‘Please Jesus, Protect Me From Your Followers’

james dobson

Berry Craig: My idea of hell would be to spend eternity with Dobson, Morris and the rest of what another of my union buddies calls “The Christian Taliban.”

School Shootings: ‘God’s Gonna Run From People Like Them’

mike huckabee

Berry Craig: What Huckabee and Fischer lament is the absence of their version of public school prayer: Protestant, fundamentalist and mandated by school officials.

Walmart Workers ‘Are Not Serfs’

wamart strikers

Berry Craig: We want employees to have a chance to form their own association and have their own concerted actions without retaliation and unfair treatment. Walmart is not a feudal manor.

Bigotry ‘Just Might Be Down for the Count’

bigotry

Berry Craig: The GOP is what the Democratic Party in Texas and the rest of Dixie used to be: mostly the white folks’ party.

“The Great Pacificator” and “Darth Vader”

steve beshear

Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell’s critics nicknamed him “Darth Vader,” a handle he evidently likes, for his hard-edged, uber-conservative, compromise-equals-surrender politics.

Chicken’s Tastier Than Feathers

jeff wiggings

Berry Craig: Romney and Ryan are two of the most anti-labor politicians around. But they think they can peel off some union votes with the old social issues sucker bait.

God and Politics

republican god

Berry Craig: Here I was thinking that only uber-right-wing Protestant Fundamentalists of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you persuasion went around saying you can’t be a Christian and a Democrat.

The Proto-Paul Ryans of My Salad Days

romney ryan military service

Berry Craig: Like the college Republicans of my day, Ryan is crazy about all things military. He also opted for college over military service.

Giving Unions the Edge

union edge

Berry Craig: Showalter’s fighting to help give labor a stronger voice on the radio. “We want to unite with other progressives and progressive groups and build support for issues that are important to all working families.”

‘Henny Penny’ Liberals

forsale

Berry Craig: Suddenly, it’s 1858 and gaffe-a-minute Mitt is Abe Lincoln and President Obama is Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the MSNBC TV talking heads show up for work tonight in sack cloth and ashes.

Who’s the Real Wimp?

romney wimp

Berry Craig: Romney is hardly the only chest-thumping Republican who seems to have never met a war he didn’t like so long as others did the actual fighting.

“Bocephus…You’re Not Fit to Carry Ammo for a Real Veteran’”

hank williams jr.

Berry Craig: Given his macho talk and fondness for the flag and firearms, you’d think Hank Williams Jr. would have volunteered for what surely would have been the ultimate hunting trip for him — Vietnam.

Yankee Republicans Big Jim Eastland Could Have Loved

Mississippi Senator James "Big Jim" Eastland

Berry Craig: Even in the Empire State and elsewhere up north and out west, the GOP is largely what the Eastland wing of the Democratic party used to be: the white peoples’ party.

Crow and Humble Pie

lawrence o'donnell

Berry Craig: Not until after the polls are closed on November 6 and the TV news networks declare my candidates the winner will I say, “when they lose.”

Of Champagne Corks and Gnashing Teeth

ruan budget

Berry Craig: Ryan is a Social Darwinist of the if-you’re-poor-it’s-your-own-fault persuasion and a disciple of the greed-is-good gospel of Ayn Rand. He hates labor unions, to boot.

August 9, 1945

bockscar

Berry Craig: Controversy, mostly stirred by academics, still surrounds the famous, some say infamous, missions of “Bockscar” and the “Enola Gay.”

Romney Likes Unions — in Poland

romneys walesca

Berry Craig: While Romney saluted Solidarity, he conveniently omitted the role of trade unions in building the American middle class.

We Won’t Be Dining at Chick-Fil-A

chick fil a

Berry Craig: None of the Craigs will be chowing down at a Chick-fil-A on August 1, or any other day. We love fried chicken, but homophobia of any recipe gives us indigestion.

‘Conservadems’ and Practical Politics

republicrats

Berry Craig: The GOP hopeful is a union-hating, tea party 100-percenter of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you persuasion.

The Unembarrassable Network

roger ailes

Berry Craig: The folks at Fox aren’t real newshounds. They’re rabble-rousing hacks in the tradition of the country’s old-time partisan press.

Re-electing Walker: Pogo, Pence, Gould, and London — UPDATED!

scott walker

Berry Craig: I thought of Pogo, Jim Pence, Jay Gould, and Jack London when I read that almost four in ten Wisconsin union households voted to help sustain Scott Walker, the Dairy State ‘s union-busting Republican governor.

Sixtyish Saber-Rattlers

romney

Berry Craig: You might think anybody as gung-ho for the draft as Romney evidently was would have welcomed a draft notice or maybe even have volunteered. Romney did neither.

Birtherism Bites Back: Samuel D. Burchard and Donald Trump

donald trump

Berry Craig: Birtherism is cool with a lot of tea party tilting Republican white folks who still aren’t that cool with Romney. Hence, he hasn’t flat told Donald Trump to clam up.

We Don’t Need a Law to Stop Cyber-Cowards

cyberbully

Berry Craig: But if this old reporter were a blogsite boss he’d exercise his First Amendment right to make bloggers tack their names on what they write or they wouldn’t get posted.

Romney’s Extraordinary Detachment from the Truth

willard romney

Berry Craig: Romney and his campaign staff must be high-fiving and fist-bumping each other over the Fourth Estaters who are, for whatever reason, acting more like lapdogs than watchdogs in covering him on the campaign trail.

Kentucky City Government Says No to Flying the Rebel Flag

gerald watkins

Berry Craig: Foes of flying the rebel flag are planning a protest rally on Saturday. He said anti-flag petitions are apparently being circulated.

There You Go Again, Mr. Romney

romney foot in mouth

Berry Craig: He lies about unions. He lies about legislation that helps workers organize and he lies about the Obama administration’s labor policies.

The “Flim Flam Man” Fibs Again

mitt and the middle cloass

Berry Craig: Romney told another whopper about unions the other night. “We will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing,” he said.

Naturally, “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent Dodged the Draft

ted nugent

Berry Craig: Nugent is more proof, as if proof were needed, that talk is about the cheapest commodity around. And tough talk from a foul-mouthed old draft dodger is not just cheap, it’s worthless.

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