ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist

  By Jeff Koopersmith, for American Politics Journal WASHINGTON DC - 20 January 2015 - It is terrifying how many times Charles Krauthammer turns up like a bad penny on Fox News.  One never knows when that mean-spirited grump will show his face, care of Roger Ailes et al and his usual team of bleached … Continue reading ON KRAUTHAMMER: More idiocy from the Pundit Psychiatrist

Putting Out Fire with Gasoline in Libya

Former US intelligence asset Susan Lindauer looks at what it will take to keep Libya from becoming the next Somalia. War doesn’t work, does it? Best case scenario: NATO's war against Libya will run 18 to 24 months unless decisive action is taken right now—this day—to end the military confrontation.Moussa Koussa, Libya's Foreign Minister who … Continue reading Putting Out Fire with Gasoline in Libya

Mapping the Protofascist Money Trail, Wisconsin Edition

Here's a Sunday morning must-read. Scout Prime at First Draft links to a remarkably detailed and researched post at Cognitive Dissonance that maps the money trail from a negative campaign ad running in Wisconsin to the wallets of protofascist billionaires David and Charles Koch. Operatives are identified, email addresses (and a phone number) are revealed, … Continue reading Mapping the Protofascist Money Trail, Wisconsin Edition

America as a Free Fire Zone: A Critical Examination of Gun Culture Rationalizations

Ernest Partridge looks at America's gun culture and its corrosive effect on the nation. On January 12, thirty thousand people attended a memorial service for the seven victims of the Tucson massacre.Thirty thousand: that’s about the same number of Americans who died in 2006 from gunshot wounds. Almost one hundred every day.That is a statistic … Continue reading America as a Free Fire Zone: A Critical Examination of Gun Culture Rationalizations

Fear, Smear and Political Violence for Profit and Power

Stephen Crockett on the rising tide of political gun violence — and the coming ballot box revolt from the center and left. The shootings in Arizona should be producing a crisis of conscience on the political Right in this nation. However, I am not sure we are going to see that result. Extreme language, violent … Continue reading Fear, Smear and Political Violence for Profit and Power

Suggested Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for 2011

It has become clear that our nation has a severely crippled political system where the will of the majority and the best interests of the nation are being ignored so a very few obscenely wealthy individuals and many international corporations can reap absurd profits. Our American democracy and way of life are under serious attack … Continue reading Suggested Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for 2011

Hippie punching, the 2010 elections, and the Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Charles Utwater II on "hippie punching". Amid the favorable response to Susie Madrak’s well-aimed rebuke to David Axelrod over “hippie punching,” one wishes there were a little more introspection. “Hippie punching” is the denigration by one person of another for the purpose of distinguishing the one doing the denigration as a reasonable sane-left person, as … Continue reading Hippie punching, the 2010 elections, and the Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Game Day! Final Pre-season Primary Results

11:02pm — Carl Palladino has defeated Rick Lazio for NY-Gov GOP slot per AP10:49pm — Scandal-tainted NY State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has conceded to Gustavo Rivera. And our sources tell us that NY-Gov GOP favorite Rick Lazio's team is bracing for defeat.10:30pm — via Twitter, Dave Wasserman tells us that Paul Begala had … Continue reading Game Day! Final Pre-season Primary Results

Fruit Flies in a Bottle

History teaches us that all too often, human beings simply refuse to apply them and, like the mindless fruit flies, march blindly into oblivion. Ernest Partridge examines the phenomenon – and its implications. “Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that … Continue reading Fruit Flies in a Bottle

Property Rights and Public Accommodations

Libertarians and other dogmatists to the contrary notwithstanding, fundamental rights and abstract moral precepts can and do conflict. Ernest Partridge weighs in on the need to respect the dignity of each individual and each person’s rights. In the early sixties, the young black students in the South had had enough.Enough separate drinking fountains, enough all-night … Continue reading Property Rights and Public Accommodations

Lunchtime Food for Thought: “[I]t was like the royalty was back…”

England's Queen Elizabeth is paying a visit to the Baked Apple, and in honor of her presence, you ought to take a quick look at Thom Hartmann's commentary from late last year on the birth of the USA's New Royalty at the Reagan Inaugural — and the need for populists left and right to unite … Continue reading Lunchtime Food for Thought: “[I]t was like the royalty was back…”

So Kill the Gusher Already!

For nearly a month, the Energy Department (and BP) have known that the Deepwater Horizon well site's casing has been destroyed, with at least two under-the-seabed drill pipes blown into the blowout preventer.But there's more bad news. It turns out that "substantial destruction of the well casing could cause the relief wells to fail."It's time … Continue reading So Kill the Gusher Already!

Game Day: PA, KY, AR

11:08pm EST: AR-Sen Dem primary shows Blanche Lincoln projected to get more votes than Bill Halter, but unlikely to cross the 50% threshold, which means run-off time two weeks from today.10:27pm EST: Two sources calling the PA-12 Special Election for Democrat Mark Critz.10:11pm EST: AP calls PA-Sen Dem primary for Joe Sestak. Arlen Specter's numbers … Continue reading Game Day: PA, KY, AR

All Hail the Glorious Teabag Comrades!

I direct your attention to this one sentence:The Tea Party movement’s dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe their family fortune to the granddaddy of all their hatred: Stalin’s godless empire of the USSR.You know you have to read the rest. Click here for Yasha Levine's terrific article on the Tea Party's … Continue reading All Hail the Glorious Teabag Comrades!

Morality as a Plus-Sum Game: Why Libertarianism Fails as a Social Policy

The libertarian and the liberal, observes Ernest Partridge, concur in their desire to maximize personal liberty. However, the libertarian advocates freedom without order – without, that is, an institutional structure that will ensure freedom for all. The liberal, on the other hand, strives to establish and maintain the social, economic and political order without which … Continue reading Morality as a Plus-Sum Game: Why Libertarianism Fails as a Social Policy

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part III

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace MannThe following is part three of Kaitlin Addams's fictional composite of several individuals who currently embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation. Victoria was by now in her late forties, and she managed … Continue reading Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part III

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part II

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace MannThe following is part two of Kaitlin Addams's fictional composite of several individuals who currently embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation. Victoria and David arrived in Austin within three days and promptly … Continue reading Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part II

Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part I

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.— Horace MannThe following is a fictional composite of several individuals the author has known who currently  embrace the ideologies and activities of Tea Party Nation.  This is not meant to be a psychological profile, but an … Continue reading Victoria, Portrait Of A Serial Tea Party Activist — Part I

