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]