The rejection of Westboro Baptist Church: A bi-partisan affair

The Patriot Guard Riders form a shield to protect grieving families from it. The hacker group “Anonymous” targets it. And now, a new White House petition seeks to designate it as a hate group.

Westboro Baptist Church:  A hate group (as previously designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League) on a mission, with the tax-exempt status of a religious organization as its reward.… [Read more]

We can’t shoot our way out of our mass killing problem

Friday, December 14, 2012, will be marked indelibly in our minds – the day a wild-eyed, highly disturbed young man, Adam Lanza – aided by his gun enthusiast mother, and America’s gun culture – snatched 20 tiny children and six educators from us in Connecticut.  Since December 14, 2012, this country has been in a period of collective shocked bereavement, and since last Friday, like it always does, this country has emotionally reached out to grieving parents and families of victims, and tried to console them with love and support.  … [Read more]

Jeff Sessions wants to balance the budget by cutting food stamps

Try to stay with me here:  According to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the food stamp program has quadrupled in the last ten years hence the food stamp program is clearly being abused hence the food stamp program should be cut back.

“One in six Americans are now receiving food stamps,” Jeff Sessions told Soledad O’Brien.  “.… [Read more]

Republicans: “Trust us”

As Jon Stewart noted, ” . . . [B]are bones competence and middle school maturity” is all that’s needed to get over this economic hump (which I will studiously refrain from calling the “fiscal cliff,” a phrase simultaneously stupid and meaningless) come January.

Big bar, there. Look who the Democrats are dealing with: Republicans, who believe ACORN (defunct now for years) stole the 2012 election for President Obama, that anti-choice laws can be passed off as “regulations,” and the UN is engaging in mind control.… [Read more]

The Norquist “tax pledge” exodus: Further proof there’s no Republican leadership

Some might look at the Republican flight from Grover Norquist’s legendary “tax pledge” as evidence that, finally, Republicans are stepping up and doing what’s best for Americans. Some might see this Republican exodus as proof that, finally, Republicans are done being guided by zealots and are frankly tired of losing elections. Some might see this Republican rejection of Norquist as courageous.  … [Read more]

Denny’s franchise owner Metz is learning that actions have consequences

So there, take that, said John Metz, who’s a Denny’s franchise owner and owner of RREMC Restaurants (which runs 35 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations), as well as the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings. If you make me provide healthcare to my employees under Obamacare, I’ll add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to punish you.… [Read more]

Continued GOP Bitterness: Mary Matalin Spews Venom while Van Jones Calls for Unity

First published on Examiner.com….and in light of the continued bitterness on the Right, displayed most recently by people like John McCain, we thought it was worth repeating.

Glenn Beck tells his followers to grab the kids and guns and head to some farmland.  Charles Krauthammer and others encourage renewed Republican obstruction to President Obama. Republican-run companies are either threatening layoffs, or actually laying off workers, out of sheer spite – and it’s clearly spite because, after all, nothing’s changed since the day before the election except a re-elected President Obama.… [Read more]

If only the states’ petitions to secede would succeed

Things have gotten so dastardly rotten in the past, um, six days since President Obama was re-elected, that – at last count – citizens from 20 states are circulating petitions, hoping to gather 25,000 signatures in a month so they can make a formal request to the White House to secede from the U.S. In just three days, Texas’ petition grew to 27,000 signatures (which simply tells us that there are at least 27,000 whack-a-doodles in Texas), enough for a formal response from the White House, should the President chooses to issue one – although, as I think about it, it must really suck, having to get permission from their nemesis, President Obama, in order to leave the U.S.… [Read more]

The Election Mandate: Zero Tolerance for Extremism

Like many progressives, I went to sleep on Tuesday night with an easier mind. I knew that I was waking up on Wednesday to President Barack Obama for a second term.