Mom, Apple Pie, Baseball, and Mass Transit

I couldn't agree more: [H]ere the problem is that merely being located in the United States of America isn’t good enough to pass the inane identity politics litmus tests of the contemporary right—New York City isn’t America (except for purposes of exploiting 9/11 on behalf of torture and aggressive war) nor are Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, … Continue reading Mom, Apple Pie, Baseball, and Mass Transit

America Versus the Supremos’ Appalling Ruling on Corporate Megabucks in Political Campaigns

It's no surprise, but it still sets back the cause of democracy. In an enormous victory for the corporatist right, the Supreme Court has struck down regulations on corporate campaign money. Corporations are still not permitted to give money directly to federal candidates or national party committees, but based on the conduct of Chief Judicial … Continue reading America Versus the Supremos’ Appalling Ruling on Corporate Megabucks in Political Campaigns

Don’t Ridicule the Tea Partiers — Recruit Them

It may seem counterintuitive, but Ernest Partridge presents a terrific case for turning the tables on the GOP by hijacking the heavily hyped "tea party" movement. Along with the rest of you, I am amused and entertained when Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, et al, lampoon the tea bag brigades. It is so easy … Continue reading Don’t Ridicule the Tea Partiers — Recruit Them

Year of the Teabuster: Activism Against Teapartier Hate Speech

Grassroots teabuster James Clarke fights back against "tea party" extremists and their hate speech in townhall meetings and online. January 4, 2010 — Pittsburgh (teabusters.com) — Our friend Midge Hough recently lost her daughter-in-law (and her future grandchild) in childbirth. She went to a Town Hall meeting to thank Representative Lipinski for his vote on … Continue reading Year of the Teabuster: Activism Against Teapartier Hate Speech

Bil Clinton Delivers the Goods (Updated)

Bill Clinton has scored a big win for diplomacy and for the US with his trip to North Korea. The win goes well beyond the Big Dog's personal diplomacy and meeting with North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il. And it's also more substantial than Clinton's role in securing the release of two journalists for Current … Continue reading Bil Clinton Delivers the Goods (Updated)

Sarah Palin to Resign as AK Guv. Why?

[UPDATED after the jump.] The most interesting aspects of her abrupt resignation announcement (it takes effect in three weeks) are that she did it as a late Friday news dump on a holiday weekend that will be dominated by the late Michael Jackson, and she gave a reason that makes no sense at all. Something … Continue reading Sarah Palin to Resign as AK Guv. Why?

Franken Wins MN Senate Seat; 2008 Election Over at Last

Breaking on MSNBC, 2:08pm EST: Minnesota Supreme Court rules that Al Franken has won that state's US Senate election. MORE: Norm Coleman at last shows a modicum of something resembling class and concedes. YET MORE: Harry Reid urges Tim Pawlenty to get off his lazy butt and certify Franken. YET EVEN MORE: Pawlenty cedes to … Continue reading Franken Wins MN Senate Seat; 2008 Election Over at Last

Arlen Specter jumps parties — but is anyone surprised?

April 28, 2009 – New York (apj.us) – Cable news and corporate media are acting as if Arlen Specter's decision to shift from the R to D column is a huge shock. Do the math yourself: • Recent polls showed Specter losing to primary challenger Pat Toomey among Republicans.• Specter has consistently polled well among … Continue reading Arlen Specter jumps parties — but is anyone surprised?

Obama Exposes Medieval Practices of Bush Jr.’s Regime

April 16, 2009 – New York (apj.us) – President Obama has ignored the overwheening protestations of the CIA and made public four of the notorious Bush-Jr.-era torture memos in very slightly redacted form: Memo dated August 1, 2002 (.pdf, 4.5Mb), written by then-OLC director Jay Bybee to acting CIA General Counsel John Rizzo, concerning the OLC's … Continue reading Obama Exposes Medieval Practices of Bush Jr.’s Regime

Madoff Is Jailed, but What About Bush?

I think sending Bernie Madoff to jail… …  is a good first step, but what he did was nothing compared to what Bush did to America. I think it's time to go after Bush and his gang and put the real criminals behind bars. Letting criminals like Bush go sends the wrong message to politicians … Continue reading Madoff Is Jailed, but What About Bush?

The Big Economic Move President Obama Must Make

Jeff Koopersmith calls upon President Barack Obama to make one move that will jump-start the American Recovery of 2009. January 17, 2009 – Geneva (apj.us) – I hate to say this, but there is a single move President Barack Obama must make, and make quickly.President Obama can and should order the acting Attorney General and … Continue reading The Big Economic Move President Obama Must Make

On the Ball Even to the End… NOT!

Click here for enlarged version.Jeff Koopersmith weighs in on perhaps the final failure of the Bush Administration. January 17, 2009 – Geneva (apj.us) – At least five people are dead and thousands are sicker than an infected Keebler Elf from salmonella picked up from peanut butter made by the Peanut Corporation of America.  U.S. health … Continue reading On the Ball Even to the End… NOT!

Freshman Congresscritter Watch

More regressiveness, more stupidity! Wow. With about a month to go before the next Congress is called into session, a few of the ultra-conservative House freshmen Jeff Koopersmith warned you about are already shaping up to be very tooly tools: Jason Chaffetz (R-Church of Latter Day Saints) is already coming out strong against anything even … Continue reading Freshman Congresscritter Watch

Act Two: The Struggle Continues

From crisispapers.org: Is it time, asks Ernest Partridge, for the Obamaphiles to retire from politics, return to their private lives, and just let Barack be Barack? December 2, 2008 (crisispapers.org) – Barack Obama is President-Elect, the Democrats have significantly increased their majorities in Congress, the Supreme Court drift to the right has been halted and … Continue reading Act Two: The Struggle Continues

Rubber Duckies: Pirates in a Bay of Avarice

Click here for super-sized version.Jeff Koopersmith on the story behind the story of the Somali pirates. November 22, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Almost everyone grins when they see a rubber ducky.  It's just one of those things.  We recall almost instantaneously a romp in the bath tub at two years old, or a romp … Continue reading Rubber Duckies: Pirates in a Bay of Avarice

CIA Chief Hayden: Grant Wood Subjects Could Be Al Qaeda Terrorists!

Click here for enlarged version.Jeff Koopersmith explains what is likely to be the final round of terrorist fearmongering from the Bush Debacle. November 19, 2008 – Washington (apj.us) – You might think that General Michael Hayden likes his job and does not want to give it up to a President Obama replacement. Yesterday, Hayden told … Continue reading CIA Chief Hayden: Grant Wood Subjects Could Be Al Qaeda Terrorists!

Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush: Open Season on the World!

