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WordPress’ Surrealist Poetry Generator

January 22, 2008


So WordPress has this feature when you hover over a link it gives you related searches suggestions. I went to my blog this morning to get a link to email to my friend. The related searches WordPress offered read like a surrealist poem. Here it is in a couple different versions. A prize goes to […]

Explaining McCain’s Success Among Evangelicals

January 20, 2008


This complete story appears at Huffington Post. As South Carolina Republicans headed to the polls Saturday, an all too-simple storyline emerged in the press. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who won the Iowa caucus, would have the evangelical vote, while Arizona Senator John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, would win defense […]

Republicans Buy Global Warming

January 11, 2008


Ok, that might be an overstatement. But at least GOP voters aren’t punishing candidates who have supported legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions. Interestingly, the only two Republican presidential candidates who have endorsed cap-and-trade legislation to control global warming—Mike Huckabee and John McCain—are the victors in the two most important early nominating contests, Iowa and […]

Cry Cry Cry

January 9, 2008


Spinning is sometimes surreal. As Hillary Clinton eeked out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary last night, her campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, told a TV reporter that her watery-eyed profession of love-of-country explained her revived campaign. A moment of supposed emotional authenticity had officially become a talking point. It became […]

Heaven and Hell in Orlando

January 6, 2008


I spent this morning in an Orlando megachurch listening to a preacher talk about heaven on earth.  As if someone felt I should be shown the alternative, I am spending the evening in the Orlando airport. If there is a place more like hell on earth, I’m having a hard time imagining it. The terminal […]

Iowa Votes for Politics of Authenticity

January 5, 2008


Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama have a lot in common. Of course, the winners of the respective Republican and Democratic Iowa caucuses Thursday couldn’t be more different on matters of policy. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, is a hard-core social conservative who is supportive of the war effort and has embraced a hard line […]

Iowa Predictions

January 3, 2008


Since I have a blog, here’s the obligatory prognostication of what’s going to happen after the Iowegians make their way to various churches, schools, and living rooms to caucus for the presidential nominees: Democratic: 1. John Edwards, winning by at least 3 points above #2. 2. Barack Obama, winning by less than 2 points above […]