But the post-mortem for conservatives began before election night was over. On CNN, Republican pundit Alex Castellanos was dissecting Mitt Romney’s political approach and why it wasn’t effective, apparently bracing himself for a Romney loss.… [Read more]

President Obama Helps Disaster Victims While Romney Takes Cheap Shots

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the contrast is striking. On the one hand, we have a President who’s cancelled campaign stops, and who’s calling on donations to the American Red Cross instead of his campaign. As reported by the Huffington Post: “On the campaign side, Obama halted his flood of fundraising emails on Sunday, and the campaign is now using its Twitter, Facebook and campaign pages to instead urge donations to the Red Cross storm relief.[Read more]

Distracted by Conservative Ugliness

Monday night, I knew exactly what I was going to write about:  The third and final presidential debate on foreign policy, with Romney acting a fool and a typical blunderbuss (when, that is, he wasn’t telling the American public that, when it came to President Obama’s foreign policy, he wouldn’t change a thing).  And then there were the post-debate Tweets from conservatives which demonstrated, without question, that right-wingers are in the grip of demonic possession.  … [Read more]

Romney’s “chick binder” mentality will pinch our lady parts

Aside from Mitt Romney’s bird problem – and what went largely unnoticed during the second presidential debate was his sneering jab at the Keystone pipeline, and his accusation that the Obama Administration launched a criminal action against the drilling:  “. . . 20 or 25 birds were killed and brought out a migratory bird act to go after them on a criminal basis” – he’s got a lady parts problem.… [Read more]

Nebraska Republican Senate Candidate Deb Fischer’s Unscrupulous Land Grab

No good deed goes unpunished, particularly a good deed offered to someone who views life through the lens of naked greed and ambition. Enter Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer, a woman without scruples, neighborly values, or a moral center. We can talk more – all day, in fact – about the reasons honest, honorable Bob Kerrey should be elected, but this story is about his opponent, Deb Fischer, and a land grab that violates pretty much every rule we’ve ever been taught about human values, honesty and compassion.… [Read more]

Fox’ Megyn Kelly assists Darrell Issa in his witch hunt on Libya (transcript and video)

Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, head of the Special Forces Site Security Team in Libya, is claiming that the State Department denied U.S. forces extra security in Libya in advance of the attack on the Consulate that left several people, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead. And Wednesday, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy (who will rebut the accusations of failing to provide security) and a couple of other higher-ups will testify at a Congressional hearing.… [Read more]

Would Barry Goldwater vote for Romney today?

Conservatives constantly quote Ronald Reagan, as though his soaring deficit and high unemployment numbers never existed, or Ayn Rand, as though she weren’t a pro-choice atheist. Interestingly, one rarely hears conservatives invoking the most interesting character of them all, the “father of conservatism,” Barry Goldwater.

Would Barry Goldwater vote for Romney today? Would Barry Goldwater, “Mr.… [Read more]

Obama Campaign’s Stephanie Cutter in Hannity’s Crosshairs

We now know who the scariest Obama camp staffer is, the one who strikes fear into Republican hearts, the one who can be counted on not to back down or cower in the face of Republican mud and slime. You know how we know?  Because that’s who Sean Hannity has recently targeted as the subject of one of his little “exposes.”

Irony:”The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.”  Thank you, Sean, for so poignantly and eloquently displaying for us the absolute, clear, exact meaning of the word irony.[Read more]

The Romney “47%” Video has Crystallized the Choice

It’s go time, and the choice has become crystal: Romney’s Robinhood-in-Reverse world view versus President Obama’s Don’t-Kick-‘Em-When-They’re-Down (and, in fact, offer a helping hand up, because that’s what fuels America) approach. Though we may think it’s delicious, America doesn’t really run on Dunkin’; America runs on the fuel of compassion.… [Read more]

Scott Van Duzer’s Bear Hug Highlights the Republican Lockstep Mentality

Florida Big Apple pizza shop owner and tireless blood donor volunteer, Scott Van Duzer, is now the living, breathing (and yes, very appealing) face of all that is wrong with the Republican Party. In a photo that’s gone viral, Van Duzer wrapped President Obama in a bear hug and lifted him off the ground. The backlash against him by the right was swift and predictably terrible.… [Read more]

Last Flight – 9/11…

Just listen to the lyrics.

We will never forget.… [Read more]

My Wounded Warrior

It’s difficult for me to write on personal topics. Politics is my comfort zone. But once in a while, I want to say something just to share it, like a diary entry.  Once in a blue moon, something moves me and I just want to speak on it.  And my editor on this site, Brooklyn Dame, is, fortunately, indulgent.… [Read more]