Click here for supersized version.Jeff Koopersmith on new revelations concerning the Bush Doctirne: the mantra was "Attack any country without warning as we see fit – just make goddamn sure the 'rationale' is getting the terrorist!" November 10, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – This may just be the tip of the iceberg.Even though a … Continue reading Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush: Open Season on the World!

Time for Democrats to Celebrate… But Keep Your Eyes Open!

As the coming Obama presidency quickly comes into focus, Jeff Koopersmith says Democrats should savor the victory – but remain wary of a gaggle of seventeen ultra-right and Neocon legislators. November 7, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Hurrah! Some of the very worst of slimeball Neocon legislators have been flushed down the electoral toilet: conservative stalwarts like … Continue reading Time for Democrats to Celebrate… But Keep Your Eyes Open!

America’s Victory: A Nation Transforming

Jeff Koopersmith on Obama and America itself victorious. November 5, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – There will be plenty of time to discuss the race that brought Barack Obama to the Presidency. When it became clear that President-Elect Obama had won the presidency, I wept with a joy I had not felt for 28 years.  … Continue reading America’s Victory: A Nation Transforming

Game Day: President-elect Barack Obama

11:00pm: Obama Wins with CA, OR, WA, HI. Our long national nightmare is over. – GGMORE -- MSNBC calls VA for Obama. 11:10pm -- McCain has called Obama to concede the race, per AP. 11:15pm -- MSNBC calls FL for Obama.11:18pm -- McCain's concession speech set a well-balanced, conciliatory tone -- and made many of … Continue reading Game Day: President-elect Barack Obama

Game Day!Early Edition

8:30am (all times EST) – Just got back from voting in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. In 2004 I had a 15 minute wait; today it was nearly an hour. The turnout is massive and excited. UPDATE: Someone was disenfranchised in my neighborhood, perhaps even at my precinct.Kommandante Kos posted the very first election tally, from … Continue reading Game Day!Early Edition

Election 2008: Who Decides? The People or the Programmers?

From crisispapers.org: Might it be possible that the decision next Tuesday lies not with 100-plus million voters but instead with a few dozen programmers who write the secret software for the voting machines that will record some 30 percent of the votes, and also for the computers that compile (i.e., collect and report) 80 percent … Continue reading Election 2008: Who Decides? The People or the Programmers?

The MkKain Klan: The Republican Nominee Is Relying on America’s Bigots

Click here for large version.Jeff Koopersmith takes a look at the latest move by the McCain campaign: tapping into the "white sheet" crowd and reawakening the most violent corners of the American psyche. October 28, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – The entire political world has written off the McCain-Palin ticket as just another appalling joke … Continue reading The MkKain Klan: The Republican Nominee Is Relying on America’s Bigots

Health Care in America: It?s Big Business Vs. Joe the Plumber

Businesses go into a high dudgeon anytime politicians attempt a serious discussion about America's dysfunctional health care "system." Jeff Koopersmith says it's time for pet store owner Dave Ratner and media hog Joe the Plumber to learn the basics – including the fact moving to Ireland is not an option. October 272, 2008 – Geneva … Continue reading Health Care in America: It?s Big Business Vs. Joe the Plumber

Enough With The Lawn Signs!

Photo: Casey YoungSteve Young on DIY campaigning gone way out of hand. October 25, 2008 – Hollywood (SteveYoungOnPolitics / apj.us) – Ever travel McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden Boulevard? How about  Obama/Biden, McCain/Palin Avenue or Obama/Biden Obama/Biden Obama/Biden Obama/Biden Parkway.  It’s right down the street from McCain/Palin McCain/Palin Mcain/Palin McCain/Palin Drive. Once I got lost and ended up in Nader … Continue reading Enough With The Lawn Signs!

“Country First?” — The Question of Loyalty

Millions of American citizens who identify themselves as “Republicans” are coping with a daunting question: “What is the primary object of my loyalty? My Party? My Country? My religious faith? My conscience?” Ernest Partridge looks at the new conservative crisis. “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”—Brutus, in William Shakespeare's … Continue reading “Country First?” — The Question of Loyalty

Can the GOP Steal The Election Again? You Betcha!

From crisispapers.org: Private Republican corporations count and compile the votes with secret and unverifiable software. Just as they did in 2000 and in 2004, and we all know how that turned out. Accordingly, the stark fact remains, says Ernest Partridge: the Republicans might "win" this election, regardless of the preference of the voters. October 9, … Continue reading Can the GOP Steal The Election Again? You Betcha!

The ?Hero? Who Runs from the Battlefield

From crisispapers.org: The McCain campaign has carelessly served a fat pitch down the middle, and if Barack Obama doesn’t hit it out of the park, perhaps he doesn’t deserve to win the election. The pitch? John McCain, the hero of the Hanoi Hilton, has shown himself to be a wimp – even, dare I say … Continue reading The ?Hero? Who Runs from the Battlefield

McCain Fires Palin and Chooses Dick Cheney as VP Candidate!

The world weeps as Caribou Barbie gets exiled back to Alaska. Jeff Koopersmith has the details. September 30, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Only an hour ago, Cindy McCain, who is traveling with Sarah Palin as her watchdog, had the sad duty to tell Sarah, "It's over".  The Palin camp, made up of her two … Continue reading McCain Fires Palin and Chooses Dick Cheney as VP Candidate!

Why Are They So Mean to Sarah Palin?

Click on image for large version.Jeff Koopersmith pleads with Alaska's reigning "Idiot-irad" champion to stick the race out. September 30, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – I have started to love Sarah Palin.  You have to hand it to her: she has more chutzpah than a New York diamond broker with a briefcase full of rocks … Continue reading Why Are They So Mean to Sarah Palin?

Tzipi Livni: The New Golda Meir?

Click on image for enlarged version.Jeff Koopersmith takes a break from American politics to take a look at a possible new superstar on the international political stage. July 14, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Just a few days ago Tzipi Livni was elected Kadima Party leader in Israel. Under Israeli law this gives her the … Continue reading Tzipi Livni: The New Golda Meir?

The Dam Bursts: John McCain and a ‘Nam MIA Cover-up

Mister War Hero (did you know he was a POW?) has some serious explaining to do. How many of our men in uniformed were left behind, John? (And here I'd been planning to get all snarky over my morning coffee about the Palin-McCain Administration's lie about Alaska producing 20% of the nation's energy [hat tip … Continue reading The Dam Bursts: John McCain and a ‘Nam MIA Cover-up

Sarah Palin: Religiously Insane?

September 9, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Is Sarah Palin religiously insane? Let's take a minute to examine a couple of bits of evidence. Example number 1:Example number 2:Pretty much says it all.Jeff Koopersmith is an internationally renowned political consultant, opinion research authority and policy analyst. He has lobbied for causes including the alternative fuel … Continue reading Sarah Palin: Religiously Insane?

