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|Lesson of the midterm election: Archie Bunker lives!
“Where do we go from here? The battles done and we kind of won. So we sound our victory cheer. Where do we go from here?” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode ‘Once ...
|A modest proposal for a Palin-Beck campaign
Like moths to a flame, members of the Tea Party movement have found themselves attracted to a dream ticket of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck to square off against incumbent Barack Obama and thus restore ...
|An Elijah moment courtesy of extortion
So would-be Koran-burner Terry Jones has abandoned his plans to have an Elijah moment. The pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center made the announcement this afternoon after Defense Secretary ...
|Pachyderm party's second opinion sounds familiar
You've seen this happen whenever kids compete on the playground: one child fails in spectacular fashion, and immediately issues a plaintive cry for a "do-over." So it goes in the Pachyderm Party, ...
|What Arizona has done to as all shouldn't happen to a dog
The driver of the 2017 BMW sedan was hit with twin blasts of Arizona heat as he rolled down the electric window. Some of the heat came from the blazing sun on a roadway outside Flagstaff. The rest ...
|Animated Healthcare Debate Just Cartoonish
I grew up during the heyday of the Saturday morning cartoon. Week after week, I’d watch the adventures of characters such as Scooby Do, Spider-Man and Jonny Quest, all rendered with colors ...
|When the First Amendment trumps the Eighth Commandment
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. -- Deuteronomy 20:16 The Eighth Commandment. Not a real complicated rule. Not very difficult to ...
|For Dubya, the song remains the same
President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC Dear Mr. President: With your permission, I’d like to test out a hypothesis. My theory is that, back in the days of your wild ...
|When wafer becomes weapon
For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. Not content to leave the above ...
|Conservative contentment is not faith-based
How can social conservatives who yearn for an America where the Ten Commandments are posted on every stationary object across this great nation be so obtuse as to the meaning of those Commandments? ...
|Hoover played role in current economic crunch
When it comes to the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover probably gets a bad rap. The fact that he shares a surname with W.H. “Boss” Hoover, whose eponymous firm helped popularize the ...
|Spitzer, Dupre mortgaged lives with subprime choices
Several years ago, when I was practicing the craft of journalism in a small town, a co-worker who was disappointed with the community's exceedingly shallow dating pool planned a trip to Nevada. His ...
|Foreclosure only the start of homeowner's woes
When it comes to the home-lending crisis, I figured that I'd heard it all: People losing their homes, discovering that their homes were not the automatic money-maker that they once were, treasured ...
|Buckley’s gift: Expressing awful ideas as nicely as possible
When William F. Buckley Jr. died Wednesday at the age of 82, conservatives mourned the loss of an intellectual titan whose life’s work had helped give birth to the modern conservative movement.
|Valentine’s Day? Bah, humbug
I’ve never shared Ebenezer Scrooge’s contempt for Christmas. The bustle of the holiday season, the bright lights and the attitude of goodwill toward men affected by even the most avowed ...
|Psst...paranoid right-wingers starting to suspect
My fellow progressives: I’m afraid the Republicans have caught on to us. Brett Winterble, a contributor to Human Events, uncovered the bare bones of our plot to take the reins of ...
|Essays expose authors, not Obama
I was concerned when I saw an online advertisement for Barack Obama Exposed! while surfing the ’Net recently. After all, if a scurrilous, anonymous email that couldn’t even distinguish ...
|Huckabee emerges when faith and fear converge
The emergence of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a viable standard-bearer for the Republicans (placing a respectable third in New Hampshire after winning the Iowa caucuses) has left ...
|2007: It was a very silly year
Only a few minutes remain in 2007, so it’s high time to take a look back and give some well-earned recognition to those people without whose foibles the past year would not have been possible.
|Rittenberg rewrites history
Ah, Christmastime. A season that holds enough innate magic to redeem fictional baddies such as Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch. It’s the time of year when even the most secular of secular ...
|Survey says: Kentucky Baptists questioning doctrine
Baptist doctrine may not be what it used to be. A survey conducted by the Southern Baptist LifeWay Research organization for the Kentucky Baptist Convention shows that many state Baptist hold ...
|Capt's back - ready to cap someone
Captain America is coming back. And this time he's packing heat. The star-spangled hero returns to action in January. The former Captain America, Steve Rogers, was killed off in March after ...
|When GOP attacks liberals they accuse themselves
After listening to Rush Limbaugh's non-apology to US soldiers who don't support the War on Terror, and after listening to Ann Coulter's non-defense of a type of antisemitism that hasn't been part of ...
|Klan group shows hate is corrosive
You can't build a movement on a philosophy that ultimately consumes its members. This is the lesson that has been lost on The Imperial Klans of America, who have set up shop in the tiny Western ...
