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A defense of political correctness regarding Washington’s NFL team

Legendary football player and coach Mike Ditka declared the other day that the fuss over the name of the Washington franchise in the NFL is just so much political correctness — a point with which I  fully agree. You see, political correctness (or PC, for short) has an admirable history in American culture. More than a few popular terms of yore for women and certain minorities have gradually fallen into disuse so as to avoid giving offense. Was it a case of PC when Pekin (Ill.) High School was pressured decades ago to abandon the...

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Once again, Michele Bachmann demonstrates her ignorance of the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, has an uncanny knack for making almost each of her public utterances more foolish than the one before. Take, for example, her LATEST INTERPRETATION of our national charter: While speaking with conservative host Lars Larson, Bachmann said that gay people have “so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere.  Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.” Though almost perfect, her next...

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Most Americans of both political parties don’t know much about the subject of abortion

One would think that more than 40 years of political controversy over abortion in this country would have, by now, made most Americans fairly conversant on the particulars of the issue. But one would be wrong, as we see HERE: Most Americans can’t correctly answer basic questions about the risks, frequency, and legality of abortion in this country, according to a new study conducted by University of Cincinnati researchers. The authors found that the people who live in blue states are no more likely to be well-informed about abortion than the...

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Lots of liberal pundits, including me, say the criminal case against Rick Perry is pretty weak

Almost from the moment a  Texas grand jury handed down criminal indictments last week against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, scads of liberals, including yours truly, were scoffing at the case. But a question arises:  What would the right-wing noise machine say if a case as weak as the one against Perry were brought against a prominent Democratic politician? Simon Maloy ventures a guess...

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Fox News Poll: Most Americans say Obama is fully engaged in his job and on top of things

In the interest of maintaining my sanity, I don’t spend my every waking hour watching Fox News Channel. But I’ve often suspected that the talking heads at FNC downplay or ignore certain findings in the polls commissioned by their network if those findings don’t comport with the overall Fox philosophy. Such was the case, I’m guessing, with a Fox poll conducted last week in which a majority of Americans agreed with the statement that “President Obama is fully engaged in his job and on top of things” rather...

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Boehner resurrects widely debunked nonsense about Obama’s so-called apology tour

Poor John Boehner! In a pathetic effort to curry favor among the far-right elements of his own Republican House caucus, he’s trotting out an oldie-but-a-baddy — the claim that Barack Obama traveled the globe in 2009 apologizing for America. Boehner’s remarks came in an interview this past Friday on a TV station in North Dakota (see HERE). The ever-embattled House speaker no doubt figures that most Americans, especially those in his party, have forgotten (or never knew) that the apology-tour crap has been widely debunked....

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Finally! Better-paying jobs seem to be making a comeback!

The Washington Post has the good news HERE: The recovery in America’s job market is finally spreading to industries with good pay after years of being concentrated in fields with low wages. Hiring has picked up steam in areas such as construction, manufacturing and professional services in recent months — sectors with a median hourly wage of at least $20. Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created over the past six months have been in high-wage industries, compared with just a quarter during the last half of 2013, according to an analysis by the...

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If you think Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins’ name, think again

Gary Clark, a former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and several other NFL teams, seems to have played too often without a helmet. Clark took it upon himself the other day to categorically declare that Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins’ name. He said: “I know about equal rights. I’m all about equal rights. So quite honestly, I wanted to go hear it from the horse’s mouth. So I went directly to the Native American Indians and I directly asked them, ‘the word Redskin, is it offensive to you, am I being...

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Jimmy Carter blames “nutcases” for inaction on climate change

The 39th president of the United States NAILS IT: Former President Carter says climate skeptics are the “biggest handicap” for the U.S. when it comes to acting on global warming. “I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country that don’t believe in global warming,” Carter said Tuesday during the American Renewable Energy Day summit in Aspen, Colo. “I think they are going to change their position because of pressure from individuals, because the evidence of the ravages of global warming is...

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Ferguson, Missouri, is an American nightmare

As one who’s old enough to remember the ugly scenes in the American South in the 1960s, I can’t help but think of the current situation in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as some kind of time-warp. Chez Pazienza’s TAKE ON THE MATTER merits your consideration: Justice in the shooting of Mike Brown involves two things: knowing what the truth is and reacting fairly and responsibly to that truth. Witnesses say Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot down in the middle of the street as he was running away with his hands in...

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Obama’s rate of vacation days is now barely one-third that of Bush’s

In a thinly-veiled effort to portray Barack Obama as a lazy black man, the right-wing noise machine is obsessed with the president’s vacations. The truth of the matter, however, doesn’t fit the caricature, as we see HERE: Just how many vacations has Obama taken since January 2009? How does he compare to his two-term predecessor, George W. Bush? The authoritative figures come from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller. Knoller has meticulously chronicled presidential data since 1996 with an attention to detail that has made...

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Uh-oh! Rand Paul skips Christian conference in Iowa to hang around with Alec Baldwin

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m just trying to get the Religious Right riled up. It’s a hobby of mine. But I could hardly pass up an opportunity like THIS: An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives in the audience and the dozens of reporters that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had told him he couldn’t be at the event Saturday because of a “family commitment.” Then the New York Post’s “Page Six” published the news that Paul was in the Hamptons on Saturday with Alec...

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