Tag Archives: politics
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Shallow Political Pool

14 Oct

I do think we lose people who don't want to put themselves through this unendurable process, or their families through it. I think we drum good people out of politics who are defined by the single worst thing they've ever done as opposed to the context of their public lives. And I think we make it much, much easier for people who have no business holding office to enter the process. Because when you're not talking about ideas and world views, and agendas, when you're talking about character and personality it makes it very easy for someone to float through the process without ever having to explain themselves or demonstrate what they know.
Matt Bai
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American Equality

16 Sep

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Andy Warhol
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Ferguson

18 Aug

This is likely all I’ll post about Ferguson, MO. There are much better writers covering all of the various issues that have converged on this one midwestern suburb. But I feel like no one has captured the whole of the situation as concisely as John Oliver has.

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Hysterics and Fishing

5 Aug

If you tell Congress everything about the world situation they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing they go fishing.
Harry S. Truman
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Nick Offerman’s Bill of Rights Refresher

16 Jun

Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman offers the D.C. elite in attendance at the 2014 Congressional Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner a refresher course on the Bill of Rights.

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Last Week Tonight

29 Apr

I was hopeful that John Oliver would take over the recently vacated Colbert Report hole in Comedy Central’s lineup. But if the first episode of his new show, Last Week Tonight, is any indication, we may be better off with him at HBO.

Embedding is disabled but the full episode is available on YouTube. This full interview with former NSA chief, General Keith Alexander, is a sight to behold.

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Conspiracy Theories

30 Oct

Conspiracy theories can be satisfying because they supply a cause more proportional to the effect of a traumatic event, but they foster a damaging distrust of institutions. The distortion of history obscures the lessons to be learned from the past.
Richard M. Mosk
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Border Fence Volleyball

11 Oct

Border Fence Volleyball

A volleyball game broke out on the U.S. / Mexico border in Arizona. Literally, click on the border. Warms the heart.

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Teamwork

13 May

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
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Civilized Society

15 Apr

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.