Month: February 2009

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Notes from Newt

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On February 28, 2009
I’d like to feel sorry for people on Newt Gingrich’s e-mail list, but I really can’t. A lot of these e-mail messages are deeply wonkish, written in single-sentence paragraphs without punctuation or capital letters. It’s almost as if you can see Gingrich twittering away at a Starbucks while doing calculations on a wrinkled napkin. On […]

The Republican Party’s Rising Superstar

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On February 28, 2009
…apparently weaves a mean tall tale, which embellished the speech in which he chose to respond to Obama’s economic speech by reiterating the claim that Mississippi’s economic system should serve as a national model. (Although pointing it out makes you a racist.) Republican claims of Jindal’s greatness are beginning to remind me of nothing so […]

The end of something

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On February 26, 2009

Next month will be the tenth anniversary of when I started publishing a weekly column in the Rocky Mountain News. This afternoon Scripps Howard announced that the RMN, which is Colorado’s oldest

Philip Jose Farmer, RIP

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On February 26, 2009
Philip Jose Farmer has passed at the age of 91. Riders of the Purple Wage is an enduring masterpiece. Of the Riverworld series I only really liked To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat, although I made it through the entire set. Didn’t read the rest of his body of work. Share

Giving Away the Show

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On February 26, 2009

Shorter Verbatim Dave Schultheiss: “What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a res

"Government Speech" And the First Amendment

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On February 25, 2009
As was widely expected, the Supreme Court today that Pleasant Grove, Utah’s unwillingness to display a monument erected by the Summum did not violate the religious group’s free speech rights. Alito, writing for the Court, argued that “the placement of a permanent monument in a public park is best viewed as a form of government […]

QOTD

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On February 25, 2009

Silver: If it sounds like Jindal is targeting his speech to a room full of fourth graders, that’s because he is. They might be the next people to actually vote for Republicans again. Of course,

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