Category Archives: News and Current Events

Of all the teams to learn from…

The Jets?!?! New York Jets teach Cristiano Ronaldo how to throw a football http://t.co/JDfY8c1s1C pic.twitter.com/zW9n4B7TXc — For The Win (@ForTheWin) June 9, 2014

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The incredible elasticity of the term “terrorism”

John Boehner, upon being asked whether the fatal shooting of two cops and an innocent bystander in Las Vegas constituted domestic terrorism: “I — I’m not sure how I’d describe it,” he responded to reporters in the Capitol. “But clearly … Continue reading

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If you must have them, at least secure them

Indiana: A Merrillville, Indiana, boy died Saturday after finding a gun in his parents’ bedroom. According to the Merrillville Police Department, Cash Irby Jr., 4, took the gun from his parents’ bedroom and brought it to his room, where it … Continue reading

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This is actually a thing?

Sandy Hook “trutherism“: A playground in Mystic, Connecticut, dedicated to a girl shot during the Newtown massacre, is allegedly being vandalized by “truthers” who claim the shooting never took place. A vinyl sign weighing 50 pounds was stolen last Tuesday … Continue reading

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Toning things down?

Armed individuals threaten to murder government employees, and the government’s response is to go into hiding? With anti-government sentiments roiling in the aftermath of Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff, government workers in western Utah are stripping BLM logos from their vehicles … Continue reading

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Sterling Silver Lining

This, from the NY Post, is pretty mean: This could wind up being a pretty short ban. Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as … Continue reading

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Hunker down

Expect more and more stories like this one over time. We just have to hope they all end this peacefully (they won’t): Parents at a Forysth County park abruptly stopped a children’s baseball game after growing suspicions of the behavior … Continue reading

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A simple formula

The NRA strategy – play off of everyone’s worst fears and you’ll scare them into thinking they aren’t safe and they’ll buy lots of guns, which will in turn scare more people who will buy more guns and so on: … Continue reading

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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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