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The creator of the progressive site, BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com, Marc McDonald is an award-winning journalist who worked for 15 years for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, before he quit his day job and set up shop in cyberspace in 1995. McDonald's articles have appeared in a number of popular progressive Web sites, including OpEdNews.com, BuzzFlash.com, Crooks and Liars, Salon.com, Progressive Daily Beacon, The Neil Rogers Show and The Raw Story. McDonald's Web articles have also been featured and reviewed by various national and international media, including CNN Headline News, the BBC, the Washington Post, USA Today and many more.
Thursday, November 22, 2012(19 comments)
Five Lingering Unsolved Mysteries From the JFK Assassination
Today is the 49th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are still unresolved mysteries surrounding the JFK assassination that haven't been adequately explained to this day. Here are five of them.
Friday, July 6, 2012(3 comments)
For Cost of One Month of Iraq War, 'God Particle' Could Have Been U.S. Triumph
The discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle, announced by scientists at the CERN, the research center in Switzerland this week, is one of the biggest triumphs in the history of science. The Large Hadron Collider cost around $8 billion, which is same amount that the U.S. wasted every month on the Iraq War, a sad commentary on America's misguided fiscal priorities.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012(9 comments)
How Ronald Reagan Unwittingly Laid the Groundwork for the Death of Capitalism
Thanks to tireless efforts by historical revisionists over the past two decades, Ronald Reagan has gotten a lot of credit for achievements that he had nothing to do with. "Winning" the Cold War is a good example. On the other hand, Reagan should get credit for something that he actually did achieve: laying the groundwork for the death of capitalism as we know it.
Monday, October 31, 2011(3 comments)
Steve Jobs Represented Much Of What's Wrong With America's Economy Today
The late Steve Jobs was a genius. He was an incredibly shrewd businessman. And he was a marketing wizard. Jobs was the larger-than-life visionary behind Apple, which has been hailed as one of the all-time great American economic success stories. But there's one big problem with this rosy picture. The fact is, Apple represents a great deal of what's wrong with the U.S. economic system today.
Friday, January 22, 2010(2 comments)
Vitter Continues To Tout "Family Values"
Remember GOP Sen. David Vitter? You know, the hypocritical politician who endured a scandal in 2007 after being outed for visiting prostitutes? Well, Vitter is running for re-election. And he could very well win. A Rasmussen poll shows Vitter holding an 18-point lead over his likeliest Democratic opponent, Charlie Melancon, in Louisiana's race for the U.S. Senate. And guess what? Vitter is still touting "family values."
Wednesday, December 2, 2009(10 comments)
Rush Limbaugh: America's Biggest Welfare Recipient
Rush Limbaugh is always bitching and moaning about welfare recipients (indeed, he slams any working person who gets any kind of assistance from the government). Of course, Limbaugh exempts himself from his screeds about welfare. After all, the OxyMoron gets loads of welfare himself. Indeed, Limbaugh's entire business is dependent on free usage of the public airwaves, a tangible and valuable asset that We The People own.
Friday, October 2, 2009(1 comments)
An American Progressive In Paris
The Tea-Baggers and their ilk often chastise President Obama, saying that the Democrats "want to turn the U.S. into France." Of course, few, if any of these morons have ever actually been to France. I'd suspect that most Americans, if they got the chance to visit France would be astonished at how high the quality of life is.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009(5 comments)
What's Really Stupid: America's Racist Justice System
As the controversy over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. rages, a debate rages over President Obama's description of the police acting "stupidly." But as long as we're on the subject, it seems to me that we're ignoring a larger issue: the stupidity of America's racist justice system. For example, in drug cases, a black offender is 10 times more likely to be sentenced to prison than a white offender, for the same offense.
Saturday, July 11, 2009(11 comments)
With Misleading Obama Photo, Drudge Again Shows He's A Lying Sack of Sh*t
Thanks to the Drudge Report, the wingnuts are abuzz about a photo of President Obama that appears to show the president leering at the backside of a passing woman. But it turns out this "story" is complete bullsh*t. If you look at the video of the incident, it's clear that Obama wasn't leering at the woman at all. Instead, he was glancing down at the steps below, watching his footing, at he assisted another woman descending.
Monday, June 22, 2009(2 comments)
Mark Levin: The Most Extreme and Frightening HateWing Talker of Them All
Talk radio these days is becoming more and more extremist and frightening and Mark Levin is the most frightening and extreme of them all. But there's an audience for Levin's twisted vision. In Levin's latest book, he tries to justify his extremist beliefs by claiming that his views are what the Founding Fathers wanted. But the Founding Fathers would have despised a demagogue like Levin and his sickening and grotesque views.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 GOP Politicians OK With Tax-Funded Health Care---But Only For Themselves
Contrary to what you might have heard, GOP politicians aren't opposed to all taxpayer-funded health care. For example, they've got no problem with the lavish, taxpayer-funded health care that they themselves receive as members of Congress. They just don't want anyone else in America to enjoy these generous benefits. In fact, members of Congress get the finest health care in America---and it's mostly paid for by taxpayers.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009(3 comments)
Forget Michael Savage, When Will Britain Ban George W. Bush?
So Michael Savage has been banned from entering Britain? If Britain really wants to do its society a favor, it will ban George W. Bush, who is guilty of vastly greater crimes than any of the two-bit assholes that it included on its newly published immigration blacklist. In fact, Britain ought to ban all the members of the Bush Crime Family, from Dick Cheney to Paul Wolfowitz to Donald Rumsfeld.
Saturday, April 4, 2009 New York Times Co. CEO Pockets Millions While Demanding Steep Union Concessions
The New York Times Company, owner of The New York Times and The Boston Globe, is threatening to close The Globe unless the newspaper's unions quickly agree to $20 million in concessions. But while The New York Times Company is demanding that its employees make steep sacrifices, its CEO is pocketing millions. The New York Times Company CEO Janet L. Robinson raked in $5,578,451 in compensation for 2008, according to Forbes.com.
Sunday, January 11, 2009(21 comments)
How Bush Unwittingly Helped Bin Laden's Plan To Wreck U.S. Economy
It's clear that the main goal of the 9/11 attacks was to provoke the U.S. into a costly war that would drain our treasury and ultimately weaken the dollar, the main lever of America's global power and influence. In fact, Osama bin Laden succeeded beyond his wildest dreams in provoking America into not one, but two disastrous and ruinously expensive wars that have done untold damage to America's economic power.
Monday, December 15, 2008(5 comments)
Iraqi Shoe-Throwing Journalist Speaks For A Lot Of Us
I'm not sure what the specific grievance was that motivated an Iraqi journalist to throw two shoes at George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad. Throwing shoes at someone is a considered a supreme insult in the Middle East. But I do know this: if I could speak to that Iraqi journalist, I'd tell him that I share his contempt for Bush.
Saturday, November 8, 2008(2 comments)
Despite GM's Staggering Losses, CEO Still Rakes In Millions
It's hard to fathom a more poorly run corporation than GM, which reported a $2.5 billion third quarter loss. GM's share price is down 78 percent this year. A lot of people at GM are feeling a lot of pain these days. GM has been shedding jobs left and right and said it will lay off 3,600 workers beginning early next year. One person not feeling the pain is GM CEO Rick Wagoner, who will rake in a $2.2 million salary this year.
Friday, October 10, 2008 Fearmongering Finally Blows Up in GOP's Face
At one time, fearmongering was the best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush and the NeoCons, as they cynically exploited 9/11 to advance their agenda. But now it's backfiring, as panic and fear fuel the economic meltdown.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 How the American Economy Became a Sleazy Carnival Freak Show
The U.S. economy today resembles a sleazy carnival midway. Rather than producing useful goods and services, our Carnival Freak Show Economy these days spends more and more time running scams and swindling people (think Wall Street). We've exported most of the good-paying jobs that sustained our once-mighty middle class. And the gulf between the haves and have-nots has grown to its widest since the Gilded Age.
Saturday, August 30, 2008(6 comments)
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Right-Wing Lunatic Fringe Loves Palin
What was your reaction to John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his VP pick? Curiosity? Indifference? Bafflement? The more one learns about Palin, the more afraid we progressives ought to be. After all, a quick scan of the lunatic fringe blogosphere reveals that the wingnuts adore Palin. And anything that these nutcases cherish should be something that the rest of us fear and dread.
Monday, August 25, 2008(13 comments)
Will Democratic Delegates Mock McCain With "Purple Heart" Bandages?
The 2008 Democratic National Convention kicks off today. And I'll go ahead and make one fearless prediction about the convention: no one there will mock John McCain's military service. It's a far cry from what we saw in 2004 at the Republican convention in New York. At that convention, delegates mocked and made fun of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam service record.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008(7 comments)
Whatever Happened to the Anger On the Left?
The past three decades have been a Right-Wing wet dream for America. The Republicans have gotten their way on virtually every single issue while the Democrats have meekly rolled over. Which raises a question. Why are the Republicans so angry these days? And why are the Democrats so cheerful?
Thursday, August 7, 2008(2 comments)
No President Has Ever Handed Off A Greater Mess To His Successor
When Bill Clinton handed off the keys to the White House to George W. Bush in 2001, the nation was in good shape, having enjoyed eight years of peace and prosperity. However, Bush's successor won't be so lucky. In fact, no president has ever handed off a great mess to his successor in U.S. history.
Monday, July 28, 2008(8 comments)
Did A Culture of Right-Wing Hate Lead to Church Shootings?
A man who is accused of shooting and killing two at a Tennessee church apparently targeted the congregation "out of hatred for its support of liberal social policies," police said Monday. One might ask: where would such extreme hatred of liberals come from? To get the answer, turn on right-wing talk radio any day.
Monday, July 21, 2008 Why Al-Maliki Had Better Watch His Back
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is starting to become a real pain in the ass for the Bush White House. Instead of being a good little client state puppet, he keeps shooting his mouth off, asking for a timetable for the U.S. military to leave his shattered nation. If Al-Maliki is smart, he really needs to start watching his back. His days are clearly numbered.
Saturday, July 19, 2008(1 comments)
The Problem With "The Dark Knight"
Between "The Dark Knight" and Heath Ledger's death, our corporate media has once again devoted acres of column space to a movie, during a time in which the ongoing Iraq War has all but disappeared from our nation's media radar. The long-suffering people of Iraq have no need to go a movie to see bloody shootouts and spectacular explosions: they see them all the time in real life, every day.
Friday, July 18, 2008(1 comments)
Phil Gramm: Porn Mogul
Molly Ivins once exposed Phil Gramm as the typical sort of GOP hypocrite who (like George W. Bush) loudly denounces all government programs, even as he rakes in tax dollars from various government programs. However, at one point, Gramm did at least attempt to make a living in the private sector. Before Gramm joined the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed to call for defunding the NEA, he was an investor in soft-core porn movies.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008(20 comments)
The Great Depression of 2008
Until last week, most economists were divided on whether the U.S. was in a recession or not. Now, with the ailing mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the ropes, it's clear that what's unfolding is far worse than any recession.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008(1 comments)
Why Is The MSM Afraid Of Scrutinizing Rush Limbaugh?
The "New York Times Magazine's" recent ridiculous puff piece on Rush Limbaugh continues a trend in which the mainstream media has shied away from any serious scrutiny of the nation's top-rated talk radio host. But the "Times" is hardly alone in treating Limbaugh with kid gloves. For such a major celebrity, Limbaugh has never faced any sort of real scrutiny from the mainstream media in his two decades as a national radio star.
Monday, July 7, 2008(3 comments)
$10 Billion Pentagon Program Fails To Defeat IED Threat In Iraq
Taking a look at the latest troop casualties from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq, it quickly becomes apparent that IEDs remain a lethal threat to the U.S. military. In April, May and June, IEDs killed at least 54 U.S. troops, causing over half the 104 combat deaths suffered by the military in those three months. It's clear that the U.S. military's $10 billion program to defeat the IED threat isn't working.
Monday, June 23, 2008(17 comments)
Growing Right-Wing Chorus Backs Impeachment. When Will Pelosi?
When Lou Dobbs recently called for the impeachment of George W. Bush, he became only the latest of a growing number of Right-Wingers who are harshly criticizing the White House these days. With all these Conservatives raising the issue of impeachment, it's all the more baffling as to why Nancy Pelosi continues to insist that "impeachment is off the table."
Monday, June 9, 2008(4 comments)
Right-Wing Web Embraces "N" Word In Attacking Obama
If anyone is still under the delusion that America is a colorblind society, consider this: the Right-Wing Web has embraced the "N" word in its attacks on Barack Obama. To see evidence of this, all you've got to do is Google the keywords: Nigger Obama. Google returns an astonishing 744,000 results.
Saturday, April 26, 2008 Rush Limbaugh Puts His Foot In His Snout
Rush Limbaugh said Friday that riots at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver would be "like a dream come true." He also claimed that Republicans "don't riot." But the fact is, Republicans don't hesitate to riot, when it suits their purpose. Does anyone remember the GOP rent-a-mob rioters in Florida in 2000 who disrupted the Gore-Bush vote counting process?
Thursday, April 24, 2008(2 comments)
Despite Record Low Poll Numbers, Bush Still Bullies Wimpy Democrats
George W. Bush is one of the most unpopular presidents ever. He has record low poll numbers. He is a lame-duck president. Given his seemingly weak position, how does Bush continue to bully the Democrats? Good question. The fact is, these days, Bush is actually less compromising than ever. And the wimpy Democrats continue to roll over for Bush.
Monday, April 14, 2008(26 comments)
Whatever Happened To Protest Music?
Back in the 1960s, even the biggest-selling music artists routinely released songs that protested the Vietnam War and demanded change. From John Lennon ("Give Peace A Chance") to the Rolling Stones ("Street Fighting Man") the pop charts were full of protest songs. It's quite a different story today. Today's music stars are content to peddle the most bland, innocuous lyrics imaginable.
Sunday, April 6, 2008 White House Yawns At MLK Anniversary
The only comment the White House had on the MLK anniversary was a short, bland, generic statement on the White House Web site. By contrast, the statement for something called "National Tartan Day" was actually much lengthier than the White House statement about King.
Thursday, March 27, 2008 Media's Swooning Over McCain Echoes MSM's Love Affair With Bush In 2000
It's now official: John McCain is the darling of the mainstream media. And as reporters swoon over McCain, some of us are experiencing deja vu. Where have we seen this sort of fawning MSM coverage before? Oh, that's right: it was in the 2000 campaign, when the MSM fell in love with George W. Bush. Although today I'm sure they'd like to forget it ever happened, the fact is, reporters fawned over Bush in 2000.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Is Dick Cheney Set To Profit From Dollar's Drop?
The plunging dollar has taken a beating lately on international markets. But at least one wealthy investor may be set to profit from the dollar's decline: Dick Cheney.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008(4 comments)
For Millions Of Americans, Economic Crisis Is Old News
Things are looking grim for the U.S. economy these days, the politicians and the MSM pundits tell us. I'm glad they finally noticed. The fact is, tens of millions of Americans have already been living through increasingly lean times over the past decade.
Saturday, January 19, 2008 Bush's Absurd Tax Rebate Scheme Won't Save Economy
With the titanic cost of the Iraq War fiasco, along with his reckless tax cuts for the wealthy, George W. Bush has driven the U.S. economy off a cliff. Now, Bush aims to save the economy with an absurd tax rebate scheme, which will amount to about $140 billion. But it's clear that this rebate scheme will be nothing more than a mere Band-Aid on a bleeding economy that is in deep crisis.
Monday, January 14, 2008(2 comments)
"What Would Reagan Do?" Campaign Continues GOP's Creepy Deification Of The Gipper
Remember the "What would Jesus do?" campaign that was popular back in the 1990s? It was a slogan used by many Christians as a reminder to follow Jesus in their daily lives. These days, Republicans have borrowed the phrase as part of their creepy, ongoing deification of their hero, Ronald Reagan.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Iraq War Foes Should Take Heart: Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire Win Isn't End Of the World
I'd like to remind everyone: Hillary Clinton's win is not the end of the world. Look at it this way: the Iraq fiasco simply can't drag on much longer, no matter what our corrupt politicians want. The fact is, America is a bankrupt nation, with towering deficits. The U.S. can only "afford" the Iraq War's eye-popping $12 billion/month cost because China and Japan are loaning us the money. It's unsustainable.
Friday, January 4, 2008(2 comments)
Iowa Shows How Iraq War Support Remains Toxic For Candidates
To hear Bush and the GOP noise machine tell it, one might be under the impression that the Iraq War has turned from a disaster to a big success story in recent months. But make no mistake: the American people aren't buying this spin---and support for the Iraq War remains toxic for any candidate seeking the White House. Barack Obama, one of the few candidates who opposed the Iraq War from the start, rolled to victory in Iowa.
Saturday, December 1, 2007(8 comments)
Right-Wing Nutcases Laugh It Up Over Clinton Office Hostage Crisis
I never understood the right-wing sense of humor. Like when George W. Bush joked about the issue of the non-existent WMDs in Iraq during a "comedy" skit. Maybe I just don't have a sense of humor, because I saw nothing funny about Friday's hostage crisis, in which a man wearing what appeared to be a bomb walked into the campaign office of Hillary Clinton. However, lots of right-wing folks thought the episode was real funny.
Thursday, November 15, 2007(4 comments)
Memo to Keith Olbermann: We Don't Care About Britney Or Paris
For many of us, "Countdown" is the best thing on television. It's a newscast that towers above the sensationalized crap that passes for "news" these days. But for some reason, Olbermann always insists on closing his show with "entertainment" news--and more often than not, it's "news" about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. The first time Olbermann mentioned these two, it might have been funny. Now, it's just tiresome.
Friday, November 9, 2007 The Creepy Similarities Between George W. Bush and Vlad the Impaler
They were both petulant, arrogant, and convinced that they were doing God's work. They were both out-of-control, power-mad leaders. As youngsters, they both enjoyed torturing small animals. Both spent their ruling years engaged in horrific wars against Islamic nations. And despite their cruel and savage ways, both have fanatical supporters who defend their actions to this day.
