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In a cravenly political turnaround, Republicans suddenly want boots on the ground

Gee, it seems like just yesterday that most congressional Republicans were opposed to putting American boots on the ground in the Middle East. Actually, it was almost just yesterday. But that was then, and THIS is now: With extraordinary speed, the nation and its leaders have rallied behind war to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. President Obama still holds to a “no boots on the ground” pledge, but to listen to recent pronouncements in the House and Senate, it would appear that many Republicans are clamoring for a new...

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Study: Action to fight climate change makes economic sense

Beyond the anti-scientific mulishness of global-warming deniers, another impediment to action against climate change has been the widespread notion that such efforts would have adverse economic consequences. But there’s a NEW REPORT that challenges such attitudes: Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday. The study, by former heads of...

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Evidence of Obama’s narcissism cited by Fox News pundit is something Bush also said

With each passing day, the leading voices of the  right-wing noise machine become increasingly silly in indulging their  pathological hatred of Barack Obama. Consider, for example, non-practicing psychiatrist and notorious Fox News crackpot Charles Krauthammer’s recent claim that Obama is “clearly a narcissist.” Krauthammer’s evidence of Obama’s narcissism consists of two elements: 1) Something Obama didn’t actually say, and 2) something George Bush also said when he was president. The story is HERE....

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Most reputable polling analysts see a decline in GOP chances of a Senate takeover

As recently as July, the Republican Party was an odds-on favorite to gain control of the U.S. Senate in this year’s mid-term elections. Some professional handicappers still think it’s likely that the GOP will win a majority of Senate seats, but there is far less certainty in their recent forecasts. Take, for example, what celebrated number-cruncher Nate Silver is SAYING: When we officially launched our forecastg model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall’s elections....

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It’s been a fairly cool summer this year, hasn’t it? Well, not really

Some of the people who think the weather where they live is the most reliable measure of global warming (or the lack of it) have been pretty happy of late. In some locales, temperatures have seemed unseasonably low. So, take that, Al Gore. What? What’s that you’re  saying? It hasn’t really been all that cool in much of the world this summer? Says who? Oh, it’s THESE GUYS again: Last month was the warmest August globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported Monday. The globe just keeps warming. While it...

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Fox News is hypocritical on how Obama and British PM Cameron deal with ISIS

The main to thing to remember here is that Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel is rabidly dedicated to the demonization of Barack Obama but not of David Cameron —  even when he says the same stuff Obama says. You see, Cameron is a friend of Murdoch. Steve M. at NoMoreMisterNiceBlog makes the comparisons HERE and HERE....

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It’s hypocritical to oppose Obama on virtually everything and then call him divisive

On the night that Barack Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, more than a dozen Republican leaders met privately in Washington and agreed among one another to fight the new president on anything and everything he might do or say. Since then, GOP politicians generally have shown a distinct inclination to disagree with Obama on almost his every utterance. Then, too, many of them have joined with the right-wing noise machine in questioning Obama’s birthright, his patriotism, his religion and anything else that might come to mind. The...

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Let’s not ignore this other connection between football and domestic violence

The one good thing about the current scandal concerning domestic violence among professional football players is that public opinion seems to be running strongly against tolerance of such behavior. But there’s another angle to this matter that also deserves our attention — domestic violence among football fans. Consider THIS: [T]he latest research suggests that negative emotions triggered by events such as a football loss can lead to more serious crimes and behaviors like domestic violence. In a comprehensive survey of domestic...

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You might want to consider this before encouraging your son to play football

Recent polls indicate that worries about head injuries have resulted in parents becoming increasingly reluctant to have their sons play football. That would seem to be a prudent attitude, as THIS indicates: The National Football League, which for years disputed evidence that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage, has stated in federal court documents that it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general...

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When was the last time Congress declared war under terms of the Constitution?

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the exclusive right to declare war against a foreign country, but that hasn’t happened in nearly 73 years. Since then, however, tens of thousands of Americans have died in various wars waged without any formal declaration as prescribed by the Constitution. And perhaps millions of people in foreign countries, many of them civilians, have been killed by American firepower in these undeclared wars. I used to complain about this situation back in the days of the Vietnam War...

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Judge rightly strikes down ridiculous law against political campaign falsehoods

I don’t know of any polls on this matter, but I suspect that many Americans think there ought to be laws against the use of provably false claims in election campaigns. Well, there is (or was) just such a law in Ohio, but it’s met the fate it deserves, as we see HERE: A federal judge has struck down an Ohio state law that allows the government to regulate political falsehoods. In a Thursday decision, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black sided with the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List against the Ohio Elections Commission in...

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What do you think of the innocent verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case?

OK, the headline above is a trick question. Unless you followed all the testimony and examined all the evidence in the murder trial of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, your opinion of the judge’s verdict is worthless — and quite likely is based on ignorance or false impressions. A curious thing about celebrated criminal trials is that so many people claim to know whether a verdict, be it innocent or guilty, is fair. Some people even get rather worked up about such matters and will argue that the system has been disgraced or...

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