WTF? Obama Visits Marc Maron’s Garage

I stay about two years behind in listening to my WTF podcasts. Until today, I never skipped ahead to listen to this or that guest being interviewed by Marc Maron, no matter how big a fan of the person I was, because there is a continuity to the episodes and I prefer to work my […]

A Nice Way to Put It

Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?

— Question on an al Qaeda application form that was among the papers seized by American military members during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Why You Felt Good About Things Before You Listened to the Pundits

There’s a new standard for judging the success of Pres. Obama’s initiatives: Every single last soul in America must be doing great before we can claim progress. Don’t believe it? Can you count the number of times you’ve heard news reported this way? Pundit: “Well yes, Freemont, unemployment continues to fall, month in and month […]

Santorum Stands Mute As S.C. Birther Claims Obama Tried to Nuke Charleston

On a swing into South Carolina last week in his never-ending but never-gonna-happen campaign to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum proved again that he is a political hack who lacks the gravitas — and class — required to be president. During a Q&A session at a birther, anti-Muslim summit, […]

Giuliani Proves That Patriotism Truly Is the Last Refuge of Draft-Dodging, Adulterous Scoundrels

Samuel Johnson said it 240 years ago: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Rudolph Giuliani proved it last week at a fundraiser in New York for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when he exhumed commie-baiter Sen. Joe McCarthy by asserting that while he and Republican fatcats like himself were America-loving patriots, Pres. Obama and […]

Obama’s Job Approval Surges in California As Optimism Rises among Democrats

A Field Poll of California voters out this week [PDF] found Pres. Obama’s job approval rating has rebounded in the state to 57 percent — up 12 percentage points from five months ago when his approval rating was 45 percent. By party affiliation, the president’s job approval rating was 84 percent among Democrats, 54 percent […]

Obama Supports Ending Senate Filibuster

Probably the one thing that we could change without a constitutional amendment that would make a difference here would be the elimination of the routine use of the filibuster in the Senate. Because I think that does, in an era in which the parties are more polarized, it almost ensures greater gridlock and less clarity in terms of the positions of the parties. There’s nothing in the Constitution that requires it.

— President Obama, telling Vox the U.S. Senate should eliminate the filibuster.

Hank Green Says It’s Not OK for the Mainstream Media to Snipe at YouTube Stars
But the Reason Isn't What You Expect -- He Even Calls Out Jon Stewart

If you missed it in the post-game coverage of the recent State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama broke new ground beyond perfecting presidential ad libs. He also agreed to one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars, and one of them, Hank Green, isn’t happy with the way the “legacy” press corps treated the endeavor. Green’s […]

Now It’s Clear Why Tea Partyers Don’t Like Boehner

He’s darker skinned than Pres. Obama. But seriously, if you missed the president’s State of the Union Speech last night, check out Matthew Iglesia’s take over at Vox.

Obama Approval up to 50%


Pres. Obama’s approval rating, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Analysts say the renewed support is largely based on improving economic news. It’s also likely he has rallied his base, especially Latinos, with a series of bold initiatives announced over the past few months.