Monthly Archives: May 2012

Obama’s Reelection: Greece in June Will Tell Us Ohio in November

And Greece is looking bad for President Obama. Here’s Reuters today: The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that more than a quarter of all manufacturing workers in Ohio depend on exports for their jobs. Against this backdrop, the Obama administration has … Continue reading

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An Explanation For Why People Are Attracted To Conspiracy Theories

Back in March, Rachel Maddow was on the Daily Show and said something about conspiracy theories that I think is quite profound: CONSPIRACY IS EASIER TO UNDERSTAND THAN COMPLEXITY. Thought of this way, a conspiracy theory is simply another way … Continue reading

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The Greece and Italy Crash and Burn

Greece appears to be going down, and now the Italians are panicking. This is in London’s Telegraph today (written by its international business editor, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard): Italy’s former premier Romano Prodi said the EU risks instant contagion to Spain, Italy, … Continue reading

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Atheism, Theism, and Improbable Videos

___________ There seems to be a whole genre of YouTube videos devoted to “just-so” events (as with the one above), and they’re rather nice metaphors of the theist vs. atheist divide. Theists, of course, posit that the universe’s improbable properties … Continue reading

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What Could Be More Christian Than What Obama Did For Gay Dignity This Past Week?

Andrew Sullivan’s reaction to a truly Christian president.

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Deficit Hawks For Obama: A Vote for Mitt Romney is a Vote for Deficit Spending

Business Insider’s Chief Editor, Joe Wiesenthal, recently made a compelling case for voting for Mitt Romney (if you’re a Keynesian): Back in April we made the argument that a Mitt Romney win would be better for the economy, based on fairly … Continue reading

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Gay Like Me: Ways The Black Experience And The Gay Experience Are The Same

Andrew Sullivan, in his just released Newsweek cover-essay, explains: Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet. He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity … Continue reading

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The Mimic Octopus: Andrew Sullivan Calls This Creature “Mitt Romney of the Deep”

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Syriza Watch: In Greece, The Center Does Not Hold, And That Means This Bell Is For You

The radical-left Syriza party’s meteoric rise in Grecian politics (it trailed the conservatives by just 2 percentage points in recent elections) has placed Greece on the verge of default. Here’s John Psarapoulos, writing for the Daily Beast, on the fast … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Says He Would Deny Spousal Benefits To Gay Veterans

Mitt Romney and the Vietnam veteran in the below video are the same age. And in the years that this veteran was in Vietnam, Mitt Romney was in prep school, gay-bashing a classmate and cutting off his girlish-long hair. After … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage Debate Watch: Barney Frank Totally Owns Tony Perkins

The below segment of a recent Chris Matthews show is simply devastating. It shows Chris Matthews and Barney Frank intellectually eviscerating Tony Perkins, argument by argument. The political ground is shifting fast on gay marriage, and this clip nicely illustrates why.

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Gay-Bashing? Mitt Romney Laughs At The Accusation And Says, “I Don’t Remember That Incident”

Would you remember if you held down a gay student, at the age of eighteen, and hacked off his girlish hair? Would you laugh about it now? The right is correct to be in a panic over this. The way … Continue reading

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No “Las Vegas Of Gay Marriage”: Mitt Romney Boasts He Once Hindered Gay Marriage Through A Legal Maneuver

This is at the Daily Beast today: [Mitt] Romney bragged in a speech last winter about how, after the Massachusetts State Supreme Court legalized gay marriage there in 2003, he invoked an early 20th century law intended to prevent out-of-state … Continue reading

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Hair Hacking: In 1965, Mitt Romney Hazed A Person Presumed To Be Gay By Holding Him Down And Cutting His Hair

This is in the Washington Post today. Disturbing, to say the least: Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome … Continue reading

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Thinking About Conformity and Nonconformity

In the realm of politics and religion, I see six different kinds of people: the right-wing conformist the left-wing conformist the centrist conformist the right-wing nonconformist the left-wing nonconformist the centrist nonconformist Which one would you say represents you? And … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan Reacts to North Carolina’s Anti-Gay Amendment to Its State Constitution

Andrew Sullivan calls North Carolina’s anti-civil rights vote last night “the politics of spite” and writes the following: Absorbing the blow from last night is hard. If a victory for marriage equality happens, straight couples can go about their lives … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Gentler, More Religious Atheism?

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The Right Slogan for Mitt Romney’s Campaign

During the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were like coked-up chimpanzees, trying to tear one another’s testicles off. But now Mitt Romney “counts Newt and Callista Gingrich as friends.” What bullshit. If you vote for Mitt Romney this year, you’re … Continue reading

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Are the Following Verses in the Quran?

Nope. They’re in the Bible (Deuteronomy 22:20-21, KJV): 20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: 21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and … Continue reading

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Three Grandmas Watch Something Naughty

Very naughty. A nice reminder that adults can see and hear things without the least harm. __________ I love the display of irony here because we all know that this is exactly how individuals tend to respond to “shocking” images … Continue reading

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