January 16, 2013

kohenari:

… And here’s what the NRA thinks.

It should be clear that this ad is specifically designed to rile up the folks who think the government is out to get them, who think President Obama is some sort of tyrant, and/or who think the only answer to school shootings is to arm everyone in our schools.

Yuck.

can’t comment. Must go to class. Must purge what I want to say and replace it with happy talk. Yikes.

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January 3, 2013
kohenari:


And we’re off!


Politicalprof: Exxxxcelllent!

kohenari:

And we’re off!

Politicalprof: Exxxxcelllent!

December 31, 2012
Fiscal Cliff

kohenari:

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Good times with American politics.

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December 17, 2012
Idiots Respond To NBC Pre-Empting Sunday Night Football

kohenari:

NBC pre-empted the first quarter of tonight’s 49ers-Patriots game to show President Obama’s speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. As you might expect, many football fans didn’t take kindly to this.

I’m not posting any of the tweets here; if you haven’t seen them and have an interest in the names and faces of the dregs of humanity, you can go see for yourself how unabashed racism, love of guns, love of televised sports, and hatred of government all mix together.

It’s interesting to see how many of these people have already deleted their Twitter accounts; I suppose they’ll just stick to being racist morons offline from now on. Even more interesting, though, are the geniuses who have kept their accounts and are defending themselves: “Hey, I was just making a joke.” Or, “I always talk like this about everyone.” Or, “People take everything too seriously.” Or, “I’m on the news!”

Of course, if there weren’t a ton of racist morons out there, I’m not sure what I’d write about

Politicalprof: this is incredibly hard to read, but it is a real part of America …

December 16, 2012
kohenari:

Attention wingnuts:
That war against tyranny you’re so worried about being armed so you can win? You lost a long, long time ago.
The government is not trying to kill you; if it was, you’d already be dead. Take off your tinfoil hats and stop stockpiling handguns.

kohenari:

Attention wingnuts:

That war against tyranny you’re so worried about being armed so you can win? You lost a long, long time ago.

The government is not trying to kill you; if it was, you’d already be dead. Take off your tinfoil hats and stop stockpiling handguns.

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December 7, 2011
Everything’s Political, part II

Today’s installment of how partisanship shapes and reflects judgment, television edition: favorite television shows by party id (not in order of popularity). Politicalprof’s choices are starred. And BBC’s Top Gear rocks. (Not the US version.) 

Democrats
The Daily Show*
The Colbert Report*
Masterpiece Theater
30 Rock*
Parks and Recreation*
Saturday Night Live*
The Office*
Modern Family
Cougar Town
Glee
Raising Hope
Shameless (*the UK version is awesome; never watched the US version)
David Letterman
Craig Ferguson 

Republicans
This Old House*
700 Club
Swamp Loggers
Mythbusters*
Man v Wild (*occasionally, pre-Baby Prof)
Auction Kings
Swamp People
BBC’s Top Gear*****
The Bachelor
Dancing With the Stars
The Biggest Loser
Hawaii 5-0
NCIS
Jay Leno

From Lisa de Moraes, The Washington Post

November 8, 2011
In Which Politicalprof Explains All Our Problems

The spectrum of problems facing the United States—and for that matter the rest of the world—are vast. Economic, social, environmental and cultural crises all seem to loom ever larger and ever nearer on the horizon.

And what are we doing about this? Remarkably little. Our politics are frozen as competing interests fight for their preferred outcomes at minimal, or no, cost to themselves.

Which it turns out isn’t actually all that hard to explain. Consider the following premises:

1, People want things.

2. People prefer to get what they want with minimum cost to themselves.

3. People inevitably perceive the cost of some social change as more important—good or bad—when it affects themselves personally than when it affects other people.

4. In any choice matrix, if a person can get what they want at others’ expense, they prefer to get what they want at others’ expense.

5. In any case in which the expected returns are unclear and likely to come to fruition — if at all — some time in the future, but the costs associated with the future potential returns are immediate and clear, people resist current expenditures that may only possibly lead to future benefits.

These simple dicta explain quite a lot.

—Tea partiers think government is profligate and that teachers, police and firefighters get too generous pensions while they (the tea partiers) suffer. The solution? Take back the pensions. Restrict bargaining rights. But no matter what, don’t means test Social Security or engage in honest accounting for Medicare. Those programs (which many tea partiers benefit from) are important and ostensibly earned.

—Need to solve the budget? Well, if you’re a Republican, you cut programs .. . at least those aimed at the poor. Defense is sacrosanct … even if the F-22 has flown exactly NO combat missions in the 10 years it has existed and America has been at war. (At $220 million a copy, I might add.) And NEVER raise taxes. By contrast, if you’re a Democrat, you raise taxes … at least on the better off. And you cut defense spending… but you don’t reform SS or Medicare.

—Want to reduce global warming? Buy a Prius … but ignore the vast chain of transportation costs, refining of rare minerals and toxic chemical waste that underlies its production.

I could offer many, many more such comments, but let me conclude with this thought: global public policy is pretty much the same as local public policy: it’s entirely dominated by NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). So long as we want things cheap, and are willing to nod and wink about the real costs of the choices we make, or can fantasize that we can get others to pay for the things we benefit from, we’re going to be frozen in policy terms.

The system rewards simplistic, short-sighted, short-term answers no matter how complicated or long-term the problems are. No one should be surprised at the result.

October 5, 2011
DC Decoder: Perry's big bucks

This is why the media meme that Rick Perry is over is wrong:

dcdecoder:

Drudge has the scoop on Rick Perry’s third quarter fundraising haul: He raised more than $17 million, from more than 20,000 unique donors, half of whom were from outside Texas. It’s worth noting that Perry’s timeframe for the quarter was shorter than everyone else’s, since he didn’t actually…

(Source: dcdecoder)

September 28, 2011
motherjones:

The Way Things Work: The Climate Change Spin Cycle.

motherjones:

The Way Things Work: The Climate Change Spin Cycle.

September 23, 2011
"We ought to obey the Bible on the monetary issue!"

Ron Paul, speaking at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom forum. Captures the Paul essence really well: a paleoconservative cultural stance married with economic crankery. Via Dave Weigel. (via ilyagerner)

—I take it, then, that Paul is opposed to money lending as such. Should make for an interesting version of capitalism. (PP)

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