Human Nature and Economics

Economic policy doesn’t have much to do with ideology.

At least, not in the way it has become popular habit to pretend.

There are (who can keep track? 30 or so?) different presidential candidates announced so far, and with more than a year to go before the primaries are over (to say nothing of the actual election), plenty of time left for more brilliant minds to enter the field.… [Read more]

CPAC 2013: ‘Crazy birds’ Flock

“If standing for the Constitution, standing for liberty, standing for conservative values makes one a wacko bird … then I am pleased that birds of a feather flock together.”  – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Little Havana)

Viewed as a 2016 rising star, the freshman senator from Florida accomplished in one short speech, calling liberals “freeloaders,” what unsuccessful 2012 Presidential wannabe Mitt “Mitt WHO?” Romney (R-Bain) labored several years to get ineptly caught at with his infamous “47%” secretly videotaped, campaign scuttling, fundraiser remark.… [Read more]

Voodoo Doll #41: Phyllis Schlafly.

Until we read Brian Tashman’s recent article at Right Wing Watch about Phyllis Schlafly’s latest outrage — a condemnation of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over his recent ruling which will permit women in combat — we weren’t even certain that this overblown, walking contradiction is still alive!… [Read more]

A Public Teacher’s Thoughts on Homeschooling

Let me start by saying that I very much support those who choose to homeschool their children. I have friends who homeschool and they do such outstanding things, sometimes I secretly wish my boys could be homeschooled…by them!

That being said, I always find it interesting to talk to people who homeschool. I am just interested, especially as a public school teacher, why they choose to homeschool.… [Read more]

Post-Election Fallout: The Night of the Long Knives, Part Deux

“This evil organization will not tolerate failure!”  ~ Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery

As a political columnist, I perversely relish morning-after losing side recriminations. As the old ABC Wide World of Sports intro script went: “And the agony of defeat,” whilst showing a clip of why sane people don’t generally tend to take up ski jumping.… [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]

Wild, Wild West

The unsuccessful G.O.P. primary opponent of Tea Party “hero” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has endorsed the Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy.  Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder, a thirty year Republican, lost in Florida’s primary earlier this year to the redistricted West. In a statement from Murphy’s campaign. Crowder decried West, saying “I’m embarrassed by the radical fringe that has taken over the [Republican] party.”… [Read more]

El Rushbo rides again, with groupies!

Conservative loudmouth Rush Limbaugh ranted about a funny Obama for President ad featuring HBO TV show “Girls” actress Lena Dunham, titled “First Time.” Yes, the same Rush Limbaugh who lost a ton of advertisers not too many months ago after calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”  Turns out college dropout Limbaugh didn’t fare well in that exchange.… [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]

Channeling His Inner Gingrich: The Bombay [Almost] Bigamist

Sex scandals are so much more fun writing topics when they involve the conservative “holier than thou” set. They certainly are more entertaining than trying to sort out the two years of tax returns Mitt Romney has not kept secret from We the “You People.”  They happen frequently enough so that they no longer evoke a Jimmy Swaggart “come to Jesus” televised weep fest, but only a run from reporters.… [Read more]

Tennessee Representative Desjarlais Channels His ‘Inner Gingrich’

“Doctor, doctor, glad I’m not sick.”

~ Bob Hope cameo,Spies Like Us, 1985

“Schlotkin! Go work on your putz.”

~ Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, 1987

In a state better served by the produce of Lynchburg, Tennessee, (“Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Same as our fathers made it.”), than by their Members of Congress, we have another skirt-chasing foible folly fit for a Saturday Night Live Newt Gingrich skit.… [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]

The Delusions of Dinesh D’Souza

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, pictured above, should be taken seriously by no one, ever, about anything.

Among the many questions that continue to baffle me in life is why is conservative “intellectual” Dinesh D’Souza ever take seriously by anyone? And after viewing the man again on Piers Morgan’s CNN show as well as on HBO’s Real Team with Bill Maher, I’m still left baffled as to why anyone bothers talking to this guy (although to be fair, Bill Maher took the man far less seriously than most interviewers).… [Read more]

The Incredibly Entertaining and Revenge-Inspiring Tale of How I Got SWATTED by a Dentally-Challenged Right Wing Idiot

Meet Lee Stranahan.

Handsome lad.  He’s a filmmaker!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg4ObF5TJow]

And he’s a homeowner. I know this because he’s also offering to teach people how to be big, famous bloggers, just like him!

Well, GOLLY!  Who wouldn’t want to be a big, famous BLOGGER?  So, I applied to the URL on the tweet and filled out an application. … [Read more]

With “Intentional Rape” Gaffe, Missouri U.S. Senate Hopeful Rep. Akin Becomes GOP Kamikaze Pilot

Reminiscent of Japanese fleeing Godzilla, Republicans are scrambling from Missouri U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s comments on Sunday stating that women had natural defenses against getting pregnant from a rape. Before lunch on Monday, G.O.P. Senators, including Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) put the proverbial loaded pistol (Mitt Romney checked the bullets) on Akin’s desk urging him to quit the race for the good of the Republican party.… [Read more]

Frosh House Republicans Fail To Walk On Water In 2011 Israel Junket

Somehow, I doubt that the Teavangelista “family values” supporters of Rep. Kevin “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Yoder (R-Kan.) are considering “liquored-up skinnydipping in Lake Galilee, where Jesus walked on water” for their next Holy Land pilgrimage. After the Politico exclusive story broke , Yoder apologized to his constituents, but it is unclear whether voters will be in a forgiving mood in November.… [Read more]

Systemic Faults

Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s  “lemme see your papers” doctrine; such laws are completely constitutional, and, furthermore, illegal aliens are guaranteed precisely zero protections under the U.S. constitution. Also, we need to keep American jobs for Americans and Mexicans are a drain on our already-burdened social welfare system.… [Read more]

Conservative Incoherence Over Syria

Too often the complexity of foreign policy gets portrayed as a simplistic, dualist choice between definitive military force and committed nonintervention. Either you’re a Donald Rumsfeld or a Ron Paul. But the real options of foreign policy decision-making are both numerous and nuanced, with both short-term and long-term options and concerns.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the Second Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People at the Istanbul Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, April 1, 2012.… [Read more]

The Third Party Candidate: What Does He Make Me?

This November when Americans go to the polls to cast their vote, they will have three presidential candidates on the ballot; Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson.

A few days ago Johnson, a member of the Libertarian party, was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Like many Americans, I had no idea who Johnson was.… [Read more]

Betty White for Obama

Betty White normally does not indicate whom she supports in presidential elections — but this time around she is for President Obama. Hopefully, Right wing LooneyToons like Rush won’t pounce on her, though I think she can defend herself well.

We can expect Betty ,who is 90, to exercise her right to vote in November. We can be thankful that her right to vote is secure even though today in 2012 there are those such as Jesse Peterson, a conservative preacher and regular guest of Sean Hannity on Fox, who said in a recent video “it was a mistake to allow women the right to vote.”.[Read more]