Having fared rather poorly among female voters in recent elections, a certain political party is now taking steps aimed at guarding against the unseating of its incumbents by womenfolk.
The story is HERE:
The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.
Speaker John Boehner is serious, too. His own top aides met recently with Republican staff to ...
The progressive blogger who calls himself BooMan has got a good one HERE:
Fox News is outraged that a YMCA in Minneapolis has developed a swimming program for Somali girls that takes account of the social conservatism of Somali society. So, for example, they only use female lifeguards and they keep the door to the boy’s locker room locked during the lessons. For Fox News host Heather Nauert, this indicates that “the minority is becoming the majority” and that “Sharia Law is now changing everything.”
I am a secular progressive Democrat, so I don’t exactly sympathize with the Somali ...
(NOTE: This post is an adaption of several from years past.)
With Thanksgiving almost a week behind us, Christmas season is now in full flower.
It’s my favorite time of the year — always has been and probably always will be.
No, I’m no longer the devout religionist I was when I was a Catholic altar boy. Far from it. But I retain an almost child-like love of the yuletide season. I like Christmas music and Christmas movies and Christmas spirit and all the other cultural trappings of the occasion.
And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the ...
You may have heard or read the news the other day about American high school students not doing especially well in science and math compared to their counterparts in certain other countries (see HERE).
This should come as no surprise, considering the extent to which nonsense is peddled in American classrooms.
Take, for example, the situation described in THIS COLUMN of a couple of years ago:
Teaching creationism in public schools has consistently been ruled unconstitutional in federal courts, but according to a national survey of more than 900 public high school biology teachers, it continues to flourish in ...
The Tea Party movement’s surge of influence in the Republican Party in recent years has given rise to all sorts of anti-science rhetoric among GOPers in the form of creationism, global-warming denialism and other nonsense.
This benighted trend, I suspect, has been a factor in THIS SITUATION:
Sorry, folks. Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not “selfie.” And twerk is nowhere on the list, either.
Unlike the lads and ladies over at Oxford, Merriam-Webster has declared “science” its 2013 word of the year..
Its number 2 word is cognitive.
Oxford’s buzzworthy choice of “selfie” las month was a result ...
One hundred years ago this past May 31, a 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially adopted, changing the method by which U.S. senators are elected.
Prior to 1913, senators were elected not by popular vote but by state legislators, per the original Constitution. But the potential for — indeed, the reality of — political corruption prompted a long-term and widespread movement for change. By 1910, most state legislatures had passed resolutions calling for reform of the system.
Nary a complaint about the popular-vote arrangement was heard until the rise of the Tea Party movement a few years ago. ...
If I were asked to lump the majority of cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces into one category, child pornography is not one I would consider.
Naturally, then, I was shocked to read THIS:
Perhaps a little known reality is the overwhelming flow of child pornography appeals into the docket of the U.S. military’s highest appellate court. About two-thirds of the docket in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces consists of child pornography appeals.
This fact shouldn’t disparage the largely upstanding population of military personnel. Rather, it highlights many important...
As I noted HERE the other day, right-wing radio blabber Rush Limbaugh has taken issue with some of the things Pope Francis has been saying lately.
And now, political and social commentator Andrew Sullivan, a practicing Catholic, SAYS Limbaugh is mistaken in arguing that Francis’s warnings about unfettered capitalism “would have been unthinkable for a pope to believe or say just a few years ago.”
Limbaugh specifically invokes the great anti-Communist Pope, John Paul II, as an alleged contrast with this leftist gobbledegook. So let us look at John Paul II’s discussion of capitalism and communism in his 1987 Encyclical, ...
Ordinarily, I’m a stickler for reliable methodology in social research, but I’ll make an exception in this case.
I’m simply not going to dispute any study suggesting that we Illinoisans are more foul-mouthed but also more courteous than our Wisconsin brethren.
If that sounds contradictory…well, social science can be a complicated matter.
The story is HERE:
[The Marchex Institute] examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months. The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and more.
The Institute scanned for curse words ...
Eight months ago, I told you HERE about a wacky conspiracy theory that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling ammunition for a government assault on decent, God-fearing Americans.
Today, I give you THIS:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, is pushing back on a conspiracy theory promoted by right-wing media that the Obama administration is using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the domestic ammunition supply.
In November, The Doe Run Company announced that they will shutter their primary lead smelter at the end of the year — the last such facility in the country ...