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#71155 Why are conservatives afraid of Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 03 August 2014 - 02:36 PM in Talk Radio and the Media

"Tell me, what did Neil DeGrasse Tyson do to be targeted by the wingnuts at National Review?"


#68682 TX Attorney General Greg Abbott "Ask chemical plants what's inside"

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 08 July 2014 - 09:52 AM in Political Discussion

More from MSNBC:


#66869 Stewart: There Are Republicans Who Actually Believe in Climate Change? ‘Trait...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 20 June 2014 - 04:16 AM in Political Discussion

Obviously, Stewart said, these science believers in the GOP are “traitors” and must be stopped. He marveled at how Republicans continue to question global warming with the qualifier “I’m not a scientist” as if that’s supposed to make things better.

Stewart realized there’s only one way to get Republicans on the right side of the issue: “Barack Obama must become a global warming denier.”

#64617 Black GOP Candidate: ‘I Don’t Consider Cliven Bundy Racist at All’

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 27 May 2014 - 06:54 PM in Political Discussion

Think he's a fan of that old '80s group, the Tom Tom Club? ;)

#63809 Former Sen. Lowell Weicker: The GOP destroyed itself

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 16 May 2014 - 06:12 AM in Political Discussion

"The decline for many, and for me personally, started with the hijacking of the party by Ronald Reagan conservatives in 1980 and has continued unabated up to now with a political battlefield strewn with Republican bodies at every level of government. It's not just liberal Republicans who have been tossed overboard but even moderates and Goldwater conservatives. Nationally, Republicans have come to understand the poison that is the tea party, but it will take a long time to re-establish a balance that relates to America."


#63040 Nigeria: Boko Haram Muslims Kidnap 100s of Christian Girls for Slavery and Ch...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 10 May 2014 - 07:14 AM in Political Discussion

Bill Maher Battles Arianna Huffington over Islam: Liberals Too PC to Ever Condemn It

#63039 Michael Smerconish on his new book, "Talk," and polarized politics

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 10 May 2014 - 07:06 AM in Political Discussion

Smerconish talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about his new novel, "Talk" - the story of an influential conservative radio personality, against the backdrop of a presidential race.

#62433 John Schindler: Ground Truth About Benghazi

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 04 May 2014 - 01:37 PM in Political Discussion

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#62394 Sarah Palin Attacked By Fellow Christians

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 04 May 2014 - 04:39 AM in Political Discussion

"Faithful America, an online Christian community, launched a petition on Monday denouncing Sarah Palin's recent remarks at a National Rifle Association meeting, which compared baptism to waterboarding."


#62035 Cliven and Clarence: The Right's Wrong Turns | The BRAD BLOG

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 30 April 2014 - 12:32 PM in Political Discussion

"As a former Republican, I can't help noticing the dark irony in the abandonment of rogue Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy by Republican politicians and right-wing media figures on the heels of his incendiary comments last week about 'the Negro.'

"Bigotry is never funny, as Los Angeles Clippers owner --- and (contrary to right-wing media misinformation) registered Republican --- Donald Sterling has proven. However, one can't help chuckling over the fact that right-wingers tried to wash their hands of Cliven the Cretinous just a few days after they celebrated a US Supreme Court ruling limiting affirmative-action efforts in higher education.

"The two issues are connected, though not in the way one might think..."


#61605 Five Years Ago Today: Arlen Specter leaves GOP

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 28 April 2014 - 03:11 AM in Political Discussion

And considering what has happened since, who can blame him?

#61559 Palin at NRA meeting: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’ | TheHill

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 27 April 2014 - 02:51 PM in Political Discussion

From Mediaite:


#61557 Palin at NRA meeting: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’ | TheHill

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 27 April 2014 - 02:49 PM in Political Discussion

Waiting for conservatives to condemn this blasphemy. Won't hold my breath, though...


#61441 Rand Paul Wants Bigger GOP: ‘You Go to a Republican Event and It’s All White...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 26 April 2014 - 07:00 AM in Political Discussion

Rand Paul spoke at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics Friday, and he talked about his libertarian tendencies as well as his desire to broaden the GOP to welcome more people in. He described himself as “libertarian-ish,” in that despite his very clear libertarian political leanings, he’s generally supported fellow Republicans and hasn’t really backed Libertarian party candidates (save for his father during his 1988 presidential run).

