Republican fratricide: Far Right at war with Still Farther Right
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:49:11 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131212/BLOGS/312129987/-1/blogs01
Oh, the humanity!
THIS THING is getting pretty ugly (if I might describe it with that [...]]]>
Poll: Pope Francis has more fans on the left than on the right
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:32:39 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131211/BLOGS/312119958/-1/blogs01
Some of my conservative friends are likely to find THIS a little confusing:
No big surprise: Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013 is Pope Francis
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:42:08 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131211/BLOGS/312119991/-1/blogs01
Nearly three months ago, I wrote THIS about [...]]]>
Winter weather welcomed by myopic deniers of global warming
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:42:55 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131210/BLOGS/312109963/-1/blogs01
A Facebook friend of mine implied yesterday that our current spell of wintry weather in much of the country stands as proof that mainstream theories regarding global warming are bunk.
History won’t remember problems with rollout of Obamacare
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:58:28 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131210/BLOGS/312109964/-1/blogs01
Snarky cartoons like the one above bespoke the myriad problems with the rollout of the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2006, but not many Americans remember the situation.
Nor will most Americans [...]]]>
The history of Earth in two minutes
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:58:12 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131210/BLOGS/312109965/-1/blogs01Dig it:
Wingnuts outraged at Obama shaking hands with Cuban president
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:45:30 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131210/BLOGS/312109966/-1/blogs01
If you’re one of those who occasionally go slumming in the right-wing blogosphere just for the laughs, you’ll likely see lots of snarky stuff today about President Obama shaking hands with [...]]]>
Even conservative public officials promote redistribution of wealth
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:09:23 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131210/BLOGS/312109993/-1/blogs01
On several occasions in recent years, I have challenged right-wing readers to give me even one example of government spending that doesn't amount to redistribution of wealth.
The response [...]]]>
Chicago on pace for fewest murders in 48 years
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:42:32 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131209/BLOGS/312099960/-1/blogs01
Six months ago, I wrote
When firefighters become arsonists
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:10:28 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131209/BLOGS/312099961/-1/blogs01
A few weeks ago, Robert Schlechter (above), a firefighter in Collinsville, Ill., was arrested on felony charges of setting fire to an occupied house.
Newt Gingrich blasts fellow right-wingers for dissing Nelson Mandela
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 21:11:58 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131208/BLOGS/312089978/-1/blogs01
For all of his faults, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a curious knack for making sense every once in a while — sometimes even courageously.
Such is the case with the passing of Nelson [...]]]>
A political movement known as America First died on this date 72 years ago
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:01:41 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131207/BLOGS/312079980/-1/blogs01
Most folks who weren’t yet adults when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on this date in 1941 have little or no knowledge of the rampant isolationism among the American populace in those days.
Most of these folks are familiar [...]]]>
Right-wingers upset with Ted Cruz for praising Nelson Mandela
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:34:14 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131207/BLOGS/312079995/-1/blogs01
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, suddenly finds himself the target of ire among the loonies who ordinarily comprise his political base.
Liberal blogger Heather Parton, who calls herself Digby, has the story
Fifty years of American right-wing opposition to Nelson Mandela’s cause
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:44:00 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131206/BLOGS/312069961/-1/blogs01
HERE‘s a handy timeline that should prompt embarrassment and shame in certain American political [...]]]>
The day the CIA helped the apartheid regime arrest Nelson Mandela
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:11:21 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131206/BLOGS/312069962/-1/blogs01
The death of Nelson Mandela has touched off an avalanche of media retrospectives on his life and career, including lots of angles with which most non-South Africans have not been familiar. [...]]]>
Rick Santorum likens Obamacare to the oppression Nelson Mandela opposed
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:46:54 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131206/BLOGS/312069990/-1/blogs01
It was inevitable, I suppose, that some right-wing wacko would find a way of using the death of Nobel laureate Nelson [...]]]>
Nelson Mandela dead at 95
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:58:22 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131205/BLOGS/312059953/-1/blogs01
Incumbent Democrat airs overtly religious campaign ad
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:29:49 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131205/BLOGS/312059954/-1/blogs01
A campaign ad for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat, seems at first blush to be better-suited for a candidate of the Religious Right.
