Archive for the 'Discuss' Category

The Grand Old Dogma

By Mark Thompson | Related entries in Conservatism, Discuss, Elections, General Politics, Liberalism, Libertarian, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense

Me, elsewhere: Over the last few months, there has been much finger-pointing as to which particular sect of the old GOP coalition is to blame for the policy failures of the last 8 years and the electoral failures of the last 2 years…..I think these accusations are deeply misplaced – the problems have not been […]

January 5th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Hopes, Fears and Obama

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Discuss

Right now, we’re in that strange political space between the moment we know who our new president is and the point in which we discover what kind of president he will be. This is the point when our hopes and fears are most acute, before they’ve been tempered by reality. To that end, there is […]

November 14th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Meet Marge Tartaglione, Philly Voting Czar

By American News Project | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Breaking News, Constitution, D.C., Democrats, Discuss, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Electoral College, General Politics, In The News, Law, Media, Pennsylvania, Republicans, United States, Voting, WTF?

Philadelphia is shaping up to be a key city in a key battleground state in this election, but machine problems and long lines may plague the polling stations and voter disenfranchisement will be a serious risk. Unfortunately for voters, the people charged with running a smooth election in Philly seem surprisingly unconcerned. Philly’s veritable election czar, Marge Tartaglione (D), in particular, shocked ANP with her comments at a recent hearing. See more videos at

November 1st, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

ANP: Voters Sue Pennsylvania, Election Official Scoffs

By American News Project | Related entries in D.C., Democrats, Discuss, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Elections, Electoral College, Ethics, In The News, Internet, Media, News, Pennsylvania, Polls, Race, Video, Voting, WTF?

Hi, this is Danielle Ivory at the American News Project in DC. Thanks to Justin Gardner for allowing us to post story items here! We’ll start doing this regularly next week. Just by way of introduction, the ANP is an independent non-profit video news organization in DC. We produce pieces for the web, but offer […]

October 25th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

A Quick Question on Newspaper Endorsements

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Discuss, Elections, Media

Has a newspaper’s endorsement ever affected your vote? I couldn’t care less who my local paper endorses (The San Antonio Express-News went predictably for John McCain, in case you were dying to know). And, really, I couldn’t care less who any paper endorses. It all seems so self important. Thoughts? Tweet

October 20th, 2008 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

Veep Pre-Debate Open Stream

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Biden, Debates, Discuss, Palin, Veep

What’s on your mind? What will happen? Who will win? And why? Talk! Tweet

October 2nd, 2008 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

The Influence of Friends and Family

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Discuss

Almost all my close friends and family members are liberal. This is probably because I was myself quite a liberal for many years and nowadays I tend to move in so-called “creative” circles. There aren’t a lot of impassioned conservatives in the creative writing community or the advertising community. What this means is that, at […]

August 15th, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Judgment vs. Experience

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Discuss, McCain

After traveling to Afghanistan and Iraq with Barack Obama, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel had this to say: “Each candidate has strengths and weaknesses, and experience does matter. But what matters more in my opinion is character and judgment. And judgment meaning who is it that you bring around, who is it that you listen to? […]

July 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

What Would You Do If You Knew?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Discuss

After Tony Snow’s death today, Pete Abel penned the following… I’m 43. When Tony was my age, if he’d known he had 10 years left, would he have done anything differently? If I could look in to the future and know the date of my death, would I do anything differently? Would I work less, […]

July 12th, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

The Return of a 55 mph Speed Limit?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Discuss, Gas

Senator John Warner of Virginia has asked the Energy Department to look into setting a national speed limit that would best optimize the nation’s gasoline use. A 55 mph limit could save 167,000 barrels of oil each day. In 1974, Congress mandated a 55 mph speed limit in part to combat the Arab oil embargo, […]

July 4th, 2008 | Permalink| 14 Comments »