Saturday, January 30, 2010

The real Obama strategy

This is why Obama only appears to be replicating Bush-Cheney. His secret strategy is beyond our comprehension. He is like Spock in the photo above.

We are like Scotty, we're just not smart enough to understand the fiendishly clever strategies required in multi-dimensional chess:

Aren't we lucky to have the brilliant, eternally logical Spock as our President?

Amber interviews Naomi Klein

Amber Milgram interviews provocative writer Naomi Klein.

Original here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The State of the Union

The State of the Goldman Sachs Union, as delivered by President House Negro.

"Yes, massuh Goldsachs. Yes massuh. We's safe heah.
It's all your'n now, massuh."

Time Warp

Apparently I was an opinionated SOB even as a college student.

Educational Conscience

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Good review of Citizens United v FEC

Joe Quinn at signs of the times delivers a well-grounded review of last Thursday's SCOTUS opinion in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission --

Disaster Capitalism Comes To Capitol Hill

Here's an excerpt:
Forgive me if I can't find it within me to get worked up over a ruling that allows multinational corporations to legally do that which they have been doing for many years. Has everyone in the US suddenly forgotten the word 'lobby'? Or the fact that almost every member of Congress has, at some point, been bought and paid for by corporate lobby groups? Go to the Open Secrets web site and pick any congressman or woman or senator you like and see for yourself. Is there a difference between direct or indirect corporate influence of politicians and those same corporations spending money on, say, advertising to influence the same politicians? Up until now, corporations had to be satisfied with donating large sums of money to candidates that the candidates then used to run their campaigns, i.e. electioneering etc. Now the corporations can run the campaigns of candidates themselves. I can see it now, John Doe, presidential nominee, 'sponsored by Coca Cola'. You like Coca Cola, right? Well you're gonna LOVE our candidate!

And let's be clear that influencing US politicians today is an activity that is owned, lock, stock and pork barrel by the corporations, because corporations effectively dictate government policy in the US. Unions have long since been neutered and lobby groups that actually represent ordinary people simply don't have the financial clout to make any difference. It's all about money in the land of the free market capitalist corporation and banker.

So what, in real terms, has changed? Nothing. So what's the problem? Is it that corporations can now openly advertise for or against candidates for office at all levels, and in that way influence public opinion? Don't worry about it! Because it's not who gets elected (or appointed as the case may be), but rather the amount of money it takes to bribe them when they attain office.
Nice work, Joe.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Clarity -- extreme clarity -- from la rana

As I've struggled with impatience in trying to explain why Citizens United v Federal Election Commission is not revolutionary nor unprecedented, nor a big change from the status quo ante... la rana has taken the time to write more explicitly what I've known but been too impatient to sit down and explain. I tend to leapfrog (no pun intended) over points which are obvious to me. But la rana takes a bit more time, breaks it down. Example:
I write all of this as an introduction to the news that will bounce around the internets and the teevee for the foreseeable future: McCain-Feingold is no more, and it took a large crater with it. As you've no doubt heard the fallout characterized, "Corporations are now free to spend money on the political process." Which might strike some as odd, seeing as Corporations currently contribute enormous sums to the political process and don't appear restrained in the slightest. When Russ Feingold says that this gives "corporate money a breathtaking new role in federal campaigns," and when Obama says "the supreme court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," what they really mean is that the fig leaf is gone. Ain't no pretendin' no mo'.
There's more at la rana's blog entry. Go visit, treat yourself to some realism regarding the role of corporations in American federal government.

Well done, Froggy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Amber talks to Mr Lysander about the recent SCOTUS opinion

Amber talks to PRN counsel Randall Lysander about the recent Supreme Court opinion in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission.

Original here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fuck Cass Sunstein. Here's a real legal scholar.

Mulatto Mandingo's boy Cass Sunstein caught my attention recently because of the shit he's been proposing in his position at OIRA. My satire of the genuflecting reverence shown Sunstein by "meritocrats," liberals, and "progressives" already purged some of my disgust with the Hivey League Superiority myth. But the myth is always raising its ugly cranium someplace new if you review American "news" media reporting.

Late yesterday Chris Floyd posted a new essay reviewing Scott Horton's coverage of suicides at Guantanamo Bay. Horton's reporting highlights some excellent legal scholarship --which includes hard-nosed, dogged investigation of ugly truths-- by Mark Denbeaux of Seton Hall University School of Law. Since I am a 1989 graduate of that school, and since Prof. Denbeaux has been at the school since before I got there, I am somewhat familiar with Mark Denbeaux. Prof Denbeaux was teaching criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence when I was at SHULS. Most of the students I knew who took his classes thought highly of him. I took crimes, crim pro and evidence from different teachers so I don't have first-hand knowledge of Prof Denbeaux. But I do know what other students thought of him.

One thing I do remember is that Denbeaux was always involved in something litigation-related outside the confines of teaching. He kept a foot in the world of practice, that's what I mean. And that's an important toehold for anyone who pretends to be a scholar of the law, because theory only goes so far, it must be implemented or it is not tested.

In contrast to Supreme Meritocratic Achiever and High Authority Cass Sunstein, Prof Denbeaux has been busy lately investigating the crimes of the US Government at its Guantanamo Bay detention center. You may remember that The Mandingo Messiah promised to close Gitmo, but despite that promise, he hasn't even taken the first step toward such closure. So that raises the question of what is happening there, what is going on that Mandingo Messiah is loathe to stop.

