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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.

November 9, 2014, 1:26 PM EST

Could it be that we are witnessing the well-deserved demise of a thoroughly deceitful political meme?

Among the many casualties of this year's midterm blowout for the GOP was a phrase that not so long ago was cited incessantly by Democrats and their left-wing cheerleaders in media. Post-midterm, they can't even bring themselves to utter the once-beloved phrase "war on women," as allegedly waged by Republicans.

November 8, 2014, 6:24 PM EST

In the wake of Tuesday's epic landslide for Republicans in the midterms, the New York Times ran a brief story titled "Rising Stars in the Republican Party." Accompanying the story were six photos of victorious Republicans, starting with Joni Ernst, whose victory in Iowa wrested control of the Senate control to the GOP.

"But now that the last ballots (well, most of them, anyway) have been counted, here is a look at some of the Republicans' rising stars of the 114th Congress -- and the people who, along the way, surprised us, entertained us and, in some cases, made us squeal," wrote Times' reporters Ashley Parker and Jonathan Weisman.

November 6, 2014, 11:41 AM EST

Liberals are still coming to grips with the epic shellacking suffered by Democrats across the nation in this year's midterm elections.It wasn't a surprise in the least to Rush Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed "Doctor of Democracy" who saw it coming last winter.

November 5, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

After Ronald Reagan's seismic victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980, jubilant conservatives declared that the New Deal was finally done, five decades after its architect, uber-Dem Franklin Roosevelt, was elected to the first of four terms. After his solid victories in 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama was hailed by liberals as the irresistible force behind an emerging, permanent Democratic majority. Turns out those predictions were a tad premature, to the point that even Huffington Post political analyst -- on MSNBC, no less -- announced last night that "the Obama era is over."

October 30, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

In yet another sign that liberals view next Tuesday's midterms with fully warranted fear and loathing, Rachel Maddow gamely tried last night to depict GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst as only a few bullets short of official status as a heavily-armed and barricaded survivalist.

Since few people beyond the low-rated, leftist fever swamp that is MSNBC's core audience are likely to have heard Maddow's harangue, its impact on the Senate race in Iowa can safely be described as negligible.

October 29, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

Has a person who did something undeniably brave and dangerous in an effort to save the lives of others earned the right to henceforth act like a crackpot? Watching the bizarre saga of nurse Kaci Hickox, I have my doubts.

Hickox, you've surely heard by now, is the Doctors Without Borders nurse placed in mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after spending a month in West Africa treating victims of the Ebola outbreak. She tested negative in a preliminary test for the disease but a forehead scan showed a temperature of 101, which Hickox attributed to her anger over her confinement. Other readings found her temperature to be normal.

October 27, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

Repeated viewings of "The Rachel Maddow Show" provide little in the way of satisfaction for the sane among us, except when she is at her most righteously indignant at the stupidity of lesser mortals, which is to say, nearly all of humanity.

On her MSNBC show Friday, Maddow could barely contain her unbridled contempt for GOP congressman Darrell Issa over his remarks about Ebola.

October 26, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen the Facebook post making the rounds -- "Are you safer now from Ebola and beheading than you were six years ago?"

ISIS aside, though suffice it to say this threat isn't ending anytime soon, a big part of the reason that Ebola has made the transatlantic leap from Africa is because of the unwillingness of a president whose ancestors hail from the continent to impose a flight ban on air passengers from nations stricken with the deadly disease.

October 24, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

Hard to believe Rachel Maddow would let this pass had it been the Wall Street Journal or Washington Times instead.

Responding to news of the death of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Maddow recounted Bradlee's three-decade long tenure at the Post, the sole daily newspaper in his career. The paper's masthead on Tuesday still included Bradlee's name, Maddow pointed out, with the masthead being shown.