Not All of These Products Are Endorsed by Me.

Lots of people like Dr. Oz.

Since he burst upon the scene, following a guest shot on Oprah in 2004, they’ve been hanging on his every word and buying his every product.

But is Dr. Oz a quack? Not exactly. He is a bona fide thoracic surgeon and received his MD in 1986 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, which is a justly respected school, and we have no doubt that he’s intelligent and logical.… [Read more]

Will Anything Come of it This Time?

Just last week, on November 29th, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state and grant it non-member observer UN status.

This, of course, is not the first time that a Palestinian Arab state has been proposed and it probably won’t be the last, for the UN vote was largely symbolic, at least as things stand today.… [Read more]

Will She Stay or Will She Go?

A couple of weeks ago, rumors were flying that Nancy Pelosi might give-up her position as House Minority Leader or if, after her current term, she might decline to run again.

We’re relieved that she’s decided to continue as Minority Leader. Now, we must look forward to Election 2014 and hope that if the House of Representatives once again has a Democratic majority, she will be chosen as Speaker of the House.… [Read more]

Grover Norquist is Irrelevant

There are all sorts of post war Republican irrelevancies. Think of Reagan’s Trickle Down economics, Nixon’s dirty tricks, small government which always turns out to be a particularly large government, out of control military spending, Bush Jr.’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, The Pet Goat, the entire Bush family, and so on.

And now that many Republican legislators are finally jumping from his ship, irrelevant as well is Grover Norquist, his Americans For Tax Reform and his infamous, so-called Taxpayer Protection Pledge which protects only the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers.… [Read more]

I’m Not a Scientist, Man!

The 2012 presidential election is barely over and Republicans, still in the process of licking their wounds, are casting about for a viable candidate to run in 2016. And, according to rumor, at the top of the list is the Freshman U.S. Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio.

…and Marco Rubio is a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space!… [Read more]

Racist Road Rage

On the way home from errands in the old home turf of Morristown, NJ, Barbara and Jeffrey were tooling along on I-287 in NJ, just South of the New York Thruway, when they found themselves behind an old, dilapidated pick-up truck with Tennessee plates, plastered with anti-Obama, anti-Tax, anti-IRS, and, in general, anti-thinking bumper stickers.… [Read more]

Final bit of Schadenfreude: Am I Blue?

John Boehner is no longer orange but is now oh, so blue. As you probably know, Mr. Boehner is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the legislative body he leads is the only one empowered by The Constitution to initiate bills to raise revenue. Mr. Boehner is blue because his fervent hope that President Obama would have been defeated in his bid for a second term has been dashed.… [Read more]

A De Facto Endorsement

Until Hurricane Sandy struck, the Keynote Speaker of the 2012 Republican National Convention, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie, never had a nice thing to say about President Obama or, for that matter, any Democrat on Earth, as far as we know.

Then came Hurricane Sandy. The entire New Jersey coastline was devastated, cities were destroyed, power was out, public services could not be delivered, fires were blazing and here was first-term Governor Christie.… [Read more]

Chaplain John McTernan — A Face Full of Hate

Just when we think we’ve identified all of the end-of-days religious wingnuts, along comes another. This time, it’s self-styled Chaplain John McTernan. Yesterday he went way off the deep end, which would be easy if he were in lower Manhattan, today, when he blamed Hurricane Sandy on the gays.… [Read more]

Ann Coulter’s Legacy

We are tempted to say that Ann Coulter‘s legacy is her unflinching support of bigotry.

After Ms. Coulter tweeted that President Obama is a “retard,” Barbara decided to draw a Coulter cartoon and asked our facebook friends for a suggestion. One of them, to whom this Art-itorial is dedicated, replied, “You could draw a [steaming] pile of crap and put long blonde hair on it,” and the result is what you see above.… [Read more]

Avenue of the Plutocrats

In case you didn’t know, Plutocracy is a word coined in the seventeenth century to describe oligarchic rule by the wealthy and is a combination of the Greek words “ploutos” (πλοῦτος), meaning “wealth” and “kratos” (κράτος), meaning “domination”.… [Read more]

Tagg Romney — Bloodthirsty.

We’ve all read that Taggart Romney, whilst being interviewed on the radio, quipped that he’d like to take a swing at President Obama for claiming that his father, Mitt, lied when he, um, lied.

And we all know that Tagg will probably never get the chance, what with the Secret Service and all. But there is something he can do to throw a figurative punch — he could simply buy an electronic voting machine company and rig the vote in his father’s favor.… [Read more]

Get There Early!

What’s this? Big Bird is on a bread line? We all know that Mitt Romney, during the first Presidential debate of this campaign season, promised to cut all funding for Public Broadcasting, which only amounts to a drop in the bucket — and that he would greatly increase defense spending, which is not only not a drop in the bucket, but comprises the majority of the bucket’s contents.… [Read more]

Joe Biden — Dazzling!

Hey, Joe!  Your smile is so dazzling that the right wing is picking on you for it.

But we think it’s great. There are many, many ways to react outwardly to intentional lying. You could have rolled your eyes, looked to the sky or frowned with anger. But you smiled, which looks a whole lot better, and unless the person you’re smiling at is feeling terribly guilty, it shouldn’t be read as an insult.… [Read more]

Time to Hang it Up.

The great and venerable Jim Lehrer has already declared that he’s hanging-up his gloves and will moderate no more Presidential debates after this year. Of course, some blame for the unruly fiasco that was this year’s first Presidential debate can be shared with President Obama. 

We all saw Mitt Romney ride roughshod over not only the well-specified rules of this particular debate, but over the truth as well.… [Read more]

Onion Soup and Ahmadinejad

I don’t think that even the newshounds among us would remember how to pronounce this man’s name had it not been for Katie Couric’s invention of the mnemonic, “I’m a Dinner Jacket” when she was at CBS.

No one who hears this will ever forget how to pronounce his name, but for those of us who have forgotten, Ahmadinejad, the world’s most infamous Holocaust denier, has been the President of Iran since 2005 and, if he has his way, it will be an office for life as he seems to be able to get himself re-elected without sufficient votes.… [Read more]

Be Prepared.

For a few weeks now, we’ve been reading that influential right-wing pundits and leaders are mumbling about armed rebellion assuming when President Obama is re-elected.

There’s also some speculation that gun sales will skyrocket for, despite a lack of emphasis on the issue of gun ownership on the part of the Obama administration, the National Rifle Association has been trying to convince the American people that President Obama will shortly be confiscating their guns.… [Read more]

When Hell Freezes Over

Have you read about Sarah Palin‘s call for the United States of America to have a “Come to Jesus Moment“?

Yes, indeedy, she really did say this when interviewed by William Kristol‘s rabid neocon rag, The Weekly Standard. Yes, yes, we know that she was just using a religious simile, and that she wasn’t actually advocating that we should turn our country into a theocracy, but it’s still disturbing to those of us who rely upon the separation of church and state, as guaranteed by our Constitution.… [Read more]

I’m Melting!

We’ve all heard that Mitt Romney pronounced at a closed fundraiser that he’s not interested in campaigning to the supposed 47% of Americans who don’t pay income tax and/or are to some extent dependent upon government.  Never mind that he was quoting the number for 2010. Of course, these families still pay taxes a-plenty, including state income tax and various local and sales taxes –generally the largest portion of their tax burden and among the most regressive of all taxes.… [Read more]

Prove You’re Not a Unicorn, Mitt.

We don’t know how it started, or why, but millions, if not gazillions, of people daily are using Google, Bing, Webcrawler, AltaVista and Ask to search for “Mitt Romney is a Unicorn.”… [Read more]