Clueless right-wingers blame Bill Clinton for gun restrictions on military bases Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:03:48 +0000 fort-hood-generic1-e1396476424382

Since yesterday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, there have been countless uninformed complaints that the tragedy might have been averted or minimized if there [...]]]> Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare are tantamount to socialism Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:22:56 +0000 blog-boehner-mcc

The recent flood of Obamacare sign-ups has put stubborn Republican lawmakers in a box of sorts. They can continue their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act only by blatantly betraying the principles they claim [...]]]> Is Supreme Court ruling on money in politics a boon to the GOP? Perhaps not! Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:19:22 +0000 1_boss_tweed_thomas_nast

As you know by now, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday by a 5-4 margin that limits on how much money fat cats can give to political candidates are unconstitutional — a decision widely [...]]]> Just for spite, Nancy Pelosi should propose another House vote on repeal of Obamacare Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:46:13 +0000 120712_boehner_crying_reu_328_605

Now that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, it would be sweet to watch the Republican obstructionists in the U.S. House go through another foolish and [...]]]> Run, Jeb, run! Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:13:25 +0000 jebbush

In a world of increasing uncertainty, predicting the future is exceedingly difficult. This is especially so in Republican politics, what with the GOP facing civil war within its ranks.

That means that the only predictable thing about [...]]]> I hate to admit it, but Gomer Gohmert is uncharacteristically flirting with a truism Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:20:36 +0000 gty_louie_gohmert_nt_120720_wblog

U.S. Rep. Louie “Gomer” Gohmert, the Texas Republican known for regularly uttering idiocies, suddenly has stumbled upon a semblance of the truth regarding [...]]]> Conservatives tell women to shun feminism Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:18:06 +0000 AnneCSavage-GOPwar_on_women

It’s no secret that Republicans haven’t fared well among women voters in recent years. But what can the GOP do to stem this trend?

The right-wing Heritage [...]]]> Not just a warning about the future, U.N. report says climate change is here and now Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:22:27 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

The first time I read anything about climate change was when I was in high school in the 1950s. It was in a textbook article about the “greenhouse effect,” whereby the earth’s atmosphere traps solar radiation [...]]]> WaPo/ABC poll: Support for Obamacare at all-time high Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:19:53 +0000 poll-results4

Despite all the endless lies and all the ridiculous alarmism about creeping socialism and the end of American freedom as we know it, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and an increasing number of Americans are fine with [...]]]> Right-wingers predictably refuse to believe Obamacare enrollment numbers Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:21:24 +0000 denial

What do the Affordable Care Act and global-warming have in common?

Right-wing zealots have knee-jerk negative reactions to both, no matter the evidence refuting their claims. (In some cases, of course, you can add evolutionary theory to [...]]]> Believe it or not, UN panel on climate change leans a bit to the conservative side Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:21:58 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is out with its second report, and as scary as is, it could have been much more so.

Granted, the report says “recent climate-related extremes, [...]]]> Wars generally are stupid, but World War I was especially so Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:13:42 +0000 war2

During his visit to Europe last week, President Obama made a stop at a cemetery in Belgium where he paid homage to those who died in World War I a century ago.

The president hailed the sacrifices of the many thousands who showed a "willingness [...]]]> Deadly mudslide in Washington State was the result of willful denialism Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:19:25 +0000 Washington Mudslide

Timothy Egan NAILS IT:

Don’t tell [...]]]> GOP steps up voter-suppression efforts in swing states Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:04:13 +0000 GOP-voter-suppression

THESE PEOPLE are shameless:

Why do so many conservatives see themselves as tough guys? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:05:17 +0000 no-wimps

While slumming in the right-wing blogosphere earlier today, I saw a headline that read as follows:

“Obama To Putin: Will You Remove Your Troops From Ukraine, Pretty Please? — Putin To Obama: No.”

This [...]]]> Surprise! American teens are not as sexually promiscuous as you might think! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:36:24 +0000 119358679

If you think teenagers these days are doing the proverbial deed with reckless abandon, you’ve got another think coming.

In reality, today’s kids are relatively chaste, as we see sad-Scott-Walker

Last week, I told you HERE about [...]]]> Would success in this year’s midterm elections give Republicans false hopes for 2016? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:40:01 +0000 Teapublican

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a column by Scott Galupo of American Conservative magazine in which it was argued that Republican gains in this year’s elections could be likened to a pair of “cement shoes. [...]]]> One of Nate Silver’s contributing writers is peddling dubious opinions on climate change Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:00:35 +0000 img6

Celebrated political numbers-cruncher Nate Silver’s new website is off to a rocky start. Criticisms have come even from Silver’s long-time fans, including me.

