Jeanne Safer writes
about being "married to [Richard Brookhiser
] with whom I violently disagree on every conceivable political issue, including abortion, gun control, and assisted suicide. I thought the recent government shutdown was absurd, infantile, and destructive; he was a fan. And not only is he a conservative Republican, he’s a professional conservative Republican, a Senior Editor of National Review
, the leading journal of conservative opinion in the country."
posted by Jahaza
on Oct 23, 2013 -
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives.
"In 2011 the Texas state legislature slashed family planning funds, passed a new sonogram law, and waged an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically shifted the state’s public health priorities. In the eighteen months since then, the conflict has continued to simmer in the courts, on the campaign trail, and in at least one PR disaster. Meanwhile, what will happen to Texas women—and their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands—remains very much unclear."
posted by zarq
on Aug 12, 2013 -
Netflix House of Cards
series starring Kevin Spacey was a remake of a very popular British political thriller of the same name that aired during the 90's. The show begins
by tracking the dark political machinations and skullduggery of an urbane Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, who is conspiring to become Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher's resignation. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 11, 2013 -
, a father of Italian rock and roll, jazz musician, actor, writer, comedian, and doctor had a 50+ year career
in Italy. He died yesterday of cancer at the age of 77. His biggest hit song, 1968's Ho Vista un Re
(I Saw a King), written by the 1997 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Dario Fo
and Eugenio Esposito, was banned on RAI TV and radio, due to its subversive
lyrics. Jannacci performed and worked until illness forced his retirement in 2011, though still beloved by Italians of all ages.
posted by droplet
on Mar 30, 2013 -
, originally from the Northeast, but now more associated with the West Coast, has had an interesting career in hip hop. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill
on Mar 20, 2013 -
"The Ideology of Hatred": An interview with Niza Yanay
- "Once we understand how hatred operates as an apparatus of power relations, and particularly how the discourse of hatred is motivated and mobilised in national conflicts, serious questions about misrecognition, veiled desires and symptomatic expressions arise. These questions have, to a large extent, been left unaddressed in studies of hatred between groups in conflict." [more inside]
posted by flex
on Nov 15, 2012 -
"It’s been nearly 6 years since the series finale of The West Wing, and more than 12 since the one-hour drama, which [Aaron] Sorkin created and largely wrote, first walked and talked its way through NBC’s Wednesday-night lineup; and yet you might think the series never ended, given the currency it still seems to enjoy in Washington, the frequency with which it comes up in D.C. conversations and is quoted or referenced on political blogs. In part this is because the smart, nerdy—they might prefer “precocious”—kids who grew up in the early part of the last decade worshipping the cool, technocratic charm of Sorkin’s characters have today matured into the young policy prodigies and press operatives who advise, brief, and excuse the behavior of the most powerful people in the country.
posted by zarq
on Mar 11, 2012 -
Late Night Political Zingers.
The best of Leno, Letterman, Fallon, Maher et al for those of us who don't have the time to watch. e.g. "New Rule: Stop asking Miss USA contestants if they believe in evolution. It's not their field. It's like asking Stephen Hawking if he believes in hair scrunchies. Here's what they know about: spray tans, fake boobs and baton twirling. Here's what they don't know about: everything else. If I cared about the uninformed opinions of some ditsy beauty queen, I'd join the Tea Party." –Bill Maher [more inside]
posted by storybored
on Jun 28, 2011 -
Thomas Lessman presents a selection of political maps
of Europe, Asia and Africa throughout ancient and mediaeval history. Watch the changes on the map through the fall of Rome
, peruse the patchwork of kingdoms in Southeast Asia at the heyday of the Srivijaya Empire
, or check out just how much
land Attila ruled at the height of his power. Some of his references have some good stuff as well, including more detailed maps of Europe
for the last two millennia, as well as the staggeringly comprehensive Friesian history website previously
linked on the blue.
posted by Dim Siawns
on Sep 2, 2010 -
Alan Grayson (D - FL) has introduced a bill
to tax corporate political campaign donations at 500% (via
). The bill is called the "Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act."
posted by lohmannn
on Jan 25, 2010 -
"We don't vote for them, we don't even know their names and we're not quite sure what they do. But they wield enormous influence. They are the power behind the power. They are The Hollowmen.
