Monthly Archive: August 2012

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The Return of the GOP as a National Party

After the Republican Party was massively defeated in the 2006 Congressional elections, then almost as badly in the 2008 Presidential and Congressional elections, there was a fair amount of discussion that the GOP’s national...

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Marriage as Leadership and Submission

It’s important to read and think about views other than your own, especially if the disagreements are profound: Many of our young people want to be ”wives and husbands” rather than simply ”partners” and...

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Dear Dr. Rice,

Your speech at the RNC convention was a masterpiece. My congratulations. Effective doublespeak requires double the effort. None of us will forget that bright September day when your assistant told you an airplane had...

74

If You Read Just One Thing Today

Make sure it’s this. Whether you believe it or not, are persuaded or remain unconvinced, Matt Taibbi’s piece, combined with Romney’s close to the Republican Convention, will make it the talk of the town.

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The Plan Behind the Rhetoric…

CBPP’s “Off the Charts” blog has a helpful round-up of Paul Ryan’s budget plan. (The one that beltway “sages’ seem to think is “brave” or whatever nonsensical crap they like to talk about). Contrast...

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The Reality of Our Meat Industry

The Rural Blog points readers towards a video that is hard to watch, but ultimately very important. The video was put together by the American Meat Institute and the legendary professor Dr.Temple Grandin and...

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Gay marriage bill passes first vote in New Zealand

New Zealand already has Civil Unions but a Bill has been introduced to allow gay marriage.  It passed its first reading (the first of 3 votes needed to pass the Bill), which clears it...

But I Trust the News

Via HuffPo: Yahoo News’ Washington bureau chief David Chalian was fired on Wednesday after a hot-mic incident during an online broadcast from the GOP convention in Tampa. … During the broadcast, Chalian can be...

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The League Of Ordinary Fantasy Football (UPDATED)

Please join up for this year’s fantasy football league! Sign up here, using the password tombradysbabygoat. If you have difficulty locating the page, it’s Yahoo Fantasy Football league no. 627721. The winner of the fantasy...

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The Most Interesting Congressional Race In 2012…

…may very well be in Arizona’s new Ninth Congressional District, which wraps around the eastern side of Phoenix like a crescent, including much of Tempe and parts of Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, and Paradise Valley. If...

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Signaling

Imagine license plates existed starting in 1765. The post image means something, yes?  If you’re John Adams and you’re trotting down the road on the way to drop off a letter to The Boston...

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Why Politicians Lie

Winning a two-candidate election in which voters can be plotted on a spectrum will require winning the median voter. This is a well-known result in political science. We usually think of the median voter...

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But who versus? Who are we doing it versus? (UPDATED!)

Did the crowd really just chant “U-S-A! U-S-A!” during Mia Love’s speech at the Republican National Convention? Is this normal?  I’ve never really watched a convention before… but it stood out to me as...