Sarah Palin Ruins the GOP’s “Pimp for Devastation Show” in the Twin Cities

Click image for enlarged version.Jeff Koopersmith: Once again, the GOP feigns sensitivity – and, as always, fails in the grand manner. September 2, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – It was difficult to tell whether First Lady Laura Bush and never-to-be first lady Cindy McCain were raising money at the RNC Convention to keep the off-shore … Continue reading Sarah Palin Ruins the GOP’s “Pimp for Devastation Show” in the Twin Cities

McCain Taps Sarah Palin

Mika Brzezinski broke the news at 10:38amEST (via Kelly O'Donnell) that McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his VP choice. NBC cut to a special report, with O'Donnell nearly being shouted down by anti-McCain protesters in the background. [More...] McCain has most likely made the second-biggest mistake of his political career (having allowed … Continue reading McCain Taps Sarah Palin

The Election Is Obama’s to Lose

Jeff Koopersmith examines a crucial error reflecting somewhat adolescent advice from the Big “O” Camp. August 25, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – I am overflowing with enthusiasm. Anyone who knows me well can confirm that I spent most of life daydreaming that some day my grandchildren might be able to cast a vote for a … Continue reading The Election Is Obama’s to Lose

Barack Obama Should Choose Hillary Clinton as His Running Mate

Jeff Koopersmith explains why. August 22, 2008 – Lugano (apj.us) – Barack Obama is going to goof on all the pundits and choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate after all.If he doesn’t, then David Axelrod is an ass.One need only glance at the latest CBS News-New York Times poll to see it.Better yet, put … Continue reading Barack Obama Should Choose Hillary Clinton as His Running Mate

Religion and the “Cone of Stupidity”

Jeff Koopersmith has a few things to say about pastors who suck presidential candidates into the so-called "Religious War." August 17, 2008 – Lugano (apj.us) – If you've read ABC News' The Note, you probably feel as I do: it's a waste of time.Nearly everything one reads in it is either off, pro McCain, or … Continue reading Religion and the “Cone of Stupidity”

Rice, Cheney, and Bush: The Three Stooges of International Poise and Preparedness

Jeff Koopersmith has Georgia on his mind – along with the "no-brain trust" behind our floundering foreign policy. August 14, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – The so-far almost totally unreported sorrow in Georgia this week is an email I received at the beginning of the week from Etuna Tsotniashvili, the executive editor the “The Messenger”, … Continue reading Rice, Cheney, and Bush: The Three Stooges of International Poise and Preparedness

Chuck Schumer Demonstrates the Art of Smashmouth

… here, of all places:"I thought the Britney Spears commercial was powerful," Schumer said, referring to McCain's television ad casting Obama as a vapid "celebrity." … "I would answer back hard. What do you mean he's not one of us? It's John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses and comes from one of … Continue reading Chuck Schumer Demonstrates the Art of Smashmouth

Bushism and Evil as the Absence of Empathy

From Crisispapers.org: In the 2000 TV film “Nuremberg,” psychologist Gustav Gilbert says to the Head Prosecutor Robert Jackson, "I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants: a genuine incapacity … Continue reading Bushism and Evil as the Absence of Empathy

Koop’s Comfort Capsule Communiqu

Jeff Koopersmith takes a few minutes to write a confidential memo to USAF Generals McMahon and McNabb. To: Gen. Robert H. McMahonCc: Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, Air Force Vice Chief of StaffFrom: Jeff KoopersmithRe: Comfort Capsules CONFIDENTIALBob, I see you are taking a lot of heat for your new flock of world class "comfort capsules," … Continue reading Koop’s Comfort Capsule Communiqu

Barack Obama’s Vision for an Effective Foreign and Military Policy: The Complete Text

Sixty-one years ago, George Marshall announced the plan that would come to bear his name. Much of Europe lay in ruins. The United States faced a powerful and ideological enemy intent on world domination. This menace was magnified by the recently discovered capability to destroy life on an unimaginable scale. The Soviet Union didn't yet … Continue reading Barack Obama’s Vision for an Effective Foreign and Military Policy: The Complete Text

It’s the Constitution, Stupid! What Makes Any Idiot Eligible to Become President

Steve Young has your Constitution for Dummies lesson of the day. July 3, 2008 – Hollywood (YoungOnPolitics / apj.us) – The Constitution is a wacky, kinda living, kinda not, document that explains just what we Americans can get away with. It also frames the conditions within which one can run for the position where one … Continue reading It’s the Constitution, Stupid! What Makes Any Idiot Eligible to Become President

Leaked to Koop: The Real McCain “DysLexington” Energy Scam

Jeff Koopersmith's double secret inside sources have provided him with McCain's real energy plan! July 2, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Last week, Senator John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for President of the United States, gave this keynote address last week in Las Vegas to outline his new energy policy.  Our moles have provided … Continue reading Leaked to Koop: The Real McCain “DysLexington” Energy Scam

Bush’s Baracktober Surprise: Iran?

Well, he – and you – shouldn't be! Jeff Koopersmith thinks Iran may be just the beginning. June 10, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – It is not often that the Bush crew lets slip enough information for anyone to put two and two together, but it dawned on me the other night in London that … Continue reading Bush’s Baracktober Surprise: Iran?

A New Day Dawning

"The next President must set the nation on a radically altered course if catastrophe is to be avoided." From crisispapers.org: Ernest Partridge sets the stage for an epic political campaign season. "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"— William Butler YeatsJune 4, 2008 (crisispapers.org) – The Partridges … Continue reading A New Day Dawning

Game Day: Democratic Playoffs Conclude in MT, SD

9:00pm EST: NBC reports Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. MSNBC cut off some crabby old geezer's nattering speech to break the news (CNN did the same thing)> 2:15pm EST: AP has already called the Democratic nomination race for Obama.Cue the primary season fat lady. We'll have more to say tonight. Stack o'headlines below … Continue reading Game Day: Democratic Playoffs Conclude in MT, SD

What Cliff Said

Cliff Schecter speaks out on George Bush Jr.'s Tourette's outburst about American politicians (read: Barack Obama) supposedly "appeas[ing]" terrorists by engaging in diplomacy: When Bush negotiated with Muammar Qaddafi, was he in favor of appeasement? When Dick Cheney did business with Iran while at Halliburton, was he in favor of appeasement? Finally, does anyone take … Continue reading What Cliff Said

John Conyers Threatens George Bush Jr. with Impeachment

You read that correctly. It's amazing that this slipped under the media radar: May 8, 2008 The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500Dear Mr. President:We are writing to register our strong opposition to possible unilateral, preemptive military action against other nations by the Executive Branch … Continue reading John Conyers Threatens George Bush Jr. with Impeachment

Bob Barr Is Gonna Run for President!

