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.
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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- [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Bryce Covert NAILS IT:
Conservatives have recently argued that the pay gap [between men and [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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.
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 [...]]]>
Before I wrote the headline above, I would not have expected to do so.
But THIS ESSAY by Ezra Klein persuaded me. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
There’s a neat — and predictable — symmetry in the results of a new Gallup poll on public attitudes concerning global warming.
That symmetry comports [...]]]>
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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 [...]]]>
Too bad there aren’t more politicians like THIS [...]]]>
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.stjamesnews.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.stjamesnews.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.stjamesnews.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.stjamesnews.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.stjamesnews.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139955/-1/blogs01
The political architect of two presidential-election victories by George W. Bush is http://www.stjamesnews.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 [...]]]>