Monthly Archives: February 2012

Out-Of-Control Federal Spending

Is a myth: From CBPP.

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Mitt Romney: A Nancy Boy Allowing His Psycho Wife To Restrict Media Access

An alarming threat of violence! [It's] getting harder and harder to be cheerful…. I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them!

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Prematurely Anti-Bushist

As we’ve noted around here before, the problem with the GOP isn’t that they were unfairly cursed with lousy candidates, it’s that the party is insane from top to bottom. Paul Krugman writes:

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No Respect

As we’ve noted in the past, prominent Republican governors tend not to be too popular in their home states. Now we see that, while he retains solid standing, Gov. Christie as a VP nominee wouldn’t do much to help a Republican … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Warm Gun

There used to be this thing called a gun control debate in America.  As we’ve noted before, it no longer exists.  Members of Congress are shot, college and high school student shooting sprees are now an annual tradition, and even … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Question

Yesterday, I talked to my dad on the phone, and when the conversation drifted to politics, he asked something like this: “It seems like to have a shot at the Republican nomination in this climate, at least 80% of what you … Continue reading

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What Do Facts Have To Do With It?

Jonathan Bernstein frets needlessly about the unpopularity of the Republican Party’s positions: New polling research out late last week shows exactly the mess that Republicans have made for themselves on taxes. … The dilemma for Republican politicians here is clear: … Continue reading

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Wealth Is Proof Of God’s Favor

Or something: The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed.

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Political Repression In Iran Ahead Of Friday’s Elections

I’ve pointed out that no one who knows anything about anything wants to attack Iran. That doesn’t change the fact that Iran’s government is a brutal autocracy: Iran has “dramatically escalated” a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week’s … Continue reading

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Judging a Country by Its TV Ads

Russia has an election coming up and Vladmir Putin is targeting every demographic he can think of.  Including, it appears, the female virgin vote.  (via Daily Dish) Animalnewyork provides this translation:

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Rick Santorum: 94% Of American Parents Are “Snobs”

Pew: College remains a near universal aspiration in this country, even in the face of steeply rising costs. Among parents of a child ages 17 or younger, 94% say they expect their child (or children) to attend college, according to … Continue reading

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Tom Jones You Rascal

Yesterday I wrote about an unusual musical collaboration that went horribly wrong.  They aren’t always disasters though.  Take, for example, this surprising collaboration between Las Vegas crooner Tom Jones and 60′s rock band The Rascals on a Wilson Pickett song:

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Total Politics

People talk about Rick Santorum like he’s the “true conservative”, driven by conviction. That might not be wrong, but it’s more accurate to say that he started playing a role, and the part took him over, as illustrated in this … Continue reading

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A Selective Reading of the Constitution

Rick Santorum’s come a long way in 24 hours.  He’s gone from saying that the very idea of a separation between church and state makes him want to vomit to acknowledging that it does in fact exist. Only, for Rick, … Continue reading

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Life Has No Meaning, And Money Is King

Last week, I discussed Chris Mooney’s post about how better-educated Republicans are more likely to believe lies. Mark Thoma quotes Mooney’s conclusion that “The simple rule is this: if you want to persuade liberals of something, bring out the charts and spreadsheets. … Continue reading

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Super (Bowl) Measles

Thanks to the Michele Bachmann’s of the world, there are still stories like this in the news: The controversy over vaccinating children — or really, not vaccinating children — has spread (literally) into to the mainstream. It seems there’s been … Continue reading

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You’ve Got To Admit, It’s Getting Better

Strange patterns in the numbers on whether the economy is recovering in Quinnipiac’s polling: “Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?”

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Rock Lyrics As High Art

This was quite an event. Funny to see some of these names italicized because it’s a celebrity column; you usually don’t see that treatment for people like Salman Rushdie and Franz Kafka: There, sitting in the first few rows, were Leonard … Continue reading

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