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  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 4:18:21 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    x to Tennessee Nana
    Romney gave money and aid to the Democrat Johnson..

    No. He didn't endorse or support either candidate.

    He also didn't walk out of the convention.

  • Ohio State fires band director Jonathan Waters over ‘sexualized’ culture

    07/24/2014 2:06:50 PM PDT · 12 of 46
    x to dfwgator

    He's the big-headed fellow standing next to the guy with the baton.

  • Who on FR watches "House of Cards" Series

    07/23/2014 2:43:34 PM PDT · 28 of 105
    x to C. Edmund Wright
    The original series was British and starred Ian Richardson. It was scathing about British politics and especially the Conservative Party. That's to be expected of the BBC, but the interesting thing is that the author of the books the series was based on was a Tory politician and a close associate of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

    I thought the Kevin Spacey series was pretty good, though dated. You wouldn't expect a White South Carolinian to have much influence in today's Democratic Party, though that was certainly true of the Democrats in earlier decades. One thing about the series is that we kind of feel like we know Washington goings-on, so really outrageous plot lines might be hard to believe (or maybe not, considering what it is that we actually do know about Washington).

    Boss with Kelsey Grammar was also over-the-top in some of its intrigues, but it's easier to believe that a mayor of Chicago would get away with some really outrageous acts than that a congressman could. Plus, sometimes you can get tired of Spacey's archness and irony and want to go for something more straightforward. I miss Boss. If you like House of Cards, you might give it a try.

    Then there's Borgen from Denmark, about a woman prime minister ...

  • Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years (Obama effect?)

    07/23/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · 101 of 107
    x to stuck_in_new_orleans
    Why do some people blame Obama for everything. Poor movie ticket sales? Obamas fault. Raining outside? Obamas fault. Maybe, just maybe, this years movies are awful and not worth 12$ a ticket.

    Maybe. The "Obama effect" was something tacked on to the headline for what may have been humorous, tongue-in-cheek reasons.

    But it's young people who make up most of the audience for the summer blockbusters, and if teen unemployment is high, they can't go to the movies. So maybe the economy and Obama do have something to do with it.

    I think it's probably more a matter of the studios releasing movies earlier in the year, rather than during the "mummer blockbuster season." Maybe they found out it didn't matter whether they brought out their big superhero pictures during the summer or at some other time of the year.

  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 2:02:06 PM PDT · 36 of 50
    Didn't mean to say "boycott." I meant the 24 or 48 hour suspension of flights.

    Ted may realize that we don't want to have another major air disaster, this time involving one of our own airliners, so maybe a redirection of flights to another airport is called for.

  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:59:34 PM PDT · 33 of 50
    x to PoloSec

    Somebody could turn that around pretty easily, though: in opposing a boycott is Ted Cruz angling to drag the US into the war that would result if a missile hits one of our airliners?

  • MH17: By defying the West, bully-boy Vladimir Putin could lead Russia to ruin

    07/23/2014 1:28:37 PM PDT · 35 of 49
    x to Tailgunner Joe
    Compared to what, though? 1917? 1921? 1932? 1938? 1942?

    Are things really going to be as bad as they were even 20 years ago?

  • Elizabeth Warren To La Raza: 'Get Louder' For Amnesty 'Against' Lobbyists Who Back It

    07/22/2014 3:09:23 PM PDT · 35 of 35
    x to SeekAndFind
    Hmmm ... when people ask if politicians really believe the things they say, I usually respond that it's the party line, it brings them votes, and they stick to it, so it doesn't matter whether it's what they "really" think or believe.

    But the stupidity here has to be all Liz's own and that's not good.

    "Be stronger than the lobbyists," she declared. "We have to do this."

    I can just hear the break in her "concerned voice" between the two sentences.

  • When College Isn't Worth It

  • D'Souza's America

    07/22/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    x to Kaslin; rockrr
    D’ Souza’s narrative actually paints a most unflattering picture of America, for it distinguishes Americans as the only people ever that, in spite of having dedicated their collective being to an abstraction, nevertheless had to savage each other to stop themselves from savaging Africans and others.

    So the idea is that by making America out to be too good, D'Souza ends up making it look worse.