By now, it should come as no great surprise that American political conservatives are concerned about some of the statements made by Pope Francis since his elevation to the papacy.
Fox Business Channel finds a Wall Street guy who says Obama might resign
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:41:37 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131205/BLOGS/312059956/-1/blogs01
The fine folks who labor for Fox News are pretty good at coming up with news scoops — even if they have to manufacture them from sheer nothingness.
Having fared rather poorly among female voters in recent elections, a certain political party is now taking steps aimed at guarding against the unseating of its incumbents by [...]]]>
Big surprise! Fox News stirs right-wing paranoia over Sharia Law!
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:47:23 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131204/BLOGS/312049944/-1/blogs01
The progressive blogger who calls himself BooMan has got a good one HERE:
Fox News is [...]]]>
Christmas belongs to all of us, not just to the enforcers of orthodoxy
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:06:10 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131204/BLOGS/312049945/-1/blogs01
(NOTE: This post is an adaption of several from years past.)
With Thanksgiving almost a week behind us, Christmas season is now in full flower.
It’s my favorite time of [...]]]>
Why is creationism taught in so many American public schools?
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:04:53 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131204/BLOGS/312049946/-1/blogs01
You may [...]]]>
Bad news for Republicans: The 2013 Word of the Year is science
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:37:54 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131204/BLOGS/312049947/-1/blogs01
The Tea Party movement’s surge of influence in the Republican Party in recent years has given rise to all sorts of anti-science rhetoric among GOPers in the form of creationism, global-warming denialism and other nonsense.
Why do some right-wingers want to take away your right to elect U.S. senators?
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:10:26 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131204/BLOGS/312049948/-1/blogs01
One hundred years ago this past May 31, a 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially adopted, changing the method by which U.S. senators are elected.
Prior to 1913, senators were elected not [...]]]>
Shocker: Most cases in U.S. military high court involve kiddie porn
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:07:43 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131203/BLOGS/312039963/-1/blogs01
If I were asked to lump the majority of cases pending before the U.S. Court [...]]]>
Add the papacy to the list of things about which Rush Limbaugh is ignorant
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:27:56 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131203/BLOGS/312039964/-1/blogs01
As I noted HERE the other day, right-wing radio blabber Rush Limbaugh has taken issue [...]]]>
Lincoln would be proud: Illinois ranks fifth among the cussingest states
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:43:31 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131203/BLOGS/312039965/-1/blogs01
Ordinarily, I’m a stickler for reliable methodology in social research, but I’ll make an exception in this case.
I’m simply not going to dispute any study suggesting that we Illinoisans are [...]]]>
Gun industry lobby debunks right-wing theory about ammunition supply
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:10:30 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131203/BLOGS/312039966/-1/blogs01
Debunking the theory that federal regulations are job-killers
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:57:43 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029953/-1/blogs01
If American business is as innovative and adaptable as Republican politicians say it is, why do we hear so many complaints that business can’t efficiently deal with most regulations?
That question is going to be [...]]]>
Republicans finally see effort to repeal Obamacare as a lost cause
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:15:38 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029954/-1/blogs01
Remember the government shutdown in October?
We all know what a political disaster that was, right?
Still, there’s something about the aftermath of the shutdown you may not [...]]]>
GOP still torn by Obamacare McCarthyism
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:08:37 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029955/-1/blogs01
Republicans will suffer politically if high court voids Obamacare birth-control coverage
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:28:03 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029956/-1/blogs01
The Republican Party has been losing ground among women voters for years now, and the situation might get worse if the Supreme Court decides next year that the contraception coverage [...]]]>
Satire: Is Obamcare website now too fast and smooth?
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:33:39 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029991/-1/blogs01
It probably would surprise you to learn that health-care costs in this country may finally be coming under control.
The truth is that from 2007 to 2010, per-capita health-care [...]]]>
Right-wing activist says Catholic Church has a Marxism problem
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:41:58 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131201/BLOGS/312019994/-1/blogs01
The first thing you need to know about Cliff Kincaid (above) of Accuracy in Media is that he has accused Fox News of having unsavory ties with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Is that wacky or what? [...]]]>
Behold the cheerleaders for American failure
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:56:57 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131130/BLOGS/311309984/-1/blogs01
It was early in Barack Obama’s presidency that I was first struck by the amazing depth of right-wing hatred for the man.
