Archive of Articles for November, 2012

Petraeus's Public Shaming Better Than Hoover's Alternative

[ Posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 – 17:19 UTC ]

In a way, I'm glad that David Petraeus's sex scandal is playing out across the pages and television screens of the mass media. Because one of the alternative ways it could have been handled is so much worse.

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Time To Get Serious About Marijuana

[ Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 – 18:28 UTC ]

This is a roundabout way of introducing this column, by pointing out that we all saw the same Cheech and Chong movies, growing up. Which is doubtlessly why the governor of Colorado felt it was appropriate to send out the following as a response to the voters of his state approving marijuana legalization:

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Armistice Day

[ Posted Monday, November 12th, 2012 – 17:03 UTC ]

Yesterday was Veterans' Day, or (as it was originally called) Armistice Day. The following column was actually written for Memorial Day, but it tells the story of the forgotten nature of the World War I veterans who died in northern France almost a century ago, so I thought it would be appropriate to re-run on the day originally set aside to honor the end to the "War To End All Wars," at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Just ignore the references to "Memorial Day" in the following, and it stands as a good reminder of one of the most brutal wars in all history. Normal columns will resume tomorrow.

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Friday Talking Points [234] -- Advice For The Republican Party

[ Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 – 14:43 UTC ]

No, seriously. All kidding aside. I've got the winning issue that -- if Republicans were to jump on it right at this very moment, and get out in front and show some leadership -- could revitalize their entire party, save them from the brink of demographic extinction, and enormously boost their chances to win future national elections.

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From The Archives -- Our 51st "Estado"

[ Posted Thursday, November 8th, 2012 – 17:17 UTC ]

What happens if Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state of the Union?

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Revenge Of The Pot-Smoking, Gay-Marrying, Women-Empowering, DREAMing Liberals

[ Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 – 17:23 UTC ]

Seriously, a man running for the most powerful office in the country didn't bother to plan for one of the two contingencies that were guaranteed to happen last night? And he wanted us to let him make crucial decisions for all of us? Willard Mitt Romney's shocking lack of preparedness last night, when it came to speech time, was truly the icing on the sweet, sweet cake of Barack Hussein Obama's second victorious election, at least for me.

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Let The 2016 Speculation Begin!

[ Posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 – 16:57 UTC ]

OK, let me start by saying that headline is really just a cheap joke. Sort of. The wonks of America will indeed start speculating about the 2014 and 2016 elections either tonight or sometime tomorrow morning, at the latest, but I'm going to refrain from such idle chatter for now, mostly because we've got this year's election to get through first.

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Final Electoral Math -- My 2012 Election Picks

[ Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 – 16:18 UTC ]

Welcome to the last of these Electoral Math columns, at least for the next three and a half years. Today, we're just going to throw caution to the wind, and go ahead and predict the outcome of tomorrow night's returns. Before we get to that, though, a quick rundown of my previous record in the election prediction business, and then (for completeness' sake) the final electoral math graphs for 2012.

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Friday Talking Points [233] -- Wake Me When It's Over

[ Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 – 16:09 UTC ]

Every so often, I get an idea which I know would make me millions of dollars. Today, I had another one: develop and market a pill which, when taken, would put you to sleep until the morning after the election. The pill would be magically timed to work no matter when you took it, meaning a citizen in Texas or California might not want to take one until perhaps mid-October, but the folks in Iowa and New Hampshire might be expected to take one New Year's Eve -- thus avoiding not only the debates and punditary frenzy of the general election, but the entire primary season as well. It would be marketed under the name "The Rip Van Winkle Pill."

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Obama Poll Watch -- October, 2012

[ Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 – 16:54 UTC ]

October was debate month, and -- surprise! -- it didn't affect his job approval numbers much, if at all. In either direction, really. Obama's job approval rating hardly fluctuated at all throughout all three debates, continuing his trend upward but at a more modest rate.

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