Category politics

Evidence of pathological lying from the marathon man

Paul Ryan claimed in an interview that he ran a marathon under 3 hours. Then he got called on it (by, among others, his own family). One does not run a 4:01:25 marathon and then remember having run it under 3 hours. I know my times in every significant race I’ve run, and the vast […]

Dividing up the budget pie

As we all know, Republicans as a whole (with the possible exception of their small libertarian wing) get orgasmically enthused about spending money on the military. As mentioned in this article about the Romney/Ryan budget “vision,” the GOP in general, and this ticket in particular, wants to gut discretionary spending for things like food stamps, […]

A mandate from God

To no one’s surprise, Todd Akin claims that God has called him to run for the Senate. There are a remarkable number of politicians who claim a direct landline from the Almighty. During the GOP presidential primary, no fewer than four of the contenders (Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, and Rick “Santorum” Santorum, if memory serves) claimed […]

Willful ignorance about the biology of rape

This is an extremely concise and well-written article that says absolutely everything that needs to be said about Todd Akin’s boneheaded comments over the weekend. Some key portions: “The problem, of course, is that such pregnancies do occur. More than 31,000 of them happen in America every year. Pretending they don’t by listening to a […]

Swiftboating ad absurdum

Mitt Romney is saying the poor and sick would be better off under his presidency than Obama’s. That is laughably absurd. Romney/Ryan want to gut spending on government programs that benefit the poor so that they can fund a tax break to the very rich. They rely on the trickle down effect of supply side […]

Whom to blame for droughts?

House speaker John Boehner issued a statement saying that President Obama “continues to blame anyone and everyone for the drought but himself.” The statement was later amended to read “continues to blame anyone and everyone for failing to respond to the drought but himself.” We can assume that this was in fact a simple typographical […]

Paul Ryan, the brains of the GOP

Much has already been said about Paul Ryan as Mitt’s VIP pick, and I agree that it’s hard to see how this pick will attract any new voters to Romney. I prefer to focus here on the views of the two of them on climate change, because I think it is a very reliable barometer […]