I Guess They Used The Vatican Playbook

Posted by on Jun 30, 2012 in Nature, Opinion | No Comments

Via the New York Times today: Joe Paterno appears to have played a greater role than previously known in Penn State’s handling of a 2001 report that Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted a boy in a university shower, according to a person with knowledge of aspects of an independent investigation of the Sandusky scandal. E-mail […]

In Case You Missed This

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

You just can’t make this shit up: The White House is “all talk, no action” on moving toward compromise, said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn […]

Republicans Say The Darndest Things

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

No I am not making this up. In an op-ed today Mitt Romney actually said this: Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history. I realize Mitt isn’t the smartest guy around and will […]

The Washington Post Editorial Values

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Opinion | No Comments

In an editorial yesterday the Washington Post noted that to balance our budget we can’t cut military spending, cause well, we might need to fight a lot more wars. Even with significant trims in those areas, however, reaching Mr. Obama’s goal would probably require cuts in the size of the Army and Marines beyond the […]

It is Hard To Always Be Outraged

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

When your natural state of being is to always be outraged,  angry about anything, well sometimes it appears to be hard. The conservative reactions to the memorial service in Tucson is a perfect example (there are many, many others). They have to be mad, they have to complain about something, but they’re having trouble picking […]

The Rising Tide Of Extreme Violence

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

This Washington Post op-ed is really worth a read: Last October, Glenn Beck was musing on his radio show about the prospect of the government seizing his children if he didn’t give them flu vaccines. “You want to take my kids because of that?” he said. “Meet Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.” Last April, Erick […]

Wow, And Scalia Is On The Supreme Court

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in News, Opinion, Politics | No Comments

The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment states: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction […]

A Takedown Of Sarah Palin

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

Frank Rich writing on the New York Times op-ed page: If logic applied to Palin’s career trajectory, this month might have been judged dreadful for her. In an otherwise great year for Republicans she endorsed a “Star Wars” bar gaggle of anomalous and wacky losers—the former witch, Christine O’Donnell; the raging nativist, Tom Tancredo; and […]

We Used To Be A Different Nation

Posted by on Oct 8, 2010 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

Paul Krugman writing in the New York Times: But American politics these days is anything but rational. Republicans bitterly opposed even the modest infrastructure spending contained in the Obama stimulus plan. And, on Thursday, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, canceled America’s most important current public works project, the long-planned and much-needed second rail […]

This Can’t Be Said Enough

Posted by on Sep 3, 2010 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

Paul Krugman nails it in his NYT op-ed: Next week, President Obama is scheduled to propose new measures to boost the economy. I hope they’re bold and substantive, since the Republicans will oppose him regardless —if he came out for motherhood, the G.O.P. would declare motherhood un-American. So he should put them on the spot […]