June, 2012

Mother Jones, Gawker, Salon, AlterNet, and others taken in by satire site

By · Saturday, June 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

Come on, people, satire isn’t that hard to detect. I like all you guys—I read all you guys—so I’m offering this little heads-up as a service. You don’t want to be like those people who think Landover Baptist Church is real. On Thursday afternoon, a few hours after the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable […]

Constitutional law

By · Friday, June 29th, 2012 · 11 Comments »

I was shocked a few months ago to discover that a prominent political blogger had no idea how the Supreme Court worked. She did not know that the Court typically deliberates for many weeks/months after hearing arguments; she did not realize that the justices deliver written opinions. She thought it worked like a jury trial. […]

John Roberts acts like a person (open thread)

By · Thursday, June 28th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

For various reclusive reasons I’m just now getting to the computer. And I’ve only had a chance to read one article (this one) about the Supreme Court decision. So I don’t have any commentary yet; I’m still absorbing. Well, no, here’s a little bit of commentary: I’m relieved that the healthcare act (as deeply flawed […]

There may be something to that coup business

By · Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 · 6 Comments »

The other day James Fallows of the Atlantic posted an article that carried the original headline, “5 Signs the United States is Undergoing a Coup.” The headline was changed pretty quickly to the more anodyne “5 Signs of a Radical Change in U.S. Politics,” but I still think of it as the coup post. (As […]

Lady Science!

By · Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 · 7 Comments »

Hey girls, are you thinking about a science career but not sure what it’s like? Well, wonder no more! The European Commission has put together an amazingly accurate film to answer your questions! It turns out that when girls do science, it’s just like an 80s music video!* Science girls wear 4-inch stilettos and short […]

Anne-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic: good article, horrible framing

By · Thursday, June 21st, 2012 · 12 Comments »

The article is Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, and, amazingly enough given that title and that cover, it actually has some really good stuff in it. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the former dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and a veteran of Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Her article is about the way the work […]

My contempt for Darrell Issa

By · Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 · 6 Comments »

It is apparently impossible for us to have a Democrat in the White House without the Republicans in Congress launching a bunch of specious politically-motivated attacks on the administration. Remember Dan Burton? The new Dan Burton (and what a thing to be, “the new Dan Burton”) is Darrell Issa. I wonder if the GOP actually […]

Wait a minute, WHO poisoned the well?

By · Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 · 12 Comments »

From the MSNBC piece on Romney’s VP list: In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte—a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience—are thought to be under consideration by Romney. “I think, unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected […]

A literally testosterone-fueled IPO disaster

By · Monday, June 18th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the coverage of the Facebook IPO disaster. I hate Facebook and I hate Wall Street, so it’s a win-win for me. Today’s piece in the Wall Street Journal focuses on the role of Michael Grimes, the tech banker who ran the offering for Morgan Stanley. I’ve never met the man, but […]

Sunday open thread, tragic Rodney King/Father’s Day edition

By · Sunday, June 17th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

I am flitting around doing Father’s Day things, and just saw the news that Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. That poor man. And he was only 47! Bless his heart. I would say that the Rodney King beating and the riots seem like yesterday, but they don’t. They […]