Reality Check – CAVEAT EMPTOR: Or How Facebook, Russia And The American Voter Equal Freedom

Except for the president of the United States and a few FOX News shut-ins, it has been long established that the Russian government had an effect on the 2016 presidential election. Whether this included the Donald Trump campaign directly or not, seeing how the infiltration all seemed to be aimed …

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Thomas Earl Petty: 1950 – 2017

by James Campion

Comedian Marc Maron has a bit in his most recent Netflix special in which he struggles with bridging the gap between Trump voters and Trump haters which centers on the universal appeal of Tom Petty. “People who voted for Trump are just like you, man,” the character …

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Reality Check – NFL Patriotic Nonsense Has Two Sides, Corporate Con Comes Home to Roost

The National Football League has done a magnificent job these last few decades conflating patriotism with its product; a product, by the way, run by despots, played by a disturbing number of criminals, and whose chief purpose now is to keep everyone from recognizing that their sport causes brain damage. …

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Reality Check – Jimmy Kimmel & The New Age Of Celebrity Politics

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.

– Mark Twain

We have a steadfast rule around here that makes it easy to base all of our opinions upon: If Mark Twain approves, we do. Samuel L. Clemens …

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Reality Check – The Hillary Delusion: Loser’s Lament (A Commentary)

Guess who has a new book out?

Guess what it’s called?

Hillary Clinton’s, What Happened, has hit the shelves (or hit the Amazon shipping boxes since bookstores are disappearing daily) and it provides us with whatever excuses the losing 2016 Democratic presidential candidate can conjure to wipe this mess …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

James,

This was one fantastic piece. (THE SUMMER OF ANNIE HALL AT 40 – Issue: 7/19/17) Annie Hall has gone from an underrated classic that was showered with awards and accolades and put Woody Allen on the map as a serious filmmaker and then for the longest time became somewhat …

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Reality Check: Radical Caucasian Terrorism & The President Who Defends It

From 2008 to 2016 violent White Nationalist incidents in U.S. totaled 115. In the same time frame there were 63 Islamic Radical Terrorists incidents.

– The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and the Center for Investigative Reporting

 

Fight the real enemy.

– Sinéad O’Connor, October 3, 1992

 

Donald J. Trump …

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Reality Check: The “Daddy Love Me” Nuclear Stand-Off – 2017

Who didn’t see this coming?

The second Donald Trump took the oath of office, all of it; wildly manic Tweet storms about TV hosts and obsessions with fabricated inner demons and spastic firings and institutional in-fighting and ill-advised bluster about seemingly innocuous and mostly delusional self-congratulatory nonsense, and now, most …

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Reality Check: The Unsinkable ACA – Bulletproof “Obamacare” Rolls On

It survived six grueling months in 2009 into early 2010 of hearings, debates, propaganda—both pro and con—and an unprecedented act of partisan solidarity to be passed. It survived waves of protests and court hearings, ending up in two Supreme Court decisions upholding it. It spawned and survived the TEA Party …

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Reality Check: The Summer Of “Annie Hall” At 40

Pop culture is the folk culture of the modern market, the culture of the instant, at once subsuming past and future and refusing to acknowledge either.

– Greil Marcus, Lipstick Traces

 

I heard commentary and dissent merged to form dysentery.

– Woody Allen, Annie Hall

 

About a month ago while …

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