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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
U.S. Rep. Louie “Gomer” Gohmert, the Texas Republican known for regularly uttering idiocies, suddenly has stumbled upon a semblance of the truth regarding [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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, [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Timothy Egan NAILS IT:
Don’t tell [...]]]>
THESE PEOPLE are shameless:
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.”
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 http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289993/-1/blogs01
Last week, I told you HERE about [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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.
Nicholas Kristof NAILS IT:
In the debate about [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Catherine Rampell NAILS [...]]]>
Consistent with their pathological antipathy toward Barack Obama, Republican politicians generally have faulted the [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Most Americans now living have little or no memory of the big news stories of more than 45 years ago regarding the [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
On several occasions recently, I’ve seen a graphic on Facebook that reads as follows:
“WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE NOW.”
We the people?
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.
Molly Ball http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219992/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
You’re familiar, no doubt, with the old political saying that elections have consequences.
But those consequences aren’t always obvious or [...]]]>
What’s this? A politician with a conscience?
Yes, that seems to be the case, as we see http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189991/-1/blogs01
During the interval between my writing of this piece and your reading of it, there will be lots of so-called Breaking [...]]]>
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 http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179992/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
THESE OBSERVATIONS aren’t likely to lift the spirits of most folks:
Last week, Sam Adams beer pulled out of the South Boston parade.
Thomas Frank NAILS IT:
When people talk about [...]]]>
Political analyst Charlie Cook always offers delicious food for thought.
HERE‘s a good [...]]]>
John McCain had one of his patented hissy-fits on the floor of the Senate yesterday — this time implying that [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139955/-1/blogs01
The political architect of two presidential-election victories by George W. Bush is http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139992/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
THIS might seem counterintuitive or at least at odds with certain other polls:
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 [...]]]>
HERE‘s the latest example of how public attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically in [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
THIS is pretty funny — [...]]]>
Edwin Lyngar EXAMINES THE PHENOMENON of paranoid old white people falling for the [...]]]>
The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE:
Never mind that most Americans disagree with http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289998/-1/blogs01
Charles P. Pierce NAILS IT:
It’s not until you watch it happen [...]]]>
When the Tea Party folks invite a Wall Street maven to preach to them, their pretentions to populism can be dismissed as phonus balonus.
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, [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
In the 1960s, there was lots of talk in American society about a so-called generation gap.
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 [...]]]>
Some right-wingers might find THIS counterintuitive:
Conservative activists [...]]]>
The talking heads at Fox News have [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Stanley A. Renshon, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, [...]]]>
As we see HERE, a certain legal analyst says the answer to the question above is yes:
This video was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Separate articles in the liberal magazines The Nation and Mother Jones cite the World Congress of Families (WCF), an offshoot of the Rockford-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, as a moving force behind the rise of an anti-gay culture in [...]]]>
The widespread, but mistaken, notion that Second Amendment rights are virtually limitless has been debunked, in effect, by the [...]]]>
Is it becoming more difficult for [...]]]>
The three pseudo-patriots pictured above are likely to be long-term guests of the government they hate so much.
This isn’t the way democracy is supposed to work.
No matter how you may feel about whether an increase in the federal minimum wage is a good idea or not, one overriding fact pertains: Republican leaders in the House [...]]]>
Scott Arceneaux SAYS the answer to the question [...]]]>
THIS lends new meaning to the acronym NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard):
My acquaintances, I’m sorry to say, include too many people who think there isn’t enough corporal punishment of children these days.
Never mind that most sociologists and psychologists [...]]]>
To his credit, Sen. Rand Paul, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has roundly condemned the words with which a prominent [...]]]>
The headline above is sure to confuse people who think mainstream scientific theories on global warming should be judged by the weather outside their kitchen windows.
But, of course, it’s a big world, and [...]]]>
THIS is bad news:
One of nature’s key defenses against global warming—the reflection of the [...]]]>
Jim Wallis, editor and founder of the evangelical magazine Sojourners, http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140219/BLOGS/302199951/-1/blogs01
THIS suggests that anti-union rhetoric from Republican politicians [...]]]>
It serves THESE PEOPLE right, I say.
For once, House Speaker John Boehner has a good reason to shed a few tears.
He doesn’t use a crystal ball or study the alignments of stars and planets, but James Lovelock has a pretty good record of predicting future trends and events.
Some of the things he says in http://www.wayneindependent.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189956/-1/blogs01
Let’s look at the evidence, shall we?
Ted Cruz is a foreign-born half-Hispanic son of a Cuban native who was a member of communist revolutionary Fidel Castro’s band of rebels. [...]]]>
Not so long ago, prominent Republicans generally worried that too many Americans are victims of what’s called “job lock,” feeling trapped in their jobs by the need for health insurance and not free [...]]]>
Political analyst Charlie Cook SAYS the likelihood that the former First Lady will become a [...]]]>