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More Environmental Protection From Obama Administration

by Stuart Shapiro | Continuing one of the best months of the Obama Presidency, the President took a couple of actions last week to…

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More Environmental Protection From Obama Administration

by Stuart Shapiro | Continuing one of the best months of the Obama Presidency, the President took a couple of actions last week to protect the environment: President Obama announced he was withdrawing a pristine and ecologically rich region of Alaska from any future oil and gas development. Using…

Thank You Ted Cruz

by Stuart Shapiro | The Democratic controlled Senate is going out in style with a record number of confirmations for President Obama.  And they had some unlikely (if unintended) help: Thanks to some help from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada — and arguably Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who delayed the Senate…

Obama’s Great Month

by Stuart Shapiro | If President Obama is focused on building his legacy, this month has been quite a…

Something Else To Keep You Up At Night

by Stuart Shapiro | Not worried about climate change, ebola, or ISIS.  Well I’ve got something for you: The…

Potentially Important Climate Deal

by Stuart Shapiro | Representatives of nearly 200 nations reached an accord on curbing carbon emissions this past weekend…

Cromnibus: A Preview Of What’s To Come

by Stuart Shapiro | OK, that’s a picture of a cronut, not a cromnibus, but there is no question…

And You Thought Your Boss Was Crazy

by Stuart Shapiro | The above memo is from Donald Rumsfeld’s archive and it is pretty revealing.…

Lowering Required Home Downpayments Could Lead To Big Trouble

by Stuart Shapiro | Earlier this week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency lowered the required down payment for borrowers…

Go Ahead! Vote! It’s Not Like You’re Hurting Anyone

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Well, lookee here! It’s Election Day, 2014. It’s 9 AM, and I am sitting here watching television. They’re lying to us, as usual. Know how I can tell? Their lips are moving. Gosh, I sure don’t mean to sound all cynical or anything. But, I…

Never Mind That Two People Were Shot On The Steps Of A NC Courthouse: EBOLA!

by Bill Schmalfeldt | As I write this, it is shortly before 1 pm.  About 10 minutes ago, I caught the following Tweet.   The link takes you to a one-sentence report from AP. Shooting at North Carolina courthouse; lockdown for county employees, searching for suspects. So, I scanned…

Hillary’s ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Moment: If It Happened, Why Are Only Conservatives Reporting It?

by Bill Schmalfeldt |   Can’t find a word about it on MSNBC or NBCNews.com, nothing on CBSNews.com or…

THE LIBERAL GROUCH Presents: ‘Some Unfunny Satire’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Some years ago, I got one of those anonymous e-mails your right-wing cousin or in-law…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Taking The Concept Of ‘CYA’ To A New Level

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Just when you think every possible concept has been conceptualized, every possible product has been…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Stay Calm! Do Not Evacuate Dallas! Everything Will Be Fine!

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Oh, this is wonderful. Some poor bastard is feeling just fine when he gets on…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Jumping Feet First Into #GamerGate

by Bill Schmalfeldt | For a second there, I thought I wrecked my computer monitor. I had just seen…

‘Operation Burn Notice’ Rises From Ashes As ‘The Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | A group of professional pranksters is at it again in America’s Dairyland. A group once…

Bush Is Not A Word; It Is a Sentence

by Tengrain | Yesterday, long past his shelf-date, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tweeted: I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States: https://t.co/luY4lCF2cA. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 16, 2014 Jebbie said he came to the decision…

Schroëdinger’s Candidate Speaks!

by Tengrain | And so we find ourselves once again wondering when we open the box will there be a cat, an ex-cat, or just which side of any issue Sen. Rand Paul happens to be today: When asked by The Huffington Post on Tuesday morning whether he has concerns…

Social Media And The Supreme Court

by Tengrain | I read with interest that the Supreme Court was going to take the case Elonis v.…

Remembering Ambassador Stevens

by Tengrain | My favorite composition teacher in college exhorted us to 1) know whose story you are…

The South Shall Rise Again, And So Shall My Lunch

by Tengrain | Regular readers already know that creeping theocracy is my usual editorial beat (so to speak)…

Rand Paul: Having It Both Ways

by Tengrain | 2016 Schröedinger’s Candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, has taken another one of his principled stands both…

Why We Need A Secular Social Safety Net

by Tengrain | Every time animal husbandry enthusiast and Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst brayed at us that…

The Mandate That Isn’t

by Tengrain | Hey guys, remember the other day we had an election? And several of us predicted…

Will Durst: Bush 3, U.S. 0

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent gets a rash from rubbing up against more strange bushes.…

Will Durst: Snow Good, Water Bad

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent is shocked, shocked, he says, to find out the CIA was lying.…

Will Durst: Top Ten Comedic News Stories Of 2014

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent looks back over…

Will Durst: Thanksgiving 2014

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent, in the spirit…

Will Durst: The Guiltiest Holiday

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent gets all sentimental…

Will Durst: Obama And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent drowns his sorrows…

Will Durst: We Burn Witches, Don’t We?

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent offers up a…

Will Durst: One Man, One Vote

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent offers up a…

Nancy Reagan’s Astrologer Dies

by Dave | Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped Nancy Reagan plan her husband’s schedule, has died at her San Francisco home at the age of 87. Donald T. Regan, Reagan’s former Chief of Staff, claimed in his memoir that Mrs. Reagan kept Quigley on a $3,000 per…

Baby Dies After Six Hours In Parked Car

by Dave | It’s happened again. Another baby has died after being left in a car. The six month-old girl was left in a car for six hours in an Intel parking lot in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. The father called for help at 5 p.m.…

Popular Painkillers Harder To Obtain. Thanks, Rush.

by Dave | Remember when you were in elementary school and the class bully acted up and, as…

American Boots On The Ground? Boehner: We Have No Choice

by Dave | House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s George Stephanopolous that President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient…

Government Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250,000 Per Day

by Dave | Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if…

Steven Sotloff Beheaded By IS Fighter

by Dave | British newspapers The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that journalist Steven Sotloff has been…

What Is Putin’s Ultimate Goal?

by Dave | Is recreating the Soviet Union Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal? Putin adviser Theodore Lukianov dismissed that…

Separate Is Still Not Equal. Where’s The Outrage?

by Dave | The Warren court unanimously held in 1954 that separate is not equal. Today, due to…