Category Archives: US

Chuck Hagel: Damaged Goods?

The Week perfectly summarizes the GOP’s rationale behind the great Chuck Hagel freakout: Hagel, a former GOP senator, won by the narrowest margin of any defense secretary since the job was created in 1947, raising concerns even among his supporters … Continue reading

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Chris Hayes on the Hagel Hearings: “An omnidirectionally embarrassing debacle for everyone involved.”

And how: h/t Digby

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Adding Pikes and Tumbrils to the Populist Arsenal

by matttbastard Hilzoy sharpens her pitchfork (what? Hil so owns a pitchfork — and, from what I’ve heard, has quite the loverly garden) and pins the AIG bonus issue–and out-of-touch Wall Street execs—to the wall: [T]he real issue isn’t bonuses. … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 4: Parallel Lines

by matttbastard Chapter 3: States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the  Counter-revolution (Previous posts here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the … Continue reading

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Shoving a Jeroboam Straight Up David Brooks’ Backside

by matttbastard Jim Hightower has never let his pitchfork grow dull, as he shows in this merciless skewering of the latest idiotic bleat from token NY Times conservative columnist Bobo Brooks: There is a fury in the countryside toward these … Continue reading

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Losing the Forest Behind the Trees

by matttbastard Via Memeorandum, some of the other progressive bloggers highlighting McHenry’s statement seem to be primarily concerned with how the Dem0cratic leadership in Congress can use the GOP’s apparent lack of ‘discipline’ to partisan advantage. Yeah, um, so what … Continue reading

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GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry: Sabotaging the Future is SOP

by matttbastard Greg Sargent notes that House Taliban lieutenant Rep. Patrick McHenry has finally given voice to the blatantly obvious motivation driving the GOP obstruction uber alles strategy: McHenry’s description is buried in this new article from National Journal (sub. … Continue reading

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A Round-about Way of Calling David Brooks, Roger Cohen, David Broder and Jay Leno Fatuous Assholes (Because They, um, ARE Fatuous Assholes)

by matttbastard DougJ hears something bubbling in the collective gullets of The Villagers: Brooks last week: But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities … Continue reading

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651,000 US Jobs Lost in February; Unemployment Rate Now at 8.1%

by matttbastard Yep, it’s that time of the month again, kids: U.S. employers axed 651,000 jobs in February, pushing the unemployment rate to its highest in 25 years, as companies buckled under the strain of a recession that is showing … Continue reading

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Schwarzenegger: US Infrastructure “Like a Developing Country”

by matttbastard ForaTV: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger advocates for a high-speed rail system to modernize US infrastructure, which he considers to be on par with that of a developing country. He says, “Our trains go the same speed today as … Continue reading

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