The occasion was the announcement that Chicago had lost its bid to host the [...]]]>
Sarah Palin, guru to the brainless, outdoes herself
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:37:14 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131130/BLOGS/311309985/-1/blogs01
Of all the gibberish ever uttered by Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, nothing is more nonsensical than her response of a few weeks ago to a question of what her alternative to Obamacare [...]]]>
Limbaugh says the pope is peddling Marxism
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:39:46 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131129/BLOGS/311299966/-1/blogs01
Why am I not surprised that Rush Limbaugh is taken aback by some of the things Pope Francis has been saying lately?
Here’s an excerpt from Limbaugh’s radio show of a few days ago:
Tea Party woman is upset with all the gays in the Republican Party
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:31:59 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131129/BLOGS/311299967/-1/blogs01
With Thanksgiving behind us, America’s self-appointed guardians of Yuletide orthodoxy — Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel, among others — are now ready to raise the volume in their annual campaign of complaints against [...]]]>
The first pilgrims to celebrate Thanksgiving in America were French
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:04:59 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131128/BLOGS/311289994/-1/blogs01
Five years ago this week, popular historian Kenneth C. Davis (author of the book shown above) wrote an INTERESTING PIECE for The [...]]]>
A new fashion among Republicans: The Obamacare version of McCarthyism
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:15:15 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131127/BLOGS/311279972/-1/blogs01
The gullibility of America’s wingnuts is being tested yet again — this time by a false report that the Obama administration is planning to close the U.S. embassy to the Holy See.
But, of course, the people who want to [...]]]>
Supreme Court will rule on birth-control mandate in Obamacare law
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:07:18 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131127/BLOGS/311279996/-1/blogs01
Sometime next spring, the U.S. Supreme Court likely will hand down a ruling or two on legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act on religious grounds.
At issue is the [...]]]>
Rush Limbaugh seems not to understand how contraception works
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:40:39 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269963/-1/blogs01
I’ve always figured that right-wing radio blabber Rush Limbaugh isn’t nearly as stupid as he pretends to be. He strikes me as a poseur who plays his vast listening audience of mostly angry old white men [...]]]>
Pope says unfettered capitalism is tyranny, calls on rich folks to share the wealth
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:49:08 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269964/-1/blogs01
Once again, Pope Francis is making headlines with statements that aren’t likely to endear him to right-wing Catholics.
Nor are these latest pronouncements from the pontiff mere [...]]]>
Right-wingers aren’t grown-ups
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:10:14 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269965/-1/blogs01
The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal has critics in both of America’s major political parties — but there’s a difference:
The dismay expressed by Republican right-wingers is so childish and predictable.
Steve M. at No [...]]]>
Critics of nuclear deal with Iran were opposed before they knew what was in it
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:53:40 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269991/-1/blogs01
When I first heard the news the other night that the United States and Iran had reached a tentative agreement on nuclear matters, I didn’t need to know any of the [...]]]>
Let’s get over the notion that real filibusters are just like Jimmy Stewart’s movie version
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:53:35 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131125/BLOGS/311259955/-1/blogs01
Last week’s reform of U.S. Senate rules regarding filibusters has been frowned upon by certain critics who seem to have been unduly influenced by a certain Hollywood movie.
If Bush had negotiated this deal with Iran, Republicans would be cheering
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:10:10 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131125/BLOGS/311259956/-1/blogs01
This past week’s 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy included more than a few retrospectives on conspiracy theories that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in killing our 35th president.
Three charts explain why Democrats went nuclear on filibusters
Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:10:07 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131123/BLOGS/311239975/-1/blogs01
Barack Obama is the 13th American president of my lifetime, but his tenure in the White House is unlike the others in one important respect:
No other president has faced such knee-jerk opposition from lawmakers [...]]]>
Nuclear option forces Senate to function the way the Constitution prescribes
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:04:45 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229986/-1/blogs01
Fox News pundit says filibuster reform could lead to a military coup
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:21:30 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131121/BLOGS/311219955/-1/blogs01
The rules change approved today in the U.S. Senate, which limits filibusters, is bound to trigger all sorts of wacky rhetoric from the political right.
