Aussie, 28, Is First Westerner Killed Fighting ISIS

Kurdish forces besieging an ISIS-held position Tuesday have confirmed that Ashley Johnston, 28, an Australian pictured above at right, was killed fighting with the Kurds, making him apparently the first English-speaking Westerner to die in combat against the Islamic State. » 2/27/15 12:53pm Yesterday 12:53pm

Christian Fighters Abandon Anti-ISIS Kurd Group Because It's Communist

It takes a special kind of person to leave home and join a foreign militia to fight the theocratic brutes of the Islamic State's army. It takes an even more special person to realize, a little too late, that his chosen anti-ISIS militia holds a political and religious ideology that's as antithetical to his own as… » 2/27/15 12:43pm Yesterday 12:43pm

Report: Bill O'Reilly Has Been Telling Lies About War Exploits, Too

"When hard news people deceive their viewers and readers to advance a political agenda, that's when the nation gets hurt," Fox News Sith lord Bill O'Reilly complained last week, after Brian Williams' high-profile face-plant. But a new report suggests O'Reilly's been similarly flogging a bogus story of military… » 2/19/15 6:48pm 2/19/15 6:48pm

Jeb Bush Vows to Be the Hypocritical Warmongerer America Needs

History's greatest democracy continued its love affair with hereditary monarchy Wednesday, as Jeb Bush captivated listeners with A Very Important Foreign Policy Speech full of original insights about being his own man and America needing leadership and believing that "weakness invites war … and strength encourages… » 2/18/15 2:19pm 2/18/15 2:19pm

Jonathan Franzen Is Still Mad at Jennifer Weiner, Modernity

If it feels like forever ago that Real Man of Genius Jonathan Franzen was extolling the virtues of obscure German pessimists, bitching about Teutonic women who wouldn't sleep with him, and picking lit fights with happy-endings cognoscente Jennifer Weiner, there is good news: Franzen has more thoughts on Weiner. » 2/13/15 2:20pm 2/13/15 2:20pm

It's Really Hard to Stop a Bad Guy With a Gun License

We don't know for sure whether, when Craig Stephen Hicks allegedly set out to kill his neighbors Tuesday night, he was targeting them as Muslims or he was "merely" pent up about the parking situation at his condo complex. What we do know is that he seems to have been a visibly unstable, volatile man, and he was… » 2/13/15 2:00pm 2/13/15 2:00pm

Senator "Duped" Into Using Old Photos to Promote New War With Russia

This afternoon, the Washington Free Beacon published EXCLUSIVE photos, obtained by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), that purportedly showed new Russian aggression in Ukraine and vindicated Inhofe's case for U.S. intervention. Apparently, neither Inhofe's staff nor the Beacon bothered with a Google reverse image search. » 2/12/15 5:05pm 2/12/15 5:05pm

Fox News Floats BS Story About Fleeing Marines Giving Rebels Their Guns

It's Benghazi redux: As they secured the U.S. embassy in Yemen, the final Marines to leave the country handed their weapons over to Iran-friendly Houthi rebels, on orders from some Obama administration bureaucrat. That's the right-wing blogosphere's story, anyway, even though the Marine Corps calls it bullshit. » 2/12/15 11:57am 2/12/15 11:57am

Right-Wing Dicks Offer a Primer on How Not to Mourn a Terror Victim

Amid all the slights and grievances, real and perceived, between conservatives and liberals in America, you might imagine some common baseline moral sentiments—like, say, mourning a young American woman killed in ISIS custody. But to some well-compensated mavens of the right, she's just a dead "bitch." » 2/11/15 6:21pm 2/11/15 6:21pm

Brian Williams Admits to Lying For Years About Being Under Fire in Iraq

Since visiting Iraq in 2003, NBC and its star news anchor, Brian Williams, have maintained that Williams was aboard a Chinook helicopter when it was hit and grounded by enemy fire over Baghdad. But after repeating the claim last week, Williams was forced by contrary reports from the helo's crew to completely recant… » 2/04/15 5:25pm 2/04/15 5:25pm

This Texas Open-Carry Activist Says He's Ready to Kill Legislators

The Texas Legislature just cleared residents to legally carry guns on school campuses, and it's readying legislation to legalize open carry everywhere in the state. But the pace of its reforms is tyrannically slow, according to longtime gun activist Kory Watkins, and in a new video, he says if lawmakers don't speed… » 2/04/15 2:14pm 2/04/15 2:14pm

Even the NRA Can't Believe These Assholes With Gun Ranges in Their Yards

Joseph Carannate just got old enough to (legally) own his 9mm handgun and was ready for some next-level Second Amendmenting: He set up a sad-looking pile of dirt and wood in the yard of his suburban house as a makeshift firing range. He's just taking advantage of a pro-gun Florida law that leaves even the NRA aghast. » 2/03/15 4:29pm 2/03/15 4:29pm

Report: Taliban Captured an ISIS Leader That Bush Released From Gitmo

The Taliban, bane of America's post-9/11 Afghanistan operations, said Wednesday that they captured Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, a renegade insurgent and ex-Guantanamo detainee who was in Afghanistan recruiting for the Islamic State, the latest parry in a messy internecine conflict between violent Islamist regimes. » 1/28/15 2:56pm 1/28/15 2:56pm

Bowe Bergdahl Isn't Charged With Desertion, But He's Still Fucked

Bowe Bergdahl, the eccentric Army enlistee and final Afghanistan P.O.W. whose release from Taliban custody left detractors screaming for his corpse, may face desertion charges soon. Or maybe not. No one knows for certain just yet. But either way, these blogospheric anti-Bergdahl snuff-porn fantasies will be heard,… » 1/27/15 3:25pm 1/27/15 3:25pm

How "The Left's Best Chance in a Generation" Won Greece Over: A Guide

While liberal and left-wing Americans stare distastefully and apprehensively at their pitiful choices for next year's presidential election, Greek voters are celebrating the victory of Syriza, the young, pragmatic, and popular left-wing party led by a young atheist ex-communist with a son named after Che Guevara. Let… » 1/26/15 3:35pm 1/26/15 3:35pm

What the Hell Is Happening in Yemen, Explained

The Yemeni government just collapsed, its president prodded into resignation by an Iran-affiliated insurgent group. In the south, citizens are demanding an independent state. The U.S. is freaking out at the possibility of losing its drone-friendliest partner in the middle east. What the hell is going on? Let us… » 1/23/15 3:00pm 1/23/15 3:00pm

Little Victories, Big Losses: How and Why American Sniper Fails

There is a point, about a third of the way through American Sniper's conventional narrative, where a different kind of war movie threatens to break out. SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is dropping Iraqi bodies left and right. He is protecting colleagues, but opening a wound on himself. It is not a glorious sacrifice. He… » 1/23/15 1:34pm 1/23/15 1:34pm