Pawlenty Steals From Jobs So He Can Claim He Turned Down ObamaCare

Ever wonder where your elected official's heart is? In Minnesota, it’s not with jobs; it’s with political ambitions. Last week, MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) issued an executive order that directs state agencies to opt out of discretionary aspects of the new healthcare reform law. And then he turned around and asked for 260 million dollars from job legislation funded by the stimulus he railed against to pay for Medicaid expenses.

The Unfamily-Values Like Tirades of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh

The Right Wing is having a super hard time with this whole losing thing and it’s whipping them into a fury of potty-mouth tirades. From Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin, they’re obsessed with name-calling and sexual put-downs. Today Rush Limbaugh called Obama "hen-pecked," "imam-child," "wrecking ball," "agitator," and a "blithering novice," while Palin calls reporters “Impotent, Limp and Gutless”.

Republicans Defy Military Leaders By Not Condemning Quran Burning

Fear mongering leads to endangering US and Troops

Both top US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, and one of his deputies, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, are warning Americans that burning the Quran will endanger the troops in Afghanistan (and around the world), who are there fighting a war started by Republican President George Bush. A fearful nation awaits a leader from the Republican Party to grow enough courage to take a stand for us and for our troops and their mission.

The Daring Idea of Happiness as GDP

It’s a question of productivity versus happiness as the ultimate judge of the welfare of nations. Yes, this is an argument for a socially just Democracy, or as I like to call it, civilization. Nic Marks must surely be a socialist. At TEDGlobal 2010 he suggested that we would be better off to measure success by happiness rather than productivity. Cue the crazy jihad nut job dance from the Right (plus a Glenn Beck cry fest), but meanwhile, I ask you on this Labor Day, have you ever been to a country where they valued overall contentment of the people over their productivity? Because once you’ve seen it in action, it’s hard to deny the validity of Marks' inspiration.

Breaking Bad with Twitter to Celebrate Unions on Labor Day

R.J. Mitte takes to Twitter to support Unions on Labor Day

It’s a Union Tweetfest, peeps. Because nothing says Labor Day like honoring and celebrating this country’s proud heritage of unions. Union workers are the backbone of this country. They span from steel mill workers to Hollywood writers, nurses to auto workers. These are the Real Americans, working hard to provide for their families. The union created the middle class. The Union helped pass pro worker legislation like the Fair Minimum Wage Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Defending Stephen Hawking From the Soldiers of God

Physicist Stephen Hawking who has raised the ire of every believer in Britain because of his new book, "The Grand Design." Hawking’s great sin is to suggest that God is not necessary for creation: "the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Of course, the religious zealots are going nuts, but here is why Hawking is right.

Ohio Doesn’t Want Their Tan Man as Speaker of the House

Look, even my palm is orange!

No one in Ohio likes John Boehner (R-OH) much. You know Boehner, the orange man whose tan resembles actor Hamilton, whom Obama referred to jokingly as "a person of color" at the 2009 White House Correspondent's Dinner. Ah, our President. His wit does fly a tad above the target. Out here in the real world, most people don't know who Boehner is, even in his home state band those that do don't think much of him. However, his tan is infamous and the voters in his state report that they would like him more if he spent less time on his tan.

The Tea Party’s Success May be Sarah Palin’s Demise

Hopeless and Despair are Exploited and Directed to a Scapegoat

The seduction of the Tea Party for the people on the ground is obvious; they feel politicians are betraying them. They don’t trust Washington. They’re threatened by change. These elements never change; they are always ripe for manipulation by the dirtiest politicians who appeal to fear. All they need is a scapegoat upon which to funnel their impotent rage.

What About the Headless Bodies, Governor Brewer?

Governor Brewer Realizes Why Palin Doesn't Do Interviews

Yes, it’s another day in Republican land where naturally, such questions as, “What about the headless bodies?” are bound to come up. After all, nothing says Republican like wild, unfounded accusations. Oh, but wait, what about the general incompetence? Oh, that was here too. We had the whole show last night during a televised debate between Gubernatorial political opponents Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer and Democrat (current state attorney general since 2003) Terry Goddard of Arizona.

The White House Gives Glenn Beck A Big STFU

At his daily press briefing today White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Glenn Beck's attacks on Obama's Christianity. Gibbs said, "People are entitled to their own opinion as ill informed as it may be, but they're not entitled to their own facts. The president is a committed mainstream Christian."