Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:02:08 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149960/-1/blogs01
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 17:23:52 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149961/-1/blogs01
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 12:40:37 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149993/-1/blogs01
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 11:34:32 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149994/-1/blogs01
In your mind’s eye, how do you picture the average minimum-wage worker?
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 13:45:09 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139993/-1/blogs01
THISmight 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 01:53:56 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139999/-1/blogs01
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 13:52:20 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129992/-1/blogs01
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 12:41:59 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129993/-1/blogs01
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 20:09:08 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289966/-1/blogs01
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 19:26:58 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289967/-1/blogs01
Here’s why I laugh at some of my fellow geezers
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:26:57 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289995/-1/blogs01
Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:41:35 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289996/-1/blogs01
The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE:
It’s not until you watch it happen [...]]]>
Boo-hoo! Pity the plight of the put-upon plutocrats!
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:45:04 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279956/-1/blogs01
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, [...]]]>
Poll: Most Americans oppose repeal of Obamacare
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:30:17 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269950/-1/blogs01
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 16:09:03 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269992/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
Looks like there were political gains for GOP governors who didn’t entirely reject Obamacare
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:27:33 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269993/-1/blogs01
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 14:02:37 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269887/-1/blogs01
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 20:23:31 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259958/-1/blogs01
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 17:55:32 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259959/-1/blogs01
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 15:06:04 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259986/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
Supreme Court rejects three cases filed by pro-gun forces
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:43:23 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249987/-1/blogs01
The widespread, but mistaken, notion that Second Amendment rights are virtually limitless has been debunked, in effect, by the [...]]]>
Upward social mobility in America has NOT stalled in recent years
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:22:52 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249988/-1/blogs01
Is it becoming more difficult for [...]]]>
Militia dimwits fail in their plot to trigger an anti-government uprising
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:46:00 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140222/BLOGS/302229974/-1/blogs01
The three pseudo-patriots pictured above are likely to be long-term guests of the government they hate so much.
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 [...]]]>
Can Democrats paint Dixie blue?
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:56:49 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219968/-1/blogs01
Scott Arceneaux SAYS the answer to the question [...]]]>
For personal reasons, Exxon-Mobil CEO comes out against fracking
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:30:28 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219969/-1/blogs01
THIS lends new meaning to the acronym NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard):
Kansas lawmaker wants to legalize spanking of children violent enough to leave marks
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:46:30 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219990/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
When your anti-Obama rhetoric offends even Rand Paul, you’ve gone way too far
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:41:39 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219991/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
Surprise! Last month was the fourth-warmest January on record!
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:23:22 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140220/BLOGS/302209959/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
Study: Global-warming feedback loop worse than previously feared
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:17:18 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140220/BLOGS/302209987/-1/blogs01
One of nature’s key defenses against global warming—the reflection of the [...]]]>
An evangelical writer makes a moral case for immigration reform
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:58:56 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140220/BLOGS/302209988/-1/blogs01
THIS suggests that anti-union rhetoric from Republican politicians [...]]]>
Study: Homophobia can take more than two years off your life
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:22:02 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140219/BLOGS/302199952/-1/blogs01
How John Boehner saved the Democrats from having their own civil war
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:26:45 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140219/BLOGS/302199953/-1/blogs01
For once, House Speaker John Boehner has a good reason to shed a few tears.
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. [...]]]>
When spring comes, the brains of global-warming deniers will remain in the deep freeze
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:10:47 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189957/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
Is Hillary too old to run for president?
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:00:44 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189988/-1/blogs01
Political analyst Charlie Cook SAYS the likelihood that the former First Lady will become a [...]]]>
Military families’ reliance on food stamps hits record high
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:13:13 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189989/-1/blogs01
It’s about time that a high-ranking official of the U.S. government frame the issue of climate change in more than cautionary terms. The mulish deniers should be called [...]]]>
Regarding the jury verdicts in the Michael Dunn case
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:47:39 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140216/BLOGS/302169993/-1/blogs01
Ordinarily, I don’t like second-guessing jury verdicts in criminal cases. If I haven’t seen and heard every bit of evidence presented at trial, who am I to say the jury got it wrong?
Having said that, [...]]]>
A new political term arises: Vote No, Hope Yes
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:28:31 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140214/BLOGS/302149953/-1/blogs01
Republican lawmakers who don’t much like their Tea Party brethren but are afraid of them have unwittingly spawned a term for their craven charades.
Of all the matters on which American conservatives generally are wrong in their criticisms of President Obama, perhaps [...]]]>
Is global warming a factor in ice storms in parts of the East and Southeast?
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:30:26 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140214/BLOGS/302149955/-1/blogs01
As the Weather- [...]]]>
Kicking the climate-change can down the road
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:22:19 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140214/BLOGS/302149982/-1/blogs01
Ron Brownstein offers a POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE on [...]]]>
Do Republicans understand the demographic disaster their party is facing?
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:42:45 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140213/BLOGS/302139949/-1/blogs01
In politics, as in certain other matters, demography is destiny.
Last summer, the [...]]]>
Al Gore tops list of global thought leaders
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:51:45 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140213/BLOGS/302139951/-1/blogs01
It isn’t often that even a handful of Senate Republicans act like grown-ups, but we saw an exception Wednesday when a full dozen of them rebuffed an effort by Ted Cruz of Texas to block an up-or-down vote on raising the federal debt ceiling for a [...]]]>
This helps explain why I expect Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:07:49 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140212/BLOGS/302129960/-1/blogs01
Partly as a way of toying with some of my Facebook friends of the conservative variety, I’ve predicted several times that President Obama eventually will green-light the Keystone XL Pipeline project. [...]]]>
Satire: Rick Perry brags that the death penalty is alive and well in Texas
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:34:07 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140212/BLOGS/302129986/-1/blogs01
This is not complicated: There will be no immigration [...]]]>
Why won’t Marco Rubio say whether he’s ever smoked marijuana?