    Okay, but in trying to make D'Souza's movie look bad and falling for all the depraved Lost Cause b*llsh*t, Kerwick makes D'Souza and his movie look much better than they probably are.

  • Why would PPP ask McDaniel voters if they would support CSA in 2nd Civil War?

    07/22/2014 2:04:13 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    x to deport
    PPP is described as one of the "most accurate" polling companies and also as a "Democratic-leaning" polling company because it polls only for Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations on a private basis.

    In addition to political issues, the company has polled the public on such diverse topics as the approval rating of God, whether Republican voters believe President Obama would be eligible to enter heaven in the event of the Rapture and whether hipsters should be subjected to a special tax for being annoying. -- Wikipedia


    There's Something Wrong With America's Premier Liberal Pollster The problem with PPP's methodology

    No pollster attracts more love and hate than Public Policy Polling. The Democratically aligned polling firm routinely asks questions that poke fun at Republicans, like whether then-Senator Barack Obama was responsible for Hurricane Katrina. Not coincidentally, Republicans routinely accuse them of being biased toward Democrats. Last fall, PPP was front and center in conservative complaints about allegedly skewed polls. But when the election results came in, PPP’s polls were vindicated and the conspiracy-minded critics were debunked.

    Pollsters, though, tend to judge one another based more on methodology than record. And for experts and competitors, the firm’s success remains difficult to explain. PPP doesn’t follow many of the industry’s best practices, like calling voters' cell phones; the firm only calls landlines. It discards hundreds of respondents in an unusual process known as “random deletion.” And because PPP's interviewers rely on lists of registered voters—rather than random digit dialing—and simply ask non-voters to hang up the phone, the firm can’t use census numbers to weight their sample, as many other pollsters do. This forces PPP to make more, and more subjective, judgments about just who will be voting. ... - The New Republic

  • Biden to Putin: I don't think 'you have a soul'

    07/21/2014 2:35:23 PM PDT · 26 of 41
    x to Quality_Not_Quantity
    The Joe Biden who said he played college football ...

    The Joe Biden who said he had a full academic scholarship?

    The Joe Biden who said he voted against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars ...

    The Joe Biden who said his wife was killed by a drunk driver ...

    The Joe Biden who said he was in the room for negotiations to save Security ...

    The Joe Biden who said FDR got on television after the Stock Market crash ...

    The Joe Biden who said his family were poor coal miners ...

  • MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary’s way; Contrary to conventional wisdom, she’s probably finished

    07/21/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    The country is at an inflection point brought on by its crisis of political deadlock. It desperately needs a new brand of politics that can break the deadlock and set it upon a new course toward its future and destiny. In such times, a gap normally opens up between the political establishment, guided by the lessons of the past, and the electorate, always ahead of the establishment in pushing for new political paradigms, new dialectical thinking and new coalitions.

    How long has that been true? The country has needed something new -- or rather better -- for a long time but it doesn't seem to get it.

    Maybe the author's the one not living in the real world. Just because he sees a need for something new and understands Hillary's inadequacies, doesn't mean real world voters will meet the need or see through Hillary.

  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 1:41:22 PM PDT · 123 of 155
    x to njslim

    MSNBC reports that the Anaconda went to high school with Chris Christie. More developing ...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Had to Tell John Kerry "This is Not Vietnam"

    07/21/2014 1:37:24 PM PDT · 21 of 67
    x to allendale
    Netanyahu is a serious man. He has little patience or tolerance for a petulant narcissist like Kerry or Obama.

    Who's being petulant here? And with these three narcissism is more of a relative term. They all have massive egos.

  • As Christians Are Massacred in Iraq, Laid-Back Obama Maintains His Shameful Silence

    07/19/2014 1:49:00 PM PDT · 16 of 25
    x to Fantasywriter
    You are letting words trip you up here. Just as people can be "narcissistic" without being textbook "narcissists," and one could talk about someone's neediness being "pathological" without an actual and literal psychopathology being involved, so someone can be "malignant" or malign or malevolent (and a narcissist, too) without being a "malignant narcissist." The phrase has a specific meaning that goes beyond mere nastiness.

