Category Archives: politics

The Borowitz report satirizes Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement

By now you must have learned that The New Yorker’s Borowitz Report is satire, but it’s often sufficiently believable (given the dire state of everything in the U.S.) to convince the gullible that it’s real news. And, given Hillary Clinton’s campaign-announcement video—which shows her for only a brief span amidst a lot of “average Americans,” implying that she’s […]

Hillary announces

Let the games begin. Here’s Hillary Clinton’s official announcement that she’s running for President. (She doesn’t show up until about 1:30 of this 2:18 video; the rest shows average Americans making their plans.) From the New York Times: This campaign will begin on a small scale and build up to an effort likely to cost […]

Hillary Clinton to announce Presidential bid on Sunday

According to CNN, Hillary Clinton will throw her hat in the ring (is anybody surprised?) with a video announcement on Sunday: Hillary Clinton is planning to launch her presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, a person close to her campaign-in-waiting tells CNN, followed immediately by traveling to early-voting states of […]

Indiana realizes it screwed up

After passing the Hate Bill, Indiana now realizes that it screwed up, but not out of morally mediated compunction, but because of the firestorm of excoriating comments, threatens of boycotts, real boycotts (e.g., Angie’s List is putting its Indiana expansion on hold), and even criticism from a basketball idol: Former NBA star Charles Barkley added his voice […]

Is John Kerry on a fool’s errand?

Let me confess at the outset that I am no expert on Iran’s uranium-enrichment capabilities, nor about the subtleties of diplomatic negotiations on nuclear weapons.  All I know is what the average person would know who reads, say, the New York Times about our (and Europe’s) negotiations with Iran about lifting economic sanctions in return for their […]

Larry Wilmore tells it like it is

by Greg Mayer On Tuesday’s Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore and his guest panelists were discussing Ted Cruz’s presidential aspirations, when one of the guests stated that we must have “more respect in politics… for people who believe in creationism”. Larry was having none of it: Someone who’s making the most important decisions in the world […]

Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire criticizes kids’ suggestion to make hawk the state raptor, says it reminds him of abortion

I’m pretty confident in saying that only a Republican could be this mushbrained and callous. A group of New Hampshire kids wanted to get a lesson in politics, and so drafted a bill that would make the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) the Official State Raptor. (I’m sure Stephen Barnard would be on board with this). But in […]

A Christian nation?

by Greg Mayer In an op-ed piece in Sunday’s New York Times, the historian Kevin Kruse asks, Is the United States a Christian nation? It is a common claim among Christian theocrats (those whom Andrew Sullivan has aptly called ‘Christianists’) that America is a Christian nation—that somehow the basic structures of the American government are […]

NY Times crops G. W. and Laura Bush from a photo at Selma

Maybe there were good editorial reasons to crop G. W. and Laura Bush out of Sunday’s New York Times front-page photo, a photo accompanying their story about the Selma March for civil rights. Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the original march. To commemorate it, Barack and Michelle Obama, along with numerous civil rights leaders, including members of […]

They don’t get much crazier than this: meet Texas’s new Lieutenant Governor:

Texas produces a reliable crop of loons in state government, but this one is especially bizarre. It’s Republican Dan Patrick, who was elected November 4 and recently took office. If, God forbid, something happens to governor Gregg Abbott (another conservative Republican), Patrick will be in charge of Texas. That’s a scary thought. Even Texas Monthly calls this guy […]

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