2016 Crystal Ball

It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate — and if she is, she’s no sure thing. Jeff Parker / PoliticalCartoons.com Picking a president has become a tedious and expensive non-stop exercise. Those of us who dwell…

Don’t Like Food Stamps? Raise the Minimum Wage

Say you’re philosophically opposed to food stamps. Let’s say you feel better about yourself by calling those who’ve hit hard times freeloading parasites. Suppose the very idea someone somewhere may be cheating the system is enough for you to support snatching all subsidized sandwiches out of the hands of your fellow Americans. Imagine that right…

Washington Looking More and More Like Hollywood

Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible. Midterm elections will bring out Hollywood celebrities supporting lots of glad-handing politicians, attracting the least informed voters: the People/US/Entertainment Weekly crowd. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch And rightfully so. While some in Hollywood and D.C. strive for financial responsibility, there are those who…

The Bill & Hillary Blame Game is For Losers

Is Bill Clinton still president? Has he been caught fooling around with another intern in the Oval Office? Has Paula Jones filed another lawsuit? Is Hillary Clinton still standing by her bad man? I must be in the 1990s again. Why else would I have seen Kathleen Willey on TV talking about Bill Clinton repeatedly…

Green Rush Munchies

  It’s easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor US Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That’s so incredibly righteous of you. Steve Sack / Minneapolis…

A President Gone Wild

If five years of the Obama administration has taught us anything, it is that presidents do not need Congress to further their agenda. All they need is to surround themselves with “yes men” who share similar disrespect for the Constitution and its founders. It also helps to have a trusty pen and phone, as President…

Legitimizing Rape

The charge of rape is a successful way to smear your enemy. When political agitator Andrew Breitbart was met with Occupy protestors one year at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he started screeching, “Behave yourselves and stop raping people!” Russian President Vladimir Putin used this slander brilliantly when asked if gay athletes would be safe…

Fighting Back Against the NSA

While many Americans shake their heads at the feckless backsliding of our current congressional Republican leadership, legislators in a handful of states across this nation are bravely taking a stand against the National Security Agency, a behemoth of unconstitutional breaches of privacy currently recording and logging every one of your calls, emails, text messages and…

Obama – Grow some Balls!

With the release of 65 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison Thursday at the command of Afghanistan President Karzai it is obvious that he’s no ally of ours. Karzai goes on to say in a news conference on Thrusday “I hope that the United States will stop harassing Afghanistan’s procedures and judicial authority. Afghanistan is a sovereign…

Separate ‘Marriage’ and State

The problem with our debate about same-sex marriage is in many ways language. The term “marriage” is a religious one. All the dictates as to what a marriage is and who gets to be in a marriage (and how many) are bible-based. We have a religious idea that’s sanctioned by the state in the form…

Fight Global Warming: Approve the Pipeline!

President Obama laid out his personal standard for approving the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his global warming speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. If the project increases global warming, he’ll veto it. Based on that standard, he should now approve the project — immediately. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch…

The GOP Psyche: An Explainer

I believe the Republican Party’s psychic break happened the moment their “compassionate conservative” economic philosophy melted the world’s economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” I know when I first heard it my head exploded.…

Do Liberals Really Want to Fix Things

While listening to the State of the Union (SOTU) address by the coolest president ever last week, I felt an odd chill go up my leg (because of the polar vortex) when I mused over why people loyally vote for and trust those who instinctively make things worse every time they try to fix something.…

The War Against Children

…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…” — Mother Teresa Mountains are neither fair nor unfair to those of us who scale them. Those who resolve to make it to the top, do so step-by-step, with no favors from the mountain. I…