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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

January 23rd, 2014

Let the games begin!

NEW YORK -- In that Edward Snowden is spending so much time in Russia, perhaps – in a gesture of world solidarity – Snowden should light the Olympic flame next month when the Winter Games begin in Sochi.He’s a uniter, not a divider, as a great man once said.  By ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 19th, 2013

Sarah

After she finished screeching her red-meat propaganda to red-state rednecks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, Sarah Palin left the stage with a “Big Gulp” soft drink held high the way the Statue of Liberty holds her torch. It was the former Alaska Governor’s way of mocking Mayor ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 5th, 2013

Cynicism and Sarcasm: Rating the Jeb Bush’s New Immigration Plan

Gaw-lee, Sgt. Carter, it seems like everyone’s got their britches twisted over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his latest immigration scheme.  Shoot, ol’ Butch is smarter by half that Gee-Dubya and Gee-Dubya got to be President.  Don’t you reckon Jeb’s gonna do him one better in 2016 by laying ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 28th, 2013

Hannity Beatdown by Keith Ellison

Right-wing propagandist Sean Hannity often boasts that he grew up on Long Island but turned against his home hockey team, the Islanders.  Instead, Hannity brags, he was a sports traitor who cheered for the Philadelphia Flyers in their “Broad Street Bullies” era. Back then, the Flyers were a hockey sub-culture ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 23rd, 2013

Hannity, Fox and the Crackpots: Now You See 'Em, Now You Don’t

The best way to watch Fox News – and Sean Hannity in particular – is to pay attention not to what they cover but to what they don’t cover. Consider, for instance, the stormy reception Republican Senator John McCain got this week during a “Town Hall” meeting with his voters ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

January 18th, 2013

America's Gun Crackpots: Our Homegrown Al Qaeda?

We keep hearing that Wayne LaPierre, the fire-breathing mouthpiece for the National Rifle Association, is far more radical than most members of the N.R.A. and that most of them would support common-sense gun safety measures if they could. Really?  How many have stepped up to challenge LaPierre?  What are they ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

December 17th, 2012

A Tipping Point Moment Against Guns

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 educators last week in Connecticut. The Gun Guys are clever and subtly deceitful.  The only “hysteria” evident is from the grief of the parents and ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

December 11th, 2012

Guns Make an Ideal Christmas Gift

Still stumped about the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone in your life? Buy them a gun!  The synergy of the idea became obvious Tuesday after the mass shooting in a shopping mall near Portland, Oregon, at the height of the holiday shopping season. If everyone in that mall ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

December 8th, 2012

In Michigan, Obama Should Back Workers Against Sneak Attack

The sinister nature of the Republican Party was self-exposed again on Thursday in Michigan when Governor Rick Snyder and his right-wing allies pulled a dirty, sneaky trick against labor unions. Without committee hearings, without public discussion, without any fair warning, the lame-duck session of the Legislature rammed through in one ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

November 26th, 2012

Monday Morning QB: Ndamukong's Bad Karma And Denard's Benching

For the second consecutive Thanksgiving, Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions put the foot back in football while the sports world watched on national TV. This time Suh’s cleats clipped Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin. Two days later, with a chance to salvage the national football image of ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

November 13th, 2012

The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, famously bloviated two years ago “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Senator, now that you have failed miserably, what is your main goal for Mr. Obama’s second term?  Could it switch to ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

October 20th, 2012

The Price of a Different Kind of Gas

Sean Hannity is the right wing’s most annoying propagandist because he constantly repeats simplistic distortions of fact, when he isn’t just plain lying. One example is the price of gasoline.  On syndicated radio and Fox News Channel, Hannity chants a daily mantra that “gasoline prices have doubled under (President Barack) ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

September 25th, 2012

Let’s Shake Up the Presidential Debates

If the Major League Baseball playoffs can expand again, why not the same with the coming Presidential debates? It’s fine to have President Barack Obama debate Republican opponent Mitt Romney and for Vice-President Joe Biden to debate Republican opponent Paul Ryan. But why not add one more round in two brackets?  Have ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

September 11th, 2012

George W. Bush Did NOT Keep Us Safe

Like the assassination of President Kennedy, the 9-11 attack on the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center will forever hold a sense of horror for those alive at the time of the crimes. As we again commemorate the memories of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attack this week, ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 31st, 2012

It's wacky! It's zany! It's GOP-TV!

