Ex-liberal from People's Republic of Massachusetts
Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan
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What better way to wind down from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend than with a serving of absurdity from a long-entrenched member of the liberal media elite.
The comical leftover in question comes courtesy of Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page during a McLaughlin Group discussion of precious snowflake leftists demanding "safe spaces" on college campuses to be spared the horror of Halloween costumes, all manner of microaggression, and the few remaining professors who expect results.
Ed Schultz should stick with his shtick as perpetually irritated working-class hero rather than ridicule others for their alleged ignorance of American history while at the same time displaying his flimsy grasp of it.
Since ending his radio show last year and getting shown the door at MSNBC in July, Schultz has taken to venting in a daily podcast he calls "Ed Schultz News and Commentary" that is accessible through YouTube and his website.
It's always amusing when liberals accuse conservatives of treason for the audacious alleged crime of disagreeing with them on national security. Even more amusing is when liberals accuse other left wingers of treason. The silver lining here -- some of those accused become potential converts to conservatism after deciding they've had enough of loyalty tests on the left.
Radio host Thom Hartmann, whose program is among the most influential on that short list of influential liberal radio shows, could barely contain his contempt for nearly four dozen House Democrats who broke ranks with the party and voted for Republican legislation to tighten oversight of Syrian and Iraqi refugees entering the U.S.
An appearance last night on Alan Colmes' radio show went from bad to barely better for a spokesman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Florida CAIR branch at Tampa, made an earnest attempt to separate Islamic fanatics responsible for last week's carnage in Paris from genuine Muslims, despite a revealing gaffe right out of the gate.
The Republican feared most by liberals? The one described with the most overwrought hyperbole. Yes, some things never change.
According to ex-MSNBC pundit Cenk Uygur (pronounced Jenk U-gur), that Republican is none other than Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Should he learn this, Cruz will presumably take it as a badge of honor.
Having shown her affinity for the nonsensical when it comes to the oil export ban, Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift has now demonstrated her refusal to accept the reality of three major economic booms in the United States over the last century that were preceded by major tax relief.
Appearing as one of the regular panelists on this weekend's McLaughlin Group, Clift made a claim that was laughable even by the elastic standards of the left.
Bernie Sanders has done surprisingly well in his campaign for president, much better than many observers expected when the openly socialist senator from Vermont announced in April that he was running.
But while Sanders has caused Hillary Clinton to shift noticeably to the left, his campaign has been vexed by a dilemma that has proven resistant to remedy -- lack of enthusiasm for Sanders among blacks and Hispanics.
You know you've made it when you're "parodied" on Saturday Night Live, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, exclaimed to Rachel Maddow when appearing on Maddow's MSNBC show on Monday.
Which might be true had SNL actually parodied Maddow. What they served up instead was a pallid impersonation at best when there was so much more to work with.
To paraphrase a punch line from Richard Pryor -- who are you going to believe, liberals defending Obamacare or your lying ears?
Lefties shilling for Obamacare have forgotten or choose to ignore one of Barack Obama's most blatant and repetitive lies -- namely, that under the so-called Affordable Care Act, health insurance premiums would drop on average by $2,500 annually per family.
Once a liberal gets to talking about fascism, which ranks high among his perennial obsessions, amusing observations and dubious claims are sure to follow.
Usually the left winger in question will opine about the genuine, hard-core varieties of fascism found in Europe during the early 20th century, before he inevitably condemns the domestic versions endured by Americans during Republican presidential administrations.
There she goes again, demonstrating that self-proclaimed but seldom-observed "devotion" to facts that "borders on obsessive."
If a Republican president is elected next November, one of his or her first actions as president would likely be approval of the remaining leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The second part of that equation is less of a stretch, seeing how all the GOP candidates support completion of the project.
At long last, irrefutable proof -- not only can pigs fly, that they did on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show when its namesake host opined about Jeb Bush's flailing campaign this past Thursday.
In the process, Maddow refuted one of the central tenets of contemporary liberalism, a belief so dear to its adherents that they want to amend the Constitution to legitimize their delusion.
Amid fierce competition from Clinton sycophants in media and politics, a potential frontrunner has emerged as the most egregious Hillary suck-up in the wake of her Nurse Ratched-inspired testimony before the House Benghazi Committee on Oct. 22.
Few people outside Pennsylvania or regular MSNBC viewers are likely to be familiar with Joe Sestak, a former Democrat House member and ex-admiral now running for Senate in the Keystone State.
During Rachel Maddow's live but actually not interview with Hillary Clinton on Friday night, Maddow asked Clinton if she had any "new ideas" on improving health care for veterans provided by the notoriously schlerotic Veterans Affairs department.
Considering that Maddow put this to a paleo-Dem whose politics have remained static since her undergrad days at Wellesley, Clinton's answer to Maddow's query was nearly certain to amuse.
Liberals often proclaim their devotion to "free" health care and "free" college, thereby demonstrating their flimsy grasp of the word "free."
The word "illegal" is also a challenge for them as shown by their unwillingness to utter the dreaded term "illegal immigrant."
Converse with a liberal and it's only a matter of time, usually not very long, before he starts bashing those unevolved miscreants known as fellow Americans.
Just as predictable is the same liberal shortly thereafter praising Americans for their keen perception in sharing his political views.
With Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Benghazi Select Committee only days away, liberals have settled on a simplistic meme to frame the media narrative -- if Clinton as secretary of state was somehow at fault for the attacks on American diplomatic outposts in Benghazi in 2012, how was President George W. Bush not at fault for al Qaeda hitting the U.S. in 2001?
The two jihadist assaults do share a specific thing in common -- their date, Sept. 11, separated by 11 years. Beyond that, the analogy is deliberately misleading and hence inherently appealing to the left, as conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh pointed out Monday.
Through the vitriol of another tiresome debate on gun control -- or "common sense gun safety legislation" as liberals have taken to robotically mouthing instead -- it is refreshing when a left winger blurts out his or her actual, underlying view on the issue.
Such was the case earlier this week with Thom Hartmann, who hosts one of the top-rated programs on that lifeless moonscape known as liberal radio, during a debate with Carl Higbie, president of the pro-gun rights Citizen League.
Back in September 2004, blogger Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs helped defuse an explosive allegation from Dan Rather on 60 Minutes II -- that then-President George W. Bush went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War -- by pointing out the embarrassing fact that documents obtained by Rather to prove the claim were written in Microsoft Word font that wasn't invented until decades after Bush served in the military.
The bias-driven blunder resulted in CBS firing Rather's producer, Mary Mapes, and three other employees, with Rather making an unceremonious departure from anchor work on the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes II shortly after.
You never know what to expect on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, but last night's show included a guest saying something genuinely startling.
Former Democrat congressman Patrick Kennedy has been making the rounds to plug his new book, "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction." Much of the media reaction to the book focuses on its unflattering revelations about the Kennedys, such as a failed family intervention in the early 1990s to stop Ted Kennedy from drinking.