Category Archives: politics

The Trump steamroller keeps flattening other Republicans, Clinton takes South and Massachusetts

Maybe I should just stay in Canada. In yesterday’s “Super Tuesday” primaries, Donald Trump, the Clown Candidate, and a huge embarrassment to America, won the GOP race in seven states, while Ted Cruz won in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Texas—and Rubio in Minnesota. The delegate count for the three candidates, respectively, is 285, 161, and 87. Among Democrats, […]

John Oliver on TRAP laws

by Grania It’s a little curious that free society has reached a point where a legal procedure, abortion, is deliberately made as inaccessible as possible to the very people who need and want to avail themselves of it. Even more curious is that this has come to pass in a country where only 19% of […]

The Trump riddle

by Grania As someone who hails from the land of Not-America, I was vaguely baffled when I heard that Trump was running for President of the USA. I had heard of him before, of course, as he had cropped up from time to time in Time Magazine in the 80s and 90s, and in one […]

Open thread: free speech v private companies

by Grania Spingies This is an issue that I go back and forth on. I don’t think I really know what the right answer is. Pretty much everybody here supports the idea of free expression, some of us quite vehemently. On the other hand, many of us are not disquieted by anti-discrimination laws that insist […]

Come home Cardinal Pell

by Grania Tim Minchin has published a new song. It’s poignant, catchy and like several of his other songs, deeply controversial. But it shouldn’t be controversial at all. It is simply a protest about a case in Australia which requires Australian Cardinal George Pell to give evidence in the investigation into the horrific child sex abuse scandal […]

Bill de Blasio’s answer to Jeb Bush

Remember this tw**t from Jeb Bush? Well, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fought back after having a luscious pastrami sandwich at the city’s Carnegie Deli, a mecca for deliphiles everywhere: The New York Times reports, and I see that the Food Police get in a few licks at the end (why on earth did the Times […]

Elections, Irish style

by Grania Spingies I pity you Americans, I do. You’re trapped in an endless cycle of campaigning where battling politicians (and the occasional clown) slug it out day after day, week after week, month after month. Here in Ireland, the Dáil (Irish parliament) was dissolved on the 3rd of February by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, and the election […]

A brief note on equality

First, let’s hear it for Matthew’s post on human evolution just below, which is perhaps the best science post he’s written here. I know it took a lot of work, so do read it; you’ll learn a lot. Reading the usually soporific Nicholas Kristof in today’s New York Times op-ed section (a column called “America’s stacked deck“), I learned […]

Charles Lipson: The Supreme Court vacancy in 250 words (in two words: “political theater”)

President Obama announced yesterday, in no uncertain terms, that he would go forward with the process of filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court produced by the death of Antonin Scalia. Here’s the video of Obama’s press conference yesterday, with the Scalia issue beginning at 7:53 and ending at 21:38.  (Note Obama’s hip lack of a […]

Obama says he will nominate a replacement for Scalia (and a contest)

Well, let the games begin. Today’s New York Times, after reporting on the death of Antonin Scalia yesterday, notes that Obama plans to nominate a successor while he, Obama, is still President: Speaking to reporters from Rancho Mirage, where he is golfing with old friends, Mr. Obama paid tribute to Justice Scalia, who died earlier […]


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