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  • Red States Are Getting a New Shade of Redder-people who deny climate change most likely to suffer

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • Michael Brown Star Witness Gets Government Job - Robbery and lying pay off...

    12/11/2014 7:21:21 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/11/14 | Yehuda Remer
    The father of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” slogan has just been employed by the United States government. Dorian Johnson, the star witness to the Michael Brown shooting and the man who was assisting Brown during the strong-arm robbery moments before Brown was killed, has been hired by the city of St. Louis. According to STltoday.com, “Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.” Meeting the low income eligibility requirements, the 22-year-old will be holding the temporary position and will...
  • The Ferguson Grand Jury Meets the Liberal Science Deniers

    11/29/2014 7:52:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The media calls climate change skeptics “anti-science.” Over at MSNBC the Republican Party is referred to as the “anti-science party.” CNN headlined the news that the so-called “Green Billionaire” Tom Steyer was throwing millions of millions against this year’s Republican candidates in Senate races who were “anti-science.” (Steyer’s results were disastrous, but another story for another time.) In fact, Google “anti-science” and up pops an endless stream of left-wing outlets castigating someone somewhere on the right for being “anti-science” or “science deniers” and so on and on. From the cable air waves to the cyber or printed pages, outlets with...
  • New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Address Info As Ferguson Simmers

    11/24/2014 1:27:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Connor Adams Sheets
    The New York Times published information about the address of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Monday in a move that has generated controversy. Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Missouri, as the world awaits a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the white policeman for the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Wilson received death threats after he was identified as the officer who shot Brown, and as community members and activists plan to protest if he is not indicted, the location of his home could potentially endanger him, his new...
  • Texas Republican Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

    11/19/2014 6:13:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind. In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obama’s impending executive action on immigration “is lawless” and that if he makes the move, “he will be acting as a monarch.” Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform. A fellow Republican in the Texas congressional delegation said that Cruz’s energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t adequately represent his constituents. “I don’t think it’s reflective of Texas as a whole,” said Rep. Gene Green, chuckling....
  • Slate’s Left-Handed Sleight-of-Hand

    11/18/2014 4:15:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Arthur Schaper
    Following the 2014 GOP shellacking which expanded Republican numbers in the House and gained the US Senate, left-wing contrarian William Saletan for Slate went to work dumbing down repudiation of Obama’s economic policies. The title could not be more explicit (and misleading):The US Is Moving Left Despite Republican GainsReally? The basis for William Saletan’s argument? Republicans campaigned, effectively and successfully, on income inequality, as though the issue belonged only to the Left.Excerpts defending Saletan’s untenable position include:Republicans also zeroed in on blacks and other underserved populations. In Louisiana right-wing candidate Rob Maness pointed out, “Unemployment for young black men in...
  • The Midterms Were Only Bad for Women If You Have a Very Narrow View of Women

    11/07/2014 9:11:36 PM PST · by South40 · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/7/2014 | Jessica Grose
    A headline on the Cut announces that the midterm election results were “Bad News for Women.” Under it, Ann Friedman argues that even though there were several “prominent victories” for Republican women this week—including combat veteran and hog castrator Joni Ernst in Iowa, black Mormon Mia Love in Utah, and youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress Elise Stefanik in New York—because they do not support abortion rights and are pro-gun, that means their wins are not a boon for women. I’m not sure I agree. If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then...
  • WHY EXACTLY DID THE DEMOCRATS GET SUCH A PASTING IN THE ELECTION?

    11/05/2014 10:45:23 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | November 5, 2014 | various sources
    (NATIONAL) -- Have Americans all of a sudden fallen in love with the Republican Party and that is the reason Democrats were taken to the woodshed in such brutal fashion in Tuesday's mid term election? Not quite, argues John Dickerson Slate's chief political correspondent. "The Republican Party had one strategy it followed in nearly every Senate race: run against the president. It paid off...democratic candidates couldn’t get out of the president’s shadow. Every Democratic attempt to localize the races failed," writes Dickerson in a post election analysis. It was President Obama's unpopularity with voters, plus the democratic "coalition" that failed...
  • The Day I Became Steadfastly Opposed to Abortion

    10/15/2014 8:41:17 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 9 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | October 14, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In today's edition of the liberal online magazine Slate, Hanna Rosin penned what could be the most honest opinion piece on the Progressive view of abortion in her article Abortion is Great, arguing that the political left needs to stop the "safe, legal and rare" rhetoric and embrace it as a social good, to be celebrated and fought for.  In reading what might possibly be the most vile and disgusting article I've ever read, she championed the opinion of fellow left-wing author Katha Pollitt's recently released Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. As I read through Rosins callous and utterly selfish diatribe, I could not help...
  • Senior Political Reporter/Writer

