United States of John Roberts

United States of John Roberts

April 18, 2014
First, there was Citizens United. Now, with the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the McCutcheon case, our nation's campaign finance laws have been "eviscerated," in the words of the dissenting justices. Cashocracy, here we come! (You can read more at http://www.markfiore.com) Stay up-to-...
Sheldon Adelson's Menagerie

Sheldon Adelson's Menagerie

April 07, 2014
In case you missed it, a number of potential Republican presidential candidates went down to Las Vegas to bow at the feet of Sheldon Adelson, democracy-meddling billionaire extraordinaire. It was a pretty sorry sight as each of the potential candidates tried to out-Israel and out-tough the other as...
Religious Liberty for Corporations

Religious Liberty for Corporations

April 03, 2014
After corporations got free speech rights with Citizens United, they're now on their way to getting freedom of religion. With the "Hobby Lobby" case before the Supreme Court, the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act may fall and corporations may get the freedom to worship. Co...
Spying & Torture: Bestest Friends!

Spying & Torture: Bestest Friends!

March 28, 2014
You know things have gone a little too far when Dianne Feinstein goes after the CIA. In case you missed it amidst all the disappearing plane speculation, there is a major CIA vs. Congress story going on right now. (You can read more at http://www.markfiore.com) Stay up-to-date with the latest anima...
The Miracle of Anti-Gay Denial

The Miracle of Anti-Gay Denial

March 21, 2014
Since Uganda's anti-gay law was signed recently, it's been amusing (and maddening) to watch various religious right characters scurry for cover. When nobody was watching, the holier-than-thou set have been visiting Uganda preaching their extreme anti-gay views. Now that people are appalled at Ugan...
Tasty Ukraine Bites for Pundits!

Tasty Ukraine Bites for Pundits!

March 16, 2014
After Kiev erupted in protest, then open revolt that caused Yanukovych to flee and Putin to barge into Crimea, it's time to play catch up about a part of the world we generally ignore. I've been having fun watching the appearance of instant-experts across media landscape from Twitter to cable news....
Arizona's Discrimination License

Arizona's Discrimination License

March 06, 2014
Thankfully, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed the "religious freedom" bill that would've given people carte blanche to discriminate against gay people (and others, for that matter). The most baffling thing is that there exists a state legislature that would pass this bill. The bill...
Jack Gerard's American Petroleum Institute

Jack Gerard's American Petroleum Institute

February 27, 2014
Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible. (At least according to the American Petroleum Institute.) Let's take a look at the organization that has been lobbying their heart out to get Keystone XL approved. You can read more on...
Obamacare Job-Killers!

Obamacare Job-Killers!

February 17, 2014
With the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office, a portion of which announced that there would be two million fewer jobs, the anti-Obamacare crew went nuts. It was widely reported in the media that this meant two million job losses, eek! What many people failed to notice, however, was th...
The Wheels on the (Tech) Bus

The Wheels on the (Tech) Bus

February 10, 2014
Look out, Manhattan, here we come! With the once-mysterious giant gleaming white buses now embroiled in local controversy, San Francisco is becoming the national poster city for sky-high housing prices and income disparity. (Read more at http://www.markfiore.com) Stay up-to-date with the latest a...
Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet

Goodbye Net Neutrality, Hello Gilded Age Internet

February 03, 2014
Did you hear about the recent federal appeals court ruling that shot down the terribly-named "net neutrality?" Most people probably didn't notice the news and aren't quite sure what net neutrality actually means anyway. Before the court ruling, Internet service providers had to treat all...
Obama's NSA State of the Union

Obama's NSA State of the Union

January 30, 2014
I can't say that I had very high hopes for Obama's NSA reforms. (Hello, Gitmo?) The man can still give a good speech, though, and make me feel like everything is going to be alright. Unfortunately, what really matters is the policy and what actually happens. After his recent announcement about r...
Global Warming Skeptics Meet "The Climateers!"

Global Warming Skeptics Meet "The Climateers!"

January 22, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, global warming did not end because of the Polar Vortex. If all you did was watch mainstream cable news, you'd think the entire world was covered with snow and freezing. While it's made for some great icy news footage, the media have portrayed a pretty United States-cent...
One minute Middle East update

One minute Middle East update

January 14, 2014
With Islamic extremists raising their ominous-looking flags over Falluja and Ramadi again, it's not looking too good in Iraq and the rest of the neighborhood. Sure, Iraqi government forces may take back some territory they lost, but it's never a good sign when you have to shell your own country to ...
Little Suzie Newsykins remembers to forget

Little Suzie Newsykins remembers to forget

January 07, 2014
Happy New Year from Little Suzie Newsykins! Find out what Little Suzie is resolving to forget this New Year. She'd like to make sure that Benghazi story keeps feeding the right wing storyline in 2014. She also is resolving to forget anything positive resulting from Obamacare. (Read more at http:...
Saint Ayn Rand visits the day after Christmas!

Saint Ayn Rand visits the day after Christmas!

December 31, 2013
Take the Christ out of Christmas and replace Him with Ayn Rand. Get ready for a visit from Saint Ayn Rand on the day after Christmas! With a million and a half people losing their unemployment benefits, there'll be tough times ahead for all you "moochers." But don't worry, Rand Paul and...
Jesus Rebranded

Jesus Rebranded

December 22, 2013
Between the "War on Christmas" and the accusations that Pope Francis is a Marxist, some people can't seem to make up their mind. Who better to wage a war on Christmas than the people who want the Pope to be more of a capitalist! Seems like the most holy Christmas ever was one without ram...
I'm an Internet Company, I'm the Government

I'm an Internet Company, I'm the Government

December 16, 2013
With the major tech companies taking on government spying, maybe it's time these companies look in the mirror as well. I just couldn't resist the old "I'm A Mac, I'm A PC" analogy, seems like their relationship is so much like the internet companies and the government today. (Read more a...