In defense of religious bigotry

October 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

Buy me some peanuts and jellybeans

June 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

What’s changed in 60 years

May 30, 2011 // 3 Comments

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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. [...]

Noted & Quoted, statesman edition

March 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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. [...]

Foghorn Leghorn for govenah

October 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

Out of context outrage

October 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

The Capt. Renault deflection

March 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

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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, [...]

coakley campaign: we’re not to blame

January 19, 2010 // 8 Comments

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It’s the party’s fault, not hers. This from the candidate who didn’t bother to hide her contempt for traditional shoe leather campaigning. Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such [...]

you can’t save lives AND money

November 18, 2009 // 3 Comments

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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. [...]