    Politicians (and lawyers and high-flying executives) can be very nasty people. They are also involved in fields where "normal" behavior is quite rough and competitive, even devious. And behaviors that one applauds in one's own leaders are often seen as malicious, spiteful, even pathological. I'm hesitant about turning everything into a matter of psychopathology.

    If it was wrong for the therapeutic profession to start "psychoanalyzing" Barry Goldwater from afar, do 50 years and a change of party make it right? Also, does slapping a label on a politician, say Nixon or Johnson, or Carter or Clinton, really tell you any more than we already know about them? Or does the label leave us knowing and saying less than we already do?

    I think you're right about Obama's childhood wounds and neediness and right about his creating an alternate reality for himself. I have to wonder about some of your examples, though. Observers may see more pettiness and desire to humiliate in powerful people than is actually there. I'm pretty sure that Obama has enough ways to get back at people and make his power felt that he doesn't need to intentionally mispronounce the word "corpsman."

    My main point in posting, though, was just to say that narcissism doesn't mean psychopathy or sociopathy. People see "narcissist" and think "Hitler" or somebody who's going to start dropping bombs on them. Narcissistic weakness or brittleness can have very bad effects. You don't want a narcissistic leader, and maybe you can't say that often enough. But the fact that narcissism in a leader doesn't mean Hitler is also something that bears repeating.

  • McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

    07/19/2014 12:34:08 PM PDT · 44 of 58
    x to WilliamIII
    By the way, I don’t remember John McCain opposing the invasion of Iraq, so I’m not sure what he’s saying now; doesn’t make sense - but that’s not unusual for him

    McCain is saying he's like a lot of people. They went along with Bush and the war, but they wouldn't have conceived of the idea of a war of choice to replace Saddam on their own if it were up to them. I don't know if McCain is really being truthful about this: he likes military engagements an awful lot more than most people. But if what he's saying "doesn't make sense," that can be said about a lot of people when it comes to the Iraq war.

  • McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

    07/19/2014 12:30:40 PM PDT · 43 of 58
    x to elpadre
    Saddam was a powerful enabler of the radical Islamic forces.

    Um, no. Saddam saw such groups as a threat to his power and suppressed them. If you are head of a state that is composed of different ethnic and religious groups, you might be hostile organizations that claim to speak for one religious group in your country and want to join up with people of the same religion outside your borders. They threaten your authority and your power base, so if you're a ruthless tyrant, you deal with them ruthlessly. Is that really so hard to understand?

  • 30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate

    07/18/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT · 25 of 82
    x to EveningStar

    Some of these aren’t necessarily put-downs. Waugh’s “desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship” was a quality he wanted in his prose and something Wilson appreciated. The remarks about Pound and Orwell catch aspects of their personality that might not have affected Stein’s or Connolly’s appreciation of their work. Also, why the long awkward quote from Wallace about Updike when “just a penis with a thesaurus” does the job so much better.

  • Malaysia Airlines plane crash: How do we deal with a pathological liar like Vladimir Putin?

    07/18/2014 11:55:36 AM PDT · 24 of 40
    x to Tailgunner Joe

    Where does individual psychopathology even enter into it?

  • Mr. Gramsci Explains It All For You

    07/18/2014 11:15:27 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    x to Oldpuppymax
    Say you were a communist or socialist in 1930 or 1970 and you followed the Gramscian strategy. Twenty or Thirty years on, would you really be closer to your goal?

    An older Christian culture might have decayed, but would that really have been your doing, or the result of affluence and secularism? There could be more crime -- or less -- but once again would that actually be something you caused or something that would help your movement?

    You might not find yourself any closer to actual socialism or communism than when you had started out. You might even find that your party or Western working class itself had completely unraveled. Would you think that you had succeeded? Or that you'd wasted your energy?

    Also, if it were just a government crackdown Gramsci was looking for, he would have thrown in with Mussolini, which he didn't do. What he was looking for must have been more than that or different.

  • Michelle Obama Vows To 'Take A Break' From French Fries

    07/18/2014 10:56:51 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    x to Fear The People

    Is it really a decline from Hillary Clinton to Michelle Obama? For that matter, was Jackie Kennedy all that great?

