Articles by: Joseph Ascanio

Even On The Wrong Side Of Facts, Mitt Romney’s Style Wins Over Truth In First Debate (CROSS-POST)

Even On The Wrong Side Of Facts, Mitt Romney’s Style Wins Over Truth In First Debate (CROSS-POST)

Unfortunately for this country, the American political system is often judged on style rather than substance.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
‘I’m Still Here’: Sarah Palin Endorses Anti-Gay Chicken, Chick-fil-A Debacle More Than It Seems

‘I’m Still Here’: Sarah Palin Endorses Anti-Gay Chicken, Chick-fil-A Debacle More Than It Seems

In case you were just beginning to forget who she was, former half-term Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) thought it best to throw her hat into the ring recently over the apparent Chick-fil-A anti-gay controversy.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Right-Wing Refuses To Believe Cleveland Bombers Are NOT Part Of Occupy Movement

Right-Wing Refuses To Believe Cleveland Bombers Are NOT Part Of Occupy Movement

I am sure you would have cringed in gross disbelief in staff writer Matthew Sheffield’s ridiculous and baseless assertion that yesterday’s bridge-bombing plot was actually connected to the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in unison across the country and, more specifically, Cleveland..

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
James Inhofe And the GOP Anti-Science Bias

James Inhofe And the GOP Anti-Science Bias

The GOP has famously opposed the facts behind climate change on nearly every possible front, citing little more than outdated, corporate-bought, dogmatic opinion to back its case against reality.

Republican Rep. Bob Morris Apologizes to Girl Scouts, But Then Doesn’t

Republican Rep. Bob Morris Apologizes to Girl Scouts, But Then Doesn’t

This week’s face-palm moment was undoubtedly Rep. Bob Morris’ (R-Indiana) incendiary letter to the House of Representatives urging his fellow Congressmen and Congresswomen to vote down a resolution to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100 year anniversary.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Fox News Tends To Confuse Humor With Gross Absurdity

Fox News Tends To Confuse Humor With Gross Absurdity

In a dumbed-down Fox and Friends appearance, Fox Business’ “Follow the Money” host Eric Bolling (think Glenn Beck lite for Wall Street types) responded to recorded comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) in a somewhat unnerving fashion.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Religious Right Remains In Constant Denial Over Contraception Coverage

Religious Right Remains In Constant Denial Over Contraception Coverage

As a conservative media mogul and proprietor of a slew of Right-thumping publications (Newsbusters.org, CNSNews.com), the über-Right Media Research Center President and frequent Fox News contributor/guest Brent Bozell is on yet another tirade of late concerning the Obama Administration’s supposed ‘war on Christianity’ via a health care mandate on contraception.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
No Liberal Hero: Facing The Ron Paul Problem

No Liberal Hero: Facing The Ron Paul Problem

Disillusionment with the status quo – combined with the buzzwords swirling around a Libertarian campaign – often strikes just the right chord with frustrated American voters. But while the concept of a Libertarian presidency does have its appeal, there are inherent problems that outweigh the positives.

Talk About Inequality: Republican Economics Not-So-Classy ‘Warfare’

Talk About Inequality: Republican Economics Not-So-Classy ‘Warfare’

At a recent campaign stop in Pella, Iowa, presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R – PA) made special note of his (and the majority of his party’s) views on economic reform as relevant to today’s socio-economic upheavals.

GOP Playbook: Running On A Platform Of Hate

GOP Playbook: Running On A Platform Of Hate

It is really no secret how the vast majority of modern-day Republican front-runners – those who have co-opted the ‘fiscal conservative’ political party to further a corporate-funded, socially conservative theocracy – generally feel toward the LGBT community.

Drug Testing For Unemployment Benefits; Yet Another Republican Smokescreen

Drug Testing For Unemployment Benefits; Yet Another Republican Smokescreen

Last week, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives unveiled new legislation that would eliminate 40 weeks (10 months, or a reduction from 73 to 33 weeks) from the duration of currently-offered federal unemployment benefits while allowing states to mandate drug testing for recipients of said benefits as a means of eligibility screening.

Herman Cain Pulls Out, Leaves American Election Circus With Bad Taste In Mouth

Herman Cain Pulls Out, Leaves American Election Circus With Bad Taste In Mouth

You know we live in a sadly odd and trivial society when a man whose political ineptitude and unabashed bigotry against intelligence are even together no measure of his readiness to be Commander-in-Chief as compared to a slew of sexual innuendo circulating around the rumor mill.

by Joseph Ascanio· · Political Rants
Former Disillusioned Obama Voter, Now Cancer Patient, Thankful For ‘Obamacare’

Former Disillusioned Obama Voter, Now Cancer Patient, Thankful For ‘Obamacare’

Due largely to the Right’s purposeful, misinformation-machine, many like Ward have been led to believe since the 2008 election that the Affordable Care Act was bad for people just like her, as well as the vast majority of Americans.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
‘Epic Fail’: Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ a Dichotomy of What is Wrong With American Christianity

‘Epic Fail’: Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ a Dichotomy of What is Wrong With American Christianity

Let’s face it – Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) is one drunken gaffe away from riding the ‘Cain Train’ to the political sidelines, where he will be expected to reluctantly offer his official endorsement to one of the lesser evils to be spewed from the proverbial elephant’s ass.

by Joseph Ascanio· · Right-Wing Talking Points
Police, Right-Wing Media Know No Bounds While Demeaning Occupy Wall Street

Police, Right-Wing Media Know No Bounds While Demeaning Occupy Wall Street

Outfitted in best-of-tech riot gear against the unarmed “occupiers,” Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis police approached the group of students and began attacking them with peppy spray, forcing them to cover their faces.

Buyer’s Remorse: Ballots Go Blue In Fight Against Conservative Hysteria

Buyer’s Remorse: Ballots Go Blue In Fight Against Conservative Hysteria

In what may perhaps be seen as a telling milestone in voters’ acknowledgement of base-less, Right wing hysteria, social conservative initiatives presented at the ballots this past Election Day just got axed.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Rush Limbaugh Laments The ‘Old Days’ When Sexual Harassment Was Cool

Rush Limbaugh Laments The ‘Old Days’ When Sexual Harassment Was Cool

On today’s edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, host and famed conservative blow-hard Rush Limbaugh went on a tirade against liberalism, of all things, for the alleged sexual harassment mess in which Republican presidential candidate and pizza mogul Herman Cain has recently found himself.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News, Right-Wing Talking Points
When To Hold ‘Em: Fox News Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Stance, Ignores Teen Bullying

When To Hold ‘Em: Fox News Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Stance, Ignores Teen Bullying

Lacking substance with regard to real, tangible issues affecting Americans today, the Republican party is pushing full-steam-ahead on social conservatism that often preys upon the gay community; invoking age-old prejudices within their base to fire up the ballot boxes come 2012.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Right Wing Scribes Blame Occupy Wall St. for Violence That it Didn’t Commit

Right Wing Scribes Blame Occupy Wall St. for Violence That it Didn’t Commit

The NYPD is, unfortunately, once again being utilized by the corporate classes to protect what they regard as assets rather than protecting the rights of the people who are practicing civil, non-violent disobedience in order to speak truth to power.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Occupy Wall Street: Tea Parties For Smart People

Occupy Wall Street: Tea Parties For Smart People

A surge of re-energized American citizens positioned in cities across the country are carrying out the grassroots ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement (or the ’99 Percent Movement’) with an intelligent and provoking agenda that invokes real patriotic citizenship – much unlike the backwards Tea Party protests that have done little more than pervert our founding ideals while hidden under the guise of Americanism.