Going Inside a Shooter's Beliefs

Since the tragic double terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway, we are seeing shooter Anders Behring Breivik's right wing affiliations and Christian religion called into question, ridiculed and in some cases ignored by conservative media outlets.

There was no doubt that, after incorrectly trying to link the incident to Islamic terrorism, many conservative reporters and commentators would attempt to distance the alleged shooter from both the religious and political views he so obviously held. I figured we would see the religious-rightists say that "this is not a real Christian," even if Breivik referred to himself as Christian in his writings, under the guise that no one who commits mass murder could be a Christian.

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Overcoming Ballot Box Blues

BaAn increasingly popular topic of discussion among The David Pakman Show audience has been my producer Louis’ declarations that he does not vote. Louis’ reasons for not voting have been explored many times, and include believing that his vote will not make a difference, and that even if it did make a difference, the candidates he has to choose between would not govern differently enough to make any difference. He also thinks that all candidates are pawns of the corporate-political structure (I can’t really disagree), and to some smaller extent, if we are to be completely honest, laziness has also been a factor.

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Expect Insurers to Pull Out Stops to Prevent Vermont Single Payer Healthcare

The Vermont Senate recently gave final approval by a 21-9 margin to a health care reform bill that would establish a single-payer health care system within the state, after a similar bill passed in the Vermont House of Representatives. The bill moves to a conference committee to reconcile the two versions of the proposal and eventually to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s desk, who has strongly supported the bill.

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Promises from GOP wannabes

            The 2012 slate of Republican candidates is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and bizarre in recent history, and I’m unsure whether I should be hoping the most outrageous candidate, or the most reasonable, makes it to the November 2012 ballot. While the most outrageous candidate would presumably have the smallest chance of winning, the risk is that a last minute October surprise could put them into office. Conversely, the risk of a Republican candidate perceived as more reasonable is that they could actually win.

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The GOP and Attacks on Women

Since Republicans took control of the House of Representative in January, ther has been a concerning set of priorities revealed through the proposed legislation put forth by Speaker of the House John Boehner and his colleagues, many of which have attacked women. Whether we look at the failed GOP proposal to redefine rape in a way completely antithetical to women’s rights, at restricting access to legal and safe abortions, or at many other proposals, the storyline is clear. In Georgia, an attempt to redefine a rape “victim” as an “accuser” until such time that a conviction is made was made. Rape convictions are uncommon, happening only about once for every sixteen rapes, due to rape cases being difficult to try in court, and to lack of rape reports due to fear of backlash orembarrassment.

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David Pakman on SOTU2011: The Good, The Bad, the Made-Up

            Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address started like every other I can  recall, with five minutes of applause for the President, but was immediately different from that point forward. Obama stopped the second round of clapping and standing, induced by his introduction by Vice President Joe Biden, after only 16 seconds. My count during the entire speech came in at 81 total applause breaks, with 17 Democrats-only, 1 coming exclusively from the Republican side, and 53 so-called bipartisan applauses. 27 of the 81 were accompanied by standing ovations in a situation that certainly saw the applause patterns thrown off by the side-by-side seating of some Democrats and Republicans.

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What's Worse Than Blind Patriotism? Fake Patriotism

As we know from years of opinion polls, focus groups, and even the most cursory analysis of the mainstream corporate media, there is a perception among many that conservative Republicans are independently more patriotic than liberal and progressive Democrats. The reasons that have resulted in this general assessment are varied, and a topic for another discussion. For this discussion, the relevant point is that the perception is not only slightly inaccurate, it is flat out wrong.

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The GOP's eternal sacred cow

During the recent midterm election, spending and the U.S. deficit and tax cuts for the rich – also known as the Bush tax cuts on high-income Americans – were significant campaign issues. During a recent broadcast of “The David Pakman Show,” I detailed why any Democratic compromise on tax cuts for the rich, a policy of governing by the few for the few, would be politically disadvantageous for Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers in the context of the 2012 election.

I argued that it was a lose-lose for Obama to extend those tax cuts, even temporarily. Here, I want to address the second of the two issues: Spending and the deficit.

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Memorable moments in the 2010 election

My takes on Tuesday, Election Day:

7 p.m.: Indiana Senate seat won by Dan Coats is the first gain for Republicans. How many more will there be?

8 p.m.: Delaware Senate race called for Chris Coons, proving Delaware voters voted for logic and reason. How soon will Fox News sign O’Donnell to a contract? Given O’Donnell’s repeated self-proclaimed expertise in the Constitution, maybe Fox will hire her as a “Senior constitutional analyst.”

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The Christine O'Donnell Show?

With the latest golden nugget of video from Bill Maher’s archives, Christine O’Donnell’s Senate candidacy in the state of Delaware has truly become the gift that keeps on giving for the progressive talk radio outlets that still exist, along with several other candidates for office in the November election.

“Evolution is a myth,” said the Sarah-Palin-like “marketing consultant” on Oct. 15, 1998. “Why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” she astutely added.

With the steady stream of compelling and confusing conundrums uncovered over the last couple of weeks, my production team, like many others across the country, has had to decide how much coverage Christine O’Donnell and her fellow alternative candidates should receive on radio and television.

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