Ellen Responds To The "Million Moms"

This organization doesn’t think I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way. I usually don’t talk about stuff like this on my show [Read More...]

Religious Privilege and Grievance-Based Catholic Identity Politics on Full Display

In a column last week, Melinda Henneberger criticized the Obama administration’s refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from requirements it provide for its employees health insurance which would cover birth control at organizations it runs which have secular functions. The column is an extraordinary exemplification of religious entitlement, identity politics, and anti-secular, anti-democratic demands for [Read More...]

"What Are The Limits of Church Authority In the Public Sphere?"

This is part 2 of a debate with Roman Catholic theology graduate student named Mary. In part 1, we introduced and began to debate the topic of whether or not universities, hospitals, and social agencies run by the Catholic Church should be exempted from laws requiring employers to provide their employees health insurance that covers [Read More...]

Suddenly Gingrich and Romney Will Save the Poor!

  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the econom Okay, as I always note when discussing anything remotely related to economics, I am not an economist. I rely on my trained economist readers to provide expertise about the strictly economic aspects of what I am about to comment on. I am [Read More...]

Mitt Romney Fires Debate Coach For Making Him Bad By Making Him Look Good

In South Carolina’s debates watching Newt Gingrich debate Mitt Romney was like watching Cicero debate automated customer service telephone prompts. So Romney diligently and proactively went out and got an excellent debate coach, Brett O’Donnell. And Romney went on to utterly neutralize and deflate Gingrich next they met, in Florida. So that’s a point in [Read More...]

Who Was Saul Alinsky?

In response to Newt Gingrich’s regular raging against Saul Alinsky in the last few weeks of campaigning, Bill Maher hilariously raised the question, “Who the fuck is Saul Alinsky?” Bill Moyers educates: Bill Moyers Essay: Newt’s Obesession with Saul Alinsky from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. Money quote: Maybe that’s why Newt Gingrich has been slandering Alinsky’s [Read More...]

On What's Presidential, What's Creepy, and What's Mitt Romney

I honestly am confused when people say Mitt Romney looks the part of a president–”like he was sent straight from central casting”, as the cliche goes. I never think of presidents as coming off as equal parts sleazy slick soulless greedy corporate raider, creepy door-knocking glazed-eyed proselytizer, and robotically pandering inauthentic politician. I have this [Read More...]

Occupy Protesters vs. Santorum

Some protesters got into Santorum’s face in South Carolina: That was painful to watch. Rick Santorum strikes me in many ways as a bad person with dangerous ideas. He thinks in unnervingly authoritarian and bigoted ways. And the combination of his arrogant and idiotic ideas and overgrown jock demeanor in speaking and debating makes him [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich Discovers the Down Side of Capitalism

We all knew that Newt Gingrich was a craven grifter who would say any preposterous or divisive thing to get himself elected. But did anyone ever imagine a Super Pac devoted to supporting him creating the 28 minute video advertised in this attack ad?? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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