It’s only fitting, I suppose, that one of the [...]]]>
For reasons I probably will never understand, wretched sinner that I am, there are a few chosen people among us who have a gift for discerning divine messages in catastrophes.
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, [...]]]>
Squabble between Cheney sisters is a Facebook phenomenon
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:48:11 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209938/-1/blogs01
You’re probably aware by now that Liz Cheney (above, right), the daughter of a Republican politician and one in her own right, has angered her lesbian sister Mary by coming out against gay marriage.
This family [...]]]>
Here’s another good reason to be glad you don’t live in Oklahoma
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:25:21 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209939/-1/blogs01
I’m a life-long resident of Illinois, but I’ve never been carried away with pride for my native state. I figure that all that state-pride stuff is mainly for Texans. [...]]]>
Obama’s approval rating falls nine percentage points in one month
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:34:44 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209940/-1/blogs01
One full year after his election to a second term as president, Barack Obama’s standing in the polls is at its lowest level yet.
Obama’s job-approval rating still hasn’t sunk to the [...]]]>
Senate Republicans question Obama’s right to appoint any federal judges
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:58:29 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131120/BLOGS/311209989/-1/blogs01
The U.S. Constitution gives the president authority to appoint federal court judges, and history shows that Senate confirmation of such presidential appointments has been pretty much automatic.
But the current batch of [...]]]>
Parsing the Gettysburg Address
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:17:15 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131119/BLOGS/311199961/-1/blogs01
As far as I know, Garry Wills is the only author to win a Pulitzer Prize for writing about the Gettysburg Adddress.
To hear some people tell it, the problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act portend the ultimate failure of the program itself and probably the Obama presidency as a whole.
Well, piffle. To paraphrase Mark Twain, [...]]]>
Republican lawmaker worries that his party is shrinking
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:14:28 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189946/-1/blogs01
As I’ve often said (though not originally, of course), when it comes to politics, demography is [...]]]>
Was Kennedy’s assassination inevitable?
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:15:32 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189947/-1/blogs01
In the 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many of us have played the “what-if” game.
What if Lee Harvey Oswald’s shots had missed? Or what if Oswald had never been born? [...]]]>
Rockford on the day of the Kennedy assassination
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:15:31 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189948/-1/blogs01
The following is an excerpt from the book “Rockford — Big Town/Little City”:
It was lunch hour in Rockford on a warm, rainy Friday in November.
Marjorie Owens was watching “As the World [...]]]>
Some Republicans think disagreeing with them on policy is an impeachable offense
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:07:37 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189985/-1/blogs01
I hate to admit it, but not every talking head at Fox News Channel is a right-wing nitwit.
Take Juan Williams for example. The man makes great sense in
Three governors explain how Obamacare is working well in their states
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:08:20 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189986/-1/blogs01
Frankly, I’m not very familiar with the political records of Govs. Jay Inslee of Washington, Steve Beshear of Kentucky and Daniel P. Malloy of Connecticut — but in one sense at least, I consider them three wise men. [...]]]>
Health-care rollout is Obama’s Katrina Moment No. 22 or is it 23?
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:43:13 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159960/-1/blogs01
Whenever anything has gone wrong for Barack Obama over the past five years, somebody has suggested that the matter amounts to a political problem as bad as George W. Bush experienced with Hurricane Katrina.
Steve M. at [...]]]>
Bishop will perform exorcism when Illinois guv signs gay marriage bill
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:14:01 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131115/BLOGS/311159961/-1/blogs01
According to the rules of the Catholic Church, an exorcism is a ritual aimed at getting rid of Satan in a given situation.
The church teaches that a person or group experiencing demonic possession can be rescued through the Rite of Exorcism. [...]]]>
Is Supreme Court Justice Breyer an atheist?
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:00:15 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149949/-1/blogs01
Biographies of Stephen Breyer usually refer to Judaism as his religion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s [...]]]>
Was the rollout of Social Security this problematic? Yes, in fact, it was!
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:48:24 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149950/-1/blogs01
Not many Americans still living can recall the launch of the Social Security System back in the 1930s, and fewer still have even read about the problems that arose on that occasion.
So-called political moderates often are not moderate on all issues
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:15:28 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149951/-1/blogs01There are several fundamental problems with the notion that we’d all be better off if our political system catered to the center of the spectrum where most of the people are.
