Rand Paul thinks the last time the U.S. economy created millions of jobs was under Reagan http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140419/BLOGS/304199983/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:18:47 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140419/BLOGS/304199983/-1/blogs01 Princeton study: America has become an oligarchy rather than a democracy http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:29:18 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189958/-1/blogs01 This guy says theory of evolution will lead to murder of old folks and handicapped people http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:18:41 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189990/-1/blogs01 Poll: Republicans more likely than other Americans to think poor people are lazy http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:07:27 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140418/BLOGS/304189991/-1/blogs01 Putin says he doesn’t want to take over Alaska http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:01:17 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179960/-1/blogs01 Negativism among Rockford residents goes back many years http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:18:35 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179961/-1/blogs01 Three cheers (or 270 cheers) for the National Popular vote! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:05:47 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140417/BLOGS/304179992/-1/blogs01 Democrats are emulating the Republican Party’s politics of grievance http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:17:48 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169959/-1/blogs01 Hank Aaron’s comments about racism confirmed when he gets tons of racist responses http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:43:29 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169960/-1/blogs01 Applesauce comments function has been fixed http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:20:34 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169961/-1/blogs01 Study: Spanking of children is widespread, but ineffective http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169962/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:20:33 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169962/-1/blogs01 Is ABC News moving to the political right? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:37:10 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140416/BLOGS/304169993/-1/blogs01 laura-ingraham-620x400

Several times over the past few years, I’ve had cause to notice that Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, often has a rightward tilt in his reporting.

And [...]]]> We Americans would do well to find a different national anthem http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:25:36 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159959/-1/blogs01 eagle-god-bless-america

It was one year ago today that the annual Boston Marathon was marred by a terrorist bombing attack that killed three people and injured hundreds of others. Appropriately, the city is observing [...]]]> Supreme Court will rule on whether political falsehoods are protected by the First Amendment http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:19:24 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159960/-1/blogs01 logo

Why the Supreme Court hasn’t long ago settled this matter is simply beyond me. The statutes at issue should have been laughed away before they were ever adopted.

But here we are, as if there’s even one chance in hell that the high [...]]]> Don’t look now, but Obamacare is working — and working well http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:58:17 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159993/-1/blogs01 ObamaCare3

Most Republican politicians, in league with the right-wing noise machine (Fox News, et al), want you to believe that the Affordable Care Act has been and still is an unmitigated disaster.

But that’s not the reality of [...]]]> Wisconsin Republicans will vote on whether their state should have the right to secede http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149955/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:12:19 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149955/-1/blogs01 Secede_blue

What an embarrassment!

As if the Republican Party of Wisconsin isn’t humiliated enough by the strength of its Tea Party wing, now it’s going to have to live down its failure to keep the kooks from conducting an [...]]]> Regarding America’s never-ending conversation about matters of race http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149956/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:07:48 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149956/-1/blogs01 race

This month’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is another excuse, as if we’ve ever needed one, to talk about race in America.

This nation has been talking about race since its very inception. The conversation has [...]]]> Why does Rupert Murdoch claim that Fox News has saved the Republican Party? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:33:33 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140414/BLOGS/304149993/-1/blogs01 rupert_murdoch

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch made a fool of himself in two separate ways when he boasted the other day that his Fox News Channel has “saved” the Republican Party.

For starters, Murdoch’s boast puts [...]]]> Militia types highly excited over Nevada rancher’s showdown with the feds http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119956/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:43:03 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119956/-1/blogs01 clivenbundy

Weirdos from all over suddenly seem ready to lock and load in defense of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who doesn’t feel he should have to pay the same dirt-cheap fees everyone else pays for grazing rights on federal land. [...]]]> Have today’s seniors already paid for their Social Security and Medicare benefits? Not really! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:42:49 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119990/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11

Social Security and Medicare have been around for generations now, but lots of Americans — especially the beneficiaries — don’t understand how these programs actually work.

This brings to mind my ill- [...]]]> Almost awesome in its evilness http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:52:58 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140411/BLOGS/304119991/-1/blogs01 medicaid2226201320519

There are a lot of bad apples in the world of politics, as virtually every American readily recognizes.