Paul, according to CNN, also talked about making the Republican party “bigger” and much more inclusive, saying that unless Republicans “broaden their message” to reach more people, winning future elections is going to be a bit of a problem.

#61353 Conservative Media Created Cliven Bundy, Now They Must Destroy Him | Mediaite

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 25 April 2014 - 04:06 AM in Political Discussion

Hannity: Allow me to make myself abundantly clear. I believe those comments are downright racist, they are repugnant, they are bigoted and it's beyond disturbing. I find those comments to be deplorable and I think it's extremely unfortunate that Cliven Bundy holds those views. Now while I supported the Bundy Ranch as they took a stand against the Bureau of Land Management, I was absolutely dismayed and frankly disappointed after reading the article and then hearing the commentary, however, I also want to say this. The ranch standoff that took place out in Nevada was not about a man named Cliven Bundy. At the heart of this issue was my belief that our government is simply out of control. To me this was about a federal agency's dangerous response to a situation that could have resulted in a catastrophe and that means people dying and being shot, kind of comparable to what we saw in Waco, Texas. It was about hundreds of armed federal agents and snipers and sharp shooters surrounding a family and not because that family posed a threat to anyone else, but because their cattle happened to be grazing on the wrong patch of grass and they were eating government grass. In other words, when I believe government officials, when they over step their line, I think it's my job to call them on it and make no mistake about it, I'll continue to do just that.

#61339 Conservative Media Created Cliven Bundy, Now They Must Destroy Him | Mediaite

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 24 April 2014 - 08:26 PM in Political Discussion

Bill O'Reilly and Bernard Goldberg rip Sean Hannity (by implication)

#61328 Conservative Media Created Cliven Bundy, Now They Must Destroy Him | Mediaite

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 24 April 2014 - 07:11 PM in Political Discussion

Krauthammer condemns pro-Bundy


#61263 Conservative Media Created Cliven Bundy, Now They Must Destroy Him | Mediaite

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 24 April 2014 - 12:28 PM in Political Discussion

"It is hard to have much sympathy for the conservative media outlets that elevated Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rather than the legitimate concerns over the federal government’s approach to land management in the West, to hero status. Bundy was never a figure worthy of much veneration, much less pity. But more than a handful of conservative outlets, fueled by antipathy toward the administration and angered by the election year-fueled rhetorical overreach of lawmakers like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), took an imprudent course by crafting a personality cult around delinquency."


#60922 Bob Dole: Paul, ‘Extreme Right-Wing’ Cruz Don’t Have Experience to Run in 2016

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 22 April 2014 - 04:16 AM in Political Discussion

Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole weighed in on his party’s likely 2016 contenders recently, and concluded that some of the most talked-about names just aren’t ready yet. In a new interview with the Wichita Eagle, Dole calls out Ted Cruz and Rand Paul specifically to say they lack the experience to run in 2016.


#60857 A Rare G.O.P. Battle Forces an Incumbent to Look Left

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 21 April 2014 - 05:30 AM in Political Discussion

A moderate Republican trying to unseat a conservative congressman from his own party, Art Moore sat a little stiffly at a Sizzler restaurant here during the monthly meeting of the Auburn Area Republican Women Federated. Appearing after the meeting’s agenda was already set, Mr. Moore was not invited to speak before the group — not that it would have made much of a difference.

He knew that many local Republican officials did not look kindly at his recent decision to challenge Representative Tom McClintock, a Tea Party favorite. One of them, Bonnie McAdams, was blunt about it.

“Don’t run against other Republicans,” Ms. McAdams, a member of the Republican Party’s central committee in Placer County, told Mr. Moore. “Go get the other guys. They’re the enemies, not the Republicans.”

Mr. Moore’s challenge in California’s Fourth Congressional District is an unusual one, even against the backdrop of the Republican Party’s internecine battles.


