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Blogger Profile: Joe Lapointe
Joe Lapointe has worked as a sports reporter with the New York Times and a segment producer for "Countdown With Keith Olbermann'' on Current TV

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Joe Lapointe

Reporter

April 18th, 2012

The Ted Nugent Experience

One of my first Ted Nugent experiences came at Detroit’s Eastown Theater more than 40 years ago when his concert encore assaulted the hearing of his rock audience. Instead of playing his guitar, Nugent placed it on a chair near the amplifiers and turned everything up so that feedback shrieked ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

April 17th, 2012

Top Ten Possible GOP Vice Presidential Candidates

With Rick Santorum out of the race for President, Mitt Romney looks like the only viable Republican surviving. But even a billionaire can’t simply buy a vice-presidential running mate as if the veep candidate was just another Cadillac for the missus.  He has to select one based on appeal to ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

April 10th, 2012

Sean Hannity's Negrophobia

Even by the sleazy standards of Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity is a notable bigot and demagogue.  He proved it again Monday evening with an astounding 20-minute display of Negrophobia that could be used to recruit for the Ku Klux Klan. After opening his show with a free airing of ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 27th, 2012

What Is Heartless and Who Has a Heart?

The hard-hearted mindset of the right wing comes through both in deeds done and words spoken.  The latter was obvious again Monday night on Fox News Channel as it tried to tilt the first day of Supreme Court health-care arguments in favor of right-wing paranoids and insurance-company profiteers. Britt Hume, ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 26th, 2012

Bring the Supreme Court Out Into the Light

Beginning on Monday, when the Supreme Court hears three days of oral arguments about the health-care law, the sessions will enjoy less public exposure than an NCAA tournament basketball game or a car chase on a Los Angeles freeway. And this is wrong.  The hearings should be televised live and ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 15th, 2012

Santorum's Puerto Rico Dog Whistle Not Lost in Translation

Rick Santorum's high-handed doubletalk about English and Spanish in Puerto Rico may seem like another mistake by the Republican presidential candidate with the hardest heart and the meanest mouth. For sure, Santorum is crude and rude. He's a darling of right-wing hate radio and Fox News Channel because he's the ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 28th, 2012

Lots of Blood on Lots of Hands

Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people. And bullets come from guns fired by people to kill other people. And we saw this again Monday at a high school in Ohio when one student was killed and four others wounded (two critically) by a young man who fired away in ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 20th, 2012

"Radical Islamic"

The Rick Santorum presidential campaign is so focused on nasty wedge issues of sex and religion that the candidate and his campaign workers can’t avoid Freudian slips when talking about other things. The latest example came on Monday afternoon when Alice Stewart, Santorum’s press secretary, was speaking to Andrea Mitchell ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 13th, 2012

The GOP's Little Father Coughlins

Last week, after his sweep of three minor Republican nominating contests, right-wing radical Rick Santorum spoke the next day in a church.  Behind him, were an altar and stained-glass windows.  He looked live Reverend Lovejoy on the Simpsons. On Friday, after President Obama offered a face-saving  "tweak" on birth-control coverage ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 6th, 2012

Why the Right May Be Right to Be Offended by Chrysler's Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

This year’s commercial | Last year's commerical For two straight years, Chrysler has won the Super Bowl advertising competition, both times with a two-minute commercial.  This year’s effort combined impressively artistic visual elements with a serious socio-political message rarely available on commercial television. Last year, it was a Detroit-focused mini-movie ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
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    The truth-twisters of the right wing are already pushing back against the “anti-gun hysteria” that has followed the school massacre of 20 children and six ...

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