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Birth and Death in Grant Park 1968 and 2008

I wasn’t in Grant Park the night Barack Obama won the election, which is a pity as it seemed like a joyous and life affirming event. But I’ve been in Grant Park with tens of thousands of others, the last time 40 years ago. There was tear gas everywhere, students and others being clubbed to…

Rejecting McCainism

Tuesday, November 4, marks the end of a long Presidential election season in the United States. I will be voting for Barack Obama. I will also be voting against John McCain. There are many reasons, but Josh Marshall pinpoints one of the main ones:

No one who knows me would ever consider me a domestic terrorist. I am, in fact, a pacifist. You may think that’s naive, but it would be a real stretch to consider my pacifism to be the same as terrorism, even if you think it helps terrorism (in which case I strenuously disagree). I’m a…

While Barack Obama continues to draw huge crowds (tens of thousands, sometimes over 100,000), John McCain’s are more modest. Yesterday he had an estimated 6000 in Ohio. Never mind that 4,000 were bused in from local school districts, including the aptly named 2500 Defiance School District. I’m sure they were most interested. One person who…

The Obama campaign has made much of the McCain campaign’s “erratic” performance but there are some things he has been steady and consistent about. Like reproductive rights. He’s against them. Steadily. Consistently. You surely know McCain wants to make abortion illegal again in the US. But he’s not content to stop there:

Governor Palin’s “fruitfly moment” was a display of her utter contempt and disregard for modern science, perhaps even more emblematic than her belief that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. But John McCain has his own moments where we can see his true self: “It has to be safe, environment, blah, blah, blah”? Translation: “I don’t really…

A number of people, including here at Science Blogs, have noted, with the contempt it deserves, Governor Palin’s comments about fruit flies the other day. In case you haven’t seen it (where have you been?), here it is again: I’ll make this a lot shorter just by incorporating by reference and associating myself with remarks…

Superbowl commercials are a thing unto themselves. Some people watch just for the commercials. The famous Apple “1984″ ad only ran once, during the 1984 Superbowl, although it has been seen online hundreds of thousands of times since. Another famous ad was the 1999 Budweiser “Whassup” ad. If you’ve never seen it, here it is:…

John McCain chose Governor Palin as a nod to the Republican base and they love her. But it’s not just the base. Her neighbors also love her:

OK, so Governor Palin spent $150,000 in two months on clothes and accessories. Big deal. It wasn’t illegal. And it wasn’t taxpayer money. It was campaign money. Money donated to the Republican Party by people who trusted Republican officials to be good stewards of their (possibly) honestly earned dollars. Yes, there are people who are…