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

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February 4, 2015, 3:29 PM EST

Yes but that was so last June, before liberals grasped that concern about vaccinations could help fill the gaping void left by the war-on-women meme that had run its course and no longer drove their voters to the polls.

Thanks to dubious remarks about vaccines by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, two likely GOP candidates for president, left wingers are hopeful that they may concoct a serviceable new meme just in time for the 2016 campaign cycle.

February 3, 2015, 7:37 PM EST

Lots of claims flying back and forth these days over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline -- this one might qualify as the most overwrought, even from a liberal, though more such hyperbole is sure to follow.

It comes by way of self-proclaimed "Earth Doctor" Reese Halter, a conservation biologist, author and frequent Huffington Post contributor who, according to his website, has a doctorate in "subalpine eucalyptus eco-stress physiology."

January 30, 2015, 6:26 PM EST

Ed Schultz is learning so much about the American Revolution from its cartoonish depiction via the History Channel's Sons of Liberty. And while he is so engaged, Schultz might want to crack open his dust-covered copy of the Constitution.

The liberal podcaster and MSNBC action hero has been on a tear, scarcely letting a waking hour pass without denouncing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that he initially supported until sticking his finger in the wind and realizing that the overwrought leftists who comprise his audience were blowing plenty of hot air in the opposite direction.

January 29, 2015, 10:20 AM EST

You'll be hearing a lot about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he mulls a potential run for the  presidency, then a heckuva lot more if he decides in the affirmative.

Much of the venting from the left about Walker will be outright falsehoods, such as this deceitful claim by liberal radio host Stephanie Miller on her program Tuesday. Miller, ranked number 22 among radio talk hosts in 2014 (right after Alan Colmes) by trade publication Talkers Magazine, is perhaps better known as the youngest daughter of the late William E. Miller, Barry Goldwater's running mate in the '64 campaign.

January 26, 2015, 8:35 PM EST

A tidal-wave election that Republicans rode to victory in 2014 and the roaring success of American Sniper, a film that many liberals loathe -- yes, they're related, Rush Limbaugh pointed out to his radio listeners today.

Bad enough for Democrats to suffer epic losses in the midterms, but when their power and influence are on the wane in Hollywood too -- that's a problem.

January 25, 2015, 7:28 PM EST

So much for this being a mere snub or breach of protocol. If left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann had his way, House Speaker John Boehner would be in shackles and awaiting trial for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress without first clearing the invitation with the Obama White House.

Citing the Constitution to justify his claim, Hartmann said on his show Thursday that Boehner may be guilty of treason or sedition for going around Obama, who reportedly detests Netanyahu (and vice versa) and would much rather converse with YouTube class clowns who bathe in milk and cereal.

January 24, 2015, 10:15 PM EST

Those awkward silences from your audience, Bill Maher? That's them saying they aren't amused. You might want to pay more attention to what they're telling you.

First time it happened on Maher's HBO show last night came when he was speaking with The Atlantic's James Fallows about his cover story in the January-February issue, "Why Do the Best Soldiers in the World Keep Losing? The Tragic Decline of the American Military."

January 23, 2015, 6:45 PM EST

Some of its readers turn first to the op-ed pages, or the sports section, or the news out front. Then there are those who waste no time and get right to the corrections in the New York Times.

Aficionados of this journalistic art form were rewarded over the last few days with an array that was especially satisfying.

January 22, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

One of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's most important assets -- a great memory.

While telling his listeners yesterday that he didn't waste time watching the laundry list of alleged accomplishments and proposals that seldom get enacted, aka the State of the Union speech, he did catch an excerpt afterward that conveyed a sense of deja vu.

January 21, 2015, 8:38 PM EST

That vast collective awwwww you heard shortly after 9 o'clock Eastern last night? This explains it.

Actual headline from The Huffington Post after President Obama's State of the Union speech -- "This is the Best Hug in the History of Liberal America."