" You can watch the Australian Broadcasting Company's new political satire The Hollowmen
[warning: sound] on the web. Or you can find it via Bittorrent. (Or if you live down under I suppose you could watch it on ABC 1 Wednesdays at 9pm or ABC 2 Thursdays at 8:30pm.) It's worth a look because it may be the funniest new satire on any English-language network. [more inside]
posted by sdodd
on Sep 12, 2008 -
A year from yesterday, George W. Bush will no longer be President. So here's yet another
online quiz to help you "Test your party preference".
But the policy questions in contention in this quiz may seem surprising to many Americans.
posted by orthogonality
on Jan 21, 2008 -
The Philosophy Research Base
features thousands of annotated links and text resources for philosophy research on the Internet. Categorized by history, subject and author, this meta-index serves as both a study guide and a platform for a wide variety of community services for students and teachers in philosophy and related subjects.
posted by netbros
on Aug 26, 2007 -
Create political cartoons
for your own enjoyment or to share with others. Quickcomic allows you to easily create, rate, and post your own insane scenarios using the characters of US and world politics. Hours of blog fodder await!
posted by PreteFunkEra
on Apr 7, 2007 -
Human Rights Watch, Watched
"Who will guard the guardians?" asked Roman satirist Juvenal. Now we must ask, who is watching Human Rights Watch, one of the world's best-financed and most influential human rights organizations? It turns out that they cook the books about facts, cheat on interviews, and put out pre-determined conclusions that are driven more by their ideology than by evidence.
These are serious accusations, and they are demonstrably true.
posted by Postroad
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Boehner Gets Huge Overnight
The Congressman with the unfortunately spelled last name was elected House Majority Leader last week--it was only a matter of time....(embedded movie).
posted by P-Soque
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Last week, a woman was forced off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing a t-shirt.
The shirt in question bore the phrase "Meet the F*ckers" and an image of US President Bush, VP Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. The passenger, Lorrie Heasley, refused to remove it after other passengers complained. Apparently "Southwest rules filed with the FAA say they can remove a passenger that is offensive, abusive, disorderly or violent or for clothing that is "lewd, obscene, or patently offensive," but the airline says the curse (not the political message) led to her being asked to leave. Ms. Heasley is now speaking with the ACLU to see if she can initiate a lawsuit, but the NYTimes checked with experts in constitutional law and they don't think she has a case.
Well, the makers of the t-shirt have responded: "If any T-Shirt Hell customer is kicked off of any commercial airline flight simply for wearing one of our shirts, we will provide you with alternate transportation to get you to your original destination. This transportation includes, but is not limited to, the T-Shirt Hell corporate jet."
posted by zarq
on Oct 11, 2005 -
So BoingBoing recently linked to this fantastic comic book serial from the 60s entitled "This Godless Communism,"
a surprisingly in-depth (and hilariously slanted) history of the rise of the USSR, its leaders, and their philosophies. It's great, but it is far from the only thing on the site, the Authentic History Center
. Just looking at the other comics and cartoons they have, there is a huge amount of ancient political cartoons
, fantastic WWII-military-themed comic strips
(surprisingly good!), and generally awesome period-relevant comic book covers
, some of which link to full comics (Donald Duck's Atom Bomb?!
). There is a collection of embarassing shows of race-sploitation in comics in the 70s
, and the racist toys and artifacts section
would make Archie Bunker blush (Chop Suey Specs!
). Guaranteed to make you wince and chin-stroke simultaneously.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Jul 11, 2005 -