  • Megyn Kelly Gets Her History Wrong

    07/18/2014 10:53:52 AM PDT · 45 of 49
    x to 7thson
    True, the plane wasn't accidentally shot down, but it's still a little murky who knew what and when. The pilot knew it was a Boeing 747, but claimed it didn't matter as it could well have been re-purposed for military use. He also claimed that he didn't tell ground control that it was a 747.

    Megyn should have known more about the real story, but you can certainly find the idea that the Soviets "accidentally" shot down the plane on the Internet, on the theory (I suppose) that if the Soviets had known it wasn't a spy flight they wouldn't have acted as they did. I don't buy that idea, but don't see much to be gained by getting on Megyn's case.

    FWIW, Wikipedia says that Richard Nixon was booked for the flight, but decided not to go.

  • An Enormous Crater Randomly Appeared in Remote Siberia and the World Is Freaking Out

    07/17/2014 3:59:40 PM PDT · 46 of 78
    x to nickcarraway
    Promotion for the new season of NBC's fake reality mockumentary, Siberia?
  • TCB 05: Why do media want Russia, Vladimir Putin behind missile strike on Malaysian airliner?

    07/17/2014 3:48:11 PM PDT · 48 of 67
    x to Conservative Beacon
    Sometimes it's not even clear that a plane was intentionally downed by anyone. And sometimes as in this case, there are several different possible culprits. In the 1980s, for example, you'd have to establish if Assad or Qaddafi or one of several Palestinian factions or German or Japanese terrorists were responsible.

    Wouldn’t you say that in most terrorist attacks in the last 20 years there’s pretty clear evidence as to who’s behind them? The media are never so quick to assign blame in those instances. In fact, they devote time and space to attempting to explain how it’s NOT Islamic terrorists.

    That's a hypothesis that feels right. I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. My hunch is that a lot of people in the media want to blame White guys first. You saw that with some of the buzz about the Boston Marathon bombing. But proving that hypothesis to be true is something else. The people doing most of the speculating aren't necessarily the establishment media, but fringe bloggers. And the time line in each case can be hard to re-establish.

  • TCB 05: Why do media want Russia, Vladimir Putin behind missile strike on Malaysian airliner?

    07/17/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · 27 of 67
    x to Conservative Beacon

    Do they really blame Putin? Apart from Geraldo, my impression was that most of them were hesitant to jump to any conclusions. And in this case, wasn’t pretty clear to begin with who the possible suspects were?

  • APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    07/17/2014 3:00:36 PM PDT · 13 of 37
    x to Olog-hai
    Peyton or Eli?

    The Bronco QB already has a girl's name, so it must be him.

  • Enemy of the People: Norway is the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today

    07/17/2014 2:56:47 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    x to SeekAndFind
    Alan Dershowitz has called it “the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today.”

    Not exactly the most trustworthy, informed, or reliable source.

  • Is he off his meds? Dr. Krauthammer’s diagnosis of Harry Reid

    07/16/2014 2:42:29 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    x to PoloSec
    Harry's an ornery, not very honest, old coot. He knows his case is weak. It makes him nervous, so he blurts out an opinion wildly at odds with the facts.

    All the psychoanalyzing is beside the point. A lot of what politicians say isn't intended to reflect reality but to serve their political ends, so talk about being delusional is beside the point.

    You could reply, though, that if a politician says something that is so wildly untrue as to hurt their own cause or chances, that crazy is an appropriate word to use.

  • Lerner Associate: "I Don’t Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican”

    07/16/2014 2:21:56 PM PDT · 60 of 72
    x to Nachum

    What’s important isn’t what she wrote, it’s that she broke the Hatch Act by typing it from a government office while she was on duty.

  • How The Ruinous "Living Constitution" Idea Took Root

    07/16/2014 2:07:39 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    x to reaganaut1
    Questionable history to say the least. Before the New Deal and the "stream of commerce" idea became fashionable, most people probably recognized that a state could regulate drinking or lotteries within its own borders.

    I maybe be wrong, but my understanding is the fact that you could take a lottery ticket or a hip flask across state lines wouldn't have made either lotteries or alcohol production "interstate commerce" in those days. So far as I can see, no "living Constitution" would have been required to allow for state regulation of such activities in those days.