|Balkin’ at Malkin’s ideas on motherhood
I wonder if Michelle Malkin is willing to put her children where her mouth is. Malkin, the always disagreeable right-wing commentator, came down on actress Sally Field's speech during ...
|Report from the surgin’ General
Much has been written about the upcoming reports on the US military efforts in Iraq. Words like redeployment and withdraw have been bandied about, but the favorite in the language of ...
|Philosopher's theory might mean reality bytes
Maybe everything we think we know about the world around us is wrong. A philosopher at Oxford University, Nick Bostrom, says there is a one in five chance that everything in the universe that we've ...
|Limbaugh investment advice just a lot of bull
When it comes to the stock market, there are bear markets, where more stocks are being sold than are being bought. When more stocks are being bought than being sold, thats called a bull market. ...
|Walls may come tumbling down on house flippers
It is said that by the time movie and television producers notice that a trend exist, the trend in question has already evaporated like the morning dew. Such is the case with cable ...
|Elizabeth Edwards swears off tangerines and the right goes bananas
Elizabeth Edwards has sworn off tangerines, and the right-wing has predictably gone bananas. "We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "...
|Patience wanes as strength increases in nursing home
As I draw nearer to the end of my time in this nursing home, I find that my patience is ebbing even as my physical strength grows. The phenomenon I've described is not unusual, people who ...
|No national healthcare means Americans coming up short
The lack of universal health care may mean that Americans aren't measuring up to their European counterparts. Literally. A new study co-authored by John Komlos and Benjamin E. Lauderdale ...
|Thomas’ views on integration just part of Republican philosophy
"These overmatched (African-Americans) students take the bait only to find they cannot succeed in the caldron of competition." The above quote, astonishingly enough, comes from Supreme ...
|Christian Bigots disrupt Hindu’s prayer
A friend of mine once said of the actions of vociferous but misguided believers, "Sometimes things done in the name of Christianity make me want to become a druid." And so it was today in ...
|Diversity studies show the dream has been deferred
When two studies on diversity showed results that sociologist did not expect, the right-wing was ecstatic. Diversity, it seems, does not help foster interaction among people of different races. ...
|Christians have a duty to speak truth to power
In the past few days, as President Bush's popularity has plummeted following his commutation of Vice-Presidential Aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison time, I have heard a lot of Christians say ...
|Apple has answer for flagging economy: build a better consumer
CUPERTINO, CALIF. – Hot on the heels of the release of the wildly popular iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced a new joint endeavor to create artificial life forms. "We think ...
|Outsourcing no reason to hate Hillary’s campaign theme
Of all the ridiculous overblown nonsensical non-issues being pushed by right-wingers, there can be none of less consequence than Hillary Clinton's choice of campaign song. The Clinton ...
|DREAM act aims to find fresh meat for Iraq
The resuscitated immigration reform bill being discussed by lawmakers could have illegal immigrants making a detour from their native land to the United States. Unfortunately for them, ...
|Prosecution of Marine protester designed to chill Iraq War criticism
During the past Memorial Day weekend, there was no shortage of World War II movies on television. "I wonder why they make so many movies about World War II but not about the other ones," ...
|Enhanced terrorism sentencing another threat to freedom
Another disturbing consequence of the Bush administration's ongoing War on Terror must be the so-called Terrorism Enhancements being used in crimes against property. Take the case of ...
|New fairness doctrine might be stake through heart of conservative talk radio
The mere rumor of a possible return to the Federal Communications Commission's Fairness Doctrine is being viewed by right-wing pundits the way a vampire might consider a wooden stake. All ...
|Numbers help stamp out myths of postal inefficiency
It's long been an article of faith amongst conservatives that anything the government can do the private sector can do more efficiently. So I shouldn't have been surprised when Rush ...
|Limbaugh rushes to return of racist humor
What a difference a week makes. Last week, Roger Hedgecock, a frequent fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh was calling for a return to civility in discourse concerning the Iraq War and the ...
|Pope set the bar low on acts of terror
It’s a shame His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t believe in limbo. We already know that he doesn’t believe in limbo as a place, but it now appears he doesn’t believe in ...
|McCarrick having a 1960’s flashback?