    10/01/2014 5:16:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Slate is hiring a full-time senior political reporter. Ideal candidates will be smart, funny, and energetic; have excellent news sense and good judgment; write sparkling copy and will be talented, well sourced reporters. Minimum of five years reporting experience required; experience working online strongly preferred. Good humor and menschiness also a big plus. The position is full time, on staff, with benefits. Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The position can be located in New York or Washington, D.C.
  • We Had to Go Back: U.S. had to intervene in Iraq because ISIS’s goals extend beyond that region

    08/09/2014 9:40:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/09/2014 | Reihan Salam
    Scratch the surface of most of the world’s armed conflicts and you won’t see an ideological struggle or deep-seated ethnic or religious hatred that has erupted in a war of all against all. Rather, what you’ll find is a collection of thugs for hire, some in uniforms and some not, who are taking advantage of the chaos of war to prey on the weak. Sometimes this involves stealing oil or diamonds, or sexual brutality. But it’s pretty rare that it involves some larger design. True, the hooligans who take part in these orgies of destruction will often claim loyalty to...
  • And We Would Have Passed Immigration Reform if It Wasn’t for Those Meddling Kids

    Mickey Kaus has a lot of fun with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, the Florida Republican who had refused to let the lamp dim for immigration reform, and who (according to Politico) was this close to getting a damn bill. According to a superb Sueng Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown history of "how immigration reform died," Republicans were closer than anyone knew to maybe sort of introducing a bill that a majority of their conference could support. "Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) had been quietly shopping a PowerPoint presentation of a border enforcement and legalization bill to his colleagues and secured soft...
  • Al-Qeada Historian Says: ISIS's Near-Term Goal Is "Vast War Inside Islam"

    06/18/2014 4:26:24 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | 17 June 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    [This is] what ISIS would like to happen, in their ideal world. Their ideas on this front are derived from late "al-Qaida in Iraq" founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's thoughts on creating "a vast war inside Islam" that would ultimately eradicate all Shiites: ...for Zarqawi and his network, savagery—particularly when directed at other Muslims—was the whole point. The break between ISIS and al-Qaida over the former's brutality is well-known; Wright's piece puts it in context of the two groups' views of history. Al-Qaida was fighting the West; ISIS is fighting Shiites, and a vengeance that goes back more than a thousand...
  • Cantor's still protecting amnesty

    05/19/2014 4:07:10 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    A Cantor-First Immigration Policy: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor seems to be in a real race to retain his seat in the GOP primary. His challenger, economist Dave Brat, has attacked Cantor as soft on immigration amnesty.** The charge is accurate: Cantor’s actually written his own version of the DREAM Act, legalizing young undocumented immigrants. He supports the ENLIST Act--a seemingly appealing measure (limited to DREAMers who enlist in the military) that would nevertheless give the Democratic Senate a chance to push a much larger amnesty in “conference.”
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 3:45:02 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 79 replies
    Slate ^ | 4/16/14 | David Z. Hambrick and Christopher Chabris
    Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data. The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving problems with real-world relevance. Overall, as the College Board explains on its website, “The redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career, where a flexible command of evidence—whether found in text or graphic...
  • College: The Sixty-Five Thousand Dollar Misunderstanding

    04/17/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/17/2014 | Roger L. Simon
    [1]Back in 1962, Robert Gover published a novel called the One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding [2] whose premise Amazon describes this way: “A college sophomore spends a weekend with a pretty 14-year-old black prostitute under the manly misapprehension that she has invited him because she finds him irresistible.”I remember reading it as an undergraduate and finding it mildly amusing. Of course, inflation being what it is, it’s hard to write a book about a piddling hundred dollar misunderstanding anymore. But somehow the novel came to mind today when reading one of my favorite websites — The College Fix [3]. The...
  • If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up? (video)

    04/09/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 4, 2014 | Slate .Video
    In the series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp," Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What's more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores...
  • Purge the Bigots (homosexual agenda)

    04/06/2014 3:45:54 PM PDT · by Salman · 69 replies
    Slate ^ | April 4 2014 | William Saletan
    ... A revolt among Mozilla staffers, compounded by pressure from software developers, outrage on Twitter and a boycott movement spearheaded by OkCupid, has driven Eich out. Baker, having accepted Eich’s resignation, offers this apology: “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.” Some of my colleagues are celebrating. They call Eich a bigot who got what he deserved. I agree. But let’s not stop here. If we’re serious about enforcing the new standard, thousands of other employees who donated to the same anti-gay ballot measure must be punished....
  • “Stand Your Ground” Nation: America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot.

    03/26/2014 5:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it’s become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public places—from the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last week’s lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmart—is attributable to the “stand your ground” laws enacted over the past decade in 26 states across the country. Aggressive human interaction, post-Trayvon, now follows a painfully familiar pattern: An altercation occurs. Someone says he feared for his...
  • