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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.
(19 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 22, 2012 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2012 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 22, 2012 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 31, 2011 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 22, 2010 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."
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 2, 2009 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 2, 2009 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2009 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2009 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 22, 2009 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2009 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.
SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 11, 2009 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 15, 2008 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 8, 2008 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.