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Jon Stewart delivers epic smackdown of Fox News

It’s not unusual, of course, for political satirist Jon Stewart to mock the folks at Fox News. It’s one of the regular features of “The Daily Show.” It’s also like shooting fish in a barrel. But Stewart pulled out all the stops last night and leveled a devastating blow to Fox for its naked hypocrisy in dealing with the controversies in Benghazi, Libya, and Ferguson, Mo. Check HERE for details of the matter. Huffington Post SAYS “Stewart tore the ‘fair and balanced’ news network to...

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This snarky essay seeks to put us grammar snobs in our place

Even as an officer in good standing of the Grammar Police Department, I can’t help but admire Oliver Kamm’s argument against the linguistic persnickettiness of people like me. This doesn’t mean that I’m suddenly going to give up the sport of finding fault with the grammar errors of other people. That’s too much to ask. I’ll just file Kamm’s screed in my file of arguments that support my claim that the English language is constantly evolving. Anyway, HERE are a few excerpts from Kamm’s piece in...

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Here’s a text of that insane rant against Obama by a retired teacher in South Carolina

Prospective Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz appeared the other day at some forum in South Carolina, the highlight of which was a rambling, barely coherent rant by some woman who identified herself as a retired teacher. From various media accounts, I’ve assembled this text of the woman’s argument: Senator Santorum, thank you for being here. I’m Virginia Ellisor, a retired schoolteacher, lifelong political activist, and lifelong resident of South Carolina. I’ll ask you the same question I...

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More than 92 percent of living Americans are not military veterans

When I was a boy during and just after World War II, there seemingly were veterans of the U.S. military all over the place. Of course, the population was smaller back then, and millions of Americans had served in the Armed Forces during the conflict. Today, however, there are relatively few military veterans among us. Only 7.3 percent of all living Americans have served in the military at some point in their lives. Then, too, veterans tend to be a lot older these days. More than half of today’s vets are over the age of 60. There’s...

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Uh-oh! Mark Kirk likens today’s Democrats to the Southern racists of yore

As if the ongoing political battle in the U.S. Senate over what should  be a non-controversial human-trafficking bill already wasn’t crazy enough, Sen. Mark Kirk,  the Illinois Republican, is injecting some revisionist history into the matter. Kirk said the other day that Senate Democrats are “making the same mistake that Democrats made in the 1850s when they defended slavery. We should all be neo-abolitionists here, to make sure that there is no right in America to enslave others using the Internet.” It’s hard to figure...

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NCAA bracketology is loads of fun for those of us who love laws of probability

President Obama (above) and millions of other Americans have been busy this week filling out their brackets for the NCAA college basketball tournament, which brings to mind my fascination with the laws of probability. They say there’s only one chance in 9.2 quintillion that any person will come up with a perfect bracket. But that figure is based on purely random choices. When you figure that some fans are pretty familiar with college hoops, the odds against a perfect bracket are considerably lower — but still quite high. In other...

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Pope Francis says it’s wrong to equate Islam with violence

The leader of the world’s largest Christian denomination seems to disagree with Christian fundamentalists on the question of whether Muslims are dedicated to violence. But, then, he also says that fundamentalism is not emblematic of Christianity. The story is HERE: Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a...

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Poll: Americans have more faith in Obama than GOP to deal with country’s problems

A CNN survey released today shows that Americans, by 11 percentage points, have more confidence in President Obama than congressional Republicans to deal with the nation’s problems. The poll also showed that two-thirds of Americans favor the Obama administration’s diplomatic negotiations with Iran on the issue of nuclear weapons. A plurality of respondents said the controversial letter sent to Iranian leaders by 47 Republican senators “went too far.” Details of the survey are HERE.          ...

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With regard to climate change, is Alaska the canary in the coal mine?

We residents of the lower 48 states tend not to pay much attention to conditions in Alaska — a tendency we probably would do well to correct. The fact of the matter is that Alaska, ordinarily the coldest of our states, is experiencing global warming with a vengeance. How bad is it? THIS bad: Alaska is heating up at twice the rate of the rest of the country—a canary in our climate coal mine. A new report shows that warming in Alaska, along with the rest of the Arctic, is accelerating as the loss of snow and ice cover begins to set off a...

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Numbers-cruncher Nate Silver says it’s a little unlikely that Kentucky will win hoops tourney

Nate Silver, the polling analyst and all-around mathematical savant at FiveThirtyEight.com, says the Kentucky Wildcats are the strongest early favorite in years to win the NCAA college basketball tournament. But there’s a catch, as we see HERE: The Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated; they could become the first men’s team to finish the season undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Kentucky has a 41 percent chance of winning it all, according to our forecast — about double what we’ve seen from front-runners in recent years. There’s...

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Climate change is scientific fact, not a religion in which you can believe or not

My  layman’s familiarity with the science of man-made global warming has made me inclined to answer in the affirmative when I’m asked if I “believe in climate change.” But certain facts of the matter suggest that such an answer is open to misinterpretation. For starters, the term “climate change” is perhaps misleading. It doesn’t go for far enough. It can too easily be confused with climate change in a general sense. Right-wingers, for example, are happy to point out that we’ve always had...

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Mike Huckabee, political guru to yahoos, is also a huckster for quack cures

One thing I can’t quite understand about Mike Huckabee is whether he actually believes he has a chance of becoming president of the United States. In reality, of course, he has no such chance — none, zip, zero — but I’m not quite sure he understands that. Huckabee’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 came up short when he ran out of money. And while he has yet to declare himself a candidate again in the 2016 race, he seems to be bending every effort to build a political war chest. Those...

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