U.S. Embassy on ‘Lockdown’ after Quran-burning at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan

By |February 22nd, 2012|

U.S. Gen. John Allen, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said after the books had been mistakenly given to troops to be burned at a garbage pit without realizing it. "It was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials," Allen said Tuesday, one day after Afghan workers [...]

Speculation that Journalists Killed in Syria were Targeted by Assad’s Security Forces

By |February 22nd, 2012|

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Shadid died recently while reporting from Syria, the victim of a fatal asthma attack. He was Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times at the time of his death. Two more journalists have now also died in Syria, though they seem to have been targeted, according to reports. From [...]

Transvaginal Probe Gov. Bob McDonnell Wavering on Virginia State Rape Bill

By |February 22nd, 2012|

UPDATED - McDonnell Statement Below Religious conservatives are underestimating what signing Virginia's state rape legislation will mean for the career and ambitions of Gov. Bob McDonnell. Perhaps one of the saner Republicans who actually wants to win a national election gave McDonnell a call. From the Washington Post: Until this weekend, McDonnell (R) [...]

Jazz and Blues Night at 1600

By |February 22nd, 2012|

The Republican primary contest is making Barack Obama one happy man. Following what had to be a great night, Obama's proposing to lower corporate tax rates to 28%, while obliterating loopholes. It will be announced today. Obama will propose lowering the nation's corporate tax rate to 28 percent. At the same time, however, he will [...]

Twin Freaks: Franklin Graham and Rick Santorum

By |February 21st, 2012|

I'm caught between grateful at the timing of Graham's gaffe and annoyed we're still talking about Pres. Obama being a secret Muslim. I'd much rather talk about all of us being Satan, according to Rick Santorum, and all because the ladies demand control over our lady parts. You'd think both of these righteous men would [...]

GOP Super PACs Crushing Obama Allies

By |February 21st, 2012|

This is quite a switch for Barack Obama. He's unaccustomed to facing a political battlefield as a financial underdog. But if you want to know why principle went by the boards on Super PACs, read on. Sheldon Adelson's deep pockets and willingness to fork over large chunks of his fortune to help Republicans is just [...]

Ron Paul Ad Labels Rick Santorum ‘Fake’ Fiscal Conservative

By |February 21st, 2012|

Paul may not be purposefully helping Mitt Romney, though their detente seems fairly obvious if you've been paying attention. However, considering Mitt Romney is burning through his campaign cash faster than he can raise it he's not going to complain. Romney's presidential campaign and the super PAC supporting him pulled in $13.1 million in January, [...]

Dominique Straus Kahn Questioned by French Police on Prostitution Ring

By |February 21st, 2012|

Scandal is swirling around DSK again, this time in France. From Reuters: "People are not always clothed at these parties. I challenge you to tell the difference between a nude prostitute and a classy lady in the nude," Leclerc recently told French radio. Eight people, including two Lille businessmen close to Strauss-Kahn and a police [...]

Taking a ‘Wrecking Ball’ to Religious Conservatism in Politics

By |February 20th, 2012|

"We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christan ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and [...]

Pentagon Budget 2013 Broken Down by Winslow Wheeler

By |February 20th, 2012|

Winslow Wheeler is one of a very determined band of defense experts who have been diligently deciphering and challenging the Pentagon budget, expenditures and priority for years. I've cited Wheeler many times before, who has been a guest writer around here as well (here, here, here, here, here, here, with more at the Winslow Wheeler [...]