And now there are complaints that one of Silver’s hires, Roger [...]]]> It seems that Hobby Lobby has a religious right to falsely equate contraception with abortion Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:54:41 +0000 Myth_truth11

Regarding the Hobby Lobby case currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court, there’s an overriding catch:

Religious freedom gives you the right to believe any sort of unscientific nonsense you want.

In [...]]]> Have you heard about these welfare handouts? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:56:25 +0000 piggie

Nicholas Kristof  NAILS IT:

In the debate about [...]]]> Bruce Rauner is a naive politician Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:56:51 +0000 chi-rauner-choose-chicago-20130502-001

Now that gazillionaire Bruce Rauner has bought the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois, he would do well to drop some of the rhetoric he [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans are tired of Republicans haranguing about Obamacare Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:48:15 +0000 qa_bored

If Republicans think their never-ending bugaboo about Obamacare will greatly benefit them in the November elections, they might  have another think coming.

The American people generally are weary of it all. [...]]]> Why should Jewish companies be forced to cover illnesses caused by consumption of pork? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:07:00 +0000 freedom_religion_l

At the heart of the so-called Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court is the argument that companies owned by Christian opponents of abortion should not be forced to provide insurance covering certain [...]]]> Recalling the incredible double-talk used to justify the U.S. war in Iraq Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:03:19 +0000 US-Secretary-of-Defense-D-001

Writer and filmmaker Errol Morris had a piece in The New York Times the other day — the first installment of a four-part series, actually — in which he recalled a [...]]]> World’s leading climate scientists preparing report on “stark” choice facing humanity Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:50:57 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

Aside from the ordinary yin and yang of American politics, the one issue that has preoccupied my blogging over the past six years is the threat posed to the world by global warming.

I’m prompted in this  regard by [...]]]> Looks like high court ruling in contraceptives case will pivot on Justice Kennedy’s vote Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:49:55 +0000 The Justices of the US Supreme Court sitThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning on a challenge to the Obamacare provision requiring all new health insurance plans to pay for contraceptives, and the comments from [...]]]> Admit it: We often take one side in a controversy just to spite people on the other side Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:09:48 +0000 Gloat

In more than a few blog posts I’ve written here over the past six years, I’ve had occasion to use the German word “schadenfreude,” which means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others.

Of course, I don’t [...]]]> Politicians who say the long-term unemployed are lazy are simply wrong Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:50:16 +0000 jobwanted

Catherine Rampell NAILS [...]]]> Most Americans, even most Republicans, want the U.S. to stay out of the situation in Ukraine Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:27:08 +0000 1194989524272069055do_not_enter_sign_01-svg-med

Consistent with their pathological antipathy toward Barack Obama, Republican politicians generally have faulted the [...]]]> There’s a Rockford angle to U.S. sanctions against certain Russian officials Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:42:54 +0000 WCF

One month ago today, I wrote here about  how the World Congress of Families (WCF), an offshoot of the Rockford-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, has been a moving force behind the rise of an anti-gay culture in Russia.

And now [...]]]> Despite what some religionists say, contraception is not abortion Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:54:46 +0000 emergency-contraceptive

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear legal arguments in a case in which several corporations object on religious grounds to provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding insurance [...]]]> Evidence that Richard Nixon tried to sabotage the My Lai Massacre court-martials Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:35:13 +0000 my-lai-page-a1-half-page-15ec9996b53962ae-300x231

Most Americans now living have little or no memory of the big news stories of more than 45 years ago regarding the [...]]]> Nate Silver sees Dick Durbin as 95-percent likely to win re-election to the Senate Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:09:11 +0000 durbin2

Nate Silver, the best political numbers-cruncher in the business, sees only one chance in 20 that Republican challenger  Jim Oberweis will unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in the November election.

Silver also [...]]]> Why do so many Obamaphobes think most Americans agree with them? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:13:30 +0000 1a11aaa1

On several occasions recently, I’ve seen a graphic on Facebook that reads as follows:


We the people?