As might be expected, Comedy Central is best-suited to cover a television (sur)reality series like the Republican Convention, which aired this season’s final episode Thursday night.  The Republicans tried to present Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a script that could have been called “Ward Cleaver meets Dirty Harry.” It was ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 28th, 2012

Jeb Bush vs. Mark Levin

Fox News Channel and right-wing radio have formed a formidable propaganda factory to influence and intimidate the Republican Party, right wingers and conservatives.  But the cracks in their coalition became evident this week when talk-show host Mark Levin attacked Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.One immediate issue was the ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 24th, 2012

Why don't Presidential candidates debate guns?

Earlier this week, while walking through Midtown Manhattan on the way to the theatre, I came across a cluster of New York police officers in heavy blue clothing on a hot day. They stood in the shadows of a building entrance, as inconspicuous as they could be while wearing helmets with ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 19th, 2012

Rock Star Politics

One of Homer Simpson's best lines came in an episode with Paul McCartney as the guest star."Rock stars," Homer said, awe in his voice.  "Is there anything they don't know?"The joke was on those of us who too seriously cherish the opinions of people who sing and play instruments.The problem ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 18th, 2012

Paul Ryan's Medicare Scheme

Paul Ryan's scheme to attack Medicare is clever and insidious.Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice-president on Mitt Romney's ticket, tries to lure older voters by telling them that nothing will change about Medicare for those 55 years old or older.  He did it again Saturday in Florida, double-talking senior citizens ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 15th, 2012

Olympics: Now you see them, now you don’t

After treating its captive Olympic audience shabbily for more than two weeks, NBC saved its final sucker punch for the last hour Sunday night during its tape-delayed closing ceremonies.   Instead of showing the festivities continuously from start to finish, NBC pulled a classic-bait-and switch with its audience – at ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 11th, 2012

Better than Palin, but Ryan has major flaws

Perhaps Mitt Romney did not speak another “gaffe” Saturday when he introduced Paul Ryan as “the next President of the United States.”  Maybe the Romney-Ryan Republican ticket will lose to President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden in November. That might make Ryan a favorite choice for the Republican Presidential nomination in ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 5th, 2012

Gov. Christie: Is it OK to talk about gun massacres now?

With crass cynicism last month, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey led a chorus of belligerent, right-wing politicians in a particularly unsavory bleat.  Christie and his conservative colleagues attacked progressive and liberal elected leaders for suggesting regulation of guns and ammunition This was right after 12 people died and dozens ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

August 1st, 2012

The Romney Slogan: 'Kiss My A**!'

The best slogan ever in American politics was “I Like Ike.” You didn’t have to support Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President in 1952 and 1956 to acknowledge that “I Like Ike” offered rhyme, simplicity and a direct message in three, simple, one-syllable words.  They fit neatly on a sign or ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

July 23rd, 2012

Paterno and the Larger Cover-Up

If Heaven and Hell are the real deal in the afterlife, as we were taught in Catholic school and church, where is Joe Paterno’s soul today? I ask this not in a mocking or facetious way. Like the late Penn State football coach, I am a “Latin Mass” Catholic.  Although ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

May 9th, 2012

About President Obama's Dramatic Statement

The impetus toward gay marriage – supported dramatically by President Obama Wednesday – is both conservative and Christian.  It also could be a brilliant re-election strategy that hoists conservatives with their own petards by using a "culture war" wedge issue against them. Let's not be sarcastic or flippant here.  Married ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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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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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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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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Mar 3rd
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Mar 2nd
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  • January 23rd, 2014

    Let the games begin!

    NEW YORK -- In that Edward Snowden is spending so much time in Russia, perhaps – in a gesture of world solidarity – Snowden should ...

  • March 19th, 2013

    Sarah

    After she finished screeching her red-meat propaganda to red-state rednecks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, Sarah Palin left the stage with a ...

  • March 5th, 2013

    Cynicism and Sarcasm: Rating the Jeb Bush’s New Immigration Plan

    Gaw-lee, Sgt. Carter, it seems like everyone’s got their britches twisted over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his latest immigration scheme.  Shoot, ol’ Butch ...

  • February 28th, 2013

    Hannity Beatdown by Keith Ellison

    Right-wing propagandist Sean Hannity often boasts that he grew up on Long Island but turned against his home hockey team, the Islanders.  Instead, Hannity brags, ...

  • February 23rd, 2013

    Hannity, Fox and the Crackpots: Now You See 'Em, Now You Don’t

    The best way to watch Fox News – and Sean Hannity in particular – is to pay attention not to what they cover but to ...

  • January 18th, 2013

    America's Gun Crackpots: Our Homegrown Al Qaeda?

    We keep hearing that Wayne LaPierre, the fire-breathing mouthpiece for the National Rifle Association, is far more radical than most members of the N.R.A. and ...

  • December 17th, 2012

    A Tipping Point Moment Against Guns

    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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