Politics

Lamb not pork

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Vote Marty Lamb on November 2

So this witch took me to a seance…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Really, she did. It happened when I was in middle school, maybe 8th grade, probably 9th grade. It took place in Stockholm, in a building somehow affiliated with the Catholic Church (or so I was told). It was all a little bit hazy to me and I’m a Lutheran so I can’t say I particularly [...]

“All the rational people”

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

That “all the rational people” supported President-elect Barack Obama in the 2008 election was one of Jack Beatty’s main points at the post-election forum I attended last month. The specific people he was referring to were hedge fund managers, that is, people like Bernard Madoff and his customers. [Saturday morning update:Today's Boston Globe has an [...]

Sorting out the election with Jack Beatty and other lefties

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Last night I attended a forum of sorts where Jack Beatty (whose work at NPR and The Atlantic you or may not be familiar with) was the featured speaker and the audience had a decidedly left-ward tilt. The near consensus was that: 1) The real John McCain would have been a wonderful candidate but the [...]

How many households does it take to make a campaign ad?

Monday, October 13th, 2008

One of Senator Barack Obama’s campaign ads claim that Senator John McCain offers no tax relief for 101 million families. According to the the United Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2007 there were 112 million households in America last year, 75 million of which were family households, 35 million of which had children under the [...]

My two cents (and they are not at all a campaign contribution)

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Are we still far away enough from the presidential election to be allowed to criticize a politician without violating McCain-Feingold? Probably not, so let me say this: I hope Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States of America.

Yes! Mitt Romney fires off a dunkelblau joke!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

About a decade ago I went into a store to buy a black suit. The proprietor told me he had no black suit, but he did offer me a dunkelblau one. Ever since I’ve been making dunkelblau jokes, along the lines of “that guy in Reservoir Dogs who didn’t want to be Mr. Pink should [...]

Gitell on the Barbara Walters Giuliani interview

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

As I read Seth Gitell’s post on Barabar Walters’s interview with the Giulianis I fully expected him to praise Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino at some point, and he came through for me, as I knew he would. Here are excerpts of what Mr. Gitell has to say about the interview as it relates to the [...]

There’s more to fear than fear itself: Jacob Hacker holds forth on “the great risk shift”

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

This morning Bostonians had the opportunity to listen to Jacob Hacker, a political science professor at Yale University, whose main contribution so far is his book “The Great Risk Shift”. The book’s full title is “The Great Risk Shift: The Assault on American Jobs, Families, Health Care, and Retirement–And How You Can Fight Back.” It [...]

The growing awesomeness of Nyamko Sabuni: She doesn’t have a “gender perspective”

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I’m not going to turn this blog into all Nyamko Sabuni all the time, but dadgum it, she’s good. So far Sweden’s new Integration and Equality Minister and member of the Liberal Party has proven to be, well, liberal, in the classic sense of the word. She’s completely unafraid of standing up for classic liberal [...]