Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Tiny Bit of Honesty in Defeat

During election season, the right-wing made it sound like taxes had never been higher than they are under Obama, and that we were a .00001% tax hike away from pure socialism.  Now that the dust has settled a bit since the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Radiohead (Quiet)

Following up on the loud list, here are some of my favorite of Radiohead’s quieter songs: 10. High and Dry

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Iran Is The Republican Of The World

Pew recently published a bunch of survey data showing that our shared hatred of the Republican Party holds us together as Americans. Pew also just republished polling on how the world views Iran’s possible pursuit of a nuclear weapon:

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Activism on the bench in real life

Whenever a judge somewhere decides that the Constitution perhaps covers something that we hadn’t considered before, the right wing goes nuts over activist judges. So I would love to know how they feel about this snippet from today’s VRA argument … Continue reading

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How Media Bias Distorts The News: Obamacare Costs

There are a few headlines trumpeting Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions‘ take on a new GAO study on the Affordable Care Act. Sessions notes that the study shows that Obamacare adds a few kajillion dollars to the debt over the next … Continue reading

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How Media Bias Helps The Republican Party

I’m bumping this post from the other day up, because I feel like it. I buried under a few other posts at the time.  The essential fact about the current political moment is that the Republican Party has completely abandoned any … Continue reading

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But does he float?

I got my National Journal email this afternoon and, under the heading “Hagel Still Has Much To Prove”, Jill Lawrence includes this priceless chunk of crap: It’s hard to say which was more painful: watching one senator after the other, … Continue reading

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Schisms (2)

Look who’s not welcome at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (in addition to GOProud): New Jersey governor Chris Christie was not invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference because of his position on gun control, according to a … Continue reading

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Look who is filing a brief with the Supreme Court in defense of gay marriage: Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed … Continue reading

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Fun With Conservative Democrats

Self awareness is not a strong suit for this fellow: A veteran New York Assemblyman on Monday stood by his decision to wear blackface makeup, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party in the face of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Radiohead (Loud)

Thom Yorke has a new album out (under the name Atoms for Peace).  As much as I love Radiohead, I’ve generally been pretty disappointed in Yorke’s solo stuff.  So rather than link to a bunch of so-so Atoms for Peace songs, here are … Continue reading

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The Rot In The GOP Goes All The Way To The Top

Josh Barro notes that the crazy is coming from inside the House: When people talk about the conservative echo chamber, they often focus on lowbrow outlets like Fox News, talk radio and Certainly these are often embarrassing and counterproductive … Continue reading

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When Media Bias Doesn’t Help The Republican Party

Rod Dreher flags a Washington Post writer explaining that he won’t give due consideration to one side of a live political controversy: Replied the reporter: “The reason that legitimate media outlets routinely cover gays is because it is the civil … Continue reading

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In retrospect?!

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson must have just woken up from a year-long slumber: In retrospect, last year’s Republican primary process was entirely disconnected from the actual needs of the party. One candidate pledged to build a 20-foot-high electrical fence … Continue reading

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Music Miscellanea (6)

1)  Okkervil River covers Tim Harden, the same guy who inspired their early album, Black Sheep Boy.  The song is good, but definitely a bit of a downer for a Friday. 2)  Speaking of downers, blues musician Magic Slim passed … Continue reading

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The Most Important Thing You’ll Read Today

[via Ritholtz] Yet another damning piece of evidence that the Bush administration drove us to war. At this point it’s just piling on, but it’s worth revisiting the topic.  The full memo after the jump, but here’s a particularly telling … Continue reading

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Stop Hitting Yourself

I’ve heard a ton of different explanations of the GOP’s strategy over the past five years, but if I had to pick one, I think it would be the following: The Republicans know their stated positions on taxes and spending and the … Continue reading

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Mr Cruz accidentally goes to Washington

Over at TPM they posted a reader email that is incredibly interesting: Also of note is that winning Kay Bailey’s Senate seat came as a bit of a shock to him. He really wasn’t all that interested in heading back … Continue reading

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