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March 30, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

What a relief to learn that race is no longer "a Republican or a Democrat issue," at least according to black liberal comedian W. Kamau Bell, one of the guests on Bill Maher's HBO show Friday night.

More accurately, race is no longer a partisan issue after first lady Michelle Obama is quoted saying something awkwardly similar to remarks from GOP congressman Paul Ryan that predictably resulted in liberals denouncing Ryan as racist. (Video after the jump)

March 29, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

Liberals decided long ago to deem Jimmy Carter the most successful ex-president ever. Bill Maher on his HBO show last night gave Carter credit for something that happened during his presidency, though Maher stretched it considerably.

Carter has been making the rounds to plug his new book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." His appearance on Maher's show did keep vulgarities from the host to a minimum, at least while the former president was on stage. (Video after the jump)

March 29, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

One of the most frequent laments from liberals is that the decline of unions has hurt American workers and our economy. And among the reasons that unions are in decline are dubious claims by liberals about them.

It's even worse when the person making the claim fancies himself an outspoken advocate for workers' rights and one who, not incidentally, is being abundantly compensated for his advocacy. (Audio after the jump)

March 27, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

Remember last month when MSNBC's Rachel Maddow could not bring herself to even whisper that corrupt convicted mayors in Trenton and New Orleans were (place finger to lips) Democrats ...?

Last night, the pendulum swung all the way to the other side. There are so many Dems answering awkward questions from police and FBI agents that Maddow threw ideological caution to the wind and repeatedly -- almost obsessively -- cited their party affiliation. Curiouser still, to borrow from Lewis Carroll, Maddow downplayed what were arguably the most serious accusations of all, those leveled at California state senator Leland Yee. (Video after the jump)

March 27, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

Never thought I'd admit this, but maybe liberals are right when it comes to guns -- perhaps more has to be done to keep firearms from people who are unbalanced.

I wondered about this after listening to libtalker Mike Malloy's radio show Tuesday in which he railed against Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act, which would allow licensed gun owners to bring concealed carry weapons to schools, bars, churches, airports and government offices. The legislation, derided by opponents as the "guns everywhere" law, has been approved by state lawmakers and awaits the governor's signature. (Audio after the jump)

March 26, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

Less than three months into 2014 and leftist loose-cannon Ed Schultz may have already provided the year's best example of projection in media. It's too much to expect Schultz to comprehend that criticism he directs at Republicans applies more accurately to himself.

On his radio show Monday, Schultz lashed out at Republicans for daring to second-guess President Obama for his handling of the crisis in Ukraine, even though Schultz never hesitated to condemn Obama's predecessor as commander in chief on a daily basis while we were fighting wars in two countries. That was back when dissent was patriotic. (Audio after the jump)

March 25, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

Television history was made last night when a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman," for quite possibly the first and last time, used the words "murdered" and "aborted" in the same sentence.

The person doing the talking was former president Jimmy Carter, who's making the rounds to plug his new book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power." (Video after the jump)

March 24, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

Wow, that was one heckuva mauling by the Boston Globe yesterday in a front-page story about Bill Delahunt, a former Bay State congressman raking in big bucks as a lobbyist and political consultant since leaving Congress three years ago.

But conspicuously absent from the story, written by Globe reporter Stephanie Ebbert, is a word that comes to mind for many a politico in this overly politicized part of the country when Delahunt's name is bandied in conversation -- Democrat.

March 24, 2014, 6:33 AM EDT

Bill Maher's weekly show on HBO is occasionally a pleasure to watch, at least to this conservative, because he's that rare liberal willing to turn sacred cows on the left into hamburger.

Last month, for example, he challenged MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for her network's obsessive with the Bridgegate scandal she clearly hopes will sideline New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's prospects in 2016. A week earlier, Maher derided liberals from the 1930s for their love of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin -- while Maher's predominantly left-leaning audience sat on their hands in response. (Video after the jump, vulgarity warning)

March 21, 2014, 6:45 AM EDT

Providing, of course, that the Secret Service prevents kryptonite from being brought anywhere near the president.

