The Bruzzer

Putting the "pin" back in "opinion"
NOVEMBER 2, 2014 11:09PM

Why They Hate Him: Child Care Edition

For Halloween, conservatives treated President Obama to another heaping helping of phony outrage.

The president spoke at Rhode Island College on Friday morning. The theme of the speech was women and the economy, and in his remarks, the president outlined a few policy solutions that he/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 9:48PM

If You Can't Appreciate Baseball...

In a fit of fear and self-loathing, Major League Baseball  is currently testing, during the Arizona Fall League, a series of six “pace of game” rule changes designed to make baseball faster. The new rules prevent batters from stepping out of the box during an at-bat, permit/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 7:42PM

Take a Load Off

Last week, the long simmering debate over reclining seats during air travel began to boil over. It was only a matter of time.

The precipitating event was an incident aboard United flight 1462 to Denver, which had to make an unscheduled landing when a dispute erupted between two passengers over t/… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 8:44PM

Applicants Need Not Apply

Have you dreamt since childhood of one day becoming a shoe salesman? I hope you know somebody.

That’s right: the career path that once hung like a millstone around Al Bundy’s neck (and for which the competition did not appear to be especially fierce) now requires not only credentials, but… Read full post »

I’m guessing most of those reading this have never heard of Cliven Bundy. That’s because most of those reading this do not regularly travel in the darker recesses of the right wing fever swamp. But you need to know who Cliven Bundy is, because out there, he’s a folk hero.

Treatment… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 11:26AM

Pro Tip: Don't Pander

By now you have probably heard that Rep. Bruce Braley (D – IA), candidate for Senate, is the latest gaffe-meister to take a turn on the gaffe-go-round. That is, he’s the latest to have his gaffe a center of attention; the gaffe itself was gaffed in January. Braley was caught on camer/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 8:34PM

More Debates!

This month, “Science Guy” Bill Nye engaged in two relatively well-publicized debates: one with Ken Ham on evolution and creationism, and one on Meet the Press with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), on climate change. For participating in these debates, Nye has received some criticis/… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2014 11:12PM

The Enemy of my Enemy?

Phil Robertson’s “indefinite” (9 days and 0 episodes) suspension by A&E over retrograde views expressed during a GQ interview stirred up an epic political donnybrook that has been inescapable for the past few weeks.

The Robertson fracas was elevated to headline/lead st… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 7:49PM

2+2 = Obamneycare

Conservatives this week redoubled their efforts to convince the country that 2+2=5 and that Obamneycare isn’t a fundamentally conservative policy approach to health reform that originated with conservative think tanks and conservative policy makers.

The effort makes such hash of logic and e… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2013 6:15PM

Compromise Fraud

It cannot be said often enough. Raising the debt limit is not a favor or concession to Barack Obama. It is not something that he wants and Republicans do not. Countless Republicans are on record saying that raising the debt limit is necessary. Therefore it is not something… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2013 12:55PM

Default CYA

On Thursday, day three of the government shutdown and T-minus two weeks until the congressionally imposed limit on the government’s borrowing ability begins to cause the country to be unable to pay all of its bills, it began to leak that House Speaker John Boehner would not allowRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2013 10:29PM

Strike Three

There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas; it’s probably in Tennessee — that says, ‘Fool me once, shame on…  shame on you….  If you fool me you can't get fooled again.’

George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

It’… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 10:17PM


Mark Steyn, whose mission seems to be to bring the style and excitement, not to mention the logic, honesty, and insight, of the professional wrestling interview segment to the field of political commentary, did not cotton to President Obama’s use, during his Friday speech, of the phrase,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 7:23PM

Let Them Eat Chicken

J. Bryan Lowder, part-time adjudicator of culture for Slate, stirred the pot pretty good this week with his pronouncement that vegetarians get over themselves and henceforth accept and happily consume chicken stock in any dish in which it is served to them.

In making his case, Lowder commits a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 8:08PM

No Amount of Massacres is too Great

Within hours of the Navy Yard shooting incident, Charles C. W. Cooke dutifully took to National Review to explain why the umpteenth gun massacre was no reason to go doing anything like passing gun-restricting laws. You know, just in case anyone gets any ideas.

It’s the usual song… Read full post »

Just five months ago, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was rightly raked over the virtual coals for speaking in opposition to a minimum wage increase with a story about paying your dues and being grateful for the opportunity. She told Chuck Todd that she “appreciated that opportunity” at her… Read full post »

Left or right, Democrat or Republican, you are no doubt familiar with Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus’s expression of concern that Obamacare implementation may become a “train wreck.” Yet, for as much air time as has been given to broadcasting the quote, depressingly li… Read full post »

People are struggling to know what to make of developments in Egypt. Mohamed Morsi’s ouster as president after a little over a year highlights some of the thornier problems of democracy: Can democratic elections produce undemocratic results? Can undemocratic political acts and processes like mi… Read full post »

Dear France,

We just had to take this occasion to drop you a quick note of thanks for everything you’ve done for us. We know that it seems like fewer and fewer of us take the time to remember your contribution at this time of year, but we just want… Read full post »

National Organization for Marriage communications director Thomas Peters objects to today’s SCOTUS rulings in the California Prop 8 case and the DOMA case. He offers one major gripe apiece.

As to Prop 8, he decries it as a “terrible precedent” that the court has found that citizens… Read full post »

TWA flight 800 from New York JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle crashed shortly after takeoff on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers and crew. I was a passenger on TWA flight 800 from New York to Paris on July 15, 1996.

The weather was somewhatRead full post »

MAY 23, 2013 7:14PM

The Fog of Obamacare Opponents

Faux economist Robert Samuelson writes today on the “fog of Obamacare,†complaining that the health reform law “has so many moving parts that it’s hard to know how its implementation is proceeding.â€

Yup, it has a lot of moving parts. Much like… the status quo ante! Persons wishing to comp… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2013 7:53PM

Kluwe, We Hardly Knew Ye

Evaluating punters is extremely difficult. Punting statistics available on (which are surprisingly far more extensive than those available  at Pro Football are: Punts, Total Yards, Long, Gross Average, Net Average, Blocks, Number of Punts inside the 20, Touchbacks, Fair Catc… Read full post »

Boy, if I didn’t know better, I would swear George Will wasn’t the erudite observer of current events he passes himself off as, but just some asshole making shit up.

We were recently treated to another George Will Whopper in the case of Spirit Airlines, Inc. v. United States Department ofRead full post »

APRIL 10, 2013 9:11PM

Whoops, There Goes the Ballgame

Ruh roh. It looks as though Michael Tanner has gone off the reservation. Writing at National Review, he admits that President Obama’s budget proposal is a significant step to the right. This contradicts the right-wing narrative that Obama has been partisan, uncompromising, and politically radical.… Read full post »