Isaac Fitzgerald

Porn Star Stormy Daniels Is One Step Closer to Taking on Conservative Blowhard David Vitter

As Max Blumenthal reported back in February, porn star Stormy Daniels of has been considering a run against Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010. Despite Vitter's tendency to herald conservative "values," the Senator drew some unwanted national attention in 2007 when his phone number was found in the records of a notorious D.C. madam. Daniels, urged on by fans, went on a listening tour earlier this month and spoke with MSNBC about her plans:

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Want a Pick-Me-Up? Check Out This Mind Blowing Art Now

EconopocalypseAIG! St. Patrick's Day hangover! There's a lot going on lately that isn't exactly motivating frowns to turn upside down. Luckily I came across the video below and it has brightened up my day (or at least distracted me from my nagging thoughts of a dystopic future):

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Majority of Americans Favor the Employee Free Choice Act

A new Gallup poll released today shows that the majority of Americans support the Employee Free Choice Act, despite the unending barrage of misleading information from corporations and mainstream media. This type of support shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as unions helped bring us paid vacation and the weekend, but what is surprising is that 1 in 3 Republicans support the EFCA as well:

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Sarah Palin Is Getting Pretty Graphic

Sarah Palin is getting pretty graphic lately. No, not in a swearing way, or a violent way, or even a sexy way ... but in a graphic biography way. The new book, titled "Female Force: Sarah Palin," was released a few days ago and already has some fans. Publisher Darren G Davis told the Guardian "We had no clue how well these books would be received in the marketplace."

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Jon Stewart Continues His Smackdown on Market-Worshipping Jim Cramer and CNBC

The fight between Jon Stewart and CNBC started out with a "brutal, but utterly hilarious" attack on Rick Santelli's infamous rant against homeowners, and an insightful look at just how wrong CNBC got it in the days and months before the econopocalypse:

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Two Truly Great Things That Happened Today

This is great news (h/t Steven Benen), despite the fact that Republicans slipped in a gun amendment (because D.C. has no problems with gun violence):

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Hilarious New Skit Takes on the Absurdity of Religious Violence

If you haven't heard yet Demetri Martin, The Daily Show's former trends guru, now has his own show: Important Things with Demetri Martin. So far it's a lil' hit or miss ... but his latest skit, which tackles the absurdity of religious warfare, is definitely worth your time.

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Congressman Gives SEC Attorney Hell in Madoff Hearings

"Our economy is in crisis, Mr. Vollmer. We thought the enemy was Mr. Madoff. I think it's you." -- Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)

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Jon Stewart Calls Out Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity goads imbalanced viewers to call in to the Hate Hannity Hotline to make up for the show's new lack of Alan Colmes.

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Obama Reverses Global Gag Rule

Barack Obama's doing a lot of a good in his first days in office, and this is no different:

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Jon Stewart Takes the Candidates to Task for Sports Pandering

The World Series has an interesting twist this year, both the teams are from swing states. The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays are putting both the Obama and McCain camps in a tough position: who do you root for when both states are so important to the presidential election?

Well, given the fact that we're talking about politicians here, maybe their position isn't that tough after all. Why talk about the important issues, like, say the economy, when you can pander to baseball fans?

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Rap Group and Labor Union Link Up to Spark a Youth Vote Movement




Rap artist Slug and band mate Ant (Sean Daley and Anthony Davis respectively) have linked up with an unusual collaborator, and it isn't a fellow member of the alt-hip-hop scene. No, the two men, together known as the Minneapolis based group Atmosphere, are working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in hopes of helping spark a youth vote movement. With their "Be the Difference" campaign, the union and rap group hope to encourage thousands of young people to both register to vote and then actually vote on November 4th ... and they aren't being shy about who they would prefer these thousands of youth to vote for.

Race Privilege Story Strikes a Chord

"What Privileges Do McCain and Palin Receive Because They're White?" by Tim Wise from BuzzFlash is the top story here at AlterNet today. The piece is about white privilege and lists 13 ways that McCain and Palin have enjoyed preferential treatment in the presidential race. Wise's story is causing a bit of a stir to say the least, as you can see by checking out the comment boards.

But AlterNet isn't the only place where Wise's piece is turning some heads. No, "What Privileges Do McCain and Palin Receive Because They're White?" is making waves over at Digg too.

For those of you unfamiliar with Digg, it is a website that brings a type of democratic sharing to the web. Users at Digg submit articles, videos, blogs, pictures, and anything else one can find from anywhere on the Internet, and then vote on their favorite submissions. Those that get the most votes, or "diggs," rise to the top, allowing people to see what others are checking out on the web, and sound off on what people are talking about.

One of those things people are talking about right now is Tim Wise's article, as you can see here. And some really enjoyed the article. Digg user Argocurb says, "Every one of the points in the article hits home. Right to the truth!"

Others think it does a really good job of laying out why Obama isn't tougher on McCain. MsLaurel, for example, raises a decent point:

8 More Shocking Revelations About Sarah Palin

Since the McCain campaign apparently didn't even bother Googling Sarah Palin before picking her to join the Republican ticket, we've taken it upon ourselves to compile some important -- and terrifying -- revelations about Palin.

Yesterday AlterNet ran a piece titled "Top Ten Most Disturbing Facts and Impressions of Sarah Palin." And in only 24 hours, almost as many exaggerations, misrepresentations and outright lies have reared their ugly heads. If you already read yesterday's piece, here's the next installment:

1: Palin Tried to Ban Books From Local Library

Thanks to Bush, the Republican Party is not strongly associated with intellectualism. But Sarah Palin has apparently taken the conservative derision for book-learnin' to a whole new level: Time reports that as mayor of Wasilla, Palin asked the town librarian how to go about banning books from the local library. News reports from the time show that the librarian, who, strangely enough, was opposed to a tactic commonly employed by totalitarian regimes, had her job threatened for not giving her "full support" to the mayor.