For starters, most of us are not in the middle of the spectrum on each and every political issue.
Even if you didn’t see it when it aired, you’re probably aware by now that a so-called investigative report by the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” on the Benghazi controversy has [...]]]>
Public attitude on Obamacare: Mend it, don’t end it
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:17:39 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149988/-1/blogs01
Despite the sudden rash of nervousness among Democratic lawmakers over the problems plaguing the rollout of Obamacare, the death of the Affordable Care Act is not on the horizon.
Alexander Burns and Katie Glueck assess the [...]]]>
Ted Cruz sees himself as the personification of the American people
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:55:09 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149989/-1/blogs01
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, wants you to know that he’s a true, blue American, no matter that he was born in Canada.
What’s more, he wants you to know that he’s a special kind of [...]]]>
Pope Francis is hanging around with anti-fracking activists!
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:20:05 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139948/-1/blogs01
It seems that hardly a day goes by without Pope Francis saying or doing something that spawns headlines and represents cause for concern among guardians of orthodoxy.
Whenever there’s a release of data regarding global warming, I often wonder if there’s a tipping point in all of this. Are there points-of-no-return looming in the near future with respect [...]]]>
Was JFK an unapologetic liberal?
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:06:27 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139992/-1/blogs01
The current flurry of retrospectives on John F. Kennedy will build to a crescendo as next week’s 50th anniversary of his assassination draws near. And [...]]]>
Exposed: The dirty little secret about Obamacare
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:57:42 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131113/BLOGS/311139993/-1/blogs01Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC tells the truth about the individual mandate in Obamacare.
In the final analysis, the mandate isn’t really much of a mandate after all.
Right-wingers have an odd penchant for comparing anything they don’t like to slavery
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:15:14 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131112/BLOGS/311129965/-1/blogs01
Some Republicans have a hard time dealing with the issue of slavery. In many cases, it’s just a matter of mistaken history.
For example, I saw something the other day about how it was the Republicans who ended [...]]]>
Julia Ioffe of The New Republic is battling a case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, and she’s mad as hell about it.
The targets of Ioffe’s wrath [...]]]>
Report: Climate change poses risk of violent conflict over food and water
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:58:21 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131112/BLOGS/311129991/-1/blogs01
Warning: Don’t share this post with global-warming deniers. It will only prompt them to make fools of themselves.
But don’t fail to share it with your [...]]]>
History doesn’t bode well for a second-term rebound of Obama’s approval rating
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:34:20 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131112/BLOGS/311129992/-1/blogs01
As our first African-American president, Barack Obama already has made history. But he’s going to have to make more history if he’s going to restore his job-approval rating to its first-term heights. [...]]]>
John Kerry’s a grassy-knoller? Who knew?
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:33:37 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119939/-1/blogs01
I’ve always thought of John Kerry as a fairly bright guy. His manner is a bit supercilious, sure, but some of that is probably attributable to his New England roots.
I just never figured Kerry for a [...]]]>
Gun nuts itching for an excuse to shoot someone?
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:06:28 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119940/-1/blogs01
Making the case for a full rewrite of the U.S. Constitution
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:16:20 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119941/-1/blogs01
I don’t know if those pricey Rosetta Stone courses offer this lesson, but they should:
When you’re traveling abroad, there’s one word in particular you [...]]]>
Remember when super-patriots denounced the Vietnam Wall as a black gash of shame?
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:04:09 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119987/-1/blogs01
The word “iconic” is overused these days, but it’s a perfect adjective for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which has become perhaps the most popular of shrines in our nation’s capital. [...]]]>
More signs that conservative Catholics are concerned about Pope Francis
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:02:19 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119988/-1/blogs01
Perhaps I should explain at the outset here that the wording of the headline above — especially the phrase “out with a book” — is quite deliberate.
You see, it probably would be wrong to say that Sarah [...]]]>
Manly men and even some women complain that football is becoming feminized
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:28:37 +0000http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20131110/BLOGS/311109993/-1/blogs01
For several years now, I’ve been writing about the gradual convergence of various factors which, taken together, pose an existential threat to football.
We’re reaching the point where the most fundamental [...]]]>