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Reading Comprehension 103: The Troopergate Report

Reading Comprehension 103: The Troopergate Report

Sarah Palin is destroying my brain. I know shouldn’t keep going back to this. I shouldn’t let her get to me. I should remain detached, safely viewing her Wile E. Coyote candidacy from a considerable emotional distance, lest the concentrated waves of radioactive stupid cause my IQ to drop just by thinking about her. But,…

Hatitics

Hatitics

At a rally in Ohio today, Barack Obama responded to the attacks recently launched by John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, whose aggressive messages has been picked up by the crowds at their rallies. Today Obama commented on his opponent’s tactic: “It’s easy to rile up a crowd,” he said. “Nothing’s easier than riling…

Troopergate: Nothing to See Here, People. Move Along….

Troopergate: Nothing to See Here, People. Move Along….

For a brief but interesting period of New York State history, the term “Troopergate” referred to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged use of New York State troopers to dig up dirt on Republican State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno. Then, in one of the most spectacular flameouts in NY history, Spitzer was caught red-handed patronizing hookers,…

A Disgrace

A Disgrace

Finally someone has come out and exposed something that has recently been on the minds of countless women throughout the world: Sarah Palin is a “disgrace to women” [afp.google.com] It took a foreigner—French actress and activist, Brigitte Bardot—however, to proclaim it publicly. Her decry of the Republican vice-presidential candidate has been syndicated throughout the globe,…

Scary Monsters, Super Creeps

Scary Monsters, Super Creeps

The leaves are beginning to turn and fall, leaving claw-like silhouettes of bare trees against the autumn sky. The night air bites with the bitter chill of approaching death, and pumpkin patch scarecrows take on a new malevolence in the light of the full October moon. Halloween approaches. But more horrible than the ghosts, ghouls…

Heels on, Gloves off

Heels on, Gloves off

With four weeks to go, both campaigns have pulled up their defense line and are playing an aggressive offense. This should come as no surprise, even after a relatively tame battle between Obama and McCain during the past several months. Attack politics is what the electorate expects, and it really doesn’t feel like a full-grown…

Reading Comprehension 102: On the Economy

Reading Comprehension 102: On the Economy

Given the lack of damage control in her seemingly never-ending supply of weapons-grade dumb [blogs.reuters.com], it’s tempting to believe that Sarah Palin has all the self-awareness of a coffee grinder. Occasionally, though, something breaks through; she senses people are……mocking her? Is that the right word?…. and feels compelled to take another bite at the apple.…

Reading Comprehension 101

Reading Comprehension 101

Somewhere along the line of their misadventures over the last seven years, I was forced to conclude that the entire Bush administration – W, Cheney, Gonzo, Rummy, Condi, the whole lot of ‘em – were either lying or incompetent. There were no other logical options. The reasons for going to war in Iraq, Bush’s concern…

Death-By-Guilt-By-Association

Death-By-Guilt-By-Association

It’s less than a month away from the election, and things are looking serious for the McCain campaign. Barack Obama has opened a lead nationally and among several key battleground states, and shows no sign of slowing down. McCain has all but conceded Michigan, pulling out his campaign staff to focus on merely holding the…

"Team of Mavericks"

"Team of Mavericks"

mav-er-ick: n. 1. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it. 2. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter. Assuming John McCain hasn’t spent the last several years…

Scenes from a Debate Drinking Game

Scenes from a Debate Drinking Game

It wasn’t supposed to be that bad. I mean, I knew there were risks involved, but I had no idea just how bad it could be. Worse, I got my hopes up, thinking I might get off easy. No such luck. Let me explain. A national pastime since George W. Bush’s 3rd State of the…

Thanks, But No Thanks

Thanks, But No Thanks

I’m torn. Looking at the two campaigns, the goals they would pursue, their style of governance and the people they would pick to fill out their cabinet….their behavior in front of a camera….the choice should be obvious, and yet…I don’t know if I can, in good conscience, make the decision that’s best for me. I…

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

She can see Russia from her home state, she says, and that is why she considers herself qualified in foreign policy. Perhaps that explains why Vice-Presidential hopefully, Sarah Palin, kicked the press out of her day of fast-food diplomacy in New York City. It’s likely that the charismatic, energetic headliner of the McCain-Palin tour feared…

Crab Cakes and Football

Crab Cakes and Football

The time of year is here again: a cooler breeze is moving in, leaves are turning yellow, and subject dividers are going on sale at Staples. And the old must now contend with the new. Open-toed shoes compete with leather boots; rooftop parties face a take-over by cozier speakeasies, and a new season of reality…

Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Tonight’s “must-see TV,” as the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, will feature Sarah Palin in her first appearance on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” After failing to name a single news source that she reads (pft—a fourth grader question, if you ask me!) or a single Supreme Court case that she disagrees with…

Clue(less): A Republican Murder Mystery

Clue(less): A Republican Murder Mystery

The cake is baked. We’re entering the finger-pointing and positioning-for-history part of the campaign. It’s every man for himself now. -former McCain strategist Suspects: Mr. Larson [www.huffingtonpost.com] in the ad space with the talking points. Bush in the White House with the checkbook [www.boston.com]. Capt. McCain at the podium with the purple heart [voices.washingtonpost.com]. Mr.…