Online Con Artists: Six of the Scariest Scams of 2015

As technology evolves, so do the criminals and scammers who use it. In the past year, several online scams made headlines, from the use of online dating services, to gift cash, to conning Facebook users into spreading spam. Looking at these different instances we see how the use of technology is affecting the way crime is being done.[Read more]

School for Political Scandals

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the scandals under the Obama administration and I’ve been hearing right wing columnists and pundits saying that “things have never been this bad before.”

Really?

Let me see what I can remember, just off the top of my head, from previous administrations.

With George W. Bush we had the Valerie Plame spy scandal, a Medicare scam,  Abu Ghraib prison torture, manufactured evidence and false intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq, Enron, Ashcroft’s violations of campaign finance laws, Halliburton no-bid contracts and Cheney’s secretive Energy Task Force.… [Read more]

We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1!

The unthinkable happened this past week. A Canadian not named Justin Bieber got more Google search engine action than President Obama, Lady Gaga, or Michele Bachmann – for real.

Let’s play ‘Spot the Mayor’

Rob Ford, our sainted Mayor of Toronto, achieved this remarkable feat. In an age where media attention and draft beer have the same lifespan (leaving aside the rental payments)[1], His Worship appears to be channeling an inner and rather frightening Marion Barry as he fights the persistent allegation that he may have smoked crack with some less than sterling chaps in the darker recesses of Toronto the Good.… [Read more]

What would it have taken to vote Democrat, South Carolina?

Results of the South Carolina special election for the US House between the Republican candidate, former governor Mark Sanford, and his opponent, business woman Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, were tallied last night. Sanford won. The race that some predicted would be a toss-up actually turned out to be a sizeable victory for Sanford in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election.… [Read more]

Holding Himself Accountable: C.I.A. Director Gen. Petraeus Resigns

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

The year was 1951, before even many AARP card carriers among us were born. Five star General of the Army Douglas McArthur intoned these swan song words before a Joint Session of Congress.

Nearly sixty years hence, it might well seem that columnists like me seem to chase the journalistic mantle of The National Enquirer and Rupert From Oz Murdoch, instead of the “All the News Fit to Print” mantra of The New York Times.… [Read more]

Frosh House Republicans Fail To Walk On Water In 2011 Israel Junket

Somehow, I doubt that the Teavangelista “family values” supporters of Rep. Kevin “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Yoder (R-Kan.) are considering “liquored-up skinnydipping in Lake Galilee, where Jesus walked on water” for their next Holy Land pilgrimage. After the Politico exclusive story broke , Yoder apologized to his constituents, but it is unclear whether voters will be in a forgiving mood in November.… [Read more]

Is it LIBOR…or Lie-Bore?

Most of us don’t think about the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). After all, why should we, even though it impacts many of us on a daily basis? When it comes to money we don’t give thought to LIBOR because we’re more concerned about, well, getting some money in the first place and, in the second place, paying our bills.… [Read more]

Rupert Murdoch: Apology NOT Accepted

Rupert Murdoch…you’ve been SUCH a busy man! Admitting to the Leveson Inquiry that there was a “cover up” at News of the World was a big deal for you. Saying that you were the “victim”?…well, that falls a wee bit short, don’t you think? That’s as laughable as Fox News saying that they report…NEWS.… [Read more]

All Of These Distractions…

We live in an age of short attention spans.  That has amounted to good news for people like Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, whose brash rudeness and displays of contempt were forgotten once the events of 9/11 took place.  Short memories and limited recall have worked wonders for elected officials such as David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Elliot Spitzer and others who have managed to carve out very lucrative careers after finding their names in the news next to the word ‘scandal’.… [Read more]