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Undecided No More!

This was a fun quiz.  I particularly liked that it offered a variety of responses, including the ability to input your own.  It seems to give a far more nuanced portrayal and includes folks...

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Treme, Season 3, Episode 4, “The Greatest Love”

Sitting on the couch after last night’s episode ended, a friend said, “What made that episode so good?” We sat and thought about it, and then realized the answer was obvious: Sonny was nowhere...

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Walking Dead Discussion Thread: S3, E1: “Seed”

*Spoiler Alert: Do not read this post or the comment section if you have not seen the show. Also, for those who have read the comics, please do not discuss plot elements not revealed on the...

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Failing Out of Love with Hate, Part 1

From the prologue: There are a handful of pundits whom I avoid reading. I avoid reading them because I find them so reliably infuriating that I end up saying regrettable things; or at the...

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FDR On The Modern Republican Party

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The whole segment with Stewart is great, but the clip of FDR is prime,...

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Politics and Empathy

Tom Bissell is one of my favorite writers. In his recent career he’s written a lot about video games, but for the election Yahoo! News has given him some space to pontificate about politics.

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The Real Generation War

…Is the one proposed by Ryan and Romney. Not, as David Brooks’ pop psychology analysis would have us believe, one between folksy emotionalism and new wave wonks. I would normally try not to waste...

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Paul Ryan Was Right (I’m Serious)

As much as I’d love to revel in Ryan’s tax-evasion during last night’s Vice Presidential Debate, I have to—oh it hurts!—agree with him. I’ve written in the past about why exactly I loathe Paul...

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Health Care Is Not About Numbers

Romney made news today, at least in the left-of-center blogosphere, with the claim that, “[N]o one in this country dies because they don’t have health insurance” (an assertion I’d argue the former Governor of...

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On Liberal Media Bias

A few years ago, there was a mini-uproar about a supposedly “racist” computer webcam that failed to detect the faces of black folks and others with darker skin tones.  As the video below demonstrates,...

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Scott H. Payne, Politician

In case anyone is wondering what Original Gentleman Scott Payne is doing, he’s running for the NDP nomination in Calgary Centre for an upcoming federal by-election. I’m sure we all wish him the best....

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Bubbly Joe Biden vs. Attila the Republican

It’s just not fair. Our sassy and vivacious Vice President is about to get smushed by his younger, smarter, wittier, more able, more fit, more handsome, more charismatic, more knowledgeable, more prepared, more everythingish...

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The Challenge of Avoiding Student Debt

Laura McKenna has a piece up at The Atlantic which joins the chorus of voices across the internet and print media that are examining the realities of student debt. It’s painful to read, especially as...

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Kill List Democracy

Barack Obama has a kill list. Its legal justification is a secret. Its contents are secret, too. You don’t get to see who’s on it. Nor do any members of Congress. Nor any federal...

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On Form, Function, Art and Commerce

  From Noah Millman’s post at his Shakesblog at The American Conservative about Paul Thomas’ new film The Master: I still can’t make up my mind what to think about Paul Thomas Anderson’s new...

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Barack Obama is Not a Hippy

“If you rely on strength, when you hit the enemy’s sword you will inevitably hit too hard. If you do this, your own sword will be carried along as a result.” – Miyamoto Musashi...