  • Forensic profiler: Obama 'slipping mentally' Veteran of O.J., Natalie Holloway cases expects 'more

    07/15/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT · 129 of 133
    x to Fantasywriter
    Interesting, but it will take a while to digest.

    Lemme just say for now that someone like Hitler could wholly live in his own fantasies. Most successful politicians in America today do have to make some accommodation to reality to advance through the system. That does discipline them a little and round off some of their spiky edges.

    As somebody with a shorter political resume, Obama is more likely to give into his own fantasies than some other, more experienced politicians, and we are seeing the effects of that now as governmental -- rather than merely political and media realities -- catch up with him.

    So sure, he does have delusions of competency and a chip on his shoulder, but an established political system does provide at least a little education and discipline in political realities and basic social behavior that figures like Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, and Mao didn't have.

    You can't live as much in your own fantasies as those men did and expect to rise very far in politics. Coming out of electoral politics and Congress it's hard to be as much of a textbook narcissist or as violent and as brutal as those men were.

    That's not to say that our system might not at some time throw forth revolutionary political adventurers like such men, but so far, talk about that sounds like the usual political hyperbole.

  • The GOP self-destruction is complete: millennials officially hate conservatives (Ultra Barf Alert)

    07/15/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT · 30 of 46
    x to Jacob Kell

    Post articles with inflammatory titles like this one and you get inflammatory responses and the upshot is that it gets hard to actually discuss the points at issue.

  • The costly fantasy of impeaching Obama: The way to punish a president is at the polls

    07/15/2014 4:40:16 PM PDT · 76 of 80
    x to Cubs Fan
    Impeaching a president (even one deserves impeachment as much as dictator Obama) whom the public does not want to impeach will inevitably cause a backlash that will help him.

    A democracy is only as good as its people, and the goodness and smartness of ours is going down hill fast.

    Good point.

    Unless you actually catch a president committing an actual crime people can understand, impeachment won't go anywhere.

    Otherwise people assume presidents are going to overreach and write the whole thing off as politics.

    Maybe things should be different, but if they were, we wouldn't have gotten to the point we're at now.

  • Forensic profiler: Obama 'slipping mentally' Veteran of O.J., Natalie Holloway cases expects 'more

    07/15/2014 4:09:27 PM PDT · 127 of 133
    x to Fantasywriter
    Those who compare him to Hitler & Stalin, & who expect a coup d’état, or similar, are also mistaken. Obama is fundamentally weak.

    Well said.

    He’s not going to pull off a major coup by leading from behind. Passive aggression is his style.

    Another good point.

    He’s probably flirting with the idea of resigning. In his mind, this would be the ultimate punishment of the American People. We don’t appreciate him—fine; he will deprive us of his unique, singular wonderfulness. Whether he’ll actually follow through is another matter.

    Resigning can be taken as an an admission that he made mistakes or wasn't up for the job. And he won't do that. Is he "flirting" with the idea of resigning? It may have occurred to him but politicians don't like to do unexpected things. I don't think he seriously considered stepping down (and Hillary most likely will run -- she'll do the expected thing herself).

    I don't know about the whole "malignant narcissist" thing. Politicians tend to be narcissistic -- Obama more than most. Narcissists may have grandiose self-conceptions, but they tend to be petty people who end up shooting themselves in the foot -- sabotaging themselves through their own neediness and obsessions and manipulations. Case in point: Jimmy Carter.

    Wanting garden variety narcissists to be malignant or pathological narcissists is part of the meme that wants them to be Hitler or Stalin, preparing tyranny or apocalypse. That doesn't mean narcissism is a good thing, but people do tend to get carried away. Bill Clinton was a "pathological narcissist" when he was in office. Now he's a run-of-the-mill narcissist in comparison to Obama (who will be run-of-the-mill in comparison to the next presidential narcissist).

    People also get caught up in words: "pathological" needs don't necessary add up to or amount to a pathology, and "narcissistic" behavior isn't always a sign of a narcissistic personality (let alone of pathological narcissism).

  • Evan Sayet declares Liberals don't SUPPORT Palestinians, they hate Jews.

    07/14/2014 2:34:26 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    x to cob201

    So your mom and dad hated Jews? And you did too in your liberal days?

