Stop Saying the Military Protects Our Freedom

If there is one trope I am absolutely fed up with, it's the notion that our military "protects" or "provides" our freedom. And here's an example of a soldier being a complete douchebag, refusing to tip a server and instead telling them that their tip is the freedom he "provided" by being in the military. … [Read more...]

Trump ‘Explains’ How He’d Eliminate Debt in 8 years

Donald Trump's ludicrous claim that he would eliminate $19 trillion in debt in only eight years while simultaneously cutting revenue by $1 trillion a year has provoked much well-deserved pointing and laughing. But on a radio show this weekend he "explained" how he could do it and that it's "so easy" to do. … [Read more...]

Cruz Still Blathering About Carpet Bombing

Ted Cruz, trying so hard to sound like a tough guy, has repeatedly said that he would "carpet-bomb ISIS into oblivion" and find out whether "sand can glow in the dark." And even after military leaders have pointed out that this is a terrible idea and he doesn't have a clue what it means, he's still repeating it. … [Read more...]

Erik Prince Under Investigation Again

Erik Prince, founder of the infamous mercenary company Blackwater and heir from a prominent right-wing Michigan family, is once again under investigation for a number of serious crimes, including money laundering and offering mercenary services to countries under sanction by the United States. … [Read more...]

Republican Foreign Policy Experts Oppose Trump

This is very interesting. A group of more than 100 Republican national security experts has written an open letter condemning and opposing Donald Trump's incoherent and dangerous views on those matters. The list includes major scholars like Ken Adelman, Daniel Drezner, Michael Chertoff and Michael Mukasey. … [Read more...]

Air Force General: No, Our Military is Not Gutted

One of the claims we hear constantly from all of the Republican presidential candidates is that Obama has "gutted" our military and it must be "rebuilt." They can't actually defend that claim with evidence, of course, but they repeat it on a daily basis. The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff put the lie to that claim in a congressional hearing: … [Read more...]

Yes, the Pledge of Allegiance Needs to Go

David Niose, legal director for the American Humanist Association, has overseen that group's project urging students to boycott the pledge until "under God" is removed from it. But after seeing how teachers, administrators and other students respond to those who do boycott the pledge, he's realized what I have been saying all along: The Pledge of Allegiance should be done away with completely. … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson on Women in Combat

The Pentagon recently announced that it was expanding the opportunities for women in combat units and the Christian right has been flipping out ever since. But the weirdest reaction has to be from Pat Robertson, who delivered an absolutely bizarre diatribe about it that included Fifty Shades of Grey. … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’ National Security Advisor?

Robert Batemen takes a look at Dr. Victoria Coates, who is Ted Cruz' national security advisor. There's just one problem: She has no background whatsoever in national security. None. Zero. Zip. She's an art historian who helped edit Donald Rumsfeld's autobiography. That's as close to a credential or experience as she has. … [Read more...]

Saudi Troops in Syria?

The Guardian reports that Saudi Arabia is willing to send some ground troops into Syria to fight against ISIS as part of an effort by multiple Muslim nations to bring down this terrorist group that threatens them. Would this be a good idea? Would it improve or hurt the situation? I wish I had the answer to those questions. … [Read more...]

Cruz State Campaign Chair Resigns After Lying About Military Service

Remember the guy in Washington who was the chair of Ted Cruz' presidential campaign in that state and was caught lying about his military service, claiming he'd won all kinds of medals he didn't win and to have been wounded when he never even saw combat? He's now resigned from the state legislature and as campaign chair for Cruz. … [Read more...]

Cruz Lies About Obama and the Military

One of the lies that never, ever dies on the right is that liberals and Democrats are "weak on defense" and want to just let anyone attack and destroy us (never mind that we haven't actually been attacked by any nation in 75 years, while we've invaded many countries without provocation). Ted Cruz is still telling that lie about Obama: … [Read more...]