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Digest for January 20th through January 23rd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 20th through January 23rd:

  • 7 enormous lies “American Sniper” is telling America – This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in…
  • Jon Stewart’s brilliant “F**k you”: Why sputtering obscenity is sometimes the best response to Fox News insanity – “One of the most salient features of our culture,” writes philosopher Harry Frankfurt, “is that there is so much bullshit.” This is an inconvenient fact of life for those who don’t like being…
  • “Be a Man.” What Does That Even Mean? – Man up! Grow a pair! Don't be a pussy! That's the message boys still get from coaches and peers, movies and video games, and all too often their own fathers. It's the message those fathers grew up…
  • What Happens When a Civilian Kills a Cop in Self Defense? – The careless use of SWAT teams in no-knock drug raids — when heavily armed police burst into a home without warning — has resulted in a long list of innocent people being killed or seriously…
  • Imagine Something Different – “Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both…
  • Young Woman Serving 30 Years for a Miscarriage Receives No Pardon – This is what the right-wing war on women looks like.
  • American Liar – Chris Kyle, author of the runaway best-seller American Sniper, was a military hero who killed 160 people during his four tours of duty in Iraq and is now the subject of an Oscar-nominated blockbuster. He was also a fabulist. Before his tragic murder in 2013, Kyle told a number of extremely dubious stories. In one tale, Kyle claimed he killed two carjackers at a gas station southwest of Dallas, and that his driver’s license directed local police officers who questioned him to contact the Department of Defense. Kyle also claimed he traveled to post-Katrina New Orleans with a sniper friend, set up his gun atop the Superdome, and picked off dozens of armed looters.

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