Push Poll Hackery

Manipulating public opinion with dubious survey research.

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Americans Pay More in Taxes than We Spend on Food, Clothing, and Medicine

Is that right? If so, is it reasonable?

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism

Many young, progressive Jews are feeling unwelcome in young, progressive circles.

Private vs Public Opinion

What we believe and what we say we believe are often not the same.

Gas Prices Falling Rapidly

The U.S. average is under $4 for the first time in months.

Prince Charles Charity Accepted £1m from Bin Laden Family

Some light fundraising whilst waiting for mum to die.

Housing Trans Inmates

An already awful system on steroids.

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Cui Bono?

We live in a bizarre timeline.

Pronoun Proliferation

She? Xe? Xem? Let’s call the whole thing off.

Queer Couples, Divorce, and Custody Rights

An ugly divorce exposes a gap in our legal structure.

When Mass Murder Becomes Commonplace

Tragedy has played out so often that it has become a statistic.

Plagiarized News Reports

Another journalist has been fired for a cardinal sin.

Capitol Rioter Convicted of Six Felonies

A former Virginia police officer has been found guilty, partly on the testimony of a former colleague.

Who Decides What’s Disinformation?

What if the “fake news” is really fake news?

Yahoo News: News for Yahoos?

The longtime aggregator is now serving mostly non-news content.

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The Right Finally Joins the Culture War!

Apparently, it’s been a one-sided affair up until now.

Election 2021 Context, Part 1: New Jersey

Providing a little bit of electoral history.

Election Polling When There’s No Election Day

Late-breaking news may not matter that much anymore.

Irrelevant Republicans Being Ignored!

The liberal media is giving all their attention to the tax and spend Democrats!

Vaccine Insanity

A series of reports show just how extreme the vaccination issue has become.

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

The Economics of Long Tail News

There’s got to be a better way.

COVID Bullying at West Point?

Vaccination is voluntary but refusal is not without consequence.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.

Once Again to Madison and Republics

The saga continues.

Major League False Equivalence

There’s no voting in baseball.

Still the Party of Trump

The disgraced loser remains as popular as ever with his base.

Donald Trump v. Stacey Abrams

Gracious concessions are the norm except when they’re not.

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No, Trump Isn’t Above 50%

Let’s just say Rasmussen is an extreme outlier.

A Lame Defense (Really, a Self Own)

Trump basically confirmed all but one aspect of the Atlantic story.

The Voting Dead

Sloppy thinking by those who object to vote-by-mail.

Some Funerals Are More Equal than Others

The rules are different if you’re famous.

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Traffic Signals Not Racist

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.

How Many Lives Have Shutdowns Saved?

A new study estimates how many lives were saved in 30 American cities.

No, We’re Not Living in the 19th Century

The pandemic is massively more livable given modern technology.

Getting Over What Happened to Elizabeth Warren

Women didn’t vote for her either. But that doesn’t mean sexism didn’t play a role in her loss.

Extolling Trolling

A real world illustration.

AOC’s Outrageous Haircut

Sigh.

Misogyny and Nano-Bubbles

It’s increasingly challenging to discuss media coverage because we’re all consuming a hand-selected bit of it.

Everyone’s Obsessed with AOC

The freshman Congresswoman is getting it from all sides.

Is Twitter a Breeding Ground for Thoughtlessness and Contempt?

Glenn Reynolds announced via his USA Today column that he has deleted his Twitter account.

Media Bubbles

A glance at Memeorandum demonstrates a problem that we’ve mentioned numerous times over the years.

Local Politics as it Should Be but Seldom Is

A race for the Virginia House of Delegates straight out of a civics book.

Sidney Blumenthal Got Paid, Which is Apparently a Scandal

The Los Angeles Times breaks what seems like a non-scandal.

Ben Carson’s Sham Campaign Has Him Tied With Hillary Clinton

The juxtaposition of two headlines at memeorandum is amusing.

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

Getting The State Out of the Wedding Business

Why is the marriage ceremony the government’s concern?

ObamaCare Will Push 2 Million Out of Work! And That’s a Good Thing!

A CBO report on the Affordable Care Act is getting a polarized reading.

Bashir-Palin vs. Limbaugh-Fluke

Marin Bashir’s ugly comments about Sarah Palin are being compared to Rush Limbaugh’s ugly comments about Sandra Fluke.

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out

A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.