Articles by: Joseph Ascanio

How Republican Leadership Cherry-Picks Religious Values To Suit Anti-Gay Narrative

How Republican Leadership Cherry-Picks Religious Values To Suit Anti-Gay Narrative

Last month, the hanging suicide of Jamey Rodemayer- a 14-year old boy from Buffalo, NY who had been taunted and bullied since grade school by homophobic classmates, left yet another deep scar in the ongoing cultural and social debasement affecting the LGBT community.

Under New Conservatism: Right Wing Laments ‘Social Experimentation’ (or, ‘Pot, Meet Kettle’)

Under New Conservatism: Right Wing Laments ‘Social Experimentation’ (or, ‘Pot, Meet Kettle’)

Unfortunate yet telling instances like the execution of Troy Davis, applause for death at a Republican presidential debate and the disrespectful and grossly hypocritical jeering of a gay U.S. soldier in the aftermath of DADT’s undoing each call to mind the fact that the modern day Right wing – Christian Republicans, mostly – has transformed its conservative agenda from fiscal to social, from political to religious, from freedom to fascism.

In a recent appearance, former president Bill Clinton remarked that we in the United States “look like a joke” when compared to the vast majority of educated nations in regard to the GOP’s criticism of climate science.

Caught In Climate Change Denial (Or, ‘Dear GOP: The World Is Laughing AT Us, Not With Us’)

In a recent appearance, former president Bill Clinton remarked that we in the United States ‘look like a joke’ when compared to the vast majority of educated nations in regard to the GOP’s criticism of climate science (video below).

Do Pro-Lifers Really Care About Life?

Do Pro-Lifers Really Care About Life?

It’s a simple question, really, with a seemingly unfortunate, simple answer: Not so much.

Denialism Runs Amok With Bachmann/Perry Vaccine Scare

Denialism Runs Amok With Bachmann/Perry Vaccine Scare

In a subsequent interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show, Bachmann swiftly back-peddled her claims by stating she has ‘no idea’ whether Gardasil can actually cause mental retardation and that she was merely ‘reporting’ what her supporter had told her.

Republican Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry is catching some heat for recent televised debate comments over his apparent big-brother-ish assault on American citizens’ free will while also going against the mantra of sexual anti-recognition (or the idea that young people in this country do not have sex).

When Social Conservatism Doesn’t Pay Or ‘Perry Admits Teen Girls Have Sex, Tries To Make A Buck’

Republican Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry is catching some heat for recent televised debate comments over his apparent big-brother-ish assault on American citizens’ free will while also going against the mantra of sexual anti-recognition (or the idea that young people in this country do not have sex).

by Joseph Ascanio· · News, Right-Wing Talking Points
Selective Memory: Right-Wing Outraged Over Hoffa Metaphor, Ignore Own Rhetoric

Selective Memory: Right-Wing Outraged Over Hoffa Metaphor, Ignore Own Rhetoric

The right wing’s latest effort to make us think the liberals are coming to get us with guns blazing? Ridiculously attempting to turn an enthusiastic call for Americans to get out and vote in November 2012 as an incitement of violence.

A crack in the side of the Washington Monument after lsat week's earthquake.

East Coast Earthquake Teases Country With Religious Fanaticism

It appears that this week’s earthquake on the nation’s east coast had one noticeable upside: it brought the religious crazies on every side closer together.

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Obama To Military And Private Sector: Invest In Biofuels

The Obama administration has just announced plans to invest up to $510 million in biofuels to power both military and commercial transportation methods as an effort to boost the country’s economic sustainability as well as national security.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
Bachmann Evades Reality, Brings Back Fictitious ‘Death Panels’, Favors Corporations Over Taxpayers

Bachmann Evades Reality, Brings Back Fictitious ‘Death Panels’, Favors Corporations Over Taxpayers

Michele Bachmann vilifies the extension of unemployment benefits and has also started repeating the tired line that President Obama’s healthcare plan will end Medicare and lead to a ‘Board of Death Approval’.

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Huckabee Blames Toxic, ‘Unrealistic’ Republicans For Election Mess, Ignores Outlandish Expectations Of Obama

In a recent appearance on Pat Robertson’s evangelical, The 700 Club, Mike Huckabee commented to host Pat Robertson that the reason he opted out of his then-expected 2012 presidential bid was because he disagreed with he level of ‘toxicity’ garnered by his very own Right wing base.

Republican Scare Tactics Attack Obama’s Energy Security Legislation

Republican Scare Tactics Attack Obama’s Energy Security Legislation

Following the President’s announcement on Friday of his new fuel standards, Congressman Issa filed letters with executives of every major auto company in the country. Letters that apparently alerted them that an investigation is pending.

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
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Are Obama’s Aggressive New Ground-Breaking Fuel Standards Too Lax?

Did the Obama administration allow the auto industry too much in concessions? Or are the new standards really a significant step in the right direction?

by Joseph Ascanio· · News
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Santorum Mixes Rhetoric, Says Big Government Should Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum – famous for his anti-gay stance that earned him an oddly unique ‘Google problem’ – obviously is willing to flip-flop on the universally-Right-wing stance on federal government intervention over state’s rights as well as private lives when it comes to fending off the infamous ‘gay agenda.’

Tea Party Shows Its Anti-Gay, Bigotry Hand

Tea Party Shows Its Anti-Gay, Bigotry Hand

For over a year, Tea Party supporters, activists and demonstrators have touted their supposedly pro-America, anti-Big-Government-taxes sentiments as being the fundamental keys to their masses. Yet, over and over again, evidence has piled up against the Party for its racist, homophobic and religiously-intolerant rhetoric even as they claim such evidence does not exist.

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O’Reilly, Crowley Blame Dems For Ethical Decline of America – Completely Ignore Reality

Monica Crowley discussed with host Bill O’Reilly that rampant American secularism – pushed forth by a so-called liberal, Democratic agenda – is the root cause of cheating in schools and the ethical decline of American culture (see video at the bottom of this post).

Glenn Beck Compares Norway Victims to ‘Hitler Youth’, Ignores His Own Child-Indoctrination Camps

Glenn Beck Compares Norway Victims to ‘Hitler Youth’, Ignores His Own Child-Indoctrination Camps

Yesterday morning on Glenn Beck’s radio show, the former Fox News oustee gave his brief yet pointless take on the Oslo terrror attacks that occurred over the weekend. According to the self-proclaimed prophet of American freedom, the ‘political camp’ that was targeted by alleged terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was kind of like a gathering of the ‘Hitler Youth…or whatever.’

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Conservatives Cast A Blind Eye On Racial Animosity Toward Obama

Current U.S. President Barack Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law school, yet Right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh refers to him as an ‘affirmative action candidate’ and ‘Barack the Magic Negro.’

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Are Birth Control and Safe Sex Part of a Vast Liberal Conspiracy?

Although a vast majority of Americans agree that subsidized birth control is a good thing for the country’s health and economic woes, far-Right social conservatives just won’t have it.

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Social Conservative Sucker Punch: Republican Contenders Compete For Hearts and Souls of the Ridiculously Simple-Minded

Today, with the 2012 election campaigns ready for kickoff, Republican contenders are ramping up their base by playing ‘who can be the most socially conservative and fundamentally religious’ against each other, despite the fact that the real issues facing the country – jobs, economy, security, health – have nothing to do with ‘social’ ideas like gay marriage and Planned Parenthood.