But some are far worse than others. Some are downright spiteful and hateful. [...]]]> This guy predicts that Chief Justice Roberts will be impeached — by history http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109962/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:08:20 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109962/-1/blogs01 0329_roberts_630x420

The I-word — impeachment — is thrown around with reckless abandon these days, especially by right-wing types who have been bent on politically, if not literally, lynching Barack Obama from the [...]]]> Prominent right-wing pundit says Americans are tired of GOP haranguing about Benghazi http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109963/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:18:38 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109963/-1/blogs01 krauthammer-slams-press-for-fury-over-obamas-golf-game-biggest-non-story-since-the-kardashian-weddings Study shows that half of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:40:06 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140410/BLOGS/304109992/-1/blogs01 conspiracy

A funny thing about conspiracy theories is that you can invent one out of the blue and some people will tell you they’ve already heard about it. Some will even say they think it’s true.

A couple of researchers at [...]]]> Top man at right-wing think tank thinks federal government played no role in freeing slaves http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/BLOGS/304099958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:22:40 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/BLOGS/304099958/-1/blogs01 633

Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who now heads up the Heritage Foundation, unwittingly made it clear the other day that he’s astonishingly ignorant of American history and doesn’t even know the difference between the [...]]]> Regarding that false theory that the gender wage gap doesn’t really exist http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/BLOGS/304099989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:06:35 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140409/BLOGS/304099989/-1/blogs01 equal-pay

Bryce Covert NAILS IT:

Conservatives have recently argued that the pay gap [between men and [...]]]> Rate of uninsured much higher in states that shunned Medicaid expansion under ACA http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089966/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:16:43 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089966/-1/blogs01 ACA-Medicaid-Expansion

Republican rhetoric concerning the Affordable Care Act  has been mostly dishonest from the get-go, as anyone who’s been paying close attention should know.

But the chickens [...]]]> Study: Compared to economic elites, ordinary folks have little or no political power http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:07 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089967/-1/blogs01 plutocrat2

You can file this under Profound Grasp of the Obvious:

A forthcoming article by analysts Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page bases its conclusions on the study of  1,779 policy outcomes over a period of more than 20 years. The [...]]]> Ted Cruz is beating Rand Paul in the Tea Party movement’s great dunce-off http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089968/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:19:17 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140408/BLOGS/304089968/-1/blogs01 paul_cruz-620x412

Sociologist Theda Skocpol once described the Tea Party crowd thusly:

They are overwhelmingly older, white, conservative-minded men and women who fear that "their country" is [...]]]> Restaurant chain shuns anti-vaccine crackpots http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079955/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:51:03 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079955/-1/blogs01 chilis

It’s been quite a while since I last dined at a Chili’s restaurant.

I think I’ll soon pay those folks a visit.

http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079956/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11

Do you believe there’s an epidemic of autism in America?

Have you heard that opposites attract?

Do you think dreams have symbolic meanings?

How about the theory that music by Mozart can make [...]]]> If Americans were better informed, they wouldn’t disagree so much, right? Wrong! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079988/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:54:53 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079988/-1/blogs01 disagreement

Before I wrote the headline above, I would not have expected to do so.

But THIS ESSAY by Ezra Klein persuaded me. [...]]]> Americans who can’t find Ukraine on a map are more likely to favor U.S. intervention http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:21:18 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079989/-1/blogs01 eunewneb

It should come as no surprise that Americans who are quick to support sending U.S. military forces  hither and yon just to show the world  how tough we are also are more likely to know very little about global geography, let alone [...]]]> Advent of Obamacare reduces rate of uninsured http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:10:32 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079990/-1/blogs01 obamacare_leaflet_reuters

The Affordable Care Act may well experience some legislative tinkering in the next few years, but its fundamental permanence is increasingly becoming a fact of American life with each [...]]]> Back in the ’90s, Republicans were advised to oppose health-care reform at all costs http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:45:20 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079991/-1/blogs01 party-of-no

Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party’s die-hard resistance to the Affordable Care Act is based on anything other than political self-interest has got another think coming.

The GOP’s current stance on [...]]]> Old folks more likely to be Republicans and thus less likely to worry about global warming http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140405/BLOGS/304059996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:49:58 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140405/BLOGS/304059996/-1/blogs01 global-warming-socialist-scam

There’s a neat — and predictable — symmetry in the results of a new Gallup poll on public attitudes concerning global warming.

