Sun Revolves Around Earth, Dubya Was Excellent President

The National Science Foundation conducted a survey of 2,200 Americans in 2012.  Released today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, it revealed that one in four people in this country believe the sun revolves around the earth, not the reverse. This is the exact percentage of Americans who still approved of George W. Bush's presidency, the week...

Coke Ad: MSNBC Learning From Mistakes?

(Disclaimer containing usual caveats: people and organizations should apologize when they've truly done something wrong, or inadvertently hurt someone else. Duh.) Something happened last night that the media and Democrats - especially those with reflexive "centrist" tendencies - ought to take note of.  No, not just the Superb Owl - that was an unmitigated disaster by any measure, and an outcome...

Ultimate Redneck Headline

The following is not, of course, how BuzzFeed put this item in their headlines. But for the record, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I cannot believe that both BuzzFeed and the NY Post (which is famous for its, ah, provocative headlines, and where I first saw this item) passed up the chance for the Ultimate Redneck Headline™: Man In Pickup Truck Freedoms Self To Death In The Head At NRA-Sponsored...

Dear Media,

You guys are fond of leaning on lines like "we report, you decide" these days. And not just at FOX News, either. David Gregory, who took over hosting duties (after Tim Russert died) at arguably the most-influential of the Sunday political shows, Meet The Press, infamously argued that it's not his job to fact-check his guests. Even before Gregory, Russert had earned himself a measure of infamy...

Little Womens Needs Help Makin' Decisions

Seriously. This is the co-chair of the RNC (Jan Larimer), on why the Republicans have trouble recruiting women candidates (via PoliticalWire): Women sometimes need a little more handholding, or they need their friends to help them make a decision. And by our going in and talking to them and recruiting and educating and training them to either get involved in a campaign or become a candidate,...