Various and Sundry

Clint vs. chair

By · Friday, August 31st, 2012 · 5 Comments »

Holy Christ. I got nothing. But here are some funny tweets I found: “This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.” “Good luck fact-checking an old guy being mad at a chair. Your move, Think Progress.” “Worst. Hologram. Ever.” “Clint Eastwood demonstrating that seniors may […]


By · Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

1. Two RNC attendees throw nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, saying “this is how we feed animals.” And that brief report from CNN is apparently all they’re going to say about it, even though this should be a big story. 2. RNC attendees chant “USA! USA!” as a Puerto Rican party chairwoman attempts to […]

Father’s Rights

By · Monday, August 27th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

I’m thinking this is pretty much the definition of patriarchy right here: Mark Scolforo, Associated Press: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that? Tom Smith: I lived […]

What next, a white pride parade?

By · Friday, August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment »

At a campaign stop today, Mitt Romney joked that nobody’s ever asked to see his birth certificate, by golly! Heh heh. So funny. Yep, no chance anybody would ever think Mittens was born in Africa, right? He’s white! He’s so white! If this were an isolated incident I might question whether a racist dog whistle […]

Awesome! Akin vows to stay in, promises to provide weeks and weeks of pure gold

By · Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 · 14 Comments »

Todd Akin is defiant! Todd Akin didn’t do anything wrong! “I said one word in one sentence on one day, and everything changed,” Akin said today. “I believe the defense of the unborn and a deep respect for life. …They are not things to run away from.” Exactly right, Todd! Whatever you do, don’t run […]

Superpowers of the female body

By · Monday, August 20th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

So you all have seen this already: Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy. “First of all, from what […]

The Krugman Theory

By · Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 · 6 Comments »

Krugman weighs in with his theory on why Mittens picked Ayn Rand as his running mate: So, let me clarify what I believe is really going on in the choice of Paul Ryan as VP nominee. It is not about satisfying the conservative base, which was motivated anyway by Obama-hatred; it is not about refocusing […]


By · Monday, August 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments »

Anybody watch the Mars landing last night? Woo hoo! So exciting! All those hugging and crying engineers brought a tear to the old reclusive eye. Reminded me of when I was a kid and those first pictures came back from Viking. NASA has this cool video explaining why the landing was so difficult and so […]

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 […]