  • With ’24′ About To End, Is Jack Bauer About To Die?

    07/14/2014 2:20:32 PM PDT · 35 of 37
    x to Dave346

    If he and Chloe don’t finally get it on, he will be dead to me.

  • Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry: Who's winning?

    07/14/2014 2:19:00 PM PDT · 23 of 38
    x to DisorderOnBorder
    Agree...also...Ted Cruz is winning this whine-fest between two neo-moderates

    Because he's not involved. It's easy for a bystander to look good when two other politicians are clawing away at each other.

  • Self-described “Liberal” Millennials are Actually Libertarian

    07/14/2014 1:36:26 PM PDT · 90 of 127
    x to Kaslin
    If they describe themselves as liberals, they most likely are liberals.

    Or maybe we can bring back the term "neo-liberal" or "revisionist liberal" to indicate that they are a little different from other liberals (but are they different enough to matter?)

    Some millennials who other people describe as liberals very well may be libertarians of a sort, but I don't see many of them going whole hog Howard Roark Dominique Francon libertarian (or objectivist or whatever).

  • David Brooks: Obama 'Impeachment Is Obviously Cloud Cuckoo Land'

    07/12/2014 1:36:29 PM PDT · 28 of 38
    x to denydenydeny
    Taking the constitution seriously = “Cloud cuckoo land” in the rarefied atmosphere of the Beltway.

    Only there?

  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:33:27 PM PDT · 6 of 30
    x to Tailgunner Joe
    Not a very impressive performance by the Congressman.

    What part of national sovereignty doesn't he understand?

    Expelling the CIA station chief was small change.

    Pretty much what we'd do if we caught the Germans spying on us.

  • The Best Worst President Ever (Suicide-prevention meds required!)

    07/12/2014 1:19:47 PM PDT · 26 of 41
    x to Old North State
    Is Obama an enlightened being? / Spiritual wise ones say: This sure ain't no ordinary politician.


    Here's where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

    The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history.

  • The New Conservative Purity Test: Impeaching Obama

    07/12/2014 1:07:21 PM PDT · 58 of 73
    x to FreeReign
    Well, from a practical point of view if you're able to retain a majority, okay that's well and good, but when you say "They had their second-best election since 1948," that makes readers think that there was some kind of landslide or massive shift to the Republicans, which wasn't the case. They actually lost seats after the impeachment (and during the build-up to impeachment).

    This is something of a glass half-empty glass half-full argument. Voters didn't repudiate Republicans in a major way after impeachment, but they didn't reward them after impeachment in a major way either (which is something that talk of the GOP's best election in 50 years implies). But I suppose I'm not going to convince you.

  • The New Conservative Purity Test: Impeaching Obama

    07/12/2014 12:55:40 PM PDT · 52 of 73
    x to FreeReign
    The Republicans in the House had their second best election since 1948 after they impeached Bill Clinton.

    I was wracking my brain to figure out where you're wrong. The thing is, Republicans were the minority party in the House for most of the years since 1948. So of course, the elections where they had the most seats since 1948 would all have to be after 1994 (when they finally won a majority in the House).

    What counts is how many votes swing in a given election. If you have a massive win in 1994 and hold most of those seats for the next few elections, those elections aren't as impressive a mandate as that original 1994 victory. They're more a reflection of the voters' willingness to re-elect incumbents.

    I don't know how to weigh the GOP retaining a majority in 1998 and 2000 against their losing seats in both elections, but there have been other elections since 1948 where a lot more seats changed hands that were more of a positive mandate for Republicans. So voters didn't repudiate Republicans in 2000 for impeaching Clinton, but they didn't reward them as much as they did in some other elections.

  • The Best Worst President Ever (Suicide-prevention meds required!)

    07/12/2014 12:42:58 PM PDT · 7 of 41
    x to ozzymandus
    Is the author black? He seems to really hate white people.

    No, just gay. "White" is a codeword for whatever it is he's really angry about.

  • David Brooks: Obama 'Impeachment Is Obviously Cloud Cuckoo Land'

    07/12/2014 12:41:18 PM PDT · 13 of 38
    x to ifinnegan
    If really were “cloud cuckoo land”’ he wouldn’t need to write an article on it.