The Obama-as-godlike-figure meme has appeared again, this time on MSNBC, though it's a safe bet on any given day that this is where it will surface, usually before the end of "Morning Joe." (Video after the jump)

March 20, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

Remember back in the Bush years when the left deemed dissent to be the most glorious form of patriotism? As every conservative knew, that allegedly principled belief was contingent upon a Republican serving as president.

Once a Democrat returned to the White House, this ardent trumpeting of dissent as humanity's highest calling oddly began falling into disrepute, as to be expected whenever cults of personality take hold around leaders of dubious strength. (Audio after the jump)

March 18, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Next thing you know, Bill Press will be gushing about Obama's ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Press just might be the only sentient person alive who actually believes that Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns" at the comedy website Funny or Die was unscripted. At least that's the impression Press gave while talking with Rebecca Sinderbrand of Politico on his radio show March 14. (Audio after the jump)

March 18, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT

A useful rule of thumb for discerning what liberals actually think about any given policy emanating from the Obama administration -- wait a few minutes after their initial gushing. Usually the gush continues indefinitely, but unexpected candor will occasionally surface.

An example of this curious dynamic was heard on libtalker Bill Press's radio show March 14 during a discussion with one of his guests, Huffington Post reporter Dave Jamieson. (Audio clips after the jump)

March 17, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

As he was rushed into the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital, a grievously wounded President Ronald Reagan prayed for John Hinckley, the man who had just tried to kill him.

"He was a mixed-up young man from a fine family," Reagan wrote in his memoirs, "An American Life." "That day, I asked the Lord to heal him, and to this day, I still do." (Audio after the jump)

March 14, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

Radio libtalker and MSNBC action hero Ed Schultz used to be conservative, as he'll occasionally remind his audience. Earlier this week on his radio show, he lapsed back.

The occasion was a discussion with a caller over President Obama's apparent support for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact that would involve the U.S., Canada, Mexico and nine other nations in South America and Asia. (Audio after the jump)

March 13, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

You know how Chris Matthews gets a thrill up his leg when Obama's rhetoric soars to unprecedented heights from the television monitors at MSNBC? Seth Meyers undergoes a full-body thrill whenever Rachel Maddow is in the same zip code.

Maddow appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Tuesday for an interview that quickly degenerated into Meyers essentially revealing he's a lesbian trapped in a man's body and that he and Maddow would make a wonderful couple, they really really would. (Video after the jump)

March 12, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

No, "I'm not off my rocker," Ed Schultz told his radio listeners after making an off-the-wall prediction. Actually, two predictions -- that Hillary Clinton is a virtual shoo-in who will waltz back into the White House, and that Dick Cheney will cave to pressure from movement conservatives and run for president.

As for the first prediction, I vaguely recall many pundits saying much along the same lines ... back in 2007, followed by Clinton's highly-touted inevitability fading by the month after she was blinded-sided by an obscure senator from Illinois who could work a Teleprompter like none before him. (Audio clips after the jump)

March 11, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

Rust never sleeps, Neil Young warned in an album of the same title back in 1979. And so it is with revisionism from the left, especially when it comes their failed utopia of yore, the Soviet Union.

For nearly 20 years after the unforgettable night in 1989 when a long-divided Berlin was finally reunited, American leftists bit their tongues about the Soviet Union, embarrassed by its abrupt collapse, revelations of its appalling monstrosities, and confirmation via the decoded Venona cables of a vast communist spy network in the US government as alleged by Senator Joseph McCarthy. (Audio after the jump)

March 11, 2014, 9:39 AM EDT

That he is, Bill, that he is! On this we agree.

Don't you love it when liberals swoon over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only avowed socialist in the U.S. Senate? Operative word here -- "avowed." Sanders, to his credit, has the courage to be transparent in his political beliefs. Many of his ideological cohorts on Capitol Hill aren't as bold and describe themselves instead with the squishy euphemism "progressive," despite the fact that the policies they support are indistinguishable from those advocated by Sanders.  (Audio after the jump)

March 10, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

How do you know when Ed Schultz is way off the mark? Aside from the high likelihood of this whenever the man opens his mouth, it becomes nearly certain when what he says drips with bellicose certitude.

A classic example came on "The Ed Show" March 7 when Schultz was discussing efforts to lobby Nebraska state lawmakers to support the Keystone XL pipeline. (Video after the jump)