Why have public attitudes about gays changed so amazingly fast? http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289968/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:09:08 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289968/-1/blogs01 24813424_BG1

More than a few Americans, especially those on the Religious Right, no doubt were shocked at the overwhelming public outcry (above) against a legislative proposal in Arizona that was widely seen as anti-gay and eventually was [...]]]> College professor sarcastically mocks the idea of carrying concealed guns on campus http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289969/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:26:58 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289969/-1/blogs01 GregHampikianSequencing-Custom

THIS is pretty funny — [...]]]> Here’s why I laugh at some of my fellow geezers http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:26:57 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289995/-1/blogs01 2667008_640px

Edwin Lyngar EXAMINES THE PHENOMENON of paranoid old white people falling for the [...]]]> Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:41:35 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289996/-1/blogs01 cantor-boehner

The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE:

http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289997/-1/blogs01 GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE

Never mind that most Americans disagree with http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140228/BLOGS/302289998/-1/blogs01 00000000000

Charles P. Pierce NAILS IT:

It’s not until you watch it happen [...]]]> Boo-hoo! Pity the plight of the put-upon plutocrats! http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279956/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:45:04 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279956/-1/blogs01 stephenmoore2

When the Tea Party folks invite  a Wall Street maven to preach to them, their pretentions to populism can be dismissed as phonus balonus.

Check http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279989/-1/blogs01 image0024

In one of the more fascinating political developments of recent years, an effort by moral busybodies in Arizona to codify their disdain for homosexuality has blown up in their faces. What’s more, the anti-gay campaign in general, [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans oppose repeal of Obamacare http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269950/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:30:17 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269950/-1/blogs01 gop-quit-crying9

To hear Republicans tell it, the American populace is ready to overthrow the government if the Affordable Care Act is not struck from federal lawbooks.

But, of course, as is so often the case, the [...]]]> Poll: Most Americans say anti-gay rhetoric in churches is alientating young people http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269986/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:09:03 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269986/-1/blogs01 GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENT HOLDS SIGN IN PROTEST OUTSIDE STATEHOUSE

In the 1960s, there was lots of talk in American society about a so-called generation gap.

As we see http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269989/-1/blogs01 bigotry

The likelihood that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will soon veto an ugly piece of anti-gay legislation brings to mind a few enduring truisms:

From before the dawn of the American republic to this second decade of the 21st century, our [...]]]> Looks like there were political gains for GOP governors who didn’t entirely reject Obamacare http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269987/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:27:33 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269987/-1/blogs01 kasich

Some right-wingers might find THIS counterintuitive:

Conservative activists [...]]]> Jon Stewart mocks Fox News for its theories on how Reagan would have dealt with Ukraine http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269988/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:02:37 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140226/BLOGS/302269988/-1/blogs01 jon-stewart-todays-republican-party-would-call-reagan-a-hollywood-liberal

The talking  heads at Fox News have [...]]]> Media fall for false claim that defense cuts would shrink Army to pre-WWII levels http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:23:31 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259958/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11

Dwight Eisenhower, who warned us against the excesses of the military-industrial complex, is probably spinning in his grave.

The problem is that the mainstream media are uncritically passing along misrepresentations [...]]]> Political scientist says Obama’s presidency has been average, but might end up mediocre http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:55:32 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259959/-1/blogs01 2011-07-29T154447Z_01_WAS406_RTRIDSP_3_USA-AUTOS-STANDARDS

Stanley A. Renshon, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, [...]]]> Is the Supreme Court afraid of Jon Stewart? http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259987/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:06:04 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259987/-1/blogs01 jon-stewart

As we see HERE, a certain legal analyst says the answer to the question above is yes:

http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259988/-1/blogs01 Bill-Nye-ABC-320x240

This video was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 ... Poll: Most Americans think the budget deficit is rising, but it’s not http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:04:16 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049961/-1/blogs01 imagesCADLE2C4

I think THIS is the result of both Republican demagoguery and public confusion:

http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/BLOGS/302049989/-1/blogs01 Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

A committee of the Missouri State Senate voted overwhelmingly last week for a bill aimed at making it a state crime for federal officials to enforce federal gun laws. [...]]]> Why do Republicans persist with arguments that can easily be disproved? http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039938/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:48:49 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039938/-1/blogs01 Myth_truth11

Republican politicians have become keenly aware in recent years that rhetoric based on falsehoods often makes a favorable impression among the Tea Party elements of their party’s base.