Can a loud national laugh track be far behind? Jeff Koopersmith gives you the rundown on his favorite "House Mangler." April 8, 2008 – Lugano (apj.us) –Just when you thought things couldn't get much worse, something happens to make you cackle.Today it's none other than circus clown Bob Barr who has the gall to think … Continue reading Bob Barr Is Gonna Run for President!

Privatization: The Key to the Coming Solar Age

With the privatization of the Courts, the Congress, the Military, elections, and virtually of government itself, privatization of the sun, the wind, the tides, the ocean, would seem to be the logical next step. On the other hand, Ernest Partridge reconsiders the dogma that privatization is the solution to all social, environmental and political problems. … Continue reading Privatization: The Key to the Coming Solar Age

Now We Pay Iraqis to Kill Each Other

Jeff Koopersmith on Junior's policy geniuses and your tax dollars at work. April 4, 2008 – Lugano (apj.us) – Over a thousand Iraqi soldiers are deserting their posts or refusing to battle against their Shiite countrymen is Basra this week. These are not just President Nouri al-Maliki’s general infantry, but also his officers including very … Continue reading Now We Pay Iraqis to Kill Each Other

The Great Regression — and the Road Back

In May, 2000, despite merciless and unrelenting harassment by a Republican Congress and the corporate mass media, Bill Clinton was completing eight years of peace and prosperity, with a budget surplus that promised a reduction of the five trillion dollar national debt.  Directly ahead: Bush v. Gore, 9/11, and a virtual suspension of the United … Continue reading The Great Regression — and the Road Back

The Numbers Don?t Lie

Senator Barack Obama is down for the count – but CNN's Wolf Blitzer does not know it! Feb. 6, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – The hoax being perpetrated on the American people by the greed-filled mainstream media is enough to make one nauseous – especially in this time of national disgrace where the mission for … Continue reading The Numbers Don?t Lie

Jeff Koopersmith Replies to Michelle Obama

Jeff Koopersmith replies to a campaign appeal from Sen. Barack Obama's wife. Thank you for your letter of 25 January, 2008!  I can't contribute to Barack right now because we at American Politics Journal have not endorsed anyone for president and I owe our readers that respect.However, here's some complimentary advice: stop whining.You write that … Continue reading Jeff Koopersmith Replies to Michelle Obama

The Great American Election Charade

The United States is one of the few two-party nations in which one party gets to choose both its own candidate, and also the candidate of the “opposing” party. Well, OK, I exaggerate. But it’s not much of a stretch to say that the GOP, with the help of its wholly-owned subsidiary, the mainstream media, … Continue reading The Great American Election Charade

Why the Iowa Caucuses Mean (Almost) Nothing

Iowa loves the Caucuses for the money, not Democracy. Jan. 4, 2007 – Washington (apj.us) – Note from the author: Before I start in on the absurdity of the Iowa Caucuses, let me point out that Ann Coulter’s hand-picked, beloved candidate Duncan “Martin Bormann” Hunter managed to get ZERO percent of the vote there! Rudy … Continue reading Why the Iowa Caucuses Mean (Almost) Nothing

If It Looks Like Musharraf, Walks Like Musharraf…

It does not make sense that Al Queda would murder a Pakistani leader and a woman held in such high esteem. It is against Sharia law to harm a woman in this way. What would they gain from it? Dec. 28, 2007 – Zurich (apj.us) – This morning I contacted Dr. Abbas Hayat, the pathologist … Continue reading If It Looks Like Musharraf, Walks Like Musharraf…

About This ?Mormonism? Thing

Dec. 18, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – When Willard “Mitt” Romney announced his intention to run for the Presidency of the United States, one might suppose that there was joy in Salt Lake City among the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I suspect that by now those leaders may be having some … Continue reading About This ?Mormonism? Thing

The Unravelling… at Last?

Last week may have marked the beginning of the downfall of Bushism – the fatal loosening of the centripetal Bushevik grip – as senior intelligence officials from sixteen federal agencies finally stood their ground against the Bush/Cheney regime. Dec. 12, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – The earth orbits the sun, as it has for four billion years, … Continue reading The Unravelling… at Last?

On Coulter: “Al Gore is a vaguely gay, morbidly obese…”

Faulty Gaydar and a Jones for Joe: Stick-figure hatemonger calls Al Gore “vaguely gay” – trying in vain to get some … any … media attention... melancholic Neocon authoress commemorates McCarthyism... again! Dec. 13, 2007 – Washington (apj.us) – I will make the effort not to bore you to the point pf tearing your hair … Continue reading On Coulter: “Al Gore is a vaguely gay, morbidly obese…”

Subprime Mortgages and the Credit Crunch

Are money woes the reason for a weakening America... or is it George W. Bush and his administration? Dec. 10, 2007 – Washington (apj.us) – There are few cultures that keep an eye on the U.S. economy as closely as Europeans and Middle Easterners.  One reason for this is that the United States dollar is … Continue reading Subprime Mortgages and the Credit Crunch

Privatized Hell Revisited

Ernest Partridge on the insanity of privatization mania. Nov. 21, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – Some principles and practices in our political order are settled, once and for all. They are simply beyond rational dispute. No one is arguing for a hereditary monarch, with a “divine right” to rule over us. No one seriously supports the reinstatement … Continue reading Privatized Hell Revisited

The American People are Beginning To Get It

"To Bush & Co.... we the people owe no more allegiance than a child owes to the criminal who stole her from her home and now abuses her while posing as her father." – Mark Crispin MillerErnest Partridge on the collapse of the BushCo propaganda catapult. Nov. 14, 2007 – crisispapers.org – Propaganda is a … Continue reading The American People are Beginning To Get It

California Wildfires, and Right-Wing Smoke

Oct. 8, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – What is a tried-and-true southern California "conservative" Republican to do when a hundred-foot wall of flames comes roaring up the slope toward his private home? Boldly stand his ground, garden hose in hand? Or does he step aside and allow "big government" professionals, paid and equipped by his taxes, to … Continue reading California Wildfires, and Right-Wing Smoke

A Wild Weekend with Perv Musharraf in Pakistan

Jeff Koopersmith will be taking a three-year sabbatical (in Pakistani prison) following his latest dispatch, straight from Islamabad... November 6, 2007 – ISLAMABAD  (apj.us) –  On March 18th I wrote that Pakistani President-General Pervez “Perv” Musharraf – bosom war buddy of Condi Rice, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney – was “toast”.  In May I wrote … Continue reading A Wild Weekend with Perv Musharraf in Pakistan

Global Engineering and Climate Change

Oct. 10, 2007 – A Crisis Papers reader recently sent us an essay in which he proposed that the global climate crisis might be mitigated by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the ocean. This thoughtful, well-informed and articulate essay prompted a stimulating e-mail exchange between … Continue reading Global Engineering and Climate Change

Dissent: What’s In It for You?

