Steven Rosenfeld – San Bernardino Killings Unleashing Right Wing Wave of Fear Mongering, Islamophobia and War Fever

This weekend, America’s right wing—from the 2016 GOP candidates to its media echo chambers on cable TV, online and talk radio—have unleashed what may be their most hate-filled, fear-based, war-mongering fusillade since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The attacks—from a former GOP congressman taunting [3] the U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to arrest him after threatening American Muslims on air, …


Leid Stories – 11.19.15

Across the U.S., Police-Killing Cases Extremely Slow to Justice
Six ‘Debates,’ But Are They Talking About What Really Matters?
Developments in several cases involving police killings point to a historic problem and pattern—the inordinately long time such cases take to investigate and prosecute, and the unusually high failure rate in securing indictments and convictions.
The Republicans have had four of them; the Democrats, two. But are the superhyped Q&A sessions (Leid Stories refuses to call them “debates”), hosted by various media entities, really educating the public about what’s at stake in the 2016 presidential election? Listeners cast their votes on the issue.

Donald Trump Isn’t the Exception – He’s the Republican Prototype. – PIERRE TRISTAM

Republicans are panicking that Donald Trump is ruining their good name while Democratic atheists are praying to god that Trump somehow manages to stay in the race through many a debate. They think this ex-Democrat and Republican apprentice who made “branding” the tackiest marketing trick on earth is their best hope to keep trashing the GOP’s brand without spending a …

47 Percent of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist: Gallup Poll By Kali Holloway

In a country where “socialist” is often used as a pejorative — and misused in too many ways to list here — it’s news that 47 percent of Gallup poll respondents say they’d vote for a socialist candidate for president. Though the political designation placed last on a hypothetical list of candidates that included women, gays and lesbians, Muslims and …