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Why are black folks more concerned than whites about global warming?

I don’t have an answer to the question in the headline above, but I do have some perhaps surprising data on the matter. Or rather Harry Enten has the data HERE: Since 2007, Pew Research Center has asked people what areas, including global warming, should be a top priority for the president and Congress. Given the talk about the need for diversity in the global warming movement, you might expect that the people who say fighting global warming should a top priority would be overwhelmingly white. You’d be wrong. Every time the question has...

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Here’s what passes for good journalism among global-warming deniers

The good folks over at Hot Air, a right-wing blog site where global-warming denialism would persist even in the face of the worst possible climate calamities, waxed highly amused today at how Kmele Foster, a so-called journalist who labors for both Fox News and Reason Magazine, covered yesterday’s People’s Climate March in New York City. Hot Air’s Noah Rothman (above) quoted from Foster’s interviews with a half-dozen leftish extremists he found among the tens of thousands of people who participated in the march. And on...

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More than a billion people turn out for Climate March in New York City

Lots of people turned out yesterday for the so-called People’s Climate March in New York City, but certainly not as many as the headline above says. The point of my hyperbole is that estimating the size of crowds at rallies and marches is a tricky business, especially if the gatherings are political in nature. Sponsors of big political events are inclined to wildly overstate the turnout, while  folks on the other side of the political fence are inclined to pretend that hardly anybody was there. Meanwhile, the mainstream media have...

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John Boehner seems never to have learned anything about the Great Depression

House Speaker John Boehner is seven years younger than I, which means that memories of the Great Depression were not as fresh among his elders as they were among mine when I was a child. Some of the stories I heard growing up were vivid first-hand  recollections of the tough times in the 1930s when jobs were relatively scarce and working-class families struggled to get by. If Boehner also heard such stories, he seems to have forgotten them, as we see HERE: Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the...

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What kind of patriot are you if you want your state to secede?

It strikes me as funny that nearly one in  four Americans are in favor of their state seceding from the United States, according to a new poll. The humorous part is that these malcontents, most of whom probably claim to support the U.S. Constitution, seem not to understand that unilateral secession is unconstitutional. Abraham Lincoln said so, and the Supreme Court has said so. Somewhat surprisingly, favor for secession is not especially stronger in the states of the old Confederacy that in certain other parts of the country. The story is...

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Was Ronald Reagan more of a narcissist than Barack Obama?

In the nearly eight years I’ve been writing this blog, nothing has been more fun for me than puncturing the popular conservative myths about Ronald Reagan’s political career. The Gipper, as his fans affectionately called him, defied the right-wing stereotypes applied to him on a whole host of issues — taxes, spending, gun control, abortion, the size of government, compromising with Democrats, negotiating with America’s enemies, arms control, relations with Israel, etc., etc. And now there’s cause to point out...

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Fox News, et al, falsely blame Obama for racial profiling in firearms background checks

This is almost funny: The right-wing noise machine, ever eager to feed the paranoia of people who are arming themselves to the teeth in anticipation of a war against their own government, has come up with a beauty. Fox News, among others, is telling everyone that the Obama administration is resorting to racial profiling in federal background checks on prospective gun owners. The truth is that the background questions at issue date back to the administration of George W. Bush — and before. The story is...

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Right-wing pundit hates it that so many people are following NFL scandals

It’s way too early to tell what kind of long-term effects the current domestic violence scandal in the National Football League will have on TV ratings, but so far it seems to be a bonanza. The cases involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and several other NFL players have spawned a spirited national conversation about spouse abuse and corporal punishment — a healthy conversation, if you ask me. And regardless of which sides people are taking on these matters, they seem to be watching and reading news media coverage of these issues...

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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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