You have to wonder how much the 1960's really did affect Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Speaking at a conference in New Zealand about two weeks ago McCarrick placed the blame for the Catholic Church'
|PSSSST! You’ve heard this secret before
You wouldn't have to be James Bond to uncover The Secret in Rhonda Byrne's book with the same title. Heck, you wouldn't even have to be Maxwell Smart. That's because The Secret is the ...
|Cho may have been stopped but not by guns
In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, conservative arguments were everything you would expect them to be. Some commentators incredibly argued that there should have been more guns on the ...
|Ann Coulter’s Necrotic Funny Bone
Ann Coulter has weighed in on the Don Imus firing and she sees nothing less than the Death Of All Comedy. "The requirement to always "be nice" would be the end of Chris Rock and Dave ...
|Imus reminds us why words matter
If nothing else, the firestorm surrounding Don Imus and his comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team has served to remind us of the power that words possess. Words ...
|Cal Thomas calls for Bush’s Greatest Hits
Newspaper columnist Cal Thomas, who has carried enough water for the Bush administration to fill Lake Superior, is fretting about the President's apparent case of political laryngitis. "...
|Mohler’s views on ram homosexuality study is ba-a-a-ad theology
Is the Rev. Albert Mohler trying to pull the wool over the eyes of believers? In a recent blog posting, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary referenced a study ...
|Bush behind Captain America’s death?
Captain America is dead. The star-spangled avenger's life was cut short by a sniper's bullet in the latest issue of his Marvel comic book. But the real triggerman may have been the Bush ...
|Nursing home residents find it hard to come clean
If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then there is precious little Godliness at the nursing home where I reside. My wing of the facility has been without the services of a shower aide for ...
|Perjury a heavier offense than Libby’s backers admit
"Certainly, perjury is a felony, the last time I checked." - Sean Hannity If only Sean Hannity had written those words concerning the recent conviction of Vice-Presidential aide I. Lewis "...
|Ann Coulter has a John Kerry moment
At the very least Ann Coulter has demonstrated that she is capable of having a John Kerry moment. The right-wing commentator's use of the word "faggot" in connection with Sen. John ...
|Right-wing digs up a Hillary paper trail - and it’s really cold
If one is looking for an example of unintended irony, one need only listen to Frank Luntz's dissection of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's senior thesis on Hannity and Colmes Friday night.
|Narrow legal opinions turn judges into secular Pharisees
In my previous posting on judicial activism and the death penalty, I contended that Chief Justice John Roberts' minority opinion in House vs. Bell represented judicial activism because the nation'...
|Roberts a judicial activist after all
Judicial activism. You've heard that phrase trotted out routinely whenever some individual in a black robe renders a decision that doesn't appeal to social conservatives. Abortion? Gay ...
|Building 18 a cruel trick on soldiers
The next time President Bush goes to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, I hope he gets to take his tests at the centers Building 18. Building 18, a structure located in the shadow of the ...
|Space Aliens, Bigfoot and Traditional Marriage
Maybe right-wingers can find space on their bookshelf to squeeze in a copy of a new UNICEF study on child welfare in wealthy countries. It might make a nice contrast to books on Bigfoot, the ...
|Lesbian’s firing exposes tangled web of law, morality
The only thing murkier than the legal issues surrounding the dismissal of Alice Pedreira from the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children may be the moral issues surrounding the case. Pedreira,
|Taking a few small steps towards freedom
My new leg is not yet my own. Right now it’s time is divided between the end of my stump and a position near my therapist desk. There have been a couple of issues that have delayed me taking ...
|Pelosi serves GOP aircraft envy
What’s with republicans and their airplane envy? During the Clinton Presidency in 1995, then-Speaker Newt Gingrich famously complained about having to exit Air Force One from the rear doors ...
|US Attorney's jailing of blogger ignores history
Note: Reposted as requested by some fellow users. The irony of jailing a so-called “delusional” blogger Josh Wolf is apparently lost on Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey ...
|US Attorney’s jailing of blogger ignores history
The irony of jailing a so-called “delusional” blogger Josh Wolf is apparently lost on Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Finigan. According to Finigan, who was quoted in a recent news ...
|Contractor study challenges neocon beliefs
It’s an essential tenant of the neo-conservative faith that government can’t do anything as well as the private sector. So why has federal funding soared as the Bush administration has ...
|Life in a nursing home a catch twenty-two
For a certain segment of the population nursing homes can be as much of a prison as the meanest maximum security penitentiary. It’s the situation my 61 year old roommate currently finds ...
|Bean town turns back on heritage
Not only has the city of Boston made itself into a laughing stock through the overzealous response to the promotional campaign for what will probably be a Grade Z movie, by doing so it has turned it&...
|Fresh faces in an old war
The scene: An army recruiting office on January 2, 2009. Recruiter: Next!
|State sovereignty fair? Not so fast.
