Fun with Politics

Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

Category archives for Fun with Politics

Through the initiatives of citizens – and voters – who take a keen interest in science and technology and governmental policies directed toward these, a proposal for a presidential candidates’ debate on issues of science and technology is now on the table. The background for this initiative may be found at The Intersection here on…

Mitt Romney gave his speech on religion today at the George Bush library. Read it here. It’s filled with the usual horseshit that one might expect from a man like Mitt: “Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs…

What? Me Worry?

Here’s a nice article by Froma Harrop on Real Clear Politics. The upshot is that all is not well in the Heartland, that there is a growing unease in America, and it’s not just about Iraq. Consider the opener: Now and then, a conservative columnist wonders why Americans have grown so sour about the country’s…

The 2005 Energy Policy Act is known by some as being written by the energy lobby and by others as containing things down right goofy. One provision creates what are known as energy transmission corridors. Supposedly, the idea is to lower energy costs and increase security (is there anything that’s done by the government these…

A recent analysis of the performance of our current president relative to that of someone many folks like to make fun of reveals a surprising conclusion.

Well, actually he’s a physicist, but that’s the slogan of a popular bumper sticker here in the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey. Rush Holt, the Democratic incumbent, won handily in yesterday’s election. I squirmed when voting for the Democratic senatorial candidate, Bob Menendez, who carries a whiff of the notorious Jersey political machine, but…

I’ll let you decide after watching this and this.

Digging in the Drek

Suppose you were told that a candidate for congress, while serving as the county DA some years earlier, had gone to New York City for a conference. While there, records show that he made a call to a phone sex number. The DA, in response, does not deny that the call was made but asserts…

WON’T != CAN’T

The Military Commissions Act Blues (with apologies to Don McLean) Bye-bye to our old Bill of Rights Heard a lawyer in the foyer: “How’d we fall from such heights?” With Congress’s twits helping turn off the lights, Our King George declares that “Habeas bites!” Congratulations America, with the president’s signing of the Military Commissions Act…

Is This Good?

I live in the 24th Congressional District of New York State. For over 20 years we were represented by Sherwood Boehlert, a moderate Republican (a real moderate, that is). Congressman Boehlert decided to retire this year and we now have what is considered to be one of the hottest races in the country; the Republicans…