Monday, October 29, 2007(14 comments)
Why Are Free-Market Economists Still Taken Seriously?
They've been shown to be wrong time and time again. And their policies have led to widespread disaster and misery for millions of people. Who am I talking about? The NeoCons and their wrong-headed views on Iraq? Nope, I'm talking about free-market economists.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 White House Censorship Of Global Warming Science Nothing New
The White House has come under fire for censoring congressional testimony on the public health challenges of global warming. But it's not the first time the Bush administration has tried to censor the inconvenient truths of global warming. In October 2004, NASA's top climate scientist revealed that a senior administration official told him in 2003 not to discuss dangerous consequences of rising temperatures.
Monday, October 8, 2007(1 comments)
American Airlines Fights To Halt Worker Pay Raises, Even As CEO Pockets Millions
Workers at American Airlines agreed to wage and benefit cuts worth $1.6 billion when the company was on the verge of bankruptcy a few years ago. Thanks to this sacrifice, the company is profitable again. Now, instead of rewarding its employees, American Airlines wants to halt worker pay raises. But there's one group of AA employees who aren't being asked to share in the pain: the top executives.
Saturday, August 4, 2007(2 comments)
The Real Reason The Wingnuts Hate YearlyKos
Once upon a time, it was easy to be a GOP propagandist. But these days, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk have found that everything they say is going to be picked apart, analyzed and fact-checked by the progressive Web. As a result, the GOP serial liars have been exposed for the frauds that they really are.
Monday, July 30, 2007(3 comments)
Threats In The Blogosphere: How Credible Are Michelle Malkin's Claims?
Possibly more than any other writer on the Web, right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin constantly refers to all the hate mail and threats she gets. In the eyes of her followers, this has enhanced her reputation and made her into a sort of right-wing hero for the truth in her battle against liberals. There's only one problem. Malkin isn't exactly the most trustworthy writer online. The fact is, we liberals aren't into hate speech.
Monday, July 23, 2007(3 comments)
Bush Enjoys World-Class Health Care Even As He Fights To Gut Children's Health Program
It's fascinating how the likes of George W. Bush and other GOP politicians constantly speak out against government-run health care, even as they get to enjoy world-class government-run health care themselves. And even as Bush receives government-run health care, he's working to gut a successful program that offers health care to children in America.
Friday, June 29, 2007(3 comments)
Wingnuts Denounce "Tin-Foil Hat" Liberals While Embracing Paranoid Conspiracy Theories
Browse any right-wing blog or listen to wingnut radio these days and you're confronted by a steady stream of angry voices denouncing "tin-foil hat" liberals and their "conspiracy theories." However, there's a rich irony with the wingnuts denouncing conspiracy theories. After all, these people wrote the book on conspiracies. You won't find a more paranoid group of people in the nation.
Thursday, April 19, 2007(1 comments)
Wild West Era Had Stricter Gun Control Than America Has Today
If even a Wild West town like Tombstone could have strict gun control ordinances, why can't we do the same as a nation today? The fact is, the Old West was downright safe, compared to today's blood-soaked streets in America. For one thing, no one in the Old West ever had to face down a lethal instrument like a modern-day Glock semi-automatic pistol. Firearms in the Old West were downright crude and tame, compared to a Glock.
Sunday, April 15, 2007 Pssst. Wanna Know How To Reduce Your Tax Bill? Simple: Become Rich
Let's say your wealth puts you in the top 1/100th of 1 percent of all Americans. The tax burden for these super-rich people has been steadily falling for years. In 1993, they paid 30 cents of every dollar into federal income tax. In 2000, that had fallen to 22 cents. Now, with the Bush tax cuts, it has fallen to 18 cents. And if you're wealthy, your odds of a tax audit actually decrease these days.
Thursday, April 12, 2007(1 comments)
Don Imus Still Has A Bright Future On America's Toxic Airwaves
Sure, Don Imus is in hot water at the moment. But it won't last. And as soon as the current fuss has died down, you can take it to the bank that another network will step in to pick up Imus's program. In fact, the smart money would have to be on Fox News.
Sunday, April 1, 2007(18 comments)
The Word "Republican" Has Vanished From The Vocabulary Of Right-Wingers
Scan any right-wing blog these days and it's hard not to notice that something is missing. Namely, the word "Republican." Clearly, "Republican" is a tainted word these days---even to the point where fanatical, Bush-worshipping, Kool-Aid-drinking right-wingers have begun to avoid the word like the plague.