#60819 Michael Gerson: Barry Goldwater’s loss should be a warning to the GOP, not a...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 18 April 2014 - 06:42 PM in Political Discussion

Ed Kilgore:

The continuities between the Goldwater and Reagan campaigns—and especially the 1976 Reagan campaign that viewed itself as a purge of RINO Gerald Ford—are impossible to ignore, up to and including the signature “Viva/Ole” call and response of the shock troops in both. From within, Reagan’s ascent looked like a consummation of the 1964 crusade, not a correction. But had that impression been more general in the electorate, Reagan would likely not have won, even with all the advantages he had in 1980.


#60763 Michael Gerson: Barry Goldwater’s loss should be a warning to the GOP, not a...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 18 April 2014 - 04:16 AM in Political Discussion

The political events of half a century ago have current echoes. The spirit of Goldwaterism is abroad among tea party activists. Their ideological ideal is often libertarian and Jeffersonian. A few — Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly during his Senate campaign; Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) at a recent town hall — balk at accepting the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act. More generally, they believe that the GOP’s political recovery must begin with the defeat of compromised GOP elites. Never mind that those elites, by any historical standard, are conservative. So the movement targets Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has a 90 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union — revealing a revolution that can’t even locate the Bastille.

The problem comes in viewing Goldwater as an example rather than as a warning. Conservatives sometimes describe his defeat as a necessary, preliminary step — a clarifying and purifying struggle — in the Reagan revolution. In fact, it was an electoral catastrophe that awarded Lyndon Johnson a powerful legislative majority, increased the liberal ambitions of the Great Society and caused massive distrust of the GOP among poor and ethnic voters. The party has never quite recovered.

#60469 Martin Longman: On Jonathan Chait, Obama and race

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 13 April 2014 - 07:50 PM in Political Discussion

"...I get his point. You can’t explain every conservative belief by reference to racism. At some point, you have to debate things on their merits. The problem is that Chait is concerned about the wrong thing. He is concerned that liberals are too quick to lob accusations of racism around, but the bigger problem is that the Republican Establishment has lost control of the beast they created to get these historically low tax rates.

"When Wall Street bankers and the Chamber of the Commerce and the evangelical community and agricultural industry, collectively, can’t outweigh the racists in the Republican Party and pass comprehensive immigration reform, you’ve reached the point where there isn’t anything left to prove."


#60433 Another GOP Moderate Bites the DustRep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin will retire af...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 13 April 2014 - 05:22 AM in Political Discussion

When Petri ran for the House in 1979, he beat Republican Tommy Thompson, then a state legislator, in the primary 35 percent to 19 percent, according to The Almanac of American Politics. Petri went on to win the special general election to succeed veteran GOP Rep. William Steiger.

Petri has since established a centrist voting record in the House, though he generally has aligned with his party against most of President Obama's major fiscal initiatives.

Over the years, some of his moderate stances are seen as having cost Petri his efforts to chair committees. For instance, after Democrats won control of the House in 2006, Petri was the most-senior member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and hoped that he would assume the ranking Republican slot. The leadership passed him over for the more-partisan John Mica of Florida.

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, couldn't resist taking a shot at House Republicans about the announcement.

"This brings to 12 the number of potentially competitive open seats House Republicans must defend, compared to only three for Democrats, as moderate Republicans continue to flee this Republican Congress and its wrong priorities that put special interests ahead of the middle class," Israel said in a statement.


#60411 The Right Criticizes Conservative Pundit Charles Krauthammer For Saying Bengh...

Posted by D. R. Tucker on 12 April 2014 - 11:05 AM in Political Discussion

A number of conservatives criticized popular right-wing commentator Charles Krauthammer for saying that the Benghazi issue is over, saying they would continue to push the issue.

“I just think that as a political issue the country is now tired of it,” Krauthammer said on Fox News this week. “As a political fact, this thing is done. Unfortunately you only have a certain amount of time, a certain amount of attention, and the clock has run out on Benghazi.”

While to many, Krauthammer was simply providing an obvious and realistic analysis of the Benghazi saga: Republicans haven’t found anything to sink the Obama administration with and it’s time to move on.

But to others, Krautahmmer’s comments amounted to heresy.