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Excellent: The anti-gay Christian bigots came back, week after week, for two months. Then one of Mike’s friends had a bright idea: The name and the address of the church these people were from? It was on the literature they were handing out. And the church wasn’t that far away. It was an easy drive… […]

Women Senators

Finally, as of 2013, the US Senate will have more female Senators than ever before in its history. Fully one-fifth – a massive 20% – of the Senate will be female. From West to East, they are: AK Murkowski (R) HI Hirono (D) WA Cantwell (D) WA Murray (D) CA Feinstein (D) CA Boxer (D) […]

Ballot Initiatives

The Presidential election wasn’t the only notable election this year; a series of ballot initiatives are noteworthy for various reasons. Among other things, 2012 marks another surprising year of progress for marijuana at the ballot box. In Washington and Colorado, marijuana was legalized for recreational use. Washington: Colorado: Massachusetts also legalized medicinal marijuana: Oregon failed […]

The Electoral Map

In 2008, Barack Obama won the state of Indiana by the narrowest of margins. Mostly, this was because he contested it seriously, in a way few Democratic presidential candidates had. For the same reason, he won North Carolina, a state he contested and nearly won again in 2012. However Indiana was left uncontested in 2012, […]

US Election Results

The US election results tell an interesting story about the future of this country. First some graphs. The demographic shift in the US is not a new story. In fact Obama’s election in 2008 was widely heralded as a consequence of that demographic trend: the explosive growth of non-white populations (particularly hispanics and asians) is […]

What Can I Say?

These make me laugh:


Greenwald is great, as usual: This steadfast devotion to the political glorification of the Democratic party leader, at the expense of any pretense of journalism, has been evident at MSNBC for quite some time. Most remarkably: last July, 60 Minutes reported that Al Sharpton “has decided not to criticize the president about anything” – a vow that should […]

Americans Elect

Another strange attempt to start a party “in the middle,” supported by a weird cast of characters that includes people like former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Some of you may remember the attempt to do something similar in 2008, called “Unity08” and supported by another weird cast of characters that included people like Sam Waterston […]

The Good And The Bad

There is controversy in Virginia over an anti-abortion measure pushed by the Republican legislature and Governor. At issue was a bill pushed by anti-abortion lawmakers that would have required women seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal sonogram, in which a wand is inserted in the vagina to yield an image of the fetus. The […]

Canadian Voter Suppression

As chronicled earlier on this site, Canada had a federal election in 2011 which was won by the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper. It now appears that the results are tainted by an unusual degree of election fraud – specifically calls, paid for en masse (and in secret, via circuitous routes) by the Conservative […]

Republicans, Sex, and Abortion

I happen to disagree with the idea that life springs into complete being and moral magnitude at the moment of conception. That said, there are some people – quite a lot, actually – who believe that a zygote is endowed with a soul at the moment of its creation, and with the inalienable human rights […]

Racist Ads

An interesting ad from Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman and likely nominee for the Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow in Michigan. As TPM reports: It looks like Pete Hoekstra doesn’t even want supporters to know he once defended his highly controversial Super Bowl ad, let alone paid a fortune to run it. Hoekstra, […]


I thought the controversy surrounding the Komen foundation and Planned Parenthood was fascinating in many ways. Abortions are legal, and I believe they should be. Planned Parenthood is a large abortion provider, which also receives extensive funding from the government and foundations to provide other forms of health care for women. This gives abortion opponents […]

A Good Laugh

This reposted from Tuesday’s liveblogging of the Republican primaries over at Dailykos:

Christian Films

In recent years there has been a growing number of well-written, professionally-produced films with explicitly Christian messages and values; movies intended to promote those values as much as (if not more than) to make a profit. And I’m sure they do make a profit; I doubt there’s much that Hollywood makes that a committed Christian […]


Markos writes: Conservatives have convinced themselves that Newt will be the better nominee because he’ll crush Obama in debates. In fact, Newt is fueling this fantasy by claiming he’ll demand seven three-hour Lincoln-Douglas-style debates with Obama. I actually think this would be fantastic, and good for our democracy. It’s the way debates should be conducted. […]


From the BBC: Mr Rubio is a rising star in the Republican party, and is often suggested as a viable vice-presidential choice for this year’s Republican presidential nominee. If that nominee is Romney, Rubio would be an excellent choice. As a Senator from Florida (a huge swing state), as a teabag-powered elected official (Romney will […]


Ah, Chris Dodd: The moves were described as an “abuse of power” by one of the highest profile supporters of the anti-piracy bills. “Some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that […]

Electoral College

An interesting effort to reform the electoral college, about which I have mixed views. The National Popular Vote effort is predicated on the following: 1. States are allowed to assign their presidential electors however they see fit. (Note how Maine and Nebraska split their electors not only by statewide vote, but by congressional district.)2. Thus, […]

French Election Primer

An interesting primer on the upcoming French Presidential election, by an author I’ve followed for about 7 years.