Monthly Archives: October 2012

Romney And FEMA: Bush Jr. Deja Vu

Colbert on Bush in 2006: I stand by this man. I stand by this man, because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And … Continue reading

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Rough days ahead for Atlantic City

The expansion of legalized gambling across the northeast and mid-atlantic was already wreaking havoc on the Atlantic City economy.  Now that a hurricane has buried the city’s boardwalks, casinos and homes under sand and water, I’m left wondering whether it will … Continue reading

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Heckuva job

It’s bad enough that Michael Brown has the cajones to come out and criticize anyone for disaster responsiveness, but the fact that he would come out to attack Obama for responding too quickly to a storm that was just about … Continue reading

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Brooks is a Liar

Shorter David Brooks:  Vote for Romney over Obama because Republicans won’t ever let Obama do anything, while Romney’s shape-shifting will make him an effective leader.  Seriously, that’s the gist of his latest column, read it yourself if you don’t believe … Continue reading

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Hurricane Mix (Updated)

Posted a “Hurricane Irene” mix back in August.   Here’s the mix with a few modifications in advance of Hurricane Sandy…. Hurricane J – The Hold Steady Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan Fool in the Rain – Led Zeppelin Stormy … Continue reading

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Things That Sound A Little Like An Unusual Other Thing

A little while back, dedc was praising the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I’m giving them a listen for the first time since, well, college. He noted that it’s pretty darn unique stuff. The two things that came to mind to compare it … Continue reading

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Romney’s Vision For America, In Musical Form

Painful.   Oh so painful.

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Music Old and New

First the old.  Take a listen to “You Sure Look Good to Me” by The Big Three Trio, which starts at about the 2:40 minute mark in the below video As for the new, first up is a Swedish band … Continue reading

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An Olympic hurdle

You’ve all probably had this conversation with friends. The one where you pick one of the more obscure Olympic sports, and debate whether you and your friends could make the Olympic team if you had free time to do nothing but practice. … Continue reading

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Facts, Accountability, And Other Concepts Foreign To Journalism

James Fallows flags an important divide: They can’t both be right: on the one side, the Republican partisans and political “pros” who say that Romney is on the certain road to victory, and on the other the quants who say … Continue reading

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1996 Romney v. 2012 Romney

I was playing with google’s newspaper article archive today, and decided to check out older coverage of Mitt Romney. This 1996 article from the Boston Globe jumped out: Plunging into the heated debate over taxes among Republican presidential contenders, former … Continue reading

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More sensible than his actual statements

As happens all too often, The Onion is more realistic than reality:        

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A Woman’s Choice, on the Precipice

Say you believe Mitt Romney (Version 4.0) when he claims he has no plans for abortion related legislation, and choose to ignore Mitt Romney Versions 1-3 and 5, who were openly hostile to abortion rights.  What do you think is … Continue reading

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There Ain’t No Good Guys, There Ain’t No Bad Guys

An interesting point from Samuel Goldman, from a longer post: Romney seems unaware that “we” did not treat South Africa as a pariah until quite late in the game. In the 1970s, the Nixon administration regarded the apartheid regime as … Continue reading

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Honest Question

What would have happened last night if Obama had shown up at the debate, and when asked about differences between his and Romney’s foreign policy, said the following? Governor Romney went on an apology tour of the world where he apologized … Continue reading

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Nothing To Offer But Buzzwords, Slogans, Lies, And BS

Jonathan Bernstein, talking about Romney’s performance at last night’s debate, puts his finger on the problem with our politics: The problem is that his attacks, over and over again, are just buzzwords and slogans. He’s entirely dependent on people being … Continue reading

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On Cheap Shots

Ole man McCain’s feelings are hurt because Obama pointed out that we need fewer ships in the Navy today, just as we need fewer bayonets and horses: “Frankly, I don’t understand why the president wants to take these kind of … Continue reading

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Last Presidential Debate Live-Blog

Just to kick stuff off, this image is probably the best I could hope for:

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