In defense of religious bigotry

To be clear, I’m not condoning the wingnut attacks on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. There’s plenty of reasons to vote against The Anchorman — his religion is not one of them. But to be honest, certain religious beliefs would be a deal-breaker for me. Any fundamentalist — be they Christian, Muslim or Jew — is automatically […]

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Buy me some peanuts and jellybeans

There’s no politics in baseball — at least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly: President Reagan’s favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away […]

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What’s changed in 60 years

How does a college professor obtain a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s? Or a local sportscaster and her commercial fisherman husband afford a $1.7 million second home? It wouldn’t have happened without their political careers. We’ve come to accept the public servant as millionaire, despite the example of Harry Truman. When he retired from […]

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Noted & Quoted, statesman edition

There was a brief window in time when Southern voters elected smart, prudent politicians like Sam Nunn. “Today our airwaves and public debates are filled with attempts to not just denounce opponents’ logic but to impugn their motives. Demagogues and rabble rousers are not new to American history — but the economics and the technology […]

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Foghorn Leghorn for govenah

Five staples of campaign commercials for those seeking office in Georgia: 1. Starched blue jeans; 2. Claims they are being unfairly attacked; 3. Children as props; 4. A vaguely rural setting; 5. A highly affected Southern drawl, reminiscent of Kevin Costner’s character in “JFK” (it’s pronounced “dollars”, Casey Cagle, not “dollahs”). Too bad Tammy Metzler […]

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Out of context outrage

Definition of WHORE 1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman 2 : a male who engages in sexual acts for money 3 : a venal or unscrupulous person I’m glad Jerry Brown challenged Tom Brokaw’s ridiculous comparison. The N-word is exclusively an […]

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The Capt. Renault deflection

Ask a strategist or operative a probing question and they’re liable to respond with a famously cynical quote turned hackneyed political cliche. “I’m shocked, shocked my party is … (take your pick) stoking public resentment, exploiting the partisan divide, etc.” Of course they choose less incriminating, vague language. But at the end of the day, […]

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you can’t save lives AND money

A federally appointed public health task force recommends turning *medical convention on its ear, yet no specialists were consulted. The task force acknowledged that mammograms can save lives and fear their new guidelines may be misinterpreted. “We aren’t against screening women in their 40s, we just don’t think it should be routine,” Petitti said. Such […]

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