Susan G Komen Defunds Planned Parenthood

In a move that has instantly infuriated feminists, it was announced today that “Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, will cut off its funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates, where the foundation has traditionally paid for preventive screening services.” Planned Parenthood has been at the center … Continue reading

F.T.C. Fines Debt Collector $2.5 Million

In the midst of this economic recession (or depression) the F.T.C. has been cracking down on debt collectors who “harass consumers for money they may not even be legally obligated to pay.” This is good news for consumers who have found themselves for whatever reason unable to pay their debts in … Continue reading

Selling the New Nixon: Roving Pavlov Ailes The Nation

And, in its way, that’s what I’ve been leading up to in all of this. The artificial creation of rhetorical bogeymen is a very dangerous tactic. (And, like that GI JOE box, you don’t need an actual action figure. You just need language to tell your voting audience what’s IN the box. Which may not exist at all, or is merely a series of gut language conditionings attached to the “action figure” you’ve created.) Continue reading

Time Wounds All Heels

HBO is airing Miller’s 2003 “The Raw Feed” comedy special, in which he sneers at anybody who doesn’t “KNOW” that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with Osama bin Laden, who questions that there are weapons of mass destruction, and pooh-poohs the notion that not having an exit plan is any problem. Continue reading

Seriously, This Is Just Too Easy

Somehow, the words “Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice” caused the elite of the Rightie Blogosmear to use their protean command of logick to formulate the logical statement (Low IQ) + (Conservative Beliefs) = Prejudice and instantly turn it inside-out into the strange self-insult (Conservative) = Stupid + Racist.* [* Hint: NEITHER formulation precisely describes the conclusions of the study. Oversimplification generally leads to embarrassment. Wanna-Be Sophists please note.] Continue reading

Ad Buy Highlights Gulf Restoration Bill Support Before Florida Debate, Primary

An environmental organization launched a two-day, $30,000 radio ad blitz in Florida Thursday to highlight congressional, editorial and voter support across the political spectrum for a multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast restoration bill funded by BP oil spill fines. Environmental Defense Action Fund says that it timed the ad buy to … Continue reading

Pollster: SOTU Provides ‘Powerful Framework For Having an Election’

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night should “help him a lot” in his fight for re-election this year, according to longtime Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, citing results of a focus group of swing voters held during the speech. The themes the president laid out during his annual … Continue reading

Sanctimonious Hypocrites Can’t Diminish the Warmth for Joe Paterno

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) praised Joe Paterno and ordered flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff for four days. That would be the same Tom Corbett who had said he was “personally disappointed” in Joe Paterno for not doing more to alert authorities in the Jerry Sandusky case, … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Gabby Giffords Officially Resigns From Office

Rep. Gabby Giffords was in the spotlight last night at the State of the Union address as President Obama stopped to hug her on his way to the podium to make his address. Giffords cast her last vote in the House today, “for legislation she and Flake introduced this week, … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Senator John Kerry tonight released a statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “If Members of Congress are going to be honest about it, there was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight’s address. We shouldn’t have to wait for another year … Continue reading