Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record http://www.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:02:08 +0000 http://www.news-star.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.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:23:52 +0000 http://www.news-star.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.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:40:37 +0000 http://www.news-star.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.news-star.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:34:32 +0000 http://www.news-star.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.news-star.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.news-star.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.news-star.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:45:09 +0000 http://www.news-star.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.news-star.com/article/20140313/BLOGS/303139999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:53:56 +0000 http://www.news-star.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 [...]]]> Poll: Americans think tobacco, alcohol and sugar are more harmful than marijuana http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:52:20 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129992/-1/blogs01 marijuana-leaf


HERE‘s the latest example of how public attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically in [...]]]> The reasons why some people are opposed to Obamacare might surprise you http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:41:59 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/BLOGS/303129993/-1/blogs01 poll-results4


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


Ah, but not all polls on this issue are the same — even [...]]]> Why have public attitudes about gays changed so amazingly fast? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289966/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:09:08 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289966/-1/blogs01 24813424_BG1


More than a few Americans, especially those on the Religious Right, no doubt were shocked at the overwhelming public outcry (above) against a legislative proposal in Arizona that was widely seen as anti-gay and eventually was [...]]]> College professor sarcastically mocks the idea of carrying concealed guns on campus http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:26:58 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289967/-1/blogs01 GregHampikianSequencing-Custom


THIS is pretty funny — [...]]]> Here’s why I laugh at some of my fellow geezers http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:26:57 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289995/-1/blogs01 2667008_640px


Edwin Lyngar EXAMINES THE PHENOMENON of paranoid old white people falling for the [...]]]> Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:41:35 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289996/-1/blogs01 cantor-boehner


The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE:



http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289997/-1/blogs01 GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE


Never mind that most Americans disagree with http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289998/-1/blogs01 00000000000


Charles P. Pierce NAILS IT:


It’s not until you watch it happen [...]]]> Boo-hoo! Pity the plight of the put-upon plutocrats! http://www.news-star.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279956/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:45:04 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279956/-1/blogs01 stephenmoore2


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


Check http://www.news-star.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279995/-1/blogs01 image0024


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 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269950/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:30:17 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269950/-1/blogs01 gop-quit-crying9


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


But, of course, as is so often the case, the [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans say anti-gay rhetoric in churches is alientating young people http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:09:03 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269992/-1/blogs01 GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE


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


As we see http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269995/-1/blogs01 bigotry


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


From before the dawn of the American republic to this second decade of the 21st century, our [...]]]> Looks like there were political gains for GOP governors who didn’t entirely reject Obamacare http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:27:33 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269993/-1/blogs01 kasich


Some right-wingers might find THIS counterintuitive:


Conservative activists [...]]]> Jon Stewart mocks Fox News for its theories on how Reagan would have dealt with Ukraine http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269887/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:02:37 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269887/-1/blogs01 jon-stewart-todays-republican-party-would-call-reagan-a-hollywood-liberal


The talking  heads at Fox News have [...]]]> Media fall for false claim that defense cuts would shrink Army to pre-WWII levels http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:23:31 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259958/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11


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


The problem is that the mainstream media are uncritically passing along misrepresentations [...]]]> Political scientist says Obama’s presidency has been average, but might end up mediocre http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:55:32 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259959/-1/blogs01 2011-07-29T154447Z_01_WAS406_RTRIDSP_3_USA-AUTOS-STANDARDS


Stanley A. Renshon, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, [...]]]> Is the Supreme Court afraid of Jon Stewart? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259986/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:06:04 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259986/-1/blogs01 jon-stewart


As we see HERE, a certain legal analyst says the answer to the question above is yes:


http://www.news-star.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259987/-1/blogs01 Bill-Nye-ABC-320x240


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



 ... Poll: Most Americans think the budget deficit is rising, but it’s not http://www.news-star.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:04:16 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049961/-1/blogs01 imagesCADLE2C4


I think THIS is the result of both Republican demagoguery and public confusion:


http://www.news-star.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049989/-1/blogs01 Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill


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? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039939/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:48:49 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039939/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11


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 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:06:01 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039984/-1/blogs01 abortion


Andrew Sullivan frames the issue THUSLY:


The [abortion] rate is now roughly where it was in [...]]]> Unlike some politicians, the business world recognizes the reality of income disparity http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039985/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039985/-1/blogs01 Income-Inequality-Tom-Dwyer


Some leaders of the business world are beginning to sound like left-wingers, as we see http://www.news-star.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039986/-1/blogs01 dkjsia7zlqcm37bhvbpf


THESE PSEUDO-PATRIOTS could start a fight in an empty [...]]]> Behold the manly men of the Republican Party http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019998/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:30:37 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019998/-1/blogs01 gop-caveman-sensitive


THIS ESSAY by Charles M. Blow reminds me of the silly adage that the [...]]]> Regarding the Republicans’ make-believe plan for immigration reform http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019999/-1/blogs01 anti-obama-sign-1


The ever-snarky Charles Pierce NAILS IT:


The Republican [...]]]> The thot plickens http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:24:31 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319958/-1/blogs01 didimovethosecones12614_0


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 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:20:30 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319959/-1/blogs01 coqdf16lfeo7wxlli1gg


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 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:34 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319960/-1/blogs01 4395897-a-crowd-of-identical-business-men-in-a-meeting-isolated-on-white


After you read the http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319988/-1/blogs01 farm subsidies


THIS should come as no surprise to anyone:



Most Americans say U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to achieve their goals http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:37:36 +0000 http://www.news-star.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319989/-1/blogs01 iraq-afghanistan-2-320x300


The most interesting thing about THIS POLL is that there is [...]]]>