Last Democrat Standing

senator ron wyden

JP Sotille: Senator Wyden is a Democrat. Not a New Democrat. Or Blue Dog. Or an electorally-adept Reagan Democrat in progressive clothing. Not a willing functionary of the Corporate Imperium™ that passes itself off as the two-party system.

The Week in Hypocrisy with George Stephanpoulos

kim jong un and dennis rodman

JP Sotille: If Stephanopoulos really wants to be taken seriously as a “journalist,” he should seriously and directly take on CIA Director-to-be John Brennan on real issues, like the nuclear double-standard that punishes Iran for (supposedly) pursuing nukes, while Israel’s pseudo-secret nukes are never mentioned.

Military-Industrial Marx Brothers

bill young and buck mckeon

JP Sotille: Thanks to drones, these may be “limited engagements,” but rest assured that Duck and Cover Soup will open in more theaters, even if it doesn’t turn out to be a big hit in current screenings.

Did Pat Robertson Finally Come to Jesus?

pat robertson

JP Sotille: If he really wants to come to Jesus, Reverend Robertson should concern himself with rebuking all those firsthand sweaters from sweatshops, all those pants made by cheap child workers and all those other labor-intensive products that feed the beast of American consumerism.

Foreclosure Crisis: Biggest Scandal of All

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JP Sotille: The foreclosure scandal did not happen organically, nor was it just a matter of circumstance or the business cycle. It was a well-played game of slick mortgage salesmanship, cheap money lent, bad debt sold, insurance bets hedged and the whole system played like a golden harp.

CNN Scoops the Poop (Ship)

Brooke Baldwin

JP Sotille: The painful fact is that CNN, and the rest of the American broadcast news business, covers less and less news with each passing year. Less actual reporters and less working bureaus equal less actual reporting on fewer stories from fewer places around the globe.

Breeding Immorality

dog show

JP Sotille: Once again this year, millions of discarded and unwanted dogs will be executed in overcrowded shelters, far away from the glaring lights of cable television.

Ted Cruz Weaponizes History

ted cruz

JP Sotille: Before Senator Cruz once again wields his half-cocked, weaponized history theory, he needs to take a closer look at history itself. It is an ongoing warning to those who are tempted to use history as a justification for injustice.

Half a Coke and a Smile?

old coca cola ad

JP Sotille: The American diet is now a mine-field of sickness, empty calories and chemical additives. And the number-crunching folks at Coca-Cola think this mine-field may blow-up in their faces.

A Moment of Truth from Leon Panetta

CIA Director Leon Panetta

JP Sotille: Team Obama’s often-overlooked expansion of the War on Terrorism—in Yemen and Somalia, into Uganda, Kenya, Libya and various points around Africa—is actually inciting a response. Apparently, some people don’t like US troops, drones, advisers and weapons popping up in their backyard.

Health Insurance Is Not Healthcare

healthy insurance

JP Sottile: Instead of retiring the health insurance industry and its actuarial tables and profit margins and wagers, Obama “saved” the health insurance industry and enshrined it in perpetuity as the “Health Insurance-Industrial Complex.”

The Other NRA

conquest

JP Sottile: Unlike the NRA, the Military-Idustrial Complex isn’t limited to just spending money on lobbyists and advertisements and voting guides.

Jack Welch Capitalizes on Collateral Damage

jack welch

JP Sottile: We can talk cavalierly about the “paranoid style in American politics,” but just beyond the Birthers and latter-day Red Scarecrows who populate the Tea Party and Rep. Allen West’s townhall meetings, there is a deeper, darker secret that we all basically know and lament.

Jim Lehrer, Marriage Counselor

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JP Sottile: Setitle: Like an expert counselor, Lehrer facilitated an open and honest exchange of feelings and emotions. Okay, not much honesty. But the exchange did seem “open”…for business.

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