It started when our friend fikshun sent along an amusing item a few days ago. His job apparently requires him to spend inordinate amounts of time surfing the Web in search of trans-weird culturalisms, and somewhere along the line he found this:
Website Lets You Send a Post-Rapture E-Mail to Friends ‘Left Behind’
If millions of Christians suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth as the opening act for Armageddon, Threat Level thinks most nonbelievers will be too busy freaking the hell out to check their e-mail. But if they do log in, now they can be treated to some post-Rapture needling from their missing friends and loved ones, courtesy of web startup YouveBeenLeftBehind.com. Read more
It was one of this election season’s most surreal moments. Right about the time the other night that Barack Obama was clinching the Democratic nomination, a reanimated corpse Sen. John McCain took the podium in Kenner, Louisiana to regale an audience of literally several on the virtues of … change?
I’ve been following the comment thread on Mike’s Nader post. Which, of course, set me to thinking about the comment thread on my post here. And that put me in mind of a thought.
To wit: has there ever been anything in the history of American politics that could touch, for sheer hate-fuck participatory democracy theater, a hypothetical general election showdown between Ralph Nader and Ron Paul?
Man, I’d pay to see that.
Of course, I’d then pack up and move to another country. Or planet, if possible….
Howie Klein has an interesting take on Ron Paul and the GOP over at Down with Tyranny, noting the antipathy between the Paul and McCain camps and wondering how much this is going to hurt the Republicans in November.
He also notes that Paul is pulling back from the Prez race to concentrate on securing his Congressional seat against a primary challenge from an unapologetic Bushie named Chris Peden. Peden’s website does little to defend him against allegations that he’s an inbred semi-literate fuckwit in need of a good editor, and contains a variety of intriguing notions.
My name is Chris Peden. I’m a Pro-Family, Pro-Life Christian conservative who believes in free markets and individual responsibility.
I’m running for Congress because it’s clear that our traditional values need a proven conservative voice in Washington, D.C. In essence, we need Republicans to vote like Republicans again.
Praise Jesus. Read more
Finding and buying music used to be a lot simpler process. You could sample new stuff by turning on this thing called a “radio,” and when you heard something you liked you could go purchase it at this other thing called a “record store.” It wasn’t a perfect system, of course. Sometimes the great song on the radio was the only thing worth listening to on the whole “album.” Product was often over-priced. And the radio industry had its own special problems, especially once it became infested with a species of parasite known as the “consultant.”
But all that amazing music you love from the 1960s and 1970s (and even the ’80s and early ’90s in some cases) was the result of this system. Now radio mainly gives us four things: Read more
Political correctness elevates sensitivity over truth. – Bill Maher
You Americans can be so silly sometimes. Take the latest flare-up of political correctness in your sports world.
Kelly Tilghman, the Golf Channel anchor who during Friday’s broadcast from the Mercedes-Benz Championship said while discussing Tiger Woods’ dominance that young players on the PGA Tour should “lynch him in a back alley,” was suspended two weeks Wednesday for the remark.
The move came after a wave of outrage that included a call for her to be fired by civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton and despite a statement from the Woods camp saying, “It is a complete non-issue.” (Story)
Let’s see if we can sort this out. Read more
Something big happened a few nights ago in Iowa. Barack Obama began the evening as one of the top two contenders for the Democratic nomination and by the time people went to bed he was John F. Kennedy.
This might sound like hyperbole – and to be sure, the race is far from won – but if the results we saw in the Hawkeye State last Thursday are replicated in New Hampshire and beyond, then what we are seeing may be a defining shift in American politics and culture. The key factor is the emergence of the 75-100 million strong Millennial Generation as a political force. Let’s look at some of the evidence.
The Young Voter PAC’s roundup provides ample data for consideration. Read more
Hi. I’m Sam Smith, and I’m running for President.
The discipline question is one of the most difficult ones facing this campaign, and even as we construct the strategic platform plank we’re sobered by the tactical realities that must be faced.
Some schools are dangerous places. A lot more are significantly less effective than they should be because of disruptive students and the fact that we seem not to have the mechanisms to deal with them. A couple problem students can have a dramatic impact on the function of the classroom and the resulting learning by other students. The DS08 campaign does not believe anyone has a right to infringe upon the learning atmosphere, because in doing so they undermine the ultimate goal of universal opportunity. Read more
Hi, and welcome to day four of our 2007 review. Today’s topic – the year in sports. And what a year it was – great competition, exciting on-field action, outstanding team accomplishments, and all of it trumped by off-field drama.
Barry B*nds: The real homerun king is Hank Aaron, and don’t you forget it. It wasn’t a pretty summer in sports, and the ugliest of the ugly was this roided-up icon of arrogance and entitlement. He may go to jail and he may not, but rest assured, nobody is ever going to write a Field of Dreams-style epic about him. Let this be a lesson, kids – flaxseed oil is for losers.
In other news, some of Barry B*nds supporters called our anti-Barry hatred racism. Hank Aaron was reportedly stunned to learn that he’s been white all these years. Read more
Welcome to part three of S&R’s first annual year-end round-up. I’ll begin by apologizing for my colleagues, who have wasted a lot of their time (and yours) yammering about “important” issues. Of course, I admire their intellectual gravity, but let’s be honest – that sort of seriousness is really misplaced when the intended audience is the American public. As we have observed before, the US is not exactly a nation of thinkers.
So today 2007 in Review will be addressing the public interest. For those who have forgotten, the public interest is what the public is interested in. Read more
Why does the RNCC make Baby Jesus cry?
Thanks to Andrew White for the tip.
Weâ€™ve completed our latest S&R election reader poll, and here are the results.
Q: Which candidate do you currently favor for the Republican nomination?
- Â Ron Paul (93)
- John McCain (16)
- Other (15)
- Mike Huckabee (6)
- Rudy Giuliani (5)
- Fred Thompson (3)
- Tom Tancredo (3)
- Mitt Romney (2)
- Duncan Hunter (0)
Up now in the column to your right – we’d like to know what you think about some of the more prominent third-party and unaffiliated candidates.
Hey, what’s that in our stocking? It’s Ron Paul! Oh joy – we got The TruthÂ® for Christmas!
Ahem. So those of you who thought Ron Paul was going to go away once the big boys got serious have probably been surprised by his staying power so far. He’s polling in the high single digits (something
Ronald Reagan Fred Thompson can’t say) and one pollster thinks his actual numbers are in the double digits. He says he’s raised $19M this quarter. His supporters are insane courageously enthusiastic, and he seems to be showing strength among some groups that you wouldn’t expect – progressives, younger voters, etc.
And of course, he’s left the rest of the pack for dead in the highly scientific S&R reader poll, where at the moment of this writing he has over twice as many votes as the rest of the GOP candidates put together (unless you count “other”).
Election watchers in both parties are trying to better understand Paul’s appeal and what it means for their candidates’ chances. Read more