Oct. 3, 2007 – San Francisco (crisispapers.org) – The Crisis Papers is approaching its sixth year of internet publication. Our inaugural appearance was on November 2, 2002, two days before the Congressional election of that year.In the five years that followed, my colleague Dr. Bernard Weiner and I have written more than three hundred original … Continue reading Dissent: What’s In It for You?

Mullah Mullah on the Wall…

Does Mike Ledeen have that much gall? Sept. 18, 2007 – Tehran (apj.us exclusive) – It is not only the "new French" who are becoming a bit silly these days. It's also the insane Neocons who say they are not Neocons unless they once were liberals.I'm talking about Neocons like Michael Ledeen, the disgraced and … Continue reading Mullah Mullah on the Wall…

Jose Padilla’s Fate… and Ours

If "practical limitations" are all that we have left, then let us use them to fullest advantage. The opening sentence of an August 17, New York Times editorial reads: “It is hard to disagree with the jury’s guilty verdict against Jose Padilla.” There follows not a single word in support of this dogmatic editorial pronouncement … Continue reading Jose Padilla’s Fate… and Ours

Fred Thompson Is In

Maybe he is an actor, but he isn’t Ronald Reagan. Is that a good – or bad – thing? Jeff Koopersmith looks at Thompson's positions and prospects. I wrote – months ago, before the mainstream media picked it up – that former Senator Fred Thompson would be running for the Republican nomination for president. I … Continue reading Fred Thompson Is In

Ominous Complacency

Twentieth century conditions do not apply. Because they don’t, and because the Democrats refuse to recognize and adapt to this fact, choosing instead to play by the old, non-operative rules, the next President will likely be a Republican. In "generic polls," the Democratic Party enjoys a commanding lead over the Republicans. Small wonder. After six … Continue reading Ominous Complacency

Iraq’s Al-Maliki Government? Lifeless!

 Iraq sliding into the abyss – with Iran and the United States “to the rescue.” August 1, 2007–Geneva (apj.us)–The time is rapidly approaching when President Bush will have to make a determinative decision: should he prop up Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, or abandon and dispose of him to the growing opposition to his unimpressive … Continue reading Iraq’s Al-Maliki Government? Lifeless!

A Republic, If We Can Keep It

Don’t bet your freedom and our republic on a comfortable assumption. Be prepared for a desperate grab for permanent, dictatorial power. Why not impeach?The Congressional Democrats offered several excuses for keeping impeachment “off the table.”One familiar response (even by such estimable Senators as Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders), is that following a successful impeachment in … Continue reading A Republic, If We Can Keep It

Judicial Tyranny and the Roberts Court

Is there no limit to the power of the Supreme Court to enact law from the bench?  Does the Constitution simply mean what the Supreme Court says it means? Consider an extreme and unlikely example, but nonetheless illustrative: Suppose the Supremes were to rule (five to four, of course), that “The United States is a … Continue reading Judicial Tyranny and the Roberts Court

Election Fraud: Where?s the Outrage?

Just last month, astonishing new evidence has come forth that in 2004 millions of Kerry votes were "switched" to Bush, and millions more "graveyard votes" were added to Bush's total. Mainstream media coverage? Nada! On March 8, 1994, scarcely year into Bill Clinton's first term, The New York Times reporter, Jeff Gerth, "broke" the infamous "Whitewater" … Continue reading Election Fraud: Where?s the Outrage?

?The Wurm(ser)? Tag Team Turns

Will it be diplomacy or war for Iran? David and Meyrav WurmserOne wonders whether David Wurmser, the next to the last remaining near-psychotic Neocon in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, will survive – and more importantly whether he is related to Count, Field-Marshal, and Grand Cross of the Order of Maria Theresa owner Dagobert-Sigismond de … Continue reading ?The Wurm(ser)? Tag Team Turns

Loyal Soldiers: Scooter Libby’s Cadre of Hatemongers

It started in 2000 and continues today: Neocon hate squads now terrorize judges! June 15, 2007 – Geneva (apj.us) – Like the fair judge he is, Judge Reggie Walton, the Scooter Libby trial judge, told the multiple felon, "Sorry – but go directly to jail and wait for your appeals verdict at Club Fed."Well, not … Continue reading Loyal Soldiers: Scooter Libby’s Cadre of Hatemongers

Who Cares What Iowa Thinks?

How much money do you need to spend to convince completely unrepresentative "average Americans" that you’re the guy or gal who should run the free world? June 13, 2007 – Geneva (apj.us) – From a distance, I can't help but laugh out loud as players in the mainstream media – including Chris Cillizza and Pitchfork … Continue reading Who Cares What Iowa Thinks?

Reaganomics: A Grand, Failed Experiment

The grand experiment has failed, and we are just beginning to realize the enormous costs of that failure. June 5, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – On January 20, 1981, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan told the nation: "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem." Thus began a grand experiment: Release … Continue reading Reaganomics: A Grand, Failed Experiment

I. Lewis Libby: ?I, Convicted Felon?

Scooter Goes to Jail? WASHINGTON, June 6 – If you were Scooter Libby and had spent your life pushing neo-Nazi ideals in a democracy now as brittle as America’s, and had been the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, and one of the few men who could – with a straight face … Continue reading I. Lewis Libby: ?I, Convicted Felon?

Musharraf Seems Bent on Digging His Own Political Grave

Now he’s after television, the Internet and other private communication channels May 6, 2007 – LONDON (apj.us) –  On March 18th I wrote that Pakistani President General Pervez “Perv” Musharraf – bosom war buddy of Condi Rice, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney – was “toast”.Musharraf, still in protracted and humiliating arguments with the Pakistani … Continue reading Musharraf Seems Bent on Digging His Own Political Grave

Rick Klein: Yet Another ABC News Whore for Bush and Cheney

Here's a Note for you, Rick: aren't 3,500 American kids dead and counting – plus 45,000 maimed or wounded – enough? May 29, 2007–Washington (apj.us)–I have to snicker at Rick Klein's genius assessment of this week's (no pun intended) vote by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Both presidential candidates voted against funding for Mr. … Continue reading Rick Klein: Yet Another ABC News Whore for Bush and Cheney

Bush’s Boogeyman Strategy

• The spin: George W. Bush tries to make you fear that Iran is run by a madman• The reality: Iran's power elite are starting to push Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into the gutter May 25, 2007– ZURICH (apj.us) – There's a niggling fact that George W. Bush and his sidekick Condoleezza Rice won't tell you while … Continue reading Bush’s Boogeyman Strategy

Is the Public Finally Beginning to ‘Get It’?

