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The TSA, the Right, and My Busted Watch

Monday, 29 November 2010, 3:30 pm | William Rivers Pitt

For the last several days, I have been trying to locate what would appear to be the appropriate and necessary level of angst and fury over the issue of heavy-handed TSA searches at American airports. I say "appropriate and necessary" because, well, ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: On Being Thankful

Friday, 26 November 2010, 10:17 am | William Rivers Pitt

I have a confession to make: I'm actually pretty damned thankful this year. Feeling thankful is a hard thing to fess up to, given how spectacularly crappy things are for so many people in America right now. I am all too aware of how lucky I am to ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Hateful Days

Saturday, 20 November 2010, 11:42 am | William Rivers Pitt

There is a great deal of hate in my heart today. Not the healthiest condition to find myself in, but these things sometimes cannot be helped. The hate is a free-flowing thing, expanding in all directions because, simply put, there is something to revile ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Controlling Your Environment

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 3:53 pm | William Rivers Pitt

Hunter S. Thompson once said that politics is the art of controlling your environment. When you think of it that way, when you think of the whole process as being nothing more or less than figuring out how to have the final word on everything that happens ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: A Small Fraction of a Man

Monday, 15 November 2010, 11:10 am | William Rivers Pitt

George W. Bush was all over my television this past week, all over the newspapers, and the feelings inspired by his sudden reappearance are almost beyond my capacity to describe. There was the story about his hearty approval of waterboarding. More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Be Careful What You Wish For

Monday, 8 November 2010, 10:24 am | William Rivers Pitt

OK, so it's over. The deal has gone down, and the US House of Representatives is now in the slippery hands of John Boehner and the GOP. The Senate still belongs to Harry Reid and the Democrats, but by a smaller margin, and while the House is far ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: The Downhill Run

Saturday, 30 October 2010, 1:49 pm | William Rivers Pitt

The 2010 midterm elections go down on Tuesday, for good or ill. The pollsters, news people and bloggers have been going full bore for months covering the thing. Even the weather people have gotten into the act; word has it most of the country is going ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Summer in Iraq

Thursday, 1 July 2010, 3:43 pm | William Rivers Pitt

Afghanistan has been getting all the ink lately, and for good reason. General Stanley McChrystal's act of self-immolation by way of Rolling Stone magazine kicked off a genuine no-bones-about-it constitutional crisis over civilian control of the military, ... More >>

A Simple Way to End This Recession ... Forever

Monday, 10 May 2010, 9:07 pm | William Rivers Pitt

I found myself walking all over downtown Boston on Thursday to take care of some personal business. It was a beautiful day to walk the city. The sun was shining, everything was in full bloom, the air was warm with a cooling breeze, thousands of ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Tea on the Common

Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 1:35 pm | William Rivers Pitt

I know, I know, it was just last week that I vowed never to write about these Tea Party people again. I would be more than happy to do just that, but you see, they're coming to my town, hell, to my neighborhood, and tagging along with them is none ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Stupid People With Guns

Wednesday, 7 April 2010, 1:08 pm | William Rivers Pitt

I'm sitting inside my dark little office on a sunny day to write this, and believe me, it's a sacrifice. We got more than 14 inches of rain here in Boston during the month of March, and it has reached the point that people have forgotten what the ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Here There Be Monsters

Wednesday, 10 February 2010, 12:37 pm | William Rivers Pitt

I have a livid scar in the center of the back of my right hand. It is clearly visible, so I see it every day, and every time I see it, I am reminded of how I got it. One day, several boys in my junior high school class grabbed me and pinned me to the ... More >>

The Scum of the Earth

Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 10:38 am | William Rivers Pitt

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, GOP luminaries Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh have once again waded into a catastrophic tragedy with all the care and concern of hammerhead sharks unleashed into a fish tank full of orphans. For those ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: The Decision

Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 11:11 am | William Rivers Pitt

All the presidents in my lifetime share one common characteristic: each one aged rapidly, visibly and dramatically over the course of their administrations. Nixon appeared to be melting by the time he boarded that last helicopter. Ford's stay was ... More >>

Will Pitt: Good News for the GOP? Not So Much

Saturday, 7 November 2009, 5:08 pm | William Rivers Pitt

Ever watch "SportsCenter" on ESPN? Pound for pound, it's pretty much the most consistently entertaining program on television, but if you watch enough of it, you really get a sense of the similarities shared between sports reporters and political reporters. ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Hilarious Halloween

Monday, 2 November 2009, 10:43 pm | William Rivers Pitt

Everyone expects to see and hear some strange stuff whenever Halloween comes around. The costumes, the parties, the old ghost stories that always make the rounds and that ever-present breed of individual who takes the season a little too seriously ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Ku Klux Klowns

Friday, 18 September 2009, 2:30 pm | William Rivers Pitt

How many white, middle-aged, overweight, pissed-off right-wingers does it take to unscrew a light bulb? Depends on who you ask. Organizers for this past weekend's anti-Obama protest in Washington, DC, were slinging around crowd-size estimates of two million people before the curtain was thankfully drawn on the thing, despite the fact that the number was actually in the More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Teddy

Friday, 28 August 2009, 10:59 am | William Rivers Pitt

The nation awoke on Wednesday morning to the news that Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts had passed away in the night, in his bed, with his family by his side. The television news networks overflowed with metaphors for the moment - the Liberal Lion, the Last ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: Worst Case Scenario

Wednesday, 22 July 2009, 5:11 pm | William Rivers Pitt

The torture debate in America got real three weeks ago. Oh, the debate has been around for years now, of course, ever since the photos of what happened in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came to light. Men covered in feces, bent double and lashed to bedframes, ... More >>

William Rivers Pitt: McNamara's Ghost

Wednesday, 8 July 2009, 1:12 pm | William Rivers Pitt

Any military commander who is honest with himself, or with those he's speaking to, will admit that he has made mistakes in the application of military power. He's killed people unnecessarily - his own troops or other troops through mistakes More >>





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