The Lionization of Snowden Demonstrates the Lethal Combination of Low Standards and High Ideals

I will never understand how anyone could consider Edward Snowden a “hero.” I hesitate to call him a “traitor,” but there is a lot of territory between “hero” and “traitor,” and I feel he occupies some territory in between, albeit not even close to “hero.” What has he done that’s

Why Would Any Liberal Not Give Obama Credit for This?

One of the reasons liberals have such a difficult time in the political arena (and if you don’t think we do, then we have something else to talk about) is because some of the loudest and highest-profile liberals out there demand that everything be fully 100% “liberal.” Every liberal in

Guardian Manufactures “Story” From “Top Secret” Snowden NSA Document

Apparently, the Guardian is seeing the mistake it made in allowing Glenn Greenwald to publish “news” without oversight, so they’re enlisting other reporters to join in, in a vain attempt to give Greenwald and Snowden’s initial story just a bit more credibility than the none the story has now. Eddie

Why Do We Allow So Many Ex-GOP to be “Authorities” on “Real Progressives”

Look, folks; I peg my progressive roots to the age of 14, when I worked for the McGovern Campaign, but my actual roots probably precede that. My father was a union steelworker, and my mom was the daughter of a union worker, as well. I was royally pissed off at

Cutting the Crap on Bill O’Reilly’s Racist Rant

Really, is there anything more obnoxious in the world than a 63-year-old white guy who obviously has extremely limited contact with black Americans lecturing us on what the first black President should have addressed last week in his remarks about Trayvon Martin? Think about this; a few years ago, Al

Is Greenwald Possibly the Real Story, Not NSA, Snowden?

Glenn Greenwald is frustrated. But the reason he’s frustrated is because he didn’t do his alleged job in the first place. See, he put out a story, including documents, alleging that the NSA was spying on us all. Within a day or so, Edward Snowden made himself the center of

PRISM Does NOT Violate the Fourth Amendment, No Matter What Oliver Stone Says.

The overwrought nature of the concern over the NSA surveillance activities that were supposedly “uncovered” by Edward Snowden is alternately hilarious and frightening, and it is severely misplaced. It is highly cynical and either displays an extreme level of ignorance or, if we’re to look at it a bit cynically,

There is No Comparison Between Ellsberg and Snowden

It is simply not possible to belittle Daniel Ellsberg’s contribution to the annals of actual whistleblowing. He uncovered illegal activity on the part of the Johnson and Nixon Administrations, and probably saved many lives in the process. Ellsberg was a true whistleblower and a hero. Which is why it’s distressing

Updated: Too Many Open Questions to Trust Snowden – Arrogant, or the Biggest Dope in History?

There is so much about the Edward Snowden story that smells funny, and given the state of our “Fourth Estate” these days, I wonder if we’ll ever find the answers. With so many “journalists” on the case, there is no way there should be so many questions. But they’re so

Bill O’Reilly Gets It Ass Backward, As Usual

Surprise! Bill O’Reilly actually said something true in this video excerpt from the O’Reilly Factor! He is right. He is a simple man. As in simple minded. Although the people he’s speaking to (his audience, I mean) are actually simpler than he is. He’s discussing the Supreme Court’s twin rulings

Updated: Another Unsupported Attack on Obama by Greenwald

So, Glenn Greenwald is busy working on “some stories,” but he decided to take time out from his busy schedule to grace us with a column that continues his vendetta against President Obama, and suggests that the charges against Edward Snowden are doing more harm than the leaks he made.

One Key to Victory: Stop the Perpetual Anger

I’ve never understood why so many progressives seem so angry. Perhaps it’s because I’m rarely angry myself. Anger doesn’t make things better for anyone but the angry person, and even that is rare, and almost never lasts. In politics, anger is poisonous. It’s impossible to stress this enough; progressives cannot

Cutting the Crap on the Snowden Q & A With the Guardian

If the Guardian wants to salvage any credibility at all, they need to jettison Glenn Greenwald. They should also apologize for giving this guy free rein, with no editorial control. It’s one thing to set up a blog and let him blather on with his opinions. But a news organization

Snowden’s No Hero, Greenwald’s No Journalist

I have been writing and rewriting an article about Edward Snowden for several days, in part because the story just keeps changing daily. As more details emerge, the story could very well change again and again and again. This is one reason Snowden is not a hero, and why Glenn