Pick a controversial social issue. Imagine now that the response to such an issue is to turn it over to the individual states to resolve in their own way. It sounds like the modern neo-con ...
|Brazen raid shows flaws in troop surge plans
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, who was confirmed today to be the top US commander in Iraq, have told lawmakers that thwarting President Bush’s plan for a troop ...
|Impeachment might bolster Bush
Maybe President Bush should volunteer for impeachment. After all, the last President to be impeached, William Jefferson Clinton, actually enjoyed a popularity surge after proceeding had concluded ...
|Hillcreek Manor Blues
With apologies to the late Johnny Cash. I hear the nurse a-commin', she's walking down the hall And I ain't had my meds yet, no none at all I'm stuck in Hillcreek Manor and time keeps ...
|A prosecutor selection system Saddam could love
The recent execution of former Iraqi Chief Justice Awad Hamad al-Bandar has given President Bush an opportunity to repeat his claim that the US occupation of Iraq has given justice a chance to ...
|Uncle Sam wants your banking records
Once upon a time the US Army had a poster featuring a stern-looking Uncle Sam pointing his finger at the viewer and the legend “Uncle Sam wants you.” Nowadays Uncle Sam doesn’t ...
|Administration trying to tip the scales of justice
Leave it to the Bush administration. Not only have the Bushies increased the likelihood that ordinary Americans may be charged with crimes, they now seek to destroy those persons opportunities for ...
|Is Bush trying a Roosevelt ploy?
President Bush may have found a way to keep the Democratic Congress from calling the shots in Iraq. And the answer may have come from a Republican President who served 100 years ago. Back in 1907, ...
|Hannity copies Olbermann - badly
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of plagiarism. Fox News commentator Sean Hannity has therefore paid tribute to Keith Olbermann with a segment on his new Sunday night Fox New Channel ...
|Help wanted: An unanswered plea
One of the greatest misnomers in the nursing home industry may be that of the CNA. NA, of course, stands for nursing assistant. For a great many of those who hold the title the C might stand for ...
|Justice is blind but it has deep pockets
Constitutional Crisis. The phrase has been invoked so often during the current Presidency that it’s almost lost all meaning. The phrase has been used to describe illegal wiretapping, the war ...
|Back to the Future: Predictions for 2007
Last year was the first time I indulged in a little crystal-ball gazing in an effort to figure out what 2006 would bring. With the aid of the faithful Feline-American who shares my home I offered up ...
|White House Ghouls celebrate Saddam's death
And so we have learned that under George W. Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contains enough ghouls to populate a George Romero movie. Within minutes of receiving word that former Iraqi dictator ...
|Left Behind game deserves to be Left Behind
It is possible to teach Christian values through video games. The Veggie Tales series can be offered as proof of that. But expecting a teenager to become a firm believer from playing Left Behind: ...
|In a nursing home a wheelchair is stealth technology
Ever wanted to be a costumed hero with super powers? Think of all the ones you could choose from. Some might want invincibility. Others might opt for super-strength or super-speed. I have already ...
|Gingrich's history lesson goes awry
Even with a former history professor serving as host, Fox News has trouble getting it correct. On One Nation Under God Saturday night, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bent and tweaked historical ...
|Nursing Home inadequate? Let’s try the Holiday Inn
Now that I am in my sixth month of residence in a convalescent care facility I am prepared to offer up a very Republican solution to long-term medical care: Privatization. The facility where I am ...
|"Water's edge" tries to silence critics
“Politics stops at the water’s edge.” That quote, attributed to Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg, was most famously invoked to “Dixie Chick” the Dixie Chicks when ...
|When history beckons, Beck doesn't heed call
Having previously demonstrated that members of the right-wing tend to struggle with numbers (see Iraq Study Group report on IED attacks for more details) and spelling (see the Right Brothers ...
|Temper tantrums provide food for thought
Maybe it has something to do with loosing a great deal of independence in a very short time, but minor infractions of etiquette can quickly be transformed into a Very Big Deal within the environs of ...
|The Right Brothers get it all wrong in song
Attempting to find a gap in the music marketplace which no one previously realized existed; The Right Brothers have established the genre of conservative rock. As a type of music rock is ...
|O'Reilly stays the course in culture war
When it comes to war Republicans know all about staying the course. Even with the imminent release of the Iraq Study Group’s report on resolving President Bush’s Middle East mess the ...
|My roommate has left the building
My roommate left the nursing home in the only way he could tonight. He was 74 years old and he’d come into my room about a month ago, the victim of a stroke that had left him unable to ...
|Advent seems ironic in a nursing home
It’s hard to believe that much of the community of Christian believers will begin observing Advent in just a few short days. Advent is all about the renewal of hope and preparation for the ...
|Things to be thankful for
Hours before the big turkey day I am bracing myself for my own personal worst Thanksgiving. This year you see, I’m spending Thanksgiving in a nursing home environment, with institutional ...
|I left my leg in Derby City
I’m staring down the bed looking at the place where my left leg used to be. It’s been a couple of days since the harvesting was caused by lack circulation. The pain has diminished but ...
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