Archive for the ‘politics’ category

Pie in the Sky Chart

November 29, 2009

We all know that Fox “News” exists in a fact-free universe.  Now we know that they’re math-challenged, too.  The failed Venn diagram pictured below purports to show the results of a recent poll where GOP voters were asked who they would support for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

What’s wrong with this picture?  Well, for one thing the total of the  “pie” should be no more than 100 per cent — 193 per cent is just plain wrong for this kind of chart — no double helpings of “pie” allowed by the rules of math!  The more proper kind of chart to illustrate this kind of poll result would  be a bar chart, which would demonstrate that there is almost a dead heat for the 2012 GOP nomination, with an overlapping group of voters supporting the three candidates with nearly equal amounts of enthusiasm.

From another perspective, this poll by Opinion Dynamics can be seen as relatively  meaningless:  at this point  before the 2008 election, Rudy Giuliani was seen as the GOP frontrunner and an obscure first-term Senator from Illinois had not yet announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

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Cashing In: The Sarah Palin Story

October 27, 2009

She said she was quitting her job as Alaska governor to pursue some unspecified “higher calling.” Then after her resignation took effect on July 26 Sarah Palin disappeared from public view. Twitter bursts to her followers were the only evidence that she was still around …hunkered down at an undisclosed location (rumor has it it that she was in San Diego with her new book’s co-author).

Beginning in August 2008 with her selection as John McCain’s running mate Palin soared – she went from being an obscure self-described “hockey mom” governor of a remote state to a charismatic national political figure. Less than a year later, Sarah Palin was gone as Alaska governor. And making new plans for her future … BIG plans, it seems. (more…)

Going Rouge vs. Going Rogue

October 24, 2009

Top Ten Reasons to Buy “Going Rouge”, instead of “Going Rogue”

By now every sentient being who is even minimally interested in U.S. politics has probably heard about Sarah Palin’s first venture into literature. Her new book “Going Rogue” is scheduled for release on November 17. Palin’s book is already at the top of the pre-order charts at Amazon and the New York Times. Far fewer are aware of a competing tome that is scheduled for release on the same day. From the publisher’s website here’s the scoop: http://orbooks.com/

Going Rouge An American Nightmare is compiled by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, two top editors of the left-leaning weekly The Nation, and includes essays by Nation regulars like Katrina vanden Heuvel, Naomi Klein, and Katha Pollitt. It’s the first release from OR Books, a fledgling outfit founded earlier this year by publishing veterans John Oakes and Colin Robinson that “embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business,” according to its website.

They promise to deliver “the most honest, revealing account of the Palin story to appear this fall? You betcha!(more…)

Guerrilla musical protest disrupts health insurance conference

October 23, 2009

The guerrilla protest group which calls itself, somewhat satirically, “Billionaires for Wealthcare,” has struck again.  They staged an epic punk at a meeting ofthe Association of Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Dressed in appropriate business camouflage, a team of musical protesters disrupted the AHIP meeting just as a guy named Bill McInturff was supposed to be giving the keynote address.  And just who  is this Bill McInturff ?  He’s a Republican pollster who’s notorious for helping to kill Bill Clinton’s health care plan with the “Harry and Louise” commercial. Just the kind of guy who should be receive the “psychic compensation” of  guerrilla protest.

The signal for the start of the protest appears to be aggressive cheering from the back of the room. After a shout of “Thank you for your hard on health care” the group broke into a relatively lengthy and harmonious rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, only with the chorus focused on government-run insurance. “The option, the option, we must have, the option… ” went the lyrics in reference to the public plan.

Watch and enjoy.  Notice that the B4WC protesters continue singing in perfect pitch as they are escorted out by event security. A well-delivered protest with the right mix of humor and chutzpah.

Rep. Grayson gives a Constitution lesson

October 23, 2009

Alan Grayson, freshman Representative from a swing district in Florida, has emerged as a rising star within the national Democratic community due to his plainspoken “take no prisoners” comments on the House floor regarding health care reform.

This week Grayson shifted his attention to the U.S. Constitution, a document which certain GOP members do not seem be be familiar with, even though they (and all other members of Congress) swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” it. How GOP members expect to do those three vital things which they swore to do without having even a rudimentary familiarity with the foundational document of our government is baffling.

One does not have to be a Constitutional scholar to understand the basics of our system of government. Even grade-schoolers in this country learn about the separation of powers and the three branches of government. But perhaps the future GOPers were just too busy shooting spitwads at their fellow students when those lessons were being taught – or did they just sleep right through it? (more…)

What do you think our boys fought for at Omaha Beach?’ asks WWII vet

October 23, 2009

The answer to that poignant question, according to 86-year-old veteran Philip Spooner is “freedom and equality.  These are the values that give America a great nation, one worth dying for.” Spooner, who describes himself as a “lifetime” Republican, potato farmer, active chaplain member of the VFW, husband, father and Meals on Wheels volunteer would seem to be an unlikely spokesperson for Maine’s Marriage Equality Law. But surprising as it may seem, Spooner stepped up to the microphone on April 22 during hearings on Maine’s law and spoke out movingly in favor of the right of gays and lesbians to marry. He said that he did not fight in World War II so one of his four sons could be treated like a second class citizen.

Here’s the part of Spooner’s speech that garnered uproarious applause (http://rawstory.com/2009/10/86yearolds-plea-gay-marriage-internet-rounds/)

“I am here today because of a conversation I had last June when I was voting,” Spooner says. “A woman at my polling place asked me, “Do you believe in equal, equality for gay and lesbian people?’ I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, ‘What do you think our boys fought for at Omaha Beach?’ I haven’t seen much, so much blood and guts, so much suffering, much sacrifice. For what? For freedom and equality. These are the values that give America a great nation, one worth dying for.” (more…)

Save Us Rachel!

October 3, 2009

A new superhero emerges with “x-ray eyes to see the truth.”  A caped crusader steps before the TV camera to fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way.  Enjoy this new musical tribute to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.