Propaganda is a sprinter, while truth is a long-distance runner... May 22, 2007 (crisispapers.org) – We often hear the lament, “How is it possible that as many as 30% of the American public still approve of George Bush? I’ve often asked myself the same question.Is it just possible that we are looking at the wrong … Continue reading Is the Public Finally Beginning to ‘Get It’?

Wolfowitz ?Resigns? ? But Bank Staff says ?Get out Now!?

World Bank Employees Enraged Ever Executive Board WhitewashSpecial to APJ: secret staff demands! May 18, 2007 – Zurich (apj.us) – Many of you might not be interested or have yet not had the chance to read the statements made by the World Bank Executive Directors pertaining to Paul Wolfowitz’s resignation as President of the Bank … Continue reading Wolfowitz ?Resigns? ? But Bank Staff says ?Get out Now!?

Paulie War-nuts: Wolfowitz Show His True Guttersnipe Colors

Maybe the F-word will terrify his "enemies." May 16, 2007 – ZURICH (apj.us) – Here are some remarks that Paul Wolfowitz, president of the World Bank, and architect of the Iraq War made when it became apparent that his little “F” fest with gal-pal and hound Shaha Riza, a Middle Eastern “jelly belly dancer” who … Continue reading Paulie War-nuts: Wolfowitz Show His True Guttersnipe Colors

Mullah Dadullah, Doo Dah, Doo Dah?

One Mullah’s death does not a Taliban make. May 14, 2007 – Zurich (apj.us) – It amazes me that each time the coalition forces in Afghanistan – or anyone – kills an extremist Islamic leader, it is big news.Until yesterday, virtually nobody on earth had heard of Mullah Dadullah, although I would think the kings … Continue reading Mullah Dadullah, Doo Dah, Doo Dah?

Mendacious, Prostatic Richard Cheney Chews the Fat in Iraq

Followed by Ambulances Everywhere He Goes"Is That a Defibrillator In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Glad to See Me?" May 9, 2007 – Baghdad (apj.us) – It is never too thorny a problem to figure out where exactly Vice President Dick Cheney is at any given moment when he visits Baghdad.  First, Mr. Cheney … Continue reading Mendacious, Prostatic Richard Cheney Chews the Fat in Iraq

Deceitful Democrats: Unacceptable

Game-playing Is Not Why They Were Elected Okay.So the Democrats passed a bill calling for a schedule to get our children, fathers, brothers, uncles and friends out of Iraq that forced Mr. Bush to veto it – the usual empty threat.Anyone who reads my columns knows what I think of Mr. Bush: a nice numbskull … Continue reading Deceitful Democrats: Unacceptable

The End for Dick Cheney? Bet On It!

Paul Wolfowitz and Condi Rice to follow "big time" Dick into forced retirement as CIA Director Tenet brings home the bacon. April 29, 2007 -- Zurich (apj.us) -- Gee, don't say we didn't tell you so!For more than four years, those of us who have been "accused" of being (horrors!) Liberals – in the filthiest … Continue reading The End for Dick Cheney? Bet On It!

Sullied Water Whirling Down the Bidet: Thinking About Paul Wolfowitz

I loathe everything the Mr. Wolfowitz stands for yet I pity him. April 24, 2007 -- Lugano (apj.us) -- I have more than a few colleagues that work at The World Bank, both abroad and in Washington, and I hear almost every day now about the goings-on inside the bank as its board meets to … Continue reading Sullied Water Whirling Down the Bidet: Thinking About Paul Wolfowitz

They asked me: ?Have a Little Lunch in the Green Zone??

No wonder Bush will give up being Commander in Chief April 15, 2007 – Baghdad (apj.us) – So, there I was a couple days ago sitting with Omar the driver at a table in the "Kafeteria" inside the old Saddam Arena – which is now, appropriately, the Iraqi Parliament building. We were observing some old … Continue reading They asked me: ?Have a Little Lunch in the Green Zone??

The Bush 007 Squad in Iran

You Won't Hear This on CNN, But America Niggles Iran with DeathA Fun Bondian Try at Regime "Adjustment" in Iran: "My name is Dick... Dick Cheney" March 5, 2007 -- Geneva (apj.us) -- A couple of years ago I was at an office building in Tehran visiting a colleague who worked for Daimler-Chrysler in Iran. … Continue reading The Bush 007 Squad in Iran

Bush Buddy “Perv” Musharraf of Pakistan Soon to Join Taliban

It may be only a matter of time before Osama bin Laden has access to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. March 31, 2007 – Peshawar – Here I am, dressed in a pallid smock and ragged headdress, itinerant and thoughtfully wandering through the streets of towns I cannot pronounce – for example, Peshawar, in the Pashtun area … Continue reading Bush Buddy “Perv” Musharraf of Pakistan Soon to Join Taliban

Valerie Plame and the Incredible Shrinking Cover Story

Pro-Bush apologetics are so pathetically lame and absurd that their defenses serve only to strengthen the case against the Busheviks. Marco 20, 2007 (crisispapers.org) -- Valerie Plame Wilson was not a covert agent (so says Victoria Toensing), and furthermore the White House did not know that she was a covert agent (so says Rep. Tom … Continue reading Valerie Plame and the Incredible Shrinking Cover Story

You?re Kidding! Soldiers in Iraq Drinking?

Bob Martino has the answer!  March 15, 2007 -- Baghdad (apj.us exclusive) --  You might think that Paul von Zielbauer (which when translated from German means "a farmer with goals") could get a healthier project from the New York Times than rewriting a six-thousand-year-old story about the military and booze -- but he did it, … Continue reading You?re Kidding! Soldiers in Iraq Drinking?

Impeachment: Winning by Losing

Why not impeach Bush and Cheney and remove them from office? March 13, 2007 (crisispapers.org) -- Among those who devoutly wish that these two be separated from their offices, the most prominent reason for resisting impeachment is that even if a bill of impeachment were voted in the House of Representatives, conviction and removal from … Continue reading Impeachment: Winning by Losing

Live from Baghdad… With Koop!

Bush Might Never Tell You, But Iran Rules the Roost March 12, 2007 -- Baghdad (apj.us EXCLUSIVE) --  I drove in Baghdad the other night from Kuwait with little or no trouble -- except that I received a speeding ticket from one of the new Iraqi traffic police who was riding a pretty small pink … Continue reading Live from Baghdad… With Koop!

