Archive of Articles for August, 2012

Championing Rapists' Fatherhood Rights (Again)

[ Posted Monday, August 20th, 2012 – 13:01 UTC ]

Democrats would do well to point out that this extremism would have serious consequences if ever enacted. Follow the logic through to the end. Put it in as blunt language as possible. This is what the Republican Party now stands for. Point it out.

Read Complete Article »

Friday Talking Points [223] -- Scary Medicine

[ Posted Friday, August 17th, 2012 – 16:04 UTC ]

Moving right along, normally our Friday columns open with a bit of lighthearted news roundup, which is where I'd point out things like what Donald Trump is up to (always good for a laugh), and then move on to mutant butterflies in Japan due to radioactivity from their power plant disaster, which would end with a joke about Mothra.

Read Complete Article »

From The Archives -- The Bradley Effect v. The Obama Effect

[ Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012 – 16:47 UTC ]

Opus's advice still stands the test of time, I should point out.

Read Complete Article »

Could Ryan's Choice Put The House In Play?

[ Posted Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 – 16:54 UTC ]

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan for his running mate is already worrying some in Republican circles. These unnamed sources (most of them refused to publicly put their name to such worries) aren't just concerned that Mitt Romney may lose the election to Barack Obama, they are also raising the possibility that Ryan's choice may put at risk many "down-ballot" seats in the House of Representatives. Which leads to the obvious question: if their fears are true, could it mean Democrats have a much better chance at taking the House back in the upcoming elections? To put it another way, will we see "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" again next year?

Read Complete Article »

Midsummer U.S. Geography Trivia Game

[ Posted Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 – 17:05 UTC ]

Looking at any map, globe, or any other reference (electronic or not) is verboten. You've got to keep the spirit of the game by seeing how many of these you know off the top of your head. All of these questions are about the entire United States of America (territories and possessions excluded), unless otherwise specified.

Read Complete Article »

Cards On The Table

[ Posted Monday, August 13th, 2012 – 16:46 UTC ]

The announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate late last Friday sent a shockwave through the political and media world. The snap judgment of what passes for conventional wisdom among the chattering class is that the Ryan pick was bold (as opposed to safe), and that the election will henceforth be all about wonky details from the Ryan budget plan. "A campaign of Big Ideas!" the pundits excitedly gasped. "Just what we've always wanted!"

Read Complete Article »

Friday Talking Points [222] -- A Really Boring Election?

[ Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012 – 16:56 UTC ]

With that "fair warning" out of the way, there are two highly amusing talking points coming from the Republican camp this week. If your irony-detector is as acute as mine, you'll appreciate the GOP completely and utterly destroying two of their bedrock positions just to score a few cheap political points. I don't know about you, but I find this sort of thing to be one of the more enjoyable forms of political entertainment around.

Read Complete Article »

Guest Column -- Lessons For Mr. Romney From The U.K. And Europe

[ Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2012 – 16:52 UTC ]

Day One of Mitt Romney's foreign trip did not go particularly well. He learned first-hand that no country likes an arrogant American coming in to tell them how bad a job they're doing, regardless of how special the "special relationship" is.

Read Complete Article »

2012 Electoral Math -- Ups And Downs

[ Posted Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 – 17:48 UTC ]

Since the last time we took such a snapshot, roughly three weeks ago, both candidates have shown some firming up of their positions, but the good news for both candidates is mixed with some softening as well.

Read Complete Article »

Olympic-Level Midsummer U.S. Geography Quiz

[ Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 – 18:08 UTC ]

I had some fun while endlessly waiting for the commercials to end during the Olympics recently, so I jotted down some questions to see how much Americans know about their own country. Think you know U.S. geography? Then you'll like the rest of this column. Hate geography and hate quizzes? Well, check back tomorrow for more of the usual sort of fare here.

Read Complete Article »