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:52:34 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140211/BLOGS/302119986/-1/blogs01
It strikes me as cowardly for a politician in this day and age to balk at the question of whether he or she has ever imbibed what used to be called wacky tobacky.
It seems, then, that a certain Republican senator from Florida is a political [...]]]>
Is the Tea Party caving on the debt limit?
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:24:06 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140211/BLOGS/302119987/-1/blogs01
Pragmatism is not a word ordinarily applied to the Tea Party people in the House Republican caucus.
Craven is the only word for House Speaker John Boehner’s retreat the other day from his previous claim that a deal on immigration reform was forthcoming.
What’s more, Boehner’s about-face demonstrated how [...]]]>
In the long run, Democrats will win the fight over jobless benefits
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:55:25 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109943/-1/blogs01
Some right-wingers seem unable to distinguish Latin from English
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:54:56 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109944/-1/blogs01
As you probably know, the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” appears on most U.S. currency.
But if you’re a political wingnut, you might not recognize that phrase as Latin [...]]]>
Knuckledraggers react to gay football player coming out
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:57:25 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109990/-1/blogs01
The big news in the sports world today is the announcement by Michael Sam [above], an All-American [...]]]>
The GOP’s favorite general, David Petraeus, says Hillary would be a good president
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:54:08 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109991/-1/blogs01
There’s an old saying that the friend of my enemy is my enemy, which probably will come to mind to Republicans who read certain passages of a new book about one of their longtime enemies.
Many, if not most, opponents of gay marriage are inclined to cast themselves as valiant defenders of “traditional marriage,” as if marriage was an immutable institution through [...]]]>
How the Beatles subverted the American way of life
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 15:37:25 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140209/BLOGS/302099979/-1/blogs01
The latest Republican argument against meaningful immigration reform is based on the bald-faced lie that the Obama administration can’t be trusted to enforce immigration laws.
That nonsense may impress the [...]]]>
Conservative pundit suggests that Jack Kemp would have opposed bigots on immigration issue
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:40:00 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140207/BLOGS/302079963/-1/blogs01
A few right-wingers, instead of arguing that [...]]]>
This guy says Paul Ryan is odds-on favorite to win GOP nomination in 2016
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:58:13 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140206/BLOGS/302069952/-1/blogs01
It’s still too early for me to agree with Kevin Drum on THIS MATTER, but he [...]]]>
Surprise! As many as 50 nuclear bombs have gone missing some in populated areas
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:56:30 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140206/BLOGS/302069989/-1/blogs01
THIS should strike you as [...]]]>
Why is the Obamacare debate so stupid?
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:25:56 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140206/BLOGS/302069990/-1/blogs01
One of the best arguments for [...]]]>
Flash! CBO director says Obamacare will reduce unemployment, not increase it
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:43:34 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140205/BLOGS/302059952/-1/blogs01
As noted here [...]]]>
Throw the bums out? But voters don’t agree on which party has more bums
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:31:59 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140205/BLOGS/302059953/-1/blogs01
Political scientist Eric McGhee RAISES a few interesting questions:
The CBO did not repeat: did not say Obamacare will kill two million jobs
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:23:45 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140205/BLOGS/302059983/-1/blogs01
The Congressional Budget Office is out with [...]]]>
Hey! Why isn’t there a White History Month?
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:07:55 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140205/BLOGS/302059984/-1/blogs01Gee! We’re already five days into Black History Month, and I’ve yet to hear any silly complaints about the lack of a White History Month.
A committee of the Missouri State Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for a bill aimed at making it a state crime for federal officials to enforce federal gun laws. [...]]]>
Why do Republicans persist with arguments that can easily be disproved?
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:48:49 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039939/-1/blogs01
Republican politicians have become keenly aware in recent years that rhetoric based on falsehoods often makes a favorable impression among the Tea Party elements of their party’s base.
The latest example of this [...]]]>
Contraception has reduced abortions to lowest level in nearly 40 years
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:06:01 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039984/-1/blogs01
The [abortion] rate is now roughly where it was in [...]]]>
Unlike some politicians, the business world recognizes the reality of income disparity
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:23 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039985/-1/blogs01
THESE PSEUDO-PATRIOTS could start a fight in an empty [...]]]>
Behold the manly men of the Republican Party
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:30:37 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019998/-1/blogs01
THIS ESSAY by Charles M. Blow reminds me of the silly adage that the [...]]]>
Regarding the Republicans’ make-believe plan for immigration reform
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019999/-1/blogs01
The Republican [...]]]>
The thot plickens
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:24:31 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319958/-1/blogs01
THIS doesn’t look good for a certain politician:
A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that the [...]]]>
Like me, Sarah Palin is no fan of Peggy Noonan but for a different reason
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:20:30 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319959/-1/blogs01
The moral of THIS STORY is that a certain former Republican candidate for vice president has a long [...]]]>
Regarding the fact that white men dominate the media and America’s political class
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:34 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319960/-1/blogs01
Most Americans say U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to achieve their goals
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:37:36 +0000http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319989/-1/blogs01
The most interesting thing about THIS POLL is that there is [...]]]>