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The Depersonalization of Evil

The Depersonalization of Evil

Skewed News — The email was from someone who generally supports me. And it was generally supportive: “I’m glad you still have a platform.” Me too! But the generally nice email contained a qualifier. “I do find a lot of your opinions repugnant.” Whoa. Repugnant? Such a strong word. The Holocaust was repugnant. What did I write or draw that […]

by · January 9, 2016 · 0 comments · Editorial, Media, Politics
6 Crazy Things Donald Trump Says That Are Absolutely Right

6 Crazy Things Donald Trump Says That Are Absolutely Right

Skewed News — Donald Trump has surged to the top of the Republican heap by saying outrageous things, issuing over-the-top insults, and making ridiculous proposals. Some of his utterances, like his sexist remarks about Carly Fiorina’s looks, are offensive. His nativist demagoguery, calling for mass arrests and deportations of Latinos and a visa ban to Muslim visitors, are outright fascist. […]

by · December 21, 2015 · 2 comments · Editorial, Media, Politics
In Defense of Donald Trump’s Namecalling

In Defense of Donald Trump’s Namecalling

Skewed News — Donald Trump likes to call people “stupid.” And/or “loser.” Obviously, it’s juvenile. Also obviously, Republican primary voters are into it. They like Trump’s short declarative sentences — the secret sauce of which is namecalling. Trump’s namecalling, so loud and so short on specifics, drives the establishment political writers who dominate corporate media crazy. I suspect this is […]

by · December 14, 2015 · 1 comment · Media, Politics
Donald Trumpism Explained: It’s Free Trade, Stupid

Donald Trumpism Explained: It’s Free Trade, Stupid

Skewed News — Donald Trump is a nativist asshole. Why is he leading in the polls, and what does this say about Americans and/or Republicans? Analysts and pundits are obsessing over these questions even more now that the real estate developer billionaire candidate seemed to have jumped the political shark with his statement that he wants to ban Muslims from […]

by · December 10, 2015 · 0 comments · Economy, Media, Politics
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

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
Hillary Clinton Came Off as Presidential, Unrepentant and Cheap at Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton Came Off as Presidential, Unrepentant and Cheap at Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Skewed News — Yesterday I tweeted that last night’s Democratic debate — inexplicably held on a Saturday when few Americans could be expected to watch it — would be a “do or die” moment for Bernie Sanders. Bernie did. But he couldn’t have done it without a major assist by former Maryland Martin O’Malley, aka That Other Guy. Bernie, who […]

by · November 15, 2015 · 2 comments · Economy, Media, Politics, War