic telivision: dripping with production value and better writing than most domestic sitcoms.

It is incredible to think of the industry clustering around the American electoral process. And why not, there’s money to made. There are the candidate’s warchests of course, with Obama easily ahead – raising a casual $31.8M Us in the first quarter this year. It will be interesting to watch this year’s election to see how relevent candidate campaign money is in the face of unlimited superpac funds, and to discover how unlimited those funds really are.

On the imminent departure of Newt Gingrich

Politico:

Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager

Herman Cain – Philosopher King

More sensational TV from the Primary.

Taibbi on the GOP

Matt Taibbi writes on the current liberal meme de jour – the GOP are unelectable and getting worse.

Oh sure, laugh at the extremists. But have you seen Redstate?

Dioxin Poisoning

It takes a story like this in the Guardian to properly illuminate the timelines involved when a community is poisoned.

The suit – filed on behalf of tens of thousands of people who lived, worked and went to school in Nitro after 1949 – claimed Monsanto spread toxic substances including dioxins, which have been linked to cancer, all over the town.

New Plymouth’s dioxin production run started and stopped around 12 years later than West Virginia, which would indicate a resolution for New Plymouth residents by 2025.