The progressive blogger who calls himself BooMan has got a good one HERE:
Fox News is [...]]]>
(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 [...]]]>
You may [...]]]>
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.
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 [...]]]>
If I were asked to lump the majority of cases pending before the U.S. Court [...]]]>
As I noted HERE the other day, right-wing radio blabber Rush Limbaugh has taken issue [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Eight months ago, I told you http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029952/-1/blogs01
HERE‘s my vote for Grinch of the Year:
The War on [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Last week, I told you HERE about the [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Master satirist Andy Borowitz http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131202/BLOGS/312029992/-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 [...]]]>
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? [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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:
Don’t let the pleasant mug shot (above) fool you.
This woman is not a happy camper, as we see http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131129/BLOGS/311299995/-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 [...]]]>
Five years ago this week, popular historian Kenneth C. Davis (author of the book shown above) wrote an INTERESTING PIECE for The [...]]]>
The similarities — physical and ideological — between Sen. Ted Cruz and the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy are nothing new to regular readers of this blog (see http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131127/BLOGS/311279973/-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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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.
Fred Kaplan of the Council on Foreign Relations http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131124/BLOGS/311249977/-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.
As a cold weekend draws near here in the American heartland, it’s as good a time as any to ponder a new development in the word of climate change.
Travis Waldron http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131122/BLOGS/311229985/-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 [...]]]>
Eugene Robinson NAILS [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
They call it the “nuclear option,” and it’s detonation is long overdue.
The story is http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131121/BLOGS/311219958/-1/blogs01
Long-time readers of this blog may recall the frequent comments submitted in the early years by Mike Carroll, who died of cancer the other day at the age of 64 (see http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131121/BLOGS/311219990/-1/blogs01
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, [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
As far as I know, Garry Wills is the only author to win a Pulitzer Prize for writing about the Gettysburg Adddress.
It’s fitting, then, that we invoke an http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131119/BLOGS/311199962/-1/blogs01
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, [...]]]>
As I’ve often said (though not originally, of course), when it comes to politics, demography is [...]]]>
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? [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
Biographies of Stephen Breyer usually refer to Judaism as his religion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s [...]]]>
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.
For starters, most of us are not in the middle of the spectrum on each and every political issue.
There’s a lot more on this matter http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149952/-1/blogs01
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
In the final analysis, the mandate isn’t really much of a mandate after all.
Click here to view the embedded video....
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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
THIS KIND OF THING could happen anywhere, but it’s especially fitting [...]]]>
In a blog post http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119942/-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 [...]]]>
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. [...]]]>
Last month, I told you http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131110/BLOGS/311109970/-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 [...]]]>
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 [...]]]>
Yesterday, I told you HERE about Lara Logan [...]]]>
The fine folks at RightWingWatch are out today with a handy list of the looniest conspiracy theories to surface so far this week from the darker sections of the American [...]]]>
If you’re a political/historical junkie, I’ve got a huge treat for you — and it fits right in with this month’s observances of the 50th anniversary of the [...]]]>
Earlier this week, I told you HERE about a guy who falsely claimed to [...]]]>
In a sane world, you would think that legislation supported by large majorities of the American people would breeze through the House of Representatives — especially since most House members are in favor of the bills at issue. [...]]]>
The results of the few prominent elections held this past Tuesday struck me as generally favorable to the progressive cause, but not exactly evidence of a sea-change in national politics.
Voting patterns in a mere handful of [...]]]>
In a post HERE just [...]]]>
The civil war currently raging among America’s Republicans seems unlikely to fade any time soon, which, of course, [...]]]>
As we look forward to the presidential race of 2016, there’s a distinct possibility, if not a likelihood, that a curious pattern of academic pedigree will continue.
Imagine, for example, that the 2016 election pits Democrat Hillary Clinton [...]]]>
The U.S. Supreme Court currently finds itself in a tangle over the question of how far government can go in promoting prayer without violating the First Amendment to the [...]]]>
No matter the monumental efforts by Republicans to cast the Affordable Care Act in the most negative terms possible — and despite the myriad problems associated with the rollout of the program [...]]]>
Color me disappointed.
Just yesterday, I told you http://www.milfordbeacon.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069943/-1/blogs01
As I look back on the presidential election of a year ago today, I’m still amazed at the extent to which voters defied the predictions made by so many presumably respectable conservative commentators. The pundits to which I refer weren’t [...]]]>
On this morning after the Virginia gubernatorial election, some folks are arguing that the race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli (above, left and right respectively) was closer than most polls had [...]]]>
Now that Illinois is finally joining the parade of states with enlightened policies regarding same-sex marriage (see
The National Guard, like all other all elements of the U.S. military, is subject to a chain of command.
But that fact seems lost on National Guard generals in several Southern states. [...]]]>
As if it weren’t bad enough that the Northwestern Wildcats football team has not lived up to expectations this season, the players will now have to [...]]]>
Of all the political crackpots on the Religious Right, David Barton (above) is in a class by himself.
Who else has earned the distinction of having written the Least Credible History Book in Print? (See
Kirk’s remarks were brief — and also at odds with a certain strain of intolerance not uncommon among the far-right elements of his party’s base.
He spoke in favor of legislation that would prohibit discrimination against gays in the workplace.
In terms of political impact, not much ever came of the tireless efforts by right-wingers to link Barack Obama to the excessive rhetoric of his pastor, the [...]]]>
A new poll shows that the percentage of Americans who think there was a conspiracy behind the murder of President John Kennedy has declined by 16 points over [...]]]>