Archive for October, 2006

Bush Supported Civil Unions?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Sexuality

All the New Jersey court upheld was that same sex couples should have the same legal rights as everybody else. That’s it. They did not mandate marriage. And yet the GOPers were very happy that the issue got brought back up again. Why, even Bush said about the decision, “Yesterday in New Jersey, we had […]

October 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

Peggy Noonan Finally Wakes Up?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, General Politics

Apparently, Republicans are waking up with a bad hangover from their “absolute power” bender and discovering that (shocker!) they don’t like Bush. Why? Because he’s not really a conservative. From Noonan comes a requiem for a lame duck… This is two weeks ago, from a Bush appointee: “I hope they lose the House.” And one […]

October 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Onward No-Gay-Marriage Soldiers

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Religion, Sexuality

I was right. The New Jersey decision has lit a fire under the GOP. From NY Times: Wednesday’s ruling, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court decided that gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, had immediate ripple effects, especially in Senate races in some of the […]

October 27th, 2006 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

National Debt Over The Last 50 Years

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, History, Money

Courtesy of Tweet

October 27th, 2006 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Cooling Obama Fever

By amba | Related entries in Elections, General Politics

In The Washington Times, Barry Casselman throws cool water on the current Obama blaze, coins a neat twist on the “first _____ president” meme, and makes an intriguing suggestion: Mr. Obama was elected to the Senate only two years ago. He has no executive experience. The office in question is the presidency, arguably the toughest […]

October 27th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

The Shortest State Highway…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Kitchen Sink

…ever? And it’s in Kansas. Who knew? Tweet

October 26th, 2006 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

The Michael J. Fox Effect

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Polls, Science

New polls show that the ad had an impact… Among all respondents, support for stem cell research increased from 78% prior to viewing the ad, to 83% after viewing the ad. Support among Democrats increased from 89% to 93%, support among Republicans increased from 66% to 68% and support among Independents increased from 80% to […]

October 26th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

“For a Democrat who wants to run in 2008, smoking may well be a tactically perfect vice.”

By amba | Related entries in Drugs, Elections, General Politics

And guess who smokes? Barack Obama. As the scrutiny of every little detai about the junior senator from Illinois begins, Michael Currie Schaffer writes in The New Republic that Obama’s nicotine habit could furnish a welcome populist touch in a party infamous for upscale, Whole(Foods)ier-Than-Thou elitism: [A]mong the healthy living smart-set types who represent the […]

October 26th, 2006 | Permalink| No Comments »

Why the Republicans are Positioned to Lose

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Elections

Yesterday I laid out how the Democrats could still lose the upcoming election. But, let’s be honest, the Republicans are the more likely losers, sure to lose seats and in danger of losing one if not both houses of Congress. So, if they lose, what will be the reason? Unlike the Democrats’ medley of unfocused […]

October 26th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Waterboarding…”It’s A No-Brainer”

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism

You’ve gotta hand it to Cheney. He certainly knows how to turn a phrase. From a recent interview: WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called “water-boarding,” which creates a sensation of drowning. Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn’t regard […]

October 26th, 2006 | Permalink| 21 Comments »