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kate-clinton's picture
Aug.31.2012
Really I don’t think I could have handled four nights of the GOP convention in Tampa.  Thank goodness I was able to flip between tennis and the convention: The USOpen, The USClosed, US open, US closed. It was like being in some horrible comedy club - Tampa’s Yuck Yuck [as in icky]...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.30.2012
It’s official. The symbolic head of the Republican Party is not Ronald Reagan. It’s Pee-Wee Herman. It was Herman after all, as portrayed by comic actor Paul Reubens, whose only comeback to every criticism was, “I know you are but what am I?” And it is this mantra — this maddening, childlike,...
les-aucoin's picture
Aug.28.2012
Tom Smith, the GOP candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, has just stepped in to clean up the pregnancy/”legitimate rape” kerfuffle created by his fellow Senate candidate, Todd Akin of Missouri. Smith condemned Akin’s infamous comment, yet agrees with Akin and the GOP platform that...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.25.2012
For the most part, I’ve tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never been my argument. Indeed, I’ve written two books highly critical of Obama’s positions on a number of...
chris-rodell's picture
Aug.22.2012
  Thanks to Todd Akin, it has now become at least linguistically possible to have an illegitimate child who is the result of a legitimate rape. Even though you’ve probably already read the controversial comments, I’m going to post them again here just to see if they’re as much fun to type as...
geri-spieler's picture
Aug.21.2012
The Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism and the First 60 Years. by Geoffrey Nunberg Book Review It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language. Although it is not surprising as his other books...
will-durst's picture
Aug.19.2012
With the election slipping away like a handful of mercury on a turbocharged merry-go-round, Mitt Romney managed to change the conversation from unreleased tax returns and foreign misadventures by plucking Paul Ryan out of the Wisconsin wilds to be his running mate. "Romney-Ryan." Short,...
cindy-kloosterman's picture
Aug.18.2012
 I recently did a tiny experiment by using the ‘Like’ button on my Facebook page.  I ‘liked’ two different websites that I knew were going to get me into trouble.  The first ’like’ was for a major chicken restaurant that has recently been in the news.  The second one was for a...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.11.2012
In the pantheon of right-wing dog whistles, none is as tried, true, and generally effective as “welfare” bashing. Ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, who fabricated tales of a “welfare queen” collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash benefits by using multiple identities and Social...
sam-ryan's picture
Jul.05.2012
“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.” George Bernard Shaw Charlie Regan did what he was told. He lived by the Twelfth Commandment and followed the Eleventh. He moved up from the ‘full dinner pail’ to the ‘full garage’. He lived the American...