    No article, just two guys mouthing off on television.

    Impeachment isn't going anywhere.

  • 'Ma'am, you rock': Washington Post gushes over Michelle Obama's 'amazing arms'

    07/12/2014 11:54:16 AM PDT · 75 of 83
    x to RaveOn
    So was Sietsema’s original article really spin control to debunk the Joan Rivers quip from earlier in the week? Seems funny that his article should come out just a couple days after her comment got so much attention. And Ms. Rivers’ gaydar is better than anyone!

    Sietsema may just be the kind of guy who likes to gush over Michelle Obama (but, yes it looks like he really is gay -- that seems to be a job requirement nowadays with arts/culture/entertainment writers on big city newspapers). It's hard to speculate about whatever else he may be, because -- like a lot of restaurant critics -- he doesn't let his face become public for fear restaurants will treat him differently if they know he's writing for a newspaper.

    I'm pretty sure Michelle Obama isn't actually a man. Joan Rivers's jibe was funny, but wasn't it more about how Mrs. Obama looked, rather than whether she was literally a transsexual or transvestite? Also, if you wanted to do damage control, would you really praise Michelle's arms? Aren't MO's powerful "man arms" the very thing you'd want your readers not to think about? I think it may just have been that they ate at the same restaurant and Sietsma just couldn't keep from kvelling about it.

  • How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

    07/12/2014 11:15:07 AM PDT · 17 of 37
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    Germany in WWI:

    Coffee imports had became impossible by 1916. The scant stores on hand had been stretched and extenuated by the use of chicory and other supplements. A transition from coffee to coffee substitute began. The first substitute, Kaffee-ersatz, was not a bad one. It was mostly made of roasted barley and oats and the flavor was enhanced by chemicals from coal-tar. The brew had a good percentage of nutritive elements, no caffeine and was quite palatable when taken with milk and sugar--without sugar though, it was impossible. But the grain could be put to better purpose and so this led to the introduction of the substitute of a substitute. Kaffee-ersatz-ersatz was made of roasted acorns and beechnuts, with just enough roasted barley to build up a coffee flavor. It was said to be better than the first substitute but was also more expensive. Unfortunately, there weren?t enough acorns and beechnuts, much of which was being fed to pigs. Before long the excellent acorn-beechnut coffee disappeared to be replaced by a third substitute whose original ingredients were carrots and yellow turnips. A substitute for tea was not difficult. The bloom of the linden tree mixed with beech buds and a few tips of pine made an excellent "oolong." A cocoa substitute came from coal-tar and chemistry along with roasted peas and oats. Source

  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 11:08:38 AM PDT · 54 of 79
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    It's part of a cycle. Romcoms took off in the 1980s or so and over thirty years or so Hollywood has exhausted the material and worn out the genre. It's not just that Meg Ryan got old and beaky. It's that Meg Ryanism -- the whole "meet cute" thing and all the banter -- got really tired sown through the years.

    The foulness of current comedy -- all fart and belch jokes, etc. -- plays a part in the decline. So does contemporary confusion about sex or gender roles. So does general stupidity (i.e. Richard Curtis, who showed some talent with the Blackadder series, but never grew up).

    By the time we get to the crass and insipid “Love Actually” (2003), romance is presented as nothing more than a completely idiosyncratic spark of synergy between Romantic Partner A and Romantic Partner B. (We were mostly still into couples in those days, but obviously that too is subject to modification.) Although it tries to make up for its shallowness by weaving together multiple love stories, “Love Actually” is boring and (ironically) completely foreign to the actual human experience of falling in love. If people want their love stories to be completely individualized, they might as well write their own.

    Crass and insipid!

    You go, girl!

  • 'Ma'am, you rock': Washington Post gushes over Michelle Obama's 'amazing arms'

    07/12/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT · 71 of 83
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    So. Am I wrong here in thinking that this Paul Bedard is queer as a three dollar bill?

    Paul Bedard wrote the article in the Examiner about Tom Sietsema's article in the Post about Mrs. Obama and her arms.

    So, yeah, chances are you're wrong about Bedard, or it's irrelevant.