Tag Archives: People worth listening to

Quote of the day

“Our democracy has been hacked.” Al Gore. (Yes, I know that it is also the tag line for the show Mr. Robot, but Gore said it first.)

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Love is love is love is…

For the past few years, I have tried to refrain from posting copyright-protected material. I am making an exception here. If you did not see the Tony Awards on June 12, you missed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s beautiful acceptance sonnet.  Please Google … Continue reading

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Sometimes you find hope in the oddest places.

I often fight despair about the state of the American public’s critical thinking skills. I worry that, my friends and I aside, the country is sinking into an anti-intellectual abyss. And then, today, I ran across a call to action, … Continue reading

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The sword cuts both ways.

Pope John Paul II decried “cafeteria Catholicism,” being in the Church while not accepting some of its decreed tenets. He was right. Even though I was raised Roman Catholic, I am not now and will not be in the Church … Continue reading

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“Being Poor,” ten years on.

Ten years ago today, in the aftermath of Katrina, John Scalzi wrote one of the most deeply profound pieces on poverty in America I have ever read.  I made my kids read it when they got old enough I thought … Continue reading

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Oh, well.

I saw John Scalzi in conversation with Tad Williams tonight. Scalzi was funny, and charming, and gave one of the better explanations of the Puppies phenomenon I’ve heard or read (namely, jealously, but it’s a lot more than that) and … Continue reading

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Thank you, Jon Stewart.

Because I really do want to remember this: Bullshit is everywhere. There is very little you will encounter in life that has not been, in some way, infused with bullshit — not all of it bad. General day-t0-day organic free-range … Continue reading

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Letters…

Dear Rick Santorum: How in God’s green earth did you make through your time in the Senate without learning how the Constitution worked? Either you did, and you are dissembling so that the base will like you (although, to be … Continue reading

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The best lines from tonight’s State of the Union address: “I don’t have any more campaigns to run. I know, because I won both of them.” And… “I have two words for any member of Congress who truly thinks you … Continue reading

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QOTD

From the Nerdist podcast he did, Tom Hanks on Hollywood: “It’s high school with ashtrays.” (I love Tom Hanks.)

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Yes. This. Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station nails it: “No matter that you be liberal or conservative, that you be a Democrat or a Republican, you do notwant what follows if the President allows deadlock to become a precedent. The President … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart does it again…

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-30-2013/jon-stewart-s-rockin–shutdown-eve

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The ACA explained in under seven minutes

[from the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation]

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Dreams?

I just remembered this xkcd comic.  I need to work on keeping the message in mind. [Warning: bad language.]

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I’m working on it.

A great quote from Sunny Anderson on Food Network, “I’m thankful that every day is another chance to get it right.”

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I, and many political nerds across the land, have a deep and abiding crush on Nate Silver.  Not that he is ever going to read this, but thanks, Nate, for giving us intelligent and sane analysis.

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Chris Kluwe is saying goodbye to blogging, at least for now. : ( I understand why, and can only wish him good luck and Godspeed. And who knows, I may even be  moved to root for the Vikings occasionally.

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Over at Lawyers, Guns and Money, Scott Lemiuex (“There are Many Life and Death Issues”, “All American Presidential Elections are Choices Between Evils”), Paul Campos (“Purity of Essence”), Erik Loomis (“Nobody is Sweeping Dead Muslims Under the Rug”), and djw … Continue reading

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It is the first day of that days-long infomercial (but with less real content) that is the Republican National Convention.  I have acquainted myself with enough of their platform to shake in my boots for my country — especially its … Continue reading

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I said the other day that I was not posting political commentary at the moment.  I have felt the need to articulate why, even to myself, until today I ran across this item by Erin Gloria Ryan over at Jezebel: … Continue reading

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