I know it’s Sunday, but the “A Tale of Two Authoritarians” article generated a lot of interesting comments, and who watches those pre-kickoff shows anyway? Swing by if you’ve got time, and thanks! Link for today’s discussion here:
Thank you for your voice. I don’t always agree with your take, but your ability to view both sides critically is, unfortunately, rare these days. Please keep doing what you do so well.
I am an old man. I never could use a cell phone and I am a dumb Canuck. I have trouble writing passwords never mind remembering them. Its been years since we used googlephone and our landline doesn't text. Our grandson helps us set up Zoom. Our phone works fine and I have lots of questions like how come no one looks at Quebec. We had a revolution. The church has crumbled into dust our corporations have fled to friendlier climes. We don't recognize race, gender or religion as identities. Families are created by notaries working for we the people. Families may not be traditional but in Quebec the family is what we are all about.
Why isn't someone questioning why we are the healthiest society in the Americas?
Five hours north when you get off the Long Island Ferry.
Imagine someone told you five years ago that Democrats would be eagerly embracing Dick Cheney.
Loathe Trump all you want. He never controlled most of federal law enforcement and the intelligence services were bound to destroy him. He was never as dangerous or malevolent as Dick Cheney.
If you vote D, looks like you're voting for Dick. That's the road you're on.
2 things come to mind about this Cheney tour: The Democrats are desperate to find anti Trump allies in advance of 2022 elections , and there’s very little difference between neocons and neolibs.
I don't have any apple devices, but would like to contribute the following:
In addition to your excellent article re Dick Cheney and 1/6, I'd like to remind everyone that the leader of the Proud Boys group is a protected federal informant who regularly cooperates with the FBI and DEA. This is not a conspiratorial claim by any means, even the NYT has an article about it.
Callin only supports Apple's walled garden, it appears. iOS is 57% of the market here in the U.S., but what about the remaining 43% of us?
Great publishing on that one Matt. Like Tim Dillon you are a national treasure.
The picture of Cheney and Powell from 1991 there is a good call back for you there.
FYSA, the app required to listen on the show doesn't work on Android. Is there a dial in option? If not, can you record it?
So what's up with the CDC?
Finally admitting that the hospitalization & death rates are overblown and inaccurate. That 75% of the deaths had at least 4 co-morbidities which I believe means that they had one foot in the grave & the other foot on a banana peel.
Once the smoke clears will we find out that the country was hysterically panicking over a slightly more severe flu?
Saying what the CDC is now saying would have gotten you censored as early as last week.
I wonder if die hard Covid hysterics who spent years wrapped in PPE bubble wrap while cowering in their Purell coated basements are feeling incredibly stupid yet?
It must sting to know that their big smart brains weren't as big or as smart as they thought.
Or that those noxious "conspiracy theorists" are actually right sometime.
Even CNN is in Cover Yer Ass mode. Mr. Reliable Sources - The Story Behind The Story Brian Stelter has dropped the bacon double cheeseburgers long enough to play act at being a journalist.
It has to suck when your paid propagandists start questioning the propaganda.
I posted this before...
Democrats as a species seem to need a constant flow of validation that they are righteous and good. They are needy that way. Possibly because they know that they are neither, but more likely because they just own those baked-in personality flaws. They would be easy to manipulate because of this malady if only their wrongness did not risk the end of the free world. It does.
It seems that all someone has to do is tell them that their politics are pretty and the love will flow. But slip up and tell them the truth... that those jeans make their butt look fat... and the evil claws come out and they will not rest until they scratch out your eyes and leave you bloody and dead on the ground.
The Cheneys use to tell the Democrats that their butts looked fat, but now they tell them that their politics are pretty. So the love flows.
Boo to this not be available except to iPhone users!
Stuck here in rural America with a land line. Dick Chaney and his artificial heart. Still going, like the Energizer butt head. He suspended the constitution with his patriot act. He also went around to big city law enforcement and told them, in closed meetings, that it's okay to bust heads if people start complaining loudly. Is Liz ready to round up the moneyed Dems and start her own Patriot Party?
Great discussion Matt- congratulations. You have come a long way from Christmas of 2017 having to defend yourself against an un named erstwhile Senator
Group therapy 🙂
I don't see 9-11 and the Bush years as the turning point. The end of anything resembling the possibility of a functional constitutional democratic republic was finalized when the CIA, with help from the FBI and Military, murdered Kennedy. Everything after that is a facade, and the insider deep state alliances cultivated by MIC, Corporations, IMF, have taken the reins of executve power and proceeded to pack the courts and buy the congress with ever more open bribery. As to torture, disappearances, death squads, etc., that has been going on since the early days of the CIA: Vietnam, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, operation Condor, Indonesia against southern European socialist parties etc.
Wanted to add my two cents from today’s call.
What’s so amazing is the Democratic party’s co-option of basically the entire “minority”/historically oppressed label: Domestically, Democrats are supposedly (and often are) fighting for legal protections for people of color, Black people, indigenous people, women (50% of population), and all of the LGBTQ+ communities (5-20% of the population, by most estimates). The sum total of these groups is well over 50% of the American population, so it makes it very difficult to vote “against” an encumbent (or new) Democrat as a member of one or more of these groups — even if you vehemently oppose that very Democrat’s backing of corporations & hawkish foreign policy.