January 20, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

Here's a textbook example of why Jon Stewart isn't entirely trusted on the left  -- when a big fat eephus pitch is heaved from a lumbering liberal, Stewart is swinging for the fence. And when the man connects, that ball is ... gone!

On his Comedy Central show last night, Stewart demonstrated why he is more than willing to eviscerate a worthy target regardless of whether said target is otherwise simpatico with Stewart's well-established lefty politics.

January 19, 2015, 8:31 PM EST

Isn't it sad when those willing to inconvenience thousands of people for hours at a time are asked to sacrifice to moment or two answering questions from pesky reporters? Oh the humanity!

The biggest story coming out of Boston this past Thursday involved a major highway getting shut down during the morning commute in two locations by protesters alleging to profess abiding empathy for black people involved in altercations with police.

January 18, 2015, 7:15 PM EST

This just might qualify for whopper of the week, or at least this morning.

Those drawn to politics will surely remember former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose bland guy-next-door facade failed to hide a chronic tendency to misdirect.

January 17, 2015, 8:07 PM EST

This time, Rush Limbaugh also speaks for plenty of liberals, though few could ever bring themselves to admit it.

El Rushbo could hardly contain his indignation on his radio show yesterday in response to the bizarre spectacle of Secretary of State John Kerry sheepishly trying to compensate for the lack of a high-profile American presence at last weekend's unity march in France by bringing folky pop singer James Taylor to serenade the French with "You've Got a Friend." Life imitates The Onion indeed.

January 16, 2015, 1:24 PM EST and associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez have parted ways, according to fierce crosstown rival Boston Herald, after Alvarez wrote a glib and snarky account of an alleged plan by an Ohio bartender to poison House Speaker John Boehner.

Here's how it was reported in the Herald --

January 15, 2015, 6:37 PM EST

Bad enough for foreign policy elder statesman Leslie H. Gelb to condemn President Sharpton, uh, Obama for failing to attend the unity march in Paris that drew millions of people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the executions of police, the murders of hostages at a kosher deli. Even worse that Gelb is urging Obama to dump his inner circle and replace them, at least partially, with ... Republicans.

Six years into the Obama regime and it just might happen yet ... change we can believe in. Meanwhile, the world is on high alert. What we've gotten so far for change has come at a dear cost, and we're not done paying yet.

January 13, 2015, 3:34 PM EST

Plenty of speculation out there as to why President Sharpton, uh, Obama didn't go to the massive unity rally in Paris on Sunday that drew leaders from dozens of other nations. The take on this from America's Real Anchorman, aka Rush Limbaugh, comes closest to plausibility.

On his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh cited two specific reasons why Obama passed on a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he's capable of genuine leadership and empathy.

January 13, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

Not much in the way of political commentary crosses the line into public service. Here's one that does.

If you aren't familiar with Andrew Klavan's brilliant polemics at Truth Revolt, PJ Media and City Journal, you're in for a treat. He's also a best-selling author of mystery novels under the pen name Keith Peterson. Remember that great Michael Caine crime thriller, "A Shock to the System," from 1990? Klavan wrote the screenplay, based on a book by British author Simon Brett.

January 12, 2015, 8:50 PM EST

How much more carnage will it take for Jeremy Scahill to grasp the obvious?

Even as the jihad metastasizes and the pace of its atrocities accelerates, the left-wing journalist would have you believe there are worse threats out there. His comments on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show yesterday must have caused the several conservatives watching to turn away in disgust.

January 11, 2015, 4:31 PM EST

Was it just coincidence that the only person consigned by purportedly conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks to the "kiddie table" on Meet the Press this morning was fearless conservative Ann Coulter?

In a panel discussion on Charlie Hebdo's unvarnished brand of political incorrectness, Brooks divided those in the commentariat to the "adult" and "kiddie" tables. As to be expected, Brooks seated himself with the grown ups, which makes sense considering that he's been an adult roughly since toddlerhood. Coulter, on the other hand, she's with the kids, given her troubling propensity to throw food and run circles around liberals --