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Category Archives: Politics

Honey, I shrank the budget

I’ve been up since 4 a.m. — want to be productive? Try menopause! — so I’ll keep this to one heartfelt recommendation: Garrison Keillor’s short essay, “Bridges aren’t supposed to fall down.” (Though if you’re up for a second recommendation — same broad topic, in a way, but much subtler — read “Exit Wounds,” Pankaj […]

Taking Liberty for Granted

A couple of weeks ago I received a wall calendar from my insurance company, USAA. I’ve been doing business with them since I was a second lieutenant in training at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois (“shoot me, don’t Chanute me”), and I like the calendars they send their clients. Decorating your office with […]

Propositions 73 through 77: Just Say No

How is FRL voting, you wonder. I’m voting the Equality California recommendations, the subtext for which is “Just Say No.” I’m copying in EQCA rationale for voting against the propositions because I agree and accept EQCA’s rationales, and also because if you want my support on an issue, don’t start out by alienating me. ——————- […]

Vote for the Tom Delay Billboard!

By way of I found this chance to vote for a Tom DeLay billboard, from Howard Dean’s Democracy for America website. My choice: “When Ethics Get Hammered, The Voter Gets Nailed.” What’s yours? Bookmark to:

Jeff Bezo’s Blue-State Report Card

So I was sitting here enjoying that quiet time after the Missus leaves to do her thing as the good reverend (she gets there early, so even though I’ll be there today for the Christmas morning hoo-hah, there’s this luscious hour of absolute quiet that is Mine, All Mine; she assigned some chores for this […]

“Let the Healing Begin!”

Didn’t take long, did it? From the NY Times: “House and Senate negotiators have tucked a potentially far-reaching anti-abortion provision into a $388 billion must-pass spending bill, complicating plans for Congress to wrap up its business and adjourn for the year. The provision may be an early indication of the growing political muscle of social […]

Usability and the 2004 Election

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox for November 8 argues that usability factors–particularly how the two candidates used newsletters–helped elect Bush: “In summary, Kerry used his newsletter to collect money. Bush used his to increase voter turnout, and he won because he was better at turning out his base. Understanding the strength of email newsletters thus directly contributed […]

Electoral Maps I try not to cross-blog too much, but this collection of electoral maps is delightful. I particularly enjoyed the link to how the youth voted, and the reminder that the last time youth turned out in such high numbers, the president who won had to resign two years later. Let the healing begin, bwah […]