theatlantic:



Looking out over a crowd of hundreds of thousands, President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [Image: Rob Carr/Getty]
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I had spent about 5 minutes trying to photoshop Barad-Dur over the Washington Monument when I suddenly said to myself “Wait, what are you doing?”

theatlantic:

Looking out over a crowd of hundreds of thousands, President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. [Image: Rob Carr/Getty]

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I had spent about 5 minutes trying to photoshop Barad-Dur over the Washington Monument when I suddenly said to myself “Wait, what are you doing?”

"Using a gun and using common sense are not incompatible ideas."

POTUS (via kateoplis)

"As with guns, some auto deaths are caused by people who break laws or behave irresponsibly. But we don’t shrug and say, “Cars don’t kill people, drunks do.” Instead, we have required seat belts, air bags, child seats and crash safety standards. We have introduced limited licenses for young drivers and tried to curb the use of mobile phones while driving. All this has reduced America’s traffic fatality rate per mile driven by nearly 90 percent since the 1950s. Some of you are alive today because of those auto safety regulations. And if we don’t treat guns in the same serious way, some of you and some of your children will die because of our failure."

Nicholas Kristof (via azspot)

Sure, MATT makes a car/gun analogy and gets a bucketload of shit for it.  Some dude in the TIMES does it and gets reblogged by Kateoplis*.

But yeah, this.  

*Love U, Kate

dreadfulpenny:

themattsmith:

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).
Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.
These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

I’m neither subservient, nor a man and I voted Republican. Why? Because Republicans actually know what they’re doing the majority of the time compared to Obama and his ilk. By the way, using race as some identifier just makes you racist. Bottom line.

You’re right, that was maybe over the line.  I’m sure there are all kinds of great reasons for a woman to vote Republican.
But, as I’ve maintained, you can’t vote for the GOP because of the economy and pretend the hate, the fear, and the ignorance inherent in today’s GOP doesn’t exist.  You may very well believe that gays shouldn’t marry, women shouldn’t have the right to choose, AND that our children’s education and the rights of workers should take a back seat to that cardinal sin of raising taxes.  I think you’re wrong (and kind of a bad person) if you do, but that doesn’t matter, it’s your right to think that way.  Those men up there believe the same thing.  Representative government.

dreadfulpenny:

themattsmith:

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).

Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.

These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

I’m neither subservient, nor a man and I voted Republican. Why? Because Republicans actually know what they’re doing the majority of the time compared to Obama and his ilk. By the way, using race as some identifier just makes you racist. Bottom line.

You’re right, that was maybe over the line.  I’m sure there are all kinds of great reasons for a woman to vote Republican.

But, as I’ve maintained, you can’t vote for the GOP because of the economy and pretend the hate, the fear, and the ignorance inherent in today’s GOP doesn’t exist.  You may very well believe that gays shouldn’t marry, women shouldn’t have the right to choose, AND that our children’s education and the rights of workers should take a back seat to that cardinal sin of raising taxes.  I think you’re wrong (and kind of a bad person) if you do, but that doesn’t matter, it’s your right to think that way.  Those men up there believe the same thing.  Representative government.

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).
Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.
These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).

Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.

These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

Hypocritical hilarity.

apoplecticskeptic:

So conservatives and the Tea Party were pissed at Democrats in Wisconsin for leaving the state as a political tactic during the showdown with Governor Walker, but now secession is supposed to be considered a reasonable response to a presidential election they lost?

The stoopid, it hurts.

"Dear Republicans: you don’t have a Latino problem. You have a white people problem."

Why people don’t get Nate Silver

shortformblog:

election:

stefanjbecket:

Probability is counterintuitive.

The idea that the chance of something happening doesn’t change is hard for us to wrap our heads around. Understandably so—if I tell you that you have a 70 percent chance of making a putt, most people would expect that after ten putts, seven will have gone in the hole. This, however, is not the case. 

That’s what’s hard to grasp about probability, the idea that one result has no effect on what happens in the future.

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Related to this great piece (a topic which Stefan totally beat me to, because I had a half-written, not-as-good take hiding in my drafts) is the rebuke he got from his public editor on Thursday. If you ask me, the New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, totally should have run a statistical model on whether that column was a good idea.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

A very smart take on the political journalism topic du jour.

"It’s an upside-down world when the things we ought to be doing collectively - like ensuring clean water and preventing climate change - are seen as “big brother” government over-reach, while things that ought to be private - like anything that happens in a bedroom or a doctor’s office - are subject to scrutiny by moral arbiters bent on protecting their version of “values”."

Portion of a comment on this nytimes article. (via goldensparrow)

apoplecticskeptic:

think-progress:

It’s a coordinated misinformation campaign for poll watchers to intentionally mislead voters. Check out the documents for yourself.

Oh crap.

I’m telling you, Wisconsin is in play for Romney big time… whether they’re playing fair or not.

Yikes

"You have to look at whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or he’s got a slightly different reason for endorsing President Obama. I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States – I applaud Colin for standing with him."

John Sununu, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, suggesting part of the reason Colin Powell endorsed Obama is because he’s black. (via officialssay)

Only in this political climate can an asshat like John Sununu say something like that AND accuse the President of creating racial divides.

apoplecticskeptic:

hilker:

davereed:

themiddle:

anarchei: Corporatism
…into the arms of America

Can we stop voting for 1%ers, already??

I don’t get why this is so hard to understand.

I’m still dismayed that no consensus formed out of the obvious overlap between these two recent populist movements… such a perfect microcosm of everything that’s wrong with our current political system.
“Go back to sleep, America.” — Bill Hicks

apoplecticskeptic:

hilker:

davereed:

themiddle:

anarchei: Corporatism

…into the arms of America

Can we stop voting for 1%ers, already??

I don’t get why this is so hard to understand.

I’m still dismayed that no consensus formed out of the obvious overlap between these two recent populist movements… such a perfect microcosm of everything that’s wrong with our current political system.

“Go back to sleep, America.” — Bill Hicks

motherjones:

This tweet just in from Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s spokesman. Apparently his campaign is doubling down on the calling-your-opponent-who-just-happens-to-be-a-woman-and-a-sitting-United-States-senator-a-dog thing.

I’m less offended that Akin’s camp posited the whole McCaskill/dog scenario than I am that anybody over the age of 8 thought “bullshitsu” was funny or clever.

motherjones:

This tweet just in from Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s spokesman. Apparently his campaign is doubling down on the calling-your-opponent-who-just-happens-to-be-a-woman-and-a-sitting-United-States-senator-a-dog thing.

I’m less offended that Akin’s camp posited the whole McCaskill/dog scenario than I am that anybody over the age of 8 thought “bullshitsu” was funny or clever.