The latest example of this [...]]]> Contraception has reduced abortions to lowest level in nearly 40 years http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039983/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:06:01 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039983/-1/blogs01 abortion

Andrew Sullivan frames the issue THUSLY:

The [abortion] rate is now roughly where it was in [...]]]> Unlike some politicians, the business world recognizes the reality of income disparity http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039984/-1/blogs01 Income-Inequality-Tom-Dwyer

Some leaders of the business world are beginning to sound like left-wingers, as we see http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039985/-1/blogs01 dkjsia7zlqcm37bhvbpf

THESE PSEUDO-PATRIOTS could start a fight in an empty [...]]]> Behold the manly men of the Republican Party http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:30:37 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019997/-1/blogs01 gop-caveman-sensitive

THIS ESSAY by Charles M. Blow reminds me of the silly adage that the [...]]]> Regarding the Republicans’ make-believe plan for immigration reform http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019998/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140201/BLOGS/302019998/-1/blogs01 anti-obama-sign-1

The ever-snarky Charles Pierce NAILS IT:

The Republican [...]]]> The thot plickens http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:24:31 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319958/-1/blogs01 didimovethosecones12614_0

THIS doesn’t look good for a certain politician:

A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says that the [...]]]> Like me, Sarah Palin is no fan of Peggy Noonan — but for a different reason http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319959/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:20:30 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319959/-1/blogs01 coqdf16lfeo7wxlli1gg

The moral of THIS STORY is that a certain former Republican candidate for vice president has a long [...]]]> Regarding the fact that white men dominate the media and America’s political class http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319960/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:34 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319960/-1/blogs01 4395897-a-crowd-of-identical-business-men-in-a-meeting-isolated-on-white

After you read the http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319988/-1/blogs01 farm subsidies

THIS should come as no surprise to anyone:

Most Americans say U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to achieve their goals http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:37:36 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/BLOGS/301319989/-1/blogs01 iraq-afghanistan-2-320x300

The most interesting thing about THIS POLL is that there is [...]]]> Will immigration issue ignite a civil war among Republicans? http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309957/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:05:05 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309957/-1/blogs01 gop-split

There’s no political issue that riles the more xenophobic elements of the Republican Party’s far-right wing than immigration reform.

But the less bigoted wing of the GOP recognizes that the party faces a demographic [...]]]> More nonsense about executive orders http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:32:23 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309958/-1/blogs01 JonMeacham

Just yesterday, I posted HERE about widespread misconceptions [...]]]> It looks like congressional Republicans might surrender on the debt-ceiling issue http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:52:13 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309994/-1/blogs01 businessman-white-flag-370x229.jpg 1291040414

At long last, some of THESE GUYS [...]]]> Even if mostly by luck, the economy does better under Democratic presidents than Republicans http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:55:58 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/BLOGS/301309995/-1/blogs01 economy-is-always-better-under-democrats-L-9b7JPA

http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299959/-1/blogs01 Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

It's been a while since I've addressed this issue, but I’m prompted to set the record straight by something I ran across just this morning on the White House [...]]]> Pseudo-macho pol threatens violence against reporter who asked about ethics probe http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299991/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:37:34 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299991/-1/blogs01 111111111111111111111111

THIS GUY ought to be arrested:

http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299992/-1/blogs01 obama-600-1360781272

Good news HERE for President Obama:

CNN’s [...]]]> Regarding Boehner’s warning that Obama’s executive orders will hit a brick wall http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:31:26 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299993/-1/blogs01 0720-boehner_full_600

For the past few years, the Republican noise machine has been spewing tons of nonsense about the executive orders issued by Obama — both in terms of the number of them and their [...]]]> Global-warming denialists have a little child’s conception of time and space http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140128/BLOGS/301289965/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:47:59 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140128/BLOGS/301289965/-1/blogs01 1604962_10152133368994255_1696974717_n

Eugene Robinson NAILS [...]]]> Greta Van Susteren of Fox News calls right-wing pundit a jerk http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140128/BLOGS/301289966/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:08:00 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140128/BLOGS/301289966/-1/blogs01 5842616296_f9eca6eda3_z

When conservative blogger  Erick Erickson (above) tweeted a few nasty remarks about Texas Democrat Wendy Davis (calling her an “Abortion Barbie” and an “alpha male” and [...]]]>