MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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Media Lets Republicans Get Away With Absurd Statements On Obamacare & Other Issues
Oct16

Media Lets Republicans Get Away With Absurd Statements On Obamacare & Other Issues

Republicans have been successful at “playing the refs” with false claims of liberal bias, helping them get away with spreading their misinformation. Liberal blogs and magazines, have commented a lot on Mitch McConnell’s absurd statement in support of the popular and successful Kynect exchange site while attacking Obamacare, which makes Kynect possible. Fact checkers have debunked this claim months ago. However the mainstream media is...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study
Oct14

Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study

Residents of “right-leaning” U.S. states are more prone to seek out Internet porn than their liberal counterparts, according to a new Canadian study compiled by sifting through Google search data. Published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, the report concludes that even when they are surrounded by “very religious or conservative citizenry,” Americans will… graphic via...

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A Swift Boat Load of Lies
Oct11

A Swift Boat Load of Lies

by Walter Brasch “Gov. Tom Corbett, who claims he opposes legalization of marijuana, was seen behind a barn smoking weed. Just a-puffin’ and a-grinnin’.” “Tom Wolfe was speeding and driving drunk through the streets of York. If he can’t obey traffic laws, why would we think he’d obey the Constitution if elected Pennsylvania governor?” “That commie socialist fascist Kenyan Muslim in the White House brought Ebola into the country to get...

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Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged
Oct06

Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged

How uttery silly and impulse-control-challenged has our political discussion gotten? This silly and impulse-control-challenged : former Bill Clinton and Al Gore political consultant and author Naomi Wolf has suggested the ISIS beheading videos might have been staged. Which shows you that the afflication that causes some to suggest Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or 9/11 was a government or Israeli operation, or that Hillary Clinton...

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Cartoon: Gay Marriage
Oct06

Cartoon: Gay Marriage

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Oct05

Obama’s ‘Failed Experiment’ Proves Only America Can Maintain Order (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How should the world react to America’s return to the role as world’s top cop? For Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, columnist Nicolas Richter writes that misgivings over NSA mass surveillance and past military adventures notwithstanding, the world is breathing a sigh of relief to see the United States return to the role of maintaining a ‘basic level’ of global order, particularly with a multilateralist in...

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Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors
Oct03

Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors

How NOT to write about public health issues, courtesy of then-tyro Maureen Dowd. I was raised in a public health atmosphere. I also wrote the first national cover story on Herpes in 1980, years before Maureen Dowd and TIME Magazine engaged in the shameless fear-mongering of their 1982 “HERPES: TODAY’S SCARLET LETTER” cover article. So this is not new ground for me. It may be for you. Therefore: hearken. The Case for...

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Strange Reporting At Politico
Oct02

Strange Reporting At Politico

Politico has always strayed from strong journalistic standards but has really had a couple of weak stories recently. A report on the recent problems revealed regarding the Secret Service initially ended with: Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service. Josh Marshall...

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A Tale of Two Pelosis
Oct01

A Tale of Two Pelosis

  There are 33 days  and change until the November  4 election as I write this. I will try to keep this brief and to the point — which, Progressives, IS the point. The Republicans are running on their traditional slander: College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal The College Republican National Committee launched on Wednesday a nearly $1 million digital ad campaign across 16...

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Add One More Name to That Open Letter to Fox News
Sep28

Add One More Name to That Open Letter to Fox News

Talking Points Memo (TPM.com) yesterday published an open letter to the idiots at Fox News who made some very offensive and inappropriate remarks about a female United Arab Emirates (UAE) pilot who courageously took part in allied air strikes against ISIL terrorists last week. The pilot and squadron commander in question was 35-year-old Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot in the history of the UAE. Major...

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US Vets DESTROY Fox News Tools for ‘Boobs on the Ground’ Remark in Open Letter (Guest Voice)
Sep28

US Vets DESTROY Fox News Tools for ‘Boobs on the Ground’ Remark in Open Letter (Guest Voice)

First, the folks over on FOX made a misogynistic joke regarding a female pilot. Then, the half-hearted not-apology, and now, the full smack-down, courtesy of the United States Military Veterans. On Thursday, The Five decided to live up to the sort of blind jingoism and Military Worship that right-wingers are constantly demanding of others when...

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Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do
Sep26

Watch Jon Stewart Tell Fox News What They Can Do

Faux Fox has been eviscerating the President for saluting with a cup of coffee in his hand, in addition to attacking him mercilessly while our country is, in effect — like it or not — at war. One of the network’s talking heads also claimed that the President was disrespectful to those who are putting their lives on the line, because he saluted with a cup of coffee in his hand. Watch Jon Stewart on the Daily Show yesterday...

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Obamacare: The Shameful Politics
Sep24

Obamacare: The Shameful Politics

Our own Dr. Ron Chusid has been doing a superb job of covering the good things about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the problems and shortcomings where they occur and have occurred and, perhaps most important in this dog-eat-dog climate, he has doggedly been exposing and rebutting the shameful right-wing lies, villainous distortions and brazen slander about this hugely important program. There are so many lies, distortions and so much...

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Watch Bill Maher Nail GOPer: “Why Do You Say ‘Democrat’ When You Know it’s ‘Democratic?’”
Sep24

Watch Bill Maher Nail GOPer: “Why Do You Say ‘Democrat’ When You Know it’s ‘Democratic?’”

What’s in a word? Is arose by any other name still a rose? Or is a rose not yet arose until it’s arisen? If a word by any measure is a shortcut to a thought, and a word is then cut short, is the thought by that measure also cut shorter? If simplicity is for...

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Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)
Sep23

Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)

Conflicts of interest still matter to editors when it comes to their reporters. The public can point to even small ones that and say it compromises their reporters’ and their news organizations’ reporting. It turns out that Charlo Greene of Alaska’s KTVA had a BIG one: during a report on the Alaska Cannibus Club in the context of November’s vote on legalizing marijuana in the state she told viewers she was the...

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American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda (Guest Voice)
Sep23

American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda (Guest Voice)

I have borne witness to an execution — not that I wanted to, but because the condemned man whom I had gotten to know over a 10-year period asked me to be there. Henry Martinez Porter of San Antonio, who was found guilty of killing a Fort Worth police officer, didn’t want any of his...

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Joe Biden’s Gaffe’s: Someone In Media Gets It
Sep22

Joe Biden’s Gaffe’s: Someone In Media Gets It

Joe Biden has certainly made a number of gaffes lately, and of course these are far more likely to make the headlines than more important stories about Biden, such as the many times he countered Hillary Clinton’s hawkish views in the Obama administration. I have also become more tolerant of Biden’s verbal gaffes since he did such an excellent job when really needed, the Vice Presidential debate in 2012 after Obama did a...

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Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)
Sep20

Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there a solution to the Ukraine crisis short of all-out war in the heart of Europe? For Russia’s Izvestia, Sergei Karaganov, chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, lays out the challenges for Moscow as it seeks to navigate difficult sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, endure long enough to weaken the basis of U.S. power, and overcome what he perceives as Washington’s...

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