Like most Republicans, John McCain knows very little about Ronald Reagan’s record Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:02:08 +0000 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 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:23:52 +0000 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? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:40:37 +0000 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 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:34:32 +0000 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 Mortgage Bankers Hold Nat'l Conference in S.F

The political architect of two presidential-election victories by George W. Bush is 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 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:45:09 +0000 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” Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:53:56 +0000 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 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:52:20 +0000 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 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:41:59 +0000 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? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:09:08 +0000 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 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:26:58 +0000 GregHampikianSequencing-Custom

THIS is pretty funny — [...]]]> Here’s why I laugh at some of my fellow geezers Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:26:57 +0000 2667008_640px

Edwin Lyngar EXAMINES THE PHENOMENON of paranoid old white people falling for the [...]]]> Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:41:35 +0000 cantor-boehner

The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE: GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE

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Charles P. Pierce NAILS IT:

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 +0000 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.

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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 +0000 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 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:09:03 +0000 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.

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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 +0000 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 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:02:37 +0000 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 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:23:31 +0000 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 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:55:32 +0000 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? Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:06:04 +0000 jon-stewart

As we see HERE, a certain legal analyst says the answer to the question above is yes: 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 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:04:16 +0000 imagesCADLE2C4

I think THIS is the result of both Republican demagoguery and public confusion: 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? Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:48:49 +0000 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 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:06:01 +0000 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 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:23 +0000 Income-Inequality-Tom-Dwyer

Some leaders of the business world are beginning to sound like left-wingers, as we see dkjsia7zlqcm37bhvbpf

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 +0000 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 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000 anti-obama-sign-1

The ever-snarky Charles Pierce NAILS IT:

The Republican [...]]]> The thot plickens Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:24:31 +0000 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 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:20:30 +0000 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 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:34 +0000 4395897-a-crowd-of-identical-business-men-in-a-meeting-isolated-on-white

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THIS should come as no surprise to anyone:

Most Americans say U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to achieve their goals Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:37:36 +0000 iraq-afghanistan-2-320x300

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