Well, Mark Denbeaux knows.

Death in Camp Delta

Al Schumann clears a forest.

Stop Me Before I Vote Again -- The National Insecurity State

Monday, January 18, 2010

Amber interviews Mr Wickham of The Two-Fingered Roger

Amber Milgram intervews Tanglefoot Wickham IV, Editor in Chief of the UK's progressive publication called The Two-Fingered Roger.

Original here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mr Lysander talks to Mr Oxtrot

PRN Counsel, Randall Lysander, talks to Mr Oxtrot about the Erik Prince interview and the psychology of the workplace.

Original here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Amber interviews Erik Prince

Amber Milgram talks to Erik Prince about the surprise massive contract recently awarded to Blackwater-Xe for disaster relief work in Haiti.

Original here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Amber Milgram talks to Mr Oxtrot about civil liberties

Mr Oxtrot wants to know what Amber thinks about Cass Sunstein suggesting that Americans spy on each other in order to find 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

Original here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

PRN beefs up its connections to Homeland Security

The laptop bomber/underwear bomber story presented PRN with a great opportunity to bolster its support for the Department of Homeland Security. Felicia Foxworthy worked her connections to get DHS Director Michael Chertoff to agree to drop by for a brief interview.

cross-posted at PRN.

Boo Rawson of Crazy Sleet!

Tony Hardscrabble, friend of dirtbag skiers, interviews winter sport blogger Boo Rawson of

original here

any similarity to this guy is purely coincidental.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Progressive Reports Now has a new home...

...and three new position openings. Go now to investigate these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be involved in the burgeoning new progressive movement. Help stamp out Evil Rethugs! Click on the link below!

Progressive Reports Now - your source for hard-hitting analysis of today's events, from a progressive perspective.

The story so far...

cross-posted from the new home of PRN...

Progressive Reports Now is a leading opinion journal for the "progressive" segment of America, modeled after The New Republic. Its staff include the following persons:

Felicia Foxworthy - Publisher and CEO. Ms Foxworthy graduated first in her class in 1982 from the University of Chicago with a degree in public policy and planning. From 1982 through 1989, she worked as a community organizer for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, helping poor and underprivileged Chicagoans find MDs who could prescribe anti-anxiety medications made by Pfizer. From there she went to the Chicago Board of Trade, where she served as governmental liaison until November 2000. The election of George W. Bush caused her to question her CBT position's durability, and thanks to a crafty headhunter she took a job with Porsupuesta Brothers Consulting, based in Washington DC. Porsupuesta Bros works with federal politicians on the Democrat side of the aisle, helping them craft public images that generate more voter support. While at Porsupuesta Bros, Ms Foxworthy attended a summer seminar at Harvard University. Ms Foxworthy quickly was identified as a top talent for Porsupuesta Bros, who decided to expand their work into journalism. Progressive Reports Now is a publication of the Porsupuesta Bros Publishing dynasty.

Amber Milgram - Editor in Chief. Ms Milgram went to The Kos Daily School (where she was valedictorian) and Harvard University, where she studied under many top professors in the Kennedy School of Government. She was awarded her Harvard MBA degree summa cum laude in 2004, after which she worked as Legislative Director for US Senator Albert Caidagh (D-NE). In 2007, she was recruited by Felicia Foxworthy to serve as Editor in Chief of PRN. Ms Milgram proudly acknowledges her profound respect for her role model, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink.

Randall Lysander - Counsel. Mr Lysander, a native of Great Britain, is an experienced attorney and solicitor who has experience as in-house counsel to various businesses and entities on both sides of the Atlantic. Reticent and cautious, Lysander has a natural talent for keeping people and businesses out of legal trouble. He is not a political creature, however. He works for PRN because he has a crush on Felicia Foxworthy, and because the pay is extremely generous in view of the work demanded.

Holly Ballou - Junior Researcher. Ms Ballou grew up idolizing the great activists of her generation -- Madonna, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen. At age 14 she decided to devote her life to progressive causes, thanks to Madonna's activist hit single "Papa Don't Preach." Ms Ballou absolutely despises the Evil Rethuglicans and working for PRN is her dream job.

Galen Greenwood - Marketing and Promotion. Mr Greenwood is a former litigation attorney who found himself more interested in using his advocacy skills toward audiences larger than a judge or panel of jurors. A regular Renaissance Man with big dreams and a bold vision, Greenwood knows how to tell people what they want to hear, and thereby unite them as a cohesive hive mind in support of various progressive causes. A graduate of law school, Mr Greenwood knows the finest restaurants in DC and --as one might expect with a true Renaissance Man-- can tell you where amyl nitrate is easiest to find for the best prices.

Jayne Hamster - Events Planning. Ms Hamster went to Sweetbriar College where she majored in sorority boosting and membership pledge driving. She is a natural at getting people together for such things as pledge drives, charity marathons, and water cooler gossip. She lives in the Hollyhobby section of Old Town Laurel, in a hip loft in a converted warehouse, with her cats Fabio, Enrique and Butch, and her Jack Russell Terriers RFK and JFK.