July, 2012

Olympics open thread

By · Monday, July 30th, 2012 · 27 Comments »

Is anybody watching the damn thing? My problem is that I basically hate all the summer sports. I like winter sports. I lurve the Winter Olympics. But the summer sports—eh. Lots of people sweating. Unless they’re underwater, in which case I can’t stop thinking about Martin Short and Men’s Synchronized Swimming. (“I’m not that strong […]

Danny Boyle is no Zhang Yimou

By · Saturday, July 28th, 2012 · 14 Comments »

The Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Several billion people felt the same way, which is why one of the questions in the air ever since has been, “how can London possibly top it?” And the answer is, they can’t. And they didn’t. Last […]

Colorado open thread continued, amazing alternate reality edition

By · Monday, July 23rd, 2012 · 19 Comments »

You have got to read this post from Historiann: Gender, ownership, and the law. As a thought experiment, she sets up an alternate universe where men’s access to guns is subjected to the kind of restrictions that, in our world, control women’s access to abortion. What would the world look like if we presumed the […]

Colorado open thread

By · Friday, July 20th, 2012 · 22 Comments »

Historiann precisely echoes my own feelings about the Colorado shooting: Our political leaders continue to respond as though mass murders committed by young men armed to the teeth is a natural, inevitable phenomenon, like a wildfire, drought or tornado, instead of a political problem with responsible political solutions. Or, rather, I should say that the […]

What on earth is in those tax returns?

By · Thursday, July 19th, 2012 · 12 Comments »

Lizard Mitt is taking one hell of a hit in the court of public opinion in order to keep his tax returns secret. Here’s Ann Romney explaining to ABC that they’ve already given “all you people need to know” about their taxes. Because there’s simply no point in releasing more stuff for people to attack […]


By · Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments »

If you’ve ever had two dogs, you know that a favorite canine activity is what my family refers to as “bite-bite.” It’s a mouthy game, play-biting each other’s open mouths and muzzles (and other body parts, especially when the game is being played by puppies). This video shows a young Doberman female attempting to play […]

Welfare for rich people

By · Monday, July 16th, 2012 · 4 Comments »

As we watch the spectacle of Lizard Mitt’s campaign bleeding to death from self-inflicted wounds, I want to just quickly highlight a couple of things. The first is from that Matt Taibbi article in Rolling Stone about Romney’s expedition to the NAACP—which I already linked to, but for a different reason. Here’s the part I […]

Two very good columns on Mitt Romney

By · Saturday, July 14th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

Gail Collins in the New York Times: Mitt’s Political Vortex. Excerpt: This has not been a great stretch for Mitt. Pictures from his family vacation made him look dorky and rich. A woman recently asked the House speaker, John Boehner, how he was going to “make me love Mitt Romney,” and Boehner basically told her […]

Should Mitt Romney pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate?

By · Friday, July 13th, 2012 · 31 Comments »

The current results from a meaningless online poll at the Wall Street Journal: I don’t know who’s floating this; most of the conservative bloggers say it’s absurd and totally outside the realm of possibility. It’s probably just an attempt to distract the media from the Bain Capital stuff. Personally, I think it would be interesting […]

His biggest mistake was his failure to TELL US A FUCKING STORY????

By · Thursday, July 12th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

From CBS: From the article: (CBS News) President Obama’s biggest mistake during his first term, he told CBS News in an exclusive interview, has been putting policy over storytelling. Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down Thursday with “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose in the White House Blue Room, where they discussed […]