Archive for November, 2015

When Our Enemies Collect Taxes, They’re “Predatory.” What About Us?

When Our Enemies Collect Taxes, They’re “Predatory.” What About Us?

Skewed News — “Predatory Islamic State Wrings Money From Those It Rules.” That’s the headline for an article by Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Kulish and Steven Lee Myers in today’s New York Times. It’s a fascinating survey of how ISIS generates revenues from the population under its control and from the people and goods that pass through its territory. It’s even more […]

by · November 30, 2015 · 0 comments · Media, Money Gossip, Politics
Post-Planned Parenthood Shooting, Liberals Should Stop Telling Pro-Lifers To Shut Up, and Start Telling Them to Stop Lying

Post-Planned Parenthood Shooting, Liberals Should Stop Telling Pro-Lifers To Shut Up, and Start Telling Them to Stop Lying

Skewed News — Another mass shooting. Another national conversation about gun violence. Another discussion that misses the point. Liberals and supporters of gun control are blaming right-wing rhetoric — as currently uttered by the major Republican candidates for president — for creating a volatile atmosphere that sets off psychologically fragile people like the man who opened fire at a Planned […]

by · November 29, 2015 · 0 comments · Editorial, Media, Politics
Corporate News Media: Don’t Vote for Trump’s Racist Lies, Vote for Someone Else’s Racist Lies

Corporate News Media: Don’t Vote for Trump’s Racist Lies, Vote for Someone Else’s Racist Lies

Skewed News — Enough with the fun and games! Donald Trump is dangerous. That’s the message corporate media pundits are selling (after months of selling He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Elected because, the country be damned, #RatingsMatter. Exhibit A is Timothy Egan’s op-ed in today’s New York Times. The Donald, Egan writes, is a fascist. Which marks a turning point. Politics is a game in […]

by · November 27, 2015 · 1 comment · Media, Politics
While You’re Eating Turkey, the Pentagon Is Whitewashing Its Brutal Attack on That Doctors Without Borders Hospital

While You’re Eating Turkey, the Pentagon Is Whitewashing Its Brutal Attack on That Doctors Without Borders Hospital

Skewed News —  Work for a government agency? Did you screw up, and want to cover up your screw up, but because you supposedly work for the people, have to present the illusion of transparency? Issue a report that purports to come clean — a total whitewash that throws some low-ranking schmucks under the bus — and release the sucker […]

by · November 26, 2015 · 0 comments · Politics, War
Healthcare Insurers Are Scamming Patients with Fake “Cheap” Obamacare Plans That Don’t Pay Their Doctors

Healthcare Insurers Are Scamming Patients with Fake “Cheap” Obamacare Plans That Don’t Pay Their Doctors

Skewed News — For Americans who live in a country whose legislature hasn’t managed to enact a major social safety net program since the 1970s, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) marked a major political shift in thinking. After all, the Reagan Revolution convinced us that we’re all on our own, that the greater good is best […]

by · November 25, 2015 · 2 comments · Health, Politics

Cole Smithey Reviews “Carol”

aNewDomain — An undeniable highlight of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Todd Haynes’s masterful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, is an opposite-sex companion piece to Haynes’s 1950s-era homosexual drama “Far From Heaven.” Think of “Carol” as “Farther From Heaven.” I give this outstanding LGBT drama an A plus. Check out my video review below. My […]

by · November 24, 2015 · 0 comments · Media
Adele Deserves More Fans (For Taking on Scummy Streamers)

Adele Deserves More Fans (For Taking on Scummy Streamers)

Skewed News — Confession: I’m a fan of Adele.             Not her music — somewhat like John Kerry, I’m not against it but I’m not for it either — but her decision to take a stand against giant predatory corporations that exploit artists. Much like Taylor Swift did about a year ago, the British chanteuse is not releasing her latest […]

by · November 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Media, Music
After the Paris Attacks, France Is Turning as Stupid as America

After the Paris Attacks, France Is Turning as Stupid as America

Skewed News — Now it’s France’s turn to become stupid. Throughout and beyond America’s dark post-9/11 decade, while Bush and Wolfowitz and Cheney and Rumsfeld exploited the attacks on New York and Washington to launch the perpetual “global war on terror,” and Congress turned over billions to expand the NSA’s surveillance apparatus into the Orwellian police state we learned about […]

by · November 18, 2015 · 3 comments · Politics, War
Hey Democrats: It’s OK to be Apathetic. Hillary Has Already Won

Hey Democrats: It’s OK to be Apathetic. Hillary Has Already Won

Skewed News —  It’s over. Hillary has won the Democratic nomination for president. Before a single Iowa caucusgoer or New Hampshire voter or any American voter all weighed in, she has it all wrapped up. It doesn’t matter how many Democrats “feel the Bern” — despite the tens of thousands of young people filling sports arenas all over the country […]

by · November 17, 2015 · 7 comments · Editorial, Politics
A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Obama Needs to Shut Up About ISIS

Skewed News —  “The killing of innocent people, based on a twisted ideology.” That’s what President Obama called Friday’s simultaneous attacks on a rock concert, soccer match, cafes and bars in Paris. He’s right. And it’s not the first time: ISIS is directly or responsible for at least 9000 deaths during the first eight months of 2014 aloe, according to […]

by · November 16, 2015 · 6 comments · Editorial, Politics, War