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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 ...
dsjwriter 11/04/2010 7 3 - 45
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 ...
dsjwriter 09/19/2010 13 8 - 33
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 ...
dsjwriter 09/09/2010 11 2 - 31
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, ...
dsjwriter 06/09/2010 1 1 - 23
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/24/2010 7 7 - 31
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/08/2010 2 1 - 10
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 ...
dsjwriter 10/23/2008 20 12 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 09/23/2008 3 2 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 06/14/2008 8 7 - 1
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? ...
dsjwriter 05/14/2008 9 9 - 5
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/26/2008 18 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/22/2008 10 3 - 17
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/05/2008 3 12 - 1
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.
dsjwriter 02/28/2008 40 15 1 144
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/14/2008 17 5 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/06/2008 41 22 1 9
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/22/2008 3 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/09/2008 3 1 - 1
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.
dsjwriter 12/31/2007 7 5 - 25
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/12/2007 1 2 - 9
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/19/2007 38 16 1 6
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 ...
dsjwriter 10/29/2007 2 2 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 10/22/2007 7 5 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 10/17/2007 4 7 - 32
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 ...
dsjwriter 09/20/2007 15 12 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 09/08/2007 6 2 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 08/20/2007 45 6 1 8
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. ...
dsjwriter 08/10/2007 18 11 - 10
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 ...
dsjwriter 08/04/2007 25 7 - -
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 "...
dsjwriter 07/25/2007 142 62 1 22
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/21/2007 17 15 1 17
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/17/2007 2 6 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/15/2007 4 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/12/2007 16 8 - 2
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. ...
dsjwriter 07/11/2007 4 1 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/05/2007 44 10 4 132
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 ...
dsjwriter 07/01/2007 43 8 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 06/21/2007 22 1 - -
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, ...
dsjwriter 06/18/2007 8 3 1 -
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," ...
dsjwriter 05/31/2007 11 12 2 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 05/27/2007 7 8 - 150
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 ...
dsjwriter 05/17/2007 34 25 - 16
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 ...
dsjwriter 05/15/2007 28 13 1 6
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 ...
dsjwriter 05/09/2007 9 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 05/02/2007 2 1 - -
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'
dsjwriter 05/01/2007 4 2 - 2
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/22/2007 9 1 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/19/2007 43 13 1 7
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/14/2007 22 3 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 04/11/2007 9 3 - -
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. "...
dsjwriter 03/25/2007 38 13 - 5
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/15/2007 18 12 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/13/2007 34 17 2 143
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/11/2007 10 21 - 7
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 "...
dsjwriter 03/09/2007 14 16 - 7
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 ...
dsjwriter 03/05/2007 52 7 - 11
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.
dsjwriter 03/03/2007 9 3 - -
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'...
dsjwriter 02/27/2007 7 3 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/25/2007 19 20 - 156
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/21/2007 4 7 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/19/2007 3 8 - -
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,
dsjwriter 02/13/2007 20 10 - 150
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/10/2007 6 9 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/09/2007 18 5 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/08/2007 4 13 1 144
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/06/2007 6 18 - 9
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/05/2007 8 9 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 02/04/2007 16 23 2 21
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&...
dsjwriter 02/01/2007 10 3 1 1
Fresh faces in an old war
The scene: An army recruiting office on January 2, 2009. Recruiter: Next!
dsjwriter 01/31/2007 1 1 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/29/2007 8 3 - 135
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/26/2007 14 8 - 1
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/22/2007 27 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/17/2007 3 1 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/16/2007 1 - - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/14/2007 14 4 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/12/2007 10 8 - -
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, ...
dsjwriter 01/11/2007 5 2 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/09/2007 19 16 - 6
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/07/2007 12 9 - 4
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 ...
dsjwriter 01/01/2007 23 5 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/31/2006 6 2 - 2
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/29/2006 12 9 1 12
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: ...
dsjwriter 12/23/2006 15 15 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/20/2006 11 19 1 8
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/17/2006 17 14 1 142
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/13/2006 22 18 - 7
"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 ...
dsjwriter 12/09/2006 9 6 2 133
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/07/2006 11 - 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/06/2006 24 8 5 136
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 ...
dsjwriter 12/04/2006 10 2 - -
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/30/2006 19 8 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/27/2006 21 31 1 9
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/25/2006 11 6 1 2
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/22/2006 7 5 1 -
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 ...
dsjwriter 11/20/2006 18 7 - 1
FOX News - They decide there is no balance
dsjwriter 11/16/2006 20 11 - 6
Bishops on Sex: Don't ask, Don't tell
dsjwriter 11/14/2006 9 5 1 -
Terrorist: We are creating them over here so we don't have to create them over there
dsjwriter 11/13/2006 4 2 - 1
Happy Birthday Louis Brandeis, Ready to work again?
dsjwriter 11/12/2006 4 6 - 125
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