Love Him or Leave Him

I saw a poll among voters who consider President Obama to be the worst president in post-FDR history. They ranked President Reagan as the greatest.  It isn’t hard to dismiss this sort of faux-information as shallow, given the fact that Duck Dynasty and the Bachelorette continue to get high ratings, but I must admit that a wave of dark energy coursed through my veins.… [Read more]

Dear Mrs. Vera: Please explain why people object to Obamacare.

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Please explain why people object to Obamacare.

Regards Sincerely, Mrs. Petunia Kevorkian

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Marc Huestis

Dear Please Put A Cork In It,

There are as many reasons for not liking something as there are people not to like out there, and our form of representational government insures that most of these unpleasant individuals will be front and center, right in the debate over Obamacare being held in the delightful thought experiment known affectionately, when you are trying to get in its pants, or abusively, if it lets you get into its pants, as Congress.… [Read more]

Friday News Roundup

Those of you familiar with this scribe know that I follow the news diligently. Some stories in particular caught my attention this week so I now present to you Patrick’s Friday News Roundup. Authorities rescued a 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man’s basement. The alligator is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and, thanks to teenagers taunting him, hates teenagers.… [Read more]

In Memoriam: Michele Bachmann’s Career (2001-2013)

It’s sinking in…This past Wednesday, May 29, 2013, somewhere around 3:00am, Michele Bachmann’s Political Career went home to be with its Lord, the Fox News Republican Strategy Desk; its life cut tragically short at 13 years old.

Of all the things we shall miss the most, it will be the crazy eyes…

Bachmann’s Career was born to humble beginnings  January 3, 2001 in the Minnesota Senate, when an upstart lawyer, Christian “counselor,” and Swiss National Michele Bachmann decided that rather than attempting to condemn one homosexual act at a time, she could just create a state amendment condemning the whole lot.… [Read more]

Fox News…your fair and balanced news source(?)

Fox News.com, “fair and balanced,” and this from their Twitter profile page: “Follow America’s #1 cable news network, delivering you breaking news, insightful analysis, and must-see videos.”

We have heard and read much over the years about how Fox News gets it wrong, forgets the “fair and balanced” thingy, does their level best to create conspiracies, and probably blames the president for the sun rising in the east.… [Read more]

We are Boston

Even those of us who are ‘all news, all the time’ types reach a point of overload. Yesterday’s events at the Boston Marathon finish line which two bombs resulted in the death of three people, including an eight-year-old child, and countless injuries to approximately 154 people have brought together the mixed feelings of sadness, fear, anger and even exhaustion.… [Read more]

Outrage du Jour: Gay Marriage or Gun Control today?

Let’s face it; the past few months have been bad for conservatives and Republicans.  After a fairly good shellacking in the Presidential and Senatorial elections last November, which many pundits didn’t even see coming, Republicans have good reason to be retrospective. The recent election postmortem by the Republican National Committee underscores the sober reality that the Republican band is damaged from excessively rounding “an ideological cul-de-sac.” This has led the GOP’s to lose influence among many, including minorities, women, young adults, and the gay community (while still doing well in the “old white guy” demographic). … [Read more]

It’s an ‘Obamanation’…Or so the fear goes.

abomination [əˌbɒmɪˈneɪʃən]

noun 1. a person or thing that is disgusting 2. an action that is vicious, vile, etc. 3. intense loathing

It’s clear that many on the right view President Obama as an abomination worthy of disdain — but is it possible that what the electorate is witnessing is their fear that the extremist ideology touted by the right continues to lose support?… [Read more]

All the wrong talking points…but they still won’t shut up.

How many times must the GOP and its laughable public relations firm, Fox News, be wrong before they realise that it’s a good idea to remain silent?

When an announcement came from the office of the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, on Monday that President Obama will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction – the first time ever that Israel has given this honour to a sitting US president – I wondered just what will it take?… [Read more]

Fox News: Warning of Perils of Sunny Beaches, Liberal Asians, and Progressive Income Tax

Ah, sandy shores, blue water, and…liberals?? Well, doesn’t sound like a bad vacation spot to me, but our friends over at Fox News made the trip to the startling, new liberal bastion of America: Hawaii. No relaxing here. Oh, there was so much investigative journalism to be done! Interviews to be conducted! They even managed to find one conservative willing to speak to them who wasn’t their standard rich old dude.… [Read more]

A Fox News Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and the Fox News dire warnings about the so-called ‘War on Christmas’ are at full fever crescendo, with Roger Ailes’ stable of presenters frothier than Rick Santorum at a bible-belt pep rally. Or in San Francisco, ministering with Marcus Bachmann (aka: “Swiss Miss.”)

Meanwhile, several time zones to the east, pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force are leaving their ready rooms in Bodø, above the Arctic Circle, to escort ole St.… [Read more]

War on Christmas? Try a War on Understanding One Another.

While Fox Nation is bolstering up its defenses for the War on Christmas, many of us find ourselves wondering whether or not they have anything over which to be so upset. Fox continually reminds us that religion in America is under attack, at constant risk of being extinguished. We are also implored to be mindful of the “reason for the season”, and take in to account the religious underpinnings of the holiday season.… [Read more]

Love is a Battlefield: Stark Intolerance Against Women in Military

Last Saturday, we had the honor of witnessing a milestone for our military and a victory for the LGBTQ community. Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate and her partner, Penelope Gnesin, were wed in the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, a first for the school. We can be proud to add this same-sex wedding ceremony to the growing list of victories and accomplishments for the LGBTQ community, and also to the list of improvements in the military’s views on “non-traditional” members.… [Read more]

Even More Schadenfreude: Karl Rove Going Down for the Third Time

Political strategists come and go like football coaches, sliding into obscurity when their team loses, but this guy? Karl Rove? He’s been doing this since the 1970s! In all that time, he’s invented more dirty tricks than Nixon! Hell — he practically coined the phrase, “that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.”… [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]

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]

Republicans: Feeding at the Public Trough

In critiquing First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech, the arm of the GOP named, facetiously, Fox “News,” was caught a little flat-footed:  She didn’t (overtly, anyway) disparage Romney, didn’t give them anything much to take out of context and run with, and delivered her speech with charm, warmth, grace and skill. So what’s a body on Fox to do when propping up the GOP (and, in particular, its dismal presidential candidate) is one’s reason for living – and the Dems refused to offer them any real fodder?… [Read more]

What Will The Donald Do?

It has long been rumored that Donald Trump had been extremely busy behind the scenes promoting the person he respects most in this world to be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins in Tampa in just over a week.

But, no, he was passed over in favor of another over-ripe dough ball, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.… [Read more]

The Cargo Cults of America

People do some funny things when they don’t understand what’s going on. In the 1940s, the U.S. built a lot of air strips on tropical islands where the most advanced technology was the fishing net. The inhabitants of these islands thought that the airplanes were almost as miraculous as the cargo they brought. They had no concept of industrial manufacturing, so when they decided that they wanted some of that cargo, the only way they could think to go about it was to imitate the strange behaviors of the people who received the cargo.… [Read more]

America as Seen by a Germophobic Comedian

Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Las Vegas to network in the world of stand-up comedy, and also do a little myself.  Given that the business of being funny isn’t always so, I began the trip expecting to take a highly observant role.  From the beginning of my trip, this, thankfully, was the case.… [Read more]