Democrats Have the Wrong Idea About Iraq

 Yes, let’s depart Iraq -- but flatten it first! March 9, 2007 -- Washington (apj.us) -- I had to chuckle when I was reading the New York Times this morning. The article that had me laughing was the latest pap from Jeff “Overzealous” Zeleny and Robin “Boner” Toner -- who looks like Jacob Bronowski after … Continue reading Democrats Have the Wrong Idea About Iraq

Oh What a Lovely (Cold) War!

Are Vladimir Putin's apprehensions about NATO justified? Are officials of the Bush Administration misreading Putin? March 7, 2007 (crisispapers.org) -- On February 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin startled the Munich Conference on Security Policy with a speech that was strongly critical of United States foreign and military policy. The speech drew an immediate and harsh … Continue reading Oh What a Lovely (Cold) War!

Poor Little Scooter, Taken Advantage of Again!

I think prison is far too good a punishment for Mr. Libby. March 7, 2007 -- Lugano (apj.us) -- It appears that many in the co-conspiratorial media feel remorse for Scooter Libby, the smiling but bitter little man who pretends to have served his country when in truth he served no one but himself.  Then … Continue reading Poor Little Scooter, Taken Advantage of Again!

Forget About China’s Stock Markets ? Worry About Bush!

The Chinese government has been distressed for several months about a mountain of cash-chasing projects that do not warrant any investmentJeff's Message to Wall Street -- and the Small Investor March 2, 2007 -- Lugano (apj.us) -- It seems the civilized -- or uncivilized -- world (depending on your perspective) is atwitter over the reasons … Continue reading Forget About China’s Stock Markets ? Worry About Bush!

Christian Conservatives Struggle to Find Sufficiently Demented Presidential Candidate for 2008

Taking the "fun" out of Fundamentalism: Dominionists stew at well-known tryst hotel Feb. 25, 2007 -- Amelia Island, FL (apj.us) -- Don't ask me why I received an invitation from the super-secret Council for National Policy (CNAP - pronounced "SNAP") -- an organization made up of men who actually believe that they impact American politics … Continue reading Christian Conservatives Struggle to Find Sufficiently Demented Presidential Candidate for 2008

The Malleable World of the Neocons

The Neocons have been rudely awakened from their imperial dreams by the catastrophic failure of their Iraq ambitions. “A hegemon is nothing more or less than a leader with preponderant influence and authority over all others in its domain. That is America's position in the world today....  [P]eace and American security depend on American power … Continue reading The Malleable World of the Neocons

The Wizard of Qods

Has President Bush struck gold with a new plan for Iran? February 15, 2007 -- Lugano (apj.us) -- We heard the President of the United States use the term “Quds Force” thirteen times during just a few minutes of his first press conference this year.  While Mr. Bush uses the term Quds, the rest of … Continue reading The Wizard of Qods

Impeachment Now! ? A Recantation of Opposition

February 6, 2007 (crisispapers.org) -- "I am ... unwilling to endorse demands for immediate bills of impeachment against Bush and Cheney, for the simple and compelling reason that such an approach is less likely to succeed. Recent history teaches us that the direct route to impeachment may not be the most effective."I wrote this, and … Continue reading Impeachment Now! ? A Recantation of Opposition

More Advice for Ann Coulter

For the third time... I'll say it again: find the Satan within yourself... and kill it!Now that Ms. Coulter has catterwalled the name John Edwards by calling him a faggot at a neocon super-meeting, we thought you might want to read this stunning revelation about Coulter once more. Feb. 5th 2007Dear Ann, It has been … Continue reading More Advice for Ann Coulter

Only Americans Can Restore America?s Honor

The demons begged him, If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine. And [Jesus] said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. -- Matthew 8:31-32 In six … Continue reading Only Americans Can Restore America?s Honor

Iran Snuggles Up to Iraq; Pistachio Wars Begin!

Iran has cooked up some interesting New Year’s surprises for George W. BushImagining Condi Rice telling George W. Bush this news Last night, precisely before George and Laura Bush nodded off, Condi Rice must have barged into the presidential bedchamber on the cloistered White House residence floor.  “Hon.... er, Mr. President, Mr. President!” she screeched … Continue reading Iran Snuggles Up to Iraq; Pistachio Wars Begin!

What Iraqi Government?

Listening to Condoleezza Rice is like listening to Hermann Goering. Jan. 26, 2007 -- Geneva (apj.us) -- I was impressed by MP George Galloway's speech to Parliament yesterday when he, in his inimitable style, took on the British Foreign Secretary. Galloway -- who was once a leader in the Labour Party -- was thrown out … Continue reading What Iraqi Government?

Jeff Koopersmith’s ?Genuine? State of the Union Address

If Bush told the truth, here's what he would've said...The REAL State of the Union Address As Prepared For Delivery to American Politics Journal Jan. 23, 2007 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Thank you very much. Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own -- as the first President … Continue reading Jeff Koopersmith’s ?Genuine? State of the Union Address

The Speech George W. Bush Should Have Given the American People on Iraq

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: It's no wonder the President's speech on his latest shift in Iraq tactics was a bigger bomb than Ishtar.It wasn't Bush's nervous, stiff demeanor. It wasn't the fact that he preempted prime couch potato fare. What it came down to is that most people have no faith in Bush's Iraq Adventure. … Continue reading The Speech George W. Bush Should Have Given the American People on Iraq

Might General Peter Pace be Thinking the Unthinkable?

Thailand's recent coup provides food for thought If you took notice of the goings-on in Thailand late in September of last year, you would have witnessed an attention-grabbing feature of the Thai democracy: the acceptance by most of their population of the military coup as a reliable means to cure the terminal sickness of governments. … Continue reading Might General Peter Pace be Thinking the Unthinkable?

qWagmire For Dummies!

The Iraq Study Group Report: Another Disgrace for the Nation December 7, 2006 -- Geneva (apj.us) -- I spent the better part of this morning and afternoon reading "qWagmire For Dummies" -- or, as it is officially known, the much-touted "Study Group Report on Iraq" -- written by a bipartisan committee of prominent recovering Iraq … Continue reading qWagmire For Dummies!

Here’s Your State of the Union

Sept. 13, 2006 – Lugano (americanpolitics.com) – I am such a lucky guy.All my life I worked hard for my advocacy clients, my candidates -- on both sides of the aisle -- and my son.Sure, I've had my ups and downs, and many of you have shared them with me.Today, as I split my time … Continue reading Here’s Your State of the Union