Saturday, July 22, 2017

Life in Babylon

Life in Babylon
Memes aren’t great ways to learn a lot about history or politics, though they’re used that way a lot.  Still, some are funny and make a good point in a few lines in a way that might take paragraphs...
Coming Next Week! The Special Branch of South Vietnam’s National Police force functioned like the FBI, conducting counter-intelligence and criminal investigations. Its primary function, however, was infiltrating and suppressing the Communist Party, as well as the nationalist political parties and...
The word fascism has been so recklessly thrown around in the past year that quite frankly I cannot judge if it should be totally shoved down the memory hole and forgotten for a generation. The word has the ideological...
Les Moonves cannot lose … and he knows it. The all-too-well compensated CEO of CBS said as much back in late February of 2016. The Bataan Death March of presidential campaigns had finally kicked into high gear and a...
Not since Hunter S. Thompson turned the 1972 presidential election into a gonzo circus of absurdity have we had a no-holds-barred diary of campaign spectacle as Jeffrey St. Clair's newly-released Bernie and the Sandernistas: Field Notes from a Failed...
After spending a few weeks at a sex rehab facility near Nashville, disgraced former Congressman Antony Weiner was spotted at the apartment in New York that he shared with top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the Daily Mail reported. It's...
I'm a bit rushed today with some non-journalism business but here is a very little noted Podesta email that is quite remarkable. In it, Chelsea Clinton makes a number of rather stunning allegations. Let's put them together and then we...
No matter how awful his opponent, Donald Trump during this campaign has shown himself to be unfit to win the presidency. You can't offend almost every African-American and Hispanic voter, as well as a sizeable majority of women (among...
1004: Trump: "We put up the American flag." There is a limit to human degradation. Good night. 1001: Hold on. I want to hear Hillary lie about the Clinton Foundation. 1000: There is a limit to human degradation. Good night. 946: Cubs up...
One of the little discussed Podesta emails shows how a number of Clinton insiders became worried about possible conflicts of interest at the family foundation after Chelsea Clinton herself raised concerns. The email -- if legitimate, naturally --could spell problems because it suggests...
Yesterday Washington Babylon published its case for Hillary Clinton, which argued that she is preferable to Donald Trump but urged the nation to not vote in this year’s elections because both candidates are unfit to hold the office of...
If there were any doubts before last night, there are none now. These are two unbelievably shitty candidates, neither whom is fit to lead the country, both whom lie without remorse, and this election is a national and international...
Tevi Troy is a presidential historian, former White House aide and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the author of "What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White...
Back in the mid-2000s, Bill Clinton was the spokesman for a now defunct search engine firm called Accoona.com. The company was a self-evident scam. It was founded by a French national named Marc Armand Rousso — though he used...
John Kiriakou is the first U.S. intelligence officer to reveal information about the CIA’s use of torture in the “war on terror” and as a result was prosecuted and imprisoned under President Barack Obama. After being released last year,...
To think that Donald Trump has any goal as president other than boosting his tawdry brand is naive in the extreme and about as useful as dwelling about whether Santa Claus really exists. Still, his candidacy has revealed a lot about...
Hillary Clinton was posed picture perfect yesterday for her feature in Humans of New York, in which she recounted a harrowing encounter while taking a law school entrance exam at Harvard in the 1960s. This story was meant to...
Before heading out for the weekend, let’s discuss Jeffrey Epstein, America’s best connected political pedophile, shall we? If you haven’t heard of him, Epstein’s the super-sleazy Palm Beach billionaire who was busted some time back and convicted for conspiring...
I used to love the Monty Python Show when I was a young lad and I remember one segment that mocked those brain-dead Sunday TV shows during which bland, predictable journalists and “expert” panelists gather to discuss the week’s...
One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator Sani Abacha hide vast sums of money offshore. Chagoury, who has an estate in Los...
Not so long ago I wrote here about how male politicians involved in sex scandals tended to fare better than the women they were involved with, citing, among others, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. I mentioned that Vitter — who...