Importantly, Republicans are often fighting *against* such legal protections for historically oppressed domestic minorities — but in perfect alignment with those same Democrats’ support for corporate interests and hawkish foreign policy.
I think this is the bind many voters (including myself) find ourselves in — how can we possibly defy corporate interests & foreign human rights abuses, when both parties are in perfect alignment on these issues, and we’re basically whittled down to voting on our side of the culture war?
Can only listen on iPhone? This is dumb
Christopher Lasch chronicles where all the Rockefeller Republicans went in his "Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy". And long long ago, Jefferson warned us that there would always be a battle between the aristocrats and the democrats. Last week's group hug at the Capital looked to me like an in-your-face warning by the aristocrats to the rabble.
Matt, is love you to check you out on Callin but I have an iPhone 6 and my iOS is short of 13, which Callin requires. I’m cut off behind the lines, and missing your new venue!
Matt - I enjoy your articles and I thought your callin shows are always well done. I'm not one who is brave enough to ask questions on a show like that - is it ok if I ask a question here instead? You mentioned that you don't like doing election integrity stories because they are so hard to investigate or prove. I get that - especially right now when no one is allowed to discuss it. I was listening to a podcast that was talking about how Georgia is starting to officially investigate and subpoena people regarding some footage of the drop boxes which was taken between the hours of 1 and 5 in the morning before the 2020 election. When I hear people who are on the republican side report this I find it interesting but I wish that a more independent journalist would consider it and cover the story. The truth is that if people like you don't investigate our elections because they are too difficult, then what hope do all of us from both sides have of believing we know what happened and having confidence in our system? I know it is not fair to ask it of you, but I am throwing it out there anyways. Thanks
The article and the podcast were both excellent. I loved the Q and A of your show. So many smart thoughtful people. It meant so much to me personally as a Trump supporter to hear the concern expressed for the hatred ginned up against us by our fellow Americans.
When someone is able to wear a MAGA hat anywhere in the country without fear of being beat up we will know that free speech and personal liberty is back in America.
Damn, gotta love this Apple only app crap. I had time, but not the means. Loved your article, though.
Detroit Lions are on a roll. .. so anything is possible.
omg. Et tu Ahab! All this Chamberlin-esque Trump appeasement talk will not end well. .. with half the country still fighting like hell to 'Stop the Steal', y'all are just asking for it!!
Lord only knows why the Democrats really had Dark Lord Cheney in chambers to reminisce on the 1/6 'insurrection' - strange - Up to no good, no doubt. Certainly not to talk shop on "the botched war on terror" (btw, the very idea of a war on 'terror' is botched.). The Democrats are fully invested in the bipartisan global war on terror. .. Obama signed the paper work.
The Trump monkey Apostle is more a result of Dark Lord Cheney's dystopian 21st century horror show, rather than any sort of answer to it. Trump is not the answer to anything. .. all hat and no cattle.
It may have been a poor, pitiful 'insurrection' (#freeTheQnonShaman!), but there is no question 1/6 was a well advertised rather crass *attempted coup* by a sitting president to overturn the newly elected government. .. heck, he's got hands on his feet and it ain't over 'til the Trump monkey sings.
Of course, the evil genius of Dark Lord Cheney succeeded successfully. He "would do it again" (snarl.). He was groomed by the 'Turd Blossom' himself. The 2001 Space Odyssey 9/11 coup passed 98-1 (Feingold).
*'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.'
At this point in our imperiled democracy I am willing to accept any mitigation attempts, however slight the source is, including Cheney's.
Might be too much traffic on the thread, but your comments are acting fucky today. Not seeing the same issue on other stacks.
Callin link does not work. It lets you listen to a few minutes and then demands a phone number + verification. Why would I want to do that?
Why is the individual Matt Taibbi supporting the institutions of Callin (and huckster capitalism) against the individuals who subscribe to and appreciate his exemplary journalism? 😀
Matt Taibbi and Bill Maher have become the darlings of Fox News
Great format. Many of your readers are engaged with good ideas. Still needs a little work with platforms to expand access but a good step forward. Thanks.
it would be nice if they explained how this works somewhere
The Magicians are still at work.
I clicked on the link signed up and heard nothing.
You libtards make me laugh so hard. Cheney's considered "authoritarian",but a-holes like Obama & Biden spied on journalists who exposed FAST & FURIOUS,as well as the illegal Obama Uranium-1 deal. Cheryl Atkisson was jailed by Obama. Why didnt the many media lib-whores cry & scream like bitches,then? You dickheads do about everything else. That's why I hate Dems; The pty of bitches (that's just the men). Eat Covid,Matt. You're a typical Democrat "journalist"; a liar,a fraud & a publicist for the corrupt DNC crime-organisation. I'm willing to fight you publicly on FACEBOOK-LIVE. The proceeds go to the winners (my) charity. Reply with a time & place for our match.
Looking forward to the call in show.
Nancy Pelosi = Paul Ryan.