Dancers Responding to Aids: Surreal Beauty on Fire Island

What can be more progressive than artists banding together to help causes they care about and an audience of supporters of said cause? This spirit of united humanity is the root of liberalism, the driving force behind liberal policies, and an ideal culmination of the concept of liberalism. It is rarely so perfectly actualized, but endlessly and profoundly worth striving for.

Taking a Stand against Sarah Palin’s Jealous Contempt For Barack Obama

Sarah Palin's Bitter Rage and Contempt

For the last, oh my Gosh, almost TWO years since Palin hit the national scene, conservatives have been salivating over the Democrats' alleged fear of Sarah Palin. Striking "fear" into their "enemies" is part of the entire worldview of these folks. Everything is seen as a war, a power structure of over and under, best exemplified by Palin's selling herself as a hunter and someone who just got things done in Alaska (contrary to her actual record and her quitting of her job). While I reject this worldview, it's important to note that their largest strategic failure is not their worldview, but their misinterpretation of the Left's outrage over Palin.

D’oh: Glenn Beck Targets Homer Simpson

Glenn Beck has had so many jump the shark moments of late, but he may have topped them all today on his Fox News show when he managed to connect Homer Simpson to the decline of the American family. Beck claimed America was Father Knows Best, but the liberal ideology has turned us all into Homer Simpson.

The Party of No Sabotages Small Business

For years, Republicans have been selling themselves as the party of business, using Small Business as the banner from which to launch their tax cuts for huge corporations, think Joe the Plumber, but when push comes to shove as with today’s Senate vote on the small business jobs bill, The Party of No reveals that it is November calculus, not small businesses that really matter.

The Drudge Report Trolls with Foxonian Visual Lies

Foxonian Visual Lies Courtesy of a Desperate Drudge Report

While Right Wing screams about liberal media bias, and the scream even louder when they're busted flat out lying to their audience (Acorn video, Sherrod video, etc), they continue their assault on reality via any means necessary. To this end, The Drudge Report felt compelled to use the Foxian trick of using imagery to lie for them yesterday when they attempted to lay blame for missing Iraq reconstruction money at Obama's feet.

Rachel Maddow Dominates in the July Ratings

If you are looking for a reason why CNN was so eager to push Larry King out of his long running talk show and into cable news retirement, look no further than the July ratings where MSNBC's Rachel Maddow defeated Larry King for the sixth straight month and for the seventeenth time in twenty four months, and her audience continues to grow.

Battling the Tea Party over the Language of Liberty

There is a battle being waged in America today over the meaning of liberty. The Tea Party has co-opted the language of liberty, but freedom for all does not interest them. They want freedom for the few at the expense of the many. Real choice, real liberty, is devalued by the limited menu offered by the Tea Party. They want to "take America back" but they don't want to share it.

Can Barack Obama Ever Be Enough to Satisfy Us?

From the time that Barack Obama campaigned for the Democratic Nomination for President to a year and a half into his Presidency, he has been hammered by the GOP, the media, big corporations, the Tea Party and even some Democrats for not being enough. Every day there is an attack on Obama for never being enough of something. Can we ever be satisfied?

Obama Uses Video of Rachel Maddow in His Netroots Nation Address

Rachel Maddow and Barack Obama

Barack Obama made a surprise video appearance at the Netroots Nation conference today, but the most interesting development to me is what else was in the video with Obama. After saying, "I hope you take a moment to consider what we have accomplished so far," he cut to a video of Rachel Maddow running down and a list of his accomplishments, and somewhere Ed Schultz blew a blood vessel.

Rachel Maddow Takes On and Levels Bill O’Reilly

Last night Bill O'Reilly tried to take on Rachel Maddow criticism of Fox's Shirley Sherrod story by boasting about FNC's ratings. Maddow responded tonight by taking him apart, "You were trying to take the attention off me saying that your network Fox News continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make White Americans fear Black Americans."