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Month: February 2012

Rick Santorum Seems to be Missing Something

Rick Santorum Seems to be Missing Something

First off, he seems to be missing an understanding of the Constitution.  The day after I put up the post about how he wanted to throw up after reading fellow Roman Catholic JFK’s 1960  separation-of-church-and-state speech, NPR reported that he was in Kalamazoo, Michigan addressing a crowd in the gymnasium of the Heritage Christian Academy, that included members of the Tea Party, when he said this: There may be a few Tea Party people here. And I want to thank the Tea Party for…

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The Daily Show Presents Republican Looney Tunes

The Daily Show Presents Republican Looney Tunes

Starring Mitt Romney as the out-of-touch rich guy and Rick Santorum as the religious guy who doesn’t understand secular government. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

The Loony Republican Party

The Loony Republican Party

If you think it’s just liberals who think the Republican Party has gone over the edge just check The Washington Post opinion page where Fred Hiatt, the right-of-center editorial page editor, joins the growing ranks of those in the middle of the ideological spectrum ridiculing the increasingly nutty pronouncements coming from the GOP presidential candidates.   It really is difficult to believe that there is actually anyone out there who would vote for any of these clowns for president. Yet…

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John F. Kennedy’s “Church and State” Speech Makes Rick Santorum want to Puke

John F. Kennedy’s “Church and State” Speech Makes Rick Santorum want to Puke

Article VI, Clause III of The Constitution of the United States of America. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.  On September 12, 1960 John F….

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Ten questions for a Romney White House

Ten questions for a Romney White House

I look forward to finding the answers to these questions and more once our crack journalists and Edward R. Murrow inspired media outlets have a chance to do their jobs. But now that I think of it, I wouldn’t care about the answers to any of these questions if the media were doing its job.

Totem Pole Raised in Honor of Slain Woodcarver John T. Williams

Totem Pole Raised in Honor of Slain Woodcarver John T. Williams

John T. Williams, a seventh-generation woodcarver from the Ditidaht tribe, was murdered by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk on August 30, 2010. Williams was fifty years old, an alcoholic, deaf in one ear, and was walking at Boren and Howell carrying a piece of wood and his three-inch carving blade. Birk observed Williams crossing the street holding the knife, so he got out of his patrol car and commanded him to drop the knife. Williams didn’t drop the knife, so Birk…

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Eliot Spitzer and Larry Lessig Say We Should Limit Campaign Contributions

Eliot Spitzer and Larry Lessig Say We Should Limit Campaign Contributions

Percentage of [outside] political ad spending during elections that would have been prohibited before Citizens United:  72 – Harper’s Index, March 2012. Eliot Spitzer had one more thing to say about the effect of  Citizens United after Bill Maher said the ability to make limitless campaign contributions “seems insane.” (see post below) Spitzer:  Look, we can limit contributions and we should be able to do that. We should mandate absolute disclosure, but as a First Amendment principal, people should be…

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Bill Maher Bought a Million Dollars worth of Speech for Obama

Bill Maher Bought a Million Dollars worth of Speech for Obama

During last week’s Real Time round table discussion, Bill Maher and Eliot Spitzer discussed the effect of the Citizens United decision on campaign financing: Eliot Spitzer:  Five justices can do anything. Let the president rewrite the constitution. Now having said that, Bill, we rarely disagree, I am with the ACLU on this one. I think as a First Amendment principal, Citizens United was correct. Bill Maher:  Really? Spitzer:  Yes – First Amendment principal. Your show is owned by a corporation and…

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Nick Cave Receives Honorary Degree from University of Brighton

Nick Cave Receives Honorary Degree from University of Brighton

The University of Brighton bestowed Nicholas Edward Cave with an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He received the award last Thursday “in recognition of services to the arts and his patronage of CineCity, the annual Brighton Film Festival.” (link) photo via Nick Cave Fixes Anne Boddington, dean of the faculty of arts, said: “We are fortunate that Nick Cave is not only resident in the city but has chosen to contribute to its creative life as a performer, musician and…

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Mitt Romney Says He is Severely Conservative

Mitt Romney Says He is Severely Conservative

“My- my state was a leading indicator of what liberals will be trying to do across the country and are trying to do right now. And I fought against against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor.” – Mitt Romney, February 10, 2012 at CPAC. (link) From the Language Log: In the Corpus of Contemporary American English, severely precedes a modifier 959 times, and in 939 of these, the following word is…

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