That symmetry  comports [...]]]> Our comments function is out of order http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049950/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:41:54 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049950/-1/blogs01 1113

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Conservatives claim that they love freedom, but some of them don’t understand the word http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049951/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:20:28 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049951/-1/blogs01 brendaneichmozilla_304xx2396-3594-0-3

You may have heard or read by now that Brendan Eich (above), the new CEO at Mozilla, the software company, has resigned amid a fuss over his having [...]]]> Pro-life Republican, a doctor, is fed-up with his party’s sexism http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049952/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:20:28 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140404/BLOGS/304049952/-1/blogs01 doug_cox-620x412

Too bad there aren’t more politicians like THIS [...]]]> Clueless right-wingers blame Bill Clinton for gun restrictions on military bases http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039968/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:03:48 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039968/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039969/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:22:56 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039969/-1/blogs01 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! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039970/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:18:07 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140403/BLOGS/304039970/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019950/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:46:13 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019950/-1/blogs01 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! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019951/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:13:25 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019951/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019952/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:18:53 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019952/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:18:06 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019990/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:22:27 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:18:36 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140401/BLOGS/304019999/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319972/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:21:24 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319972/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:19:22 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319973/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:13:42 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319996/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140330/BLOGS/303309995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:19:25 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140330/BLOGS/303309995/-1/blogs01 Washington Mudslide

Timothy Egan NAILS IT:

Don’t tell [...]]]> GOP steps up voter-suppression efforts in swing states http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140330/BLOGS/303309996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:04:13 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140330/BLOGS/303309996/-1/blogs01 GOP-voter-suppression

THESE PEOPLE are shameless:

Why do so many conservatives see themselves as tough guys? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:05:17 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289959/-1/blogs01 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! http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:36:24 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289992/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289993/-1/blogs01 sad-Scott-Walker

Last week, I told you HERE about [...]]]> Would success in this year’s midterm elections give Republicans false hopes for 2016? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:40:01 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140328/BLOGS/303289994/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:00:35 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279960/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:54:41 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279992/-1/blogs01 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? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:56:25 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140327/BLOGS/303279993/-1/blogs01 piggie

Nicholas Kristof  NAILS IT:

In the debate about [...]]]> Bruce Rauner is a naive politician http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269947/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:56:51 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269947/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269948/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:48:15 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269948/-1/blogs01 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? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:07:00 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269989/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:03:19 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269990/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:50:57 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140326/BLOGS/303269991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259953/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:49:55 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259953/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:09:48 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:50:16 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259992/-1/blogs01 jobwanted

Catherine Rampell NAILS [...]]]> Most Americans, even most Republicans, want the U.S. to stay out of the situation in Ukraine http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:27:08 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140325/BLOGS/303259993/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:42:54 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249967/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:54:46 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249994/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:35:13 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249995/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140323/BLOGS/303239997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:09:11 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140323/BLOGS/303239997/-1/blogs01 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? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140323/BLOGS/303239998/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:13:30 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140323/BLOGS/303239998/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219966/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:05:30 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219966/-1/blogs01 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.

Molly Ball http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219992/-1/blogs01 polls-header-image51

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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:21:40 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140321/BLOGS/303219993/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209966/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:26:25 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209966/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:18:40 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209990/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:44:38 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140320/BLOGS/303209991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/BLOGS/303199992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:20:23 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140319/BLOGS/303199992/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189955/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:25:58 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189955/-1/blogs01 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? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189956/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:24:44 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189956/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:15:32 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189990/-1/blogs01 Schultz

What’s this? A politician with a conscience?

Yes, that seems to be the case, as we see http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140318/BLOGS/303189991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:04:40 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179991/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179992/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:33:46 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179993/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:21:49 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179994/-1/blogs01 new-york-city-st-patrick39s8

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

http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140316/BLOGS/303169998/-1/blogs01 meritocracy_2

Thomas Frank NAILS IT:

When people talk about [...]]]> An expert muses on which way the political winds might be blowing this year http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140315/BLOGS/303159996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:39:19 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140315/BLOGS/303159996/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:02:08 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149960/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:22:54 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149961/-1/blogs01 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? http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:40:37 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149993/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:34:32 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149994/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139955/-1/blogs01 Mortgage Bankers Hold Nat'l Conference in S.F

The political architect of two presidential-election victories by George W. Bush is  http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139992/-1/blogs01 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 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:45:09 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139993/-1/blogs01 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” http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:53:56 +0000 http://www.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139999/-1/blogs01 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 [...]]]>