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Pollitt on Palin

There’s a great piece over on The Nation by Katha Pollitt regarding Sarah Palin. Pollitt offers a dozen questions that I’m sure will never be asked on a televised “debate” but should.

Palin’s Top Ten “Experience” List

There have been some particularly inane comments regarding Sarah Palin’s “experience” including this bit of craziness from Steve Doocy of Fox News (and echoed by Cindy McCain a short time later). Applying the same sort of logic, we naturally arrive at the following top-ten list. 10. Alaska is the land of the “Midnight Sun”, consequently,…

Enough already with the “Obama flips-flops on offshore drilling”! You can really tell when the news networks need a lead story: They simply leave out some salient details and allow their talking heads to spin. If you haven’t seen the original interview that appeared in The Palm Beach Post, here’s the most important bit: “My…

If you happened to be watching C-SPAN last night you got to see a parade of conservative Republicans prattling on about House Resolution 284 (AKA National Year of the Bible) and related concerns. It’s gotten to the point that a showing of middle-aged and older conservative white guys from Texas, in all their doughy glory,…

Those Daylight “Savings”

Once again, Daylight Savings Time is upon us, and this year it’s arrived earlier than ever. Undoubtedly, you’ll hear someone mention the supposed energy savings due to the earlier switch-over, but I’ll counter that with an item from The Chimp Refuge’s closet of past goodies: Don’t Bank on This Savings.

Frankly, I think the Pan troglodytes pictured here could do a better job than some of our congress critters, but never mind that cheap shot of a slippery banana peel. However, I wonder if our presidential candidates could identify the genus and species of our close primate cousins or if they could estimate the percent…

Obama, Reagan and Change

Suppose you’re driving down the highway at 70 MPH due west to a destination some 100 miles distant. Which of the following constitute “change”? Speeding up to 85. Stomping on the brakes. Leaving the highway to travel due north at 30 MPH through a freshly mowed field. Swinging the car around and proceeding due east…

Quiz Ranks Candidates For You

Too lazy to follow the positions of the presidential candidates? Try this quiz. It presents 25 questions. You answer whether you oppose or support the item and whether its importance is minimal, important, or key. It will then rank the candidates according to how they line up with your answers, with large positive values being…

I only read it for the comics

So John Lynch (Stranger Fruit), Chad Orzel (Uncertain Principles – edited for egregious spelling error *smacking my forehead*) and PZ (Pharyngula) already tacked up The 50 Most Loathsome People for 2007. Because of crossreadership (the Refuge begging for scraps from aforementioned blogs) or simply because every acid-hearted cynic who reads the Refuge might also be…

Courtesy of Salon. “Snit” is ever so much cuter than Huck. Tee hee!