Much Drama About Obama: Far-Right Conservatives React to the Election

[TW for racism and hate speech.] I like to read the comments sections of conservative blogs to find out how people with very different viewpoints from my own are thinking and feeling. And after a day like last November 6, people are doing a lot of thinking and feeling.

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What to Make of the Lara Logan Tragedy?

[Trigger warning for violence and sexual assault.] You may have read/heard by now that CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was attacked in Cairo last week. Read More What to Make of the Lara Logan Tragedy?

The Business of Hating and Being Hated

The saying “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar” has gone out of vogue, mostly because flies don’t support haute couture habits, nor will they finance a 100-acre estate. If you want to be rich,  throw out the honey and the vinegar; invest in pepper spray. In America anyway, a good number of the wealthy and (in)famous scaled the economic pyramid because, not in spite of, their reputation as rabble-rousing malcontents, the mean boys and girls who are unafraid to inspire a little hatred and a lot of indigestion. Read More The Business of Hating and Being Hated

Political Round-up: Tragedies,Take-Backs and Terrible People

The single biggest new item this week was the shooting in Tucson, which so overshadowed, among other things, the first full work week of the 112th Congress, that most of today’s round-up items are directly or tangentially related to it. As in the wake of Columbine, both sides of the gun rights debate have proposed and are gearing up to debate new bills, while plenty of across-the-aisle sniping has ensured Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck remain ever-present in the news cycle. Read More Political Round-up: Tragedies,Take-Backs and Terrible People