Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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December 16, 2014, 12:44 PM EST

What is it about GOP Senator Ted Cruz that brings out such vitriol from liberals? Look no further for solid evidence that the man is seen as a threat.

Over at the Facebook page for Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show, a post was published Monday by MaddowBlog writer Steve Benen titled, "Senate Dems find an unwitting ally in Ted Cruz," about Cruz and fellow Republican Senator Mike Lee forcing the Senate to work on Saturday (poor babies!) to push through votes on the constitutionality and funding of President Obama's amnesty for illegals. 

December 15, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow greeted last week's release of the so-called Senate torture report with her skewed telling of the tale of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the US and was subjected to years of harsh treatment and interrogation before the CIA concluded he was not a double agent.

As you'd expect from the marquee host at America's version of Pravda, Maddow left out a significant and embarrassing detail in her report --

December 14, 2014, 6:39 PM EST

Americans owe the Kennedys, more specifically the late Robert F. Kennedy, a huge debt of gratitude. Without him, we might never have gotten President Ronald Reagan.

This was hardly Kennedy's intention, however, when he unscrupulously threatened to cancel government contracts with General Electric unless the company fired the popular host of its Sunday evening television show, "General Electric Theater," according to Reagan biographer and former aide Thomas C. Reed in his new book, "The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980."
 

December 10, 2014, 10:16 PM EST

Over the last decade, liberals have become implacably convinced that harsh interrogation of captured jihadists who planned the slaughter of thousands of innocents on 9/11, and who sought to kill far more if they could acquire the means, constituted "torture."

On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh performed an invaluable public service by citing better examples of torture that never seem to bother left wingers, despite their vocal piety on the subject (audio) --

 

 

 

December 7, 2014, 7:37 PM EST

In what imaginary world does it make any sense that advice is sought from an arsonist on putting out fires?

It's a question that comes to mind whenever I see the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose decades-long experience in fanning discord between blacks and whites makes him singularly repugnant, pontificate on the latest racial controversy.

December 6, 2014, 8:25 PM EST

Radio host extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh has turned his attention toward one of the least noticed but arguably most relevant circumstances involving the death of Eric Garner after his arrest in July by New York City police.

A Staten Island grand jury earlier this week decided against indicting the police officer alleged to have used a chokehold on Garner when he was arrested, a procedure banned by the city's police but reportedly allowed by state law. The grand jury's decision, coming fast on the heels of a similar conclusion by a grand jury convened after the shooting death of an 18-year-old black male by a white police officer last August in Ferguson, Mo., further exacerbated racial tensions in New York City and across the nation.

December 3, 2014, 7:36 PM EST

If police should be required to wear body cameras, how about the chief executive charged with faithfully executing the laws?

President Sharpton, uh, Obama is proposing to spend $263 million to equip police nationwide with body cameras, the better to monitor their dealings with the public and assorted miscreants they inevitably encounter. But why stop with rank and file officers, radio host Laura Ingraham suggested yesterday during an appearance on FOX & Friends --

December 2, 2014, 6:45 PM EST

Many liberals are skeptical of religion and outright antagonistic toward people of faith, which makes the left's penchant for elevating their version of patron saints all the more peculiar.

Latest example of leftist canonization -- Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was shot to death in Ferguson, Mo., in August after he robbed a convenience store, assaulted a cop, tried to wrest control of the officer's gun, and charged toward him when told to stop.

November 30, 2014, 8:30 PM EST

As to be expected, Ed Schultz didn't catch it. Then again, perhaps he did and let it go anyway.

On his last podcast before Thanksgiving, Schultz was talking with Marcia Fudge, Democrat congresswoman from Ohio, about violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury decided against indicting police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August.

November 28, 2014, 8:25 PM EST

If this isn't the most contorted apologia for the thuggery that led Michael Brown to his death, it's pretty damn close.

You just knew that MSNBC action hero and lefty podcaster Ed Schultz would serve up singularly delusional opinions on the grand jury's decision against charging Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for Brown's death back in August. It was just a question of how delusional.