I'm hearing from multiple stories that major news outlets are finally embarrassed about their shameful pro-Hillary bias in the presidential campaign and are loading up stories on the Clintons that will be run imminently. One chief target is Doug Band,...
A few weeks back Washington Babylon brought news to the outside world about former congressman Anthony Weiner's continued problems keeping his weiner in his pants instead of sending pictures of it to young woman. The New York Post's Page...
As the primaries were starting to heat up last March and Bernie Sanders was starting to look like an actual threat to Queen Hillary’s coronation, the Democratic monarch  felt she needed to spring into action. On March 6, two...
  What is it about conservatives and Hollywood? They moan and whine that TinselTown bigwigs are mostly blithering, blathering bleeding hearts -- which is generally true; see for example, the wonderful movie Team America -- but a lot of them...
In the run-up to the Iraq War, top Bush administration officials and neo-con war advocates, everyone recalls, forecast that the whole thing would be a “cakewalk." It didn’t quite turn out like that, as I recently noted here and...
By PAUL STAROBIN Idiotic is one of the milder words that come to mind on hearing Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, brand Donald Trump “a puppet” of the Kremlin. Mook did so this past Sunday on ABC’s “This Week...
If you’re rooting for Donald Trump, you’re likely saying to yourself that the media is biased against him and that the polls aren’t reliable and that, sure, he may have a tendency to say dumb stuff but in the...
There’s recently been a media/celebrity thread arguing that Donald Trump is going to drop out of the presidential race because he knows he can’t win. That’s why, it is said, he’s been yelling and screaming about how rigged the...
Part 1: Did Russia really hack the DNC? Meet Cyberclown James Lewis One of the leading stories of the presidential campaign is that Donald Trump is in bed with Vladimir Putin and that if elected president he and Russia’s leader...
Fleshy, pasty Yale graduate Dana Milbank, one of the more annoying journalists of this or any era, had a typically moronic column in today’s Washington Post titled “Sean Hannity, Trump’s spin ‘Doctor’.” Don’t get me wrong here, Sean Hannity...
I have a story in the September issue of The New Republic about how corruption helped create a failed state in Iraq and led directly to the rise of ISIS. Most of the media has lost interest in Iraq — even...
The Pinellas County courthouse sits in a rectangular 1960’s glass and concrete structure, the bad execution of International style architecture so prevalent in Florida. The fronds of the royal palms dotting the neighborhood sway slightly in the briny breezes...
When future historians seek to compile a Top Ten list of people who brought about the political, economic and moral collapse of the United States, they will undoubtedly want to take a long and loving look at Paul Manafort....
A note on today's news about Gawker. I’ll be posting more on this soon. There are some nice people at Gawker and I'm sorry they're going to be out of work, but there are a lot of assholes there, too,...
I had a piece in Fusion yesterday about Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign advisor, co-authored with the wonderful Adam Weinstein. The main thrust of the story is captured in the headline: “How Trump aide Paul Manafort got ridiculously wealthy while...
With the United States focused on the most darkly comic presidential election in modern history, a far scarier entertainment continues to unfold in Iraq, which is in a process of steady and likely irreversible collapse. Iraq’s looming demise is...
The rise of Donald Trump during this year’s presidential campaign and the results of the Brexit vote have led to a revival of technocratic elitism and anti-democracy sentiments not seen since the days of Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve and...
The New York Post, which covered our debut item about former congressman Anthony Weiner’s alleged ongoing sexting problem, has two new stories on the subject. The one on Saturday said that the “pervy pol” had recently been sexting with “Nikki,”...
The new documentary “Weiner” got great reviews, but any hope I had of gaining genuine insight into my former sexting partner vanished quickly. The film begins with precisely the sort of ass-kissing you’d expect given that it’s co-directed by...
It’s pretty obvious that in most major political sex scandals, the men involved generally suffer minor embarrassment but are able to seamlessly return to public life. The women involved, no matter what the circumstances, are mocked, slut-shamed and forever...