How [...]]]> Tea Party movement grows weaker amid barbs from Democrats and Republicans alike Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:05:30 +0000 bagley11

The Tea Party movement probably  is far from dead, but it’s drawing more and more criticism from a broad swath of the political spectrum.

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I haven’t bothered to research the historical context for this matter, but President Obama’s job-approval ratings in recent polls seem to be unusually volatile.

For example, would you [...]]]> Global-warming numbers were accurately predicted more than 40 years ago Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:21:40 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

More than a few pathological deniers of mainstream scientific theories on global warming are fond of implying that the whole thing is a conspiracy hatched in recent years by left-wing extremists bent on destroying capitalism. [...]]]> Obama announces tough new economic sanctions on Russia Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:26:25 +0000 090313_obama_face_297

The pseudo-macho Republican windbags who argue that President Obama is “weak” will likely dismiss his latest sanctions against Russia. But, of course, that’s what they have to say. [...]]]> UN report: Climate change will trigger violent conflicts and wreck the global economy Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:18:40 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

The dire warnings in a forthcoming report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doubtless will fall on deaf ears among the politicians and others who have long since staked their reputations on denialism. [...]]]> Fox News host compares search for missing plane with search for Noah’s Ark Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:44:38 +0000 287770-noahs-ark

With a perfectly straight face, Fox News host Bill Hemmer implied yesterday that the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might not succeed any time soon, considering that “it took us 2,000 years to [...]]]> World’s largest scientific group says opportunity to combat global warming is slipping away Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:20:23 +0000 mzl_ziqjsegd

Anybody who thinks global-warming theories are just nonsense pushed by a relatively small group of alarmists should ponder the upshot of a report released yesterday by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the [...]]]> Boehner and his staff have no evidence to support their lies about Obamacare Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:58 +0000 0720-boehner_full_600

House Speaker John Boehner is fully aware that the best way to appease his party’s right-wing base, which often expresses distrust of him, is to feed them the kinds of nonsense they want to hear. [...]]]> Would a Republican takeover of the Senate doom chances for winning the White House? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:26:44 +0000 hillary-clinton-with-two-thumbs-up

You’re familiar, no doubt, with the old political saying that elections have consequences.

But those consequences aren’t always obvious or [...]]]> Republican politician in Wisconsin denounces his party’s efforts at voter-suppression Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:15:32 +0000 Schultz

What’s this? A politician with a conscience?

Yes, that seems to be the case, as we see ca89ed57-4f85-4321-ab08-afd22b155464supernatural

During the interval between my writing of this piece and your reading of it, there will be lots of so-called Breaking [...]]]> Worrying won’t help: Modern civilization is going to collapse anyway Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:04:40 +0000 collapse

There comes a time in many a situation when fretting and fussing are pretty much useless.

Such might well be the case with the challenges facing modern civilization, according to a thumbs-up-thumbs-down-1

A conservative correspondent of mine recently — and smugly, I might  say — brought to my attention a letter signed by 500 economists expressing opposition to raising the federal [...]]]> Eminent economist says income inequality results from plutocrats gaming the system Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:33:46 +0000 monopoly_character1

THESE OBSERVATIONS aren’t likely to lift the spirits of most folks:

Another beer shuns another St. Pat’s parade over anti-gay issue Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:23:08 +0000 new-york-city-st-patrick39s8

Last week, Sam Adams beer pulled out of the South Boston parade. meritocracy_2

Thomas Frank NAILS IT:

When people talk about [...]]]> An expert muses on which way the political winds might be blowing this year Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:39:19 +0000 weather-vane[1]

Political analyst Charlie Cook always offers delicious food for thought.

HERE‘s a good [...]]]> Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:02:08 +0000 607px-Ronald_Reagan_with_cowboy_hat_12-0071M_edit

John McCain had one of his patented hissy-fits on the floor of the Senate yesterday — this time implying that [...]]]> Gay veterans group banned from St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:24:07 +0000 image002-001

I’ve always argued that any organization that obtains a parade permit should have the right to bar participation by any group it doesn’t want.

Organizers of a civil rights march, for example, should have the [...]]]> Why is there no clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:40:37 +0000 confusedelephant425jpg

While we’re still two years away from the first primary elections in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, it should not be too soon for one of the likely candidates to have at least [...]]]> The stereotype of minimum-wage workers is not even close to accurate Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:34:32 +0000 Myth_truth11

In your mind’s eye, how do you picture the average minimum-wage worker?

