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Ship of Fools, Leaderless and Adrift

Ever ridden in a speeding car with a raging drunk at the wheel? Yes, you have - we all have - because that's the current...

Defining Trump: A Pussy’s Pussy

Apologies to those who view "pussy" as a sexist slur, but the term was so pervasive in the Bronx during my youth that I find myself reflexively...

Gun-Toting Granny Caps Son

Anna Mae Blessing, 92, gave birth to a son 72 years ago and raised him up with the expectation she would be treated with...

NeoLibs are Not Liberals, Never Have Been

Painful Truth 911 Gazillion: There is absolutely zero Liberalism in today’s "NeoLiberalism." The phrase has become a disingenuous euphemism for savage capitalism and class warfare. One...

The Decline and Fall of The USA

Used to be rich psychopaths could ride into a lawless part of this country, pay-off the sheriff, and have their hired guns kill anyone who opposed them....

MAGA 101: Donald Trump’s Mind Control Secrets

The secrets of master manipulator Donald Trump, the Reality TV Star who has successfully transformed millions of proud American workers into reflexive rule followers and tools of...

Trump Turns Rich Black Supporters White

In a stunning pique of affluenza, President Donald Trump rewrote America’s racial caste system Wednesday with an executive order making his wealthiest African American supporters...

Cynical Times editor trolls Clinton stronghold

Victor Epstein was cruising his Facebook timeline alone Thursday afternoon, buck naked in the privacy of his living room, when the break in the social...

ALEC loses battle for secrecy, but its war on the 99%...

Wal-Mart’s recent decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive a wedge between ALEC and the large corporations that have used the organization to promote their self-serving policy agenda at the state level.

At least 18 companies are reported to have cuts ties to ALEC in the face of a pressure campaign which has ben spearheaded by groups such as Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way and the Center for Media and Democracy.

The campaign — which has also prevailed against the likes of Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble — is already one of the most successful corporate accountability initiatives ever undertaken, and more wins are likely to occur. Yet there are also high hurdles to overcome.

Those companies that have succumbed to the anti-ALEC pressure are pretty much all consumer products firms concerned about the possibility of boycotts by customers outraged at ALEC’s role in promoting “stand your ground” laws like the one in Florida at the center of the controversy over the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

A decisive win against ALEC will require splitting off a much larger portion of ALEC’s sizeable corporate membership, including companies that are not fazed by consumer unrest. Quite a few firms of this sort are represented on ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board, whose membership roll reads like a rogue’s gallery of corporate irresponsibility.

Occupy Wall Street Takes on Corporate Oligarchy

The pro-democracy protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement overcame unfavorable weather and the absence of their former camps Wednesday to target the corporate...

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