Category Archives: News and Current Events

Places I do not intend to visit

Marionville, Missouri: Like many people who spoke to the press in the wake of this weekend’s deadly shootings at two Kansas Jewish facilities, Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger felt the bizarre need to point out that the vocally anti-Semitic gunman, Frazier … Continue reading

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Corruption Is Worse Than Quid Pro Quo

In McCutcheon two weeks ago, Justice Roberts again limited his discussion of the ill effects of campaign contributions to “quid pro quo”. In reality, we have far more to worry about than that: That’s from Bartels; here’s Gilens:

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The Centrist’s Eternal Search For Bipartisan, Technical Blame

Neat graphic, but it misdiagnoses, and doesn’t capture the asymmetry of, the polarization: More context shows the asymmetry of the polarization:

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Obama’s a Muslim, and God is Hard of Hearing

Pat Robertson, ladies and gentlemen: Pat Robertson today asked God to “deliver” the US from President Obama before it’s too late. After implying that Obama is a Muslim, Robertson told 700 Club viewers: “We need to do something to pray … Continue reading

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The Middle Class Disappears

A graphic from Daniel Kay Hertz, via CBS Chicago. Family income 75-125% of the metropolitan median are in gray.

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A Dumb Strategy For The Stupid Party

Well, I did not see this coming: SCOOP: Bobby Jindal to unveil plan today to replace health-care law http://t.co/WZsFxw4Drv — Robert Costa (@costareports) April 2, 2014 As Jeb mulls and Rand builds team, Jindal tries to position himself as 'policy … Continue reading

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Matters of Consequence

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait are in the midst of a blogger debate that is definitely worth your time. The discussion was prompted by Paul Ryan’s recent remarks about an urban culture of poverty (“We … Continue reading

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Silver Star

I think a lot of liberals, in the wake of the Bush catastrophes, fell back to relying on data. But we still have to interpret the data reasonably. Dean Baker critiques Nate Silver: In his new and improved FiveThirtyEight Nate … Continue reading

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Farm to Table

The Huffington Post has excerpted photos from Adam Dansforth’s new book on the “humane” slaughter of pigs. I won’t reproduce the photos here, but you can view them at this link and draw your own conclusions about what is and … Continue reading

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What if he’s a giant nerd, like you?

We’ve lately devolved into sharing videos, but this is at least political!  This feels, to me, like the modern equivalent of Clinton playing the sax on Arsenio.  And it’s hilarious: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from … Continue reading

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But He Has 100% approval Among Sunday Morning Talk Show Hosts

This should surprise nobody other than the sunday morning talk show hosts who invite McCain on for a weekly chat: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the least popular senator in the United States with his constituents, according to a new … Continue reading

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Collective amnesia sure sounds nice

First Graham, now Bolton: With the Obama administration grappling with a crisis in Ukraine, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and declared that the country’s “biggest national-security problem is … Continue reading

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Right of Passage

At CPAC, conservatives are apparently now using a rifle instead of a gavel: That’s the hopefully soon-to-be-voted-out Mitch McConnell passing the rifle off to the soon-to-be-retired Tom Coburn, in case you were wondering. (And before someone corrects my grammar, the … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional because it’s inconvenient

Rand Paul is not the first person who has wanted to run for President while also running for his own Senate seat just in case.  I can’t recall the most recent examples, but I do recall a Democrat doing so. … Continue reading

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Kansas City

Having spent a bit more time than I anticipated there this week, I can attest to the fact that the sky is very blue

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It’s Time to Grill Ira Stoll about Bitcoin

Mr. Stoll, writing in Reason Magazine just two weeks ago about his libertarian love for Bitcoin: To me the Bitcoin phenomenon illustrates at least two important concepts: competition is good, and technology moves faster than lawmakers or regulators do. America … Continue reading

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Serious Discussion Of The Presidential Race, Circa 2011

This nicely encapsulates the GOP’s unseriousness, and the media’s catering to right-wing identity politics in lieu of accurately reporting the news: Franklin Graham on the 2012 Presidential Race  The Reverend discusses his feelings toward Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Apr 22, … Continue reading

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All things being relative

Every once in a while you hear someone say something that doesn’t match their party designation and it makes you pause.  When I was younger this was much more common, as politicians used to actually have individual beliefs beyond party … Continue reading

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