Well, it’s a good bet that you’re wrong.

Timothy Noah has the Mortgage Bankers Hold Nat'l Conference in S.F

The political architect of two presidential-election victories by George W. Bush is pope-francis_2541160b

Today is the first anniversary of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s ascension to the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church — and it’s been quite a year.

The worldwide popularity of [...]]]> Poll: Sixty-four percent of Americans support Obamacare or favor small changes Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:45:09 +0000 obamacare3

THIS might seem counterintuitive or at least at odds with certain other polls:

Rising conservative star says “people are afraid to say what they believe” Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:53:56 +0000 ben_carson

For better or worse, we Americans of the 21st century live in age of unprecedented freedom of expression and unprecedented diversity of opinion.

The Internet and other social media provide new platforms for millions of us [...]]]> Poll: Americans think tobacco, alcohol and sugar are more harmful than marijuana Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:52:20 +0000 marijuana-leaf

HERE‘s the latest example of how public attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically in [...]]]> The reasons why some people are opposed to Obamacare might surprise you Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:41:59 +0000 poll-results4

If I had a dime for every public-opinion poll on the subject of the Afforable Care Act, I would never have to worry about paying my health-care expenses.

Ah, but not all polls on this issue are the same — even [...]]]> Why have public attitudes about gays changed so amazingly fast? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:09:08 +0000 24813424_BG1

More than a few Americans, especially those on the Religious Right, no doubt were shocked at the overwhelming public outcry (above) against a legislative proposal in Arizona that was widely seen as anti-gay and eventually was [...]]]> College professor sarcastically mocks the idea of carrying concealed guns on campus Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:26:58 +0000 GregHampikianSequencing-Custom

THIS is pretty funny — [...]]]> Here’s why I laugh at some of my fellow geezers Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:26:57 +0000 2667008_640px

Edwin Lyngar EXAMINES THE PHENOMENON of paranoid old white people falling for the [...]]]> Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:41:35 +0000 cantor-boehner

The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE: GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE

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Charles P. Pierce NAILS IT:

It’s not until you watch it happen [...]]]> Boo-hoo! Pity the plight of the put-upon plutocrats! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:45:04 +0000 stephenmoore2

When the Tea Party folks invite  a Wall Street maven to preach to them, their pretentions to populism can be dismissed as phonus balonus.

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In one of the more fascinating political developments of recent years, an effort by moral busybodies in Arizona to codify their disdain for homosexuality has blown up in their faces. What’s more, the anti-gay campaign in general, [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans oppose repeal of Obamacare Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:30:17 +0000 gop-quit-crying9

To hear Republicans tell it, the American populace is ready to overthrow the government if the Affordable Care Act is not struck from federal lawbooks.

But, of course, as is so often the case, the [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans say anti-gay rhetoric in churches is alientating young people Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:09:03 +0000 GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE

In the 1960s, there was lots of talk in American society about a so-called generation gap.

As we see bigotry

The likelihood that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will soon veto an ugly piece of anti-gay legislation brings to mind a few enduring truisms:

From before the dawn of the American republic to this second decade of the 21st century, our [...]]]> Looks like there were political gains for GOP governors who didn’t entirely reject Obamacare Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:27:33 +0000 kasich

Some right-wingers might find THIS counterintuitive:

Conservative activists [...]]]> Jon Stewart mocks Fox News for its theories on how Reagan would have dealt with Ukraine Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:02:37 +0000 jon-stewart-todays-republican-party-would-call-reagan-a-hollywood-liberal

The talking  heads at Fox News have [...]]]> Media fall for false claim that defense cuts would shrink Army to pre-WWII levels Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:23:31 +0000 Myth_truth11

Dwight Eisenhower, who warned us against the excesses of the military-industrial complex, is probably spinning in his grave.

The problem is that the mainstream media are uncritically passing along misrepresentations [...]]]> Political scientist says Obama’s presidency has been average, but might end up mediocre Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:55:32 +0000 2011-07-29T154447Z_01_WAS406_RTRIDSP_3_USA-AUTOS-STANDARDS

Stanley A. Renshon, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, [...]]]> Is the Supreme Court afraid of Jon Stewart? Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:06:04 +0000 jon-stewart

As we see HERE, a certain legal analyst says the answer to the question above is yes: Bill-Nye-ABC-320x240

This video was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.