The People for the American Way have issued a statement condemning Palin's actions and demanding an explanation from her:

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John McCain is Older Than Alaska

The Senator from Arizona is 23 years older than America's 49th state.

The Revolving Door on K Street

Capitol Hill has lost yet another Congressman to K Street, as one more elected official (Rep. Al Wyn) rolled down the Hill to join a lobbying firm.

Through the story of the latest defector, the American News Project examines this dangerous trend, known as the "revolving door on K street."

Bill Moyers on The Iraq War and Big Oil

Bill Moyers nails it. Read the essay here.

Bill Moyers Journal airs Friday nights on PBS. Check local airtimes or comment at The Moyers Blog at www.pbs.org/moyers.

Watch Christopher Hitchens Get Waterboarded

Last February, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter asked Iraq warmonger Christopher Hitchens if he would be willing to subject himself to the form of torture known as waterboarding.

Hitchens accepted.

"It doesn't simulate the feeling of drowning. You are being drowned."

Read John Dolan's essay on Hitchens, "Hitchens Gets Waterboarded, Withdraws from Iraq in 11 Seconds."

Fox News Has Celebrity McCain Endorser Stephen Baldwin Make Fun of Celebrity Endorsements

Laura Ingram talks to the born-again Baldwin about how ridiculous celebrity endorsements are.

Stephen does a great job not making his own political leanings known with such statements as: "I believe John McCain is going to be the next president of the United States. And should be."

Ingram ends the talk about how inconsequential celebrity endorsements are by listing other famous people who support John McCain.

Smooth.

Is Obama a Conservative or a Progressive Realist?

Author and journalist Eric Alterman argues that Obama is a progressive realist, a consensus politician who understands that he must compromise in order to be electable. Alterman makes it clear that he believes Obama is doing what he needs to do to get into the White House, where "he'll be the most effective president since Franklin Roosevelt."

Pepe Escobar, an analyst for the Real News Network, believes that "Barack Obama is a very conservative politician. That's why Americans still haven't got Barack Obama. If you analyze his policies, he's extremely conservative."

What do you think? Is Obama a conservative or a progressive? Do you think he's playing his cards close to his chest or that his recent moderate moves are his true colors? Sound off and let us know.

John McCain Campaigns on GI Bill He Opposed

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), a Vietnam veteran, worked hard to pass a new GI Bill: S. 22. The bill increases education benefits for the men and women of the US military.

Webb reached out across the aisle to Sen. McCain, a fellow veteran, to help back the bill; but McCain refused and in fact spoke out against S. 22.

Of course McCain has the right to express disapproval for any bill he disagrees with, even if it seems strange for a veteran to be against better education funding for soldiers. But what he shouldn't be doing is touting S. 22 as a bill that he backed now that it has passed (75-22).

Watch as McCain uses the bill that he fought to kill as part of his stump speech at a town hall event, stating:
I'm happy to tell you that we probably agreed to an increase in educational benefits for our veterans that not only gives them an increase in their educational benefits, but if they stay in for a certain amount of time than they can transfer those educational benefits to their spouses and or children. That's a very important aspect I think of incentivizing people of staying in the military.

Rachel Maddow Rips Bush a New One on Countdown

Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow discuss the FISA bill, and how President Bush is trying to defend the telecoms by saying not to be able to spy on Americans will somehow endanger Americans.

Is Nader Off His Rocker?

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader made the following comment about fellow candidate Barack Obama in an interview with The Rocky Mountain News:

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The National Journal Policy Talks at Google Hold a Discussion About Pop Culture Politics

The National Journal Policy Talks at Google earlier this month centered on pop culture politics and the role of the internet in the 2008 elections.

The discussion, moderated by Tammy Haddad, includes commentary from Baratunde Thurston of The Onion, Zoe Stagg of Citizen Sugar, Ben Relles of Obama Girl, Author/Commentator Christopher Hitchens, and Liz Winstead, the creator of The Daily Show.

Stephen Colbert Talks Class War With Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed talks with Colbert about her latest book This Land Is Their Land: Reports From A Divided Nation.

Morgan Tsvangirai Withdraws Citing Widespread Violence and Intimidation by Government Supporters

On Sunday opposition leader Tsvangirai announced his withdrawal from Zimbabwe's run-off elections calling it a "violent sham."

The Beast That Swallows Its Young

Artist Matt Kresling's latest creation, The Beast That Swallows Its Young, encourages viewers to consider defaulting on their student loans. The song was created using messages from Matt's own student-loan debt collectors.

McCain Joins Michelle Obama in the Easily-Misconstrued-Quote Club

First and foremost, Michelle Obama's quote is:

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Lou Dobbs Wants to Impeach Bush Over Tomatoes

Lou Dobbs thinks that the FDA is enabling the salmonella tomato scare, and thinks that the President should be held accountable for this injustice above all else. A perfect case of the right result for the wrong reasons.

Dan Abrams called out Dobbs for his conspiracy theory on his "Beat the Press" segment. "Ah yes, they are doing it to help boost the sale of avocados in sandwiches instead," Abrams said. Watch it below:

Michelle Obama on the View

Michelle Obama co-hosts the View with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd (of course there are fist bumps for all).

All the fist bumps aside, Michelle's visit made for an interesting conversation about race, gender, and media scrutiny. Michelle addresses her now infamous quote and, with a little help from Whoopi, points to how the mainstream media missed the point.

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