November 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EST

Seldom-heard praise for President Obama from Rush Limbaugh today -- wrapped within withering analysis of Obama's disingenuous remarks last night after a grand jury decided against indicting Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in August.

Yet again, Obama fails to live up to his billing as a unifying figure, Limbaugh pointed out. Instead, he's just the opposite (audio) --

November 21, 2014, 8:44 PM EST

Hey, happen to notice all those many conservatives rushing to defend Bill Cosby from yet more accusations of sexual assault? Hmm, neither have I, come to think of it. These ephemeral figures apparently exist solely in the fervid imagination of Bill Carter, television critic of the New York Times, at least for the time being.

During a Nov. 15 interview on the NPR show "Weekend Edition," Cosby was asked about the allegations by host Scott Simon. Cosby shook his head and declined to respond. His lawyer has said the allegations are false.

November 20, 2014, 5:32 PM EST

Next time she's looking for work, Ashleigh Banfield might consider public relations for Hamas. Then again, she's already doing it.

In the wake of Tuesday's horrific attack by Palestinians against four men during morning prayer at a synagogue in Jerusalem, Banfield earnestly sought to find someway, anyway to explain how the massacre might be justified.

November 19, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

Malcolm X -- yeah, maybe, I can see that. Gandhi -- you're kidding, right? Jesus Christ -- have you lost your mind?

Out-there leftist actor Russell Brand is making the rounds to promote his upcoming television special "Messiah Complex" on the cable channel Epix and a children's book he's written -- I kid you not -- with his version of the Pied Piper folk tale.

November 18, 2014, 8:49 PM EST

Thank you, Rush Limbaugh, for answering a persistent question about the deceitfully-named Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare -- where have I seen this before?

Turns out something similar was pulled off in a major Hollywood film from the early '70s, Limbaugh pointed out to his radio listeners yesterday.

November 16, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

Had a conservative suggested this, liberals would denounce it as ironclad evidence of racism. When it emanates instead from CBS News, the problem being cited has gotten too big to ignore.

Longtime CBS reporter and anchor Bob Schieffer has become the latest high-profile media figure to denounce top Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber's candid insights into Obamacare sausage-making. While hosting "Face the Nation" this morning, Schieffer said he was "dumbstruck" by Gruber's remarks about "lack of transparency" and the "stupidity of the American voter" as key elements in setting up the ongoing train wreck officially known as the Affordable Care Act --

November 14, 2014, 7:36 PM EST

Take-no-prisoners radio host Mark Levin is congenitally incapable of mincing words, and his visceral reaction to top Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber's jaw-dropping admission of the law's inherent deceit is wholly in character.

How much longer, Levin asks, are Americans willing to tolerate a thuggish government "growing more tyrannical every day"?

November 12, 2014, 9:04 PM EST

In the uproar over chief Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber's admission that deceit was an essential element in getting the so-called Affordable Care Act enacted into law, many observers have criticized Gruber over his obvious elitist contempt for voters.

But leading conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh noticed something else -- was it the "stupidity" of Americans that Gruber and other Obamacare proponents feared, or their intelligence in seeing through the scheme if told the truth about it?

November 12, 2014, 3:08 PM EST

Who says left wingers have no sense of tradition? Sure they do, at least when it comes to revision of history.

Arguably their most ardent practitioner these days is Rachel Maddow, she of Democrat house organ MSNBC, and her most recent example qualifies as textbook. During her program Monday night, Maddow recounted release of White House visitor logs by the Obama administration in 2009, several months after Obama took office.

November 10, 2014, 6:50 PM EST

So much for the left easing up on its pathological demonization of the Koch brothers after Democrats' withering losses in the midterms. Tired old habits are hard to break, especially for Jurassic liberals like Thom Hartmann.

Ever since Ed Schultz abruptly ended his radio show last spring to spend more time at his Canadian fishing lodge (buy American!), Hartmann has moved that much closer to becoming the top-rated liberal radio host, a distinction equal to being the tallest building in Topeka, to paraphrase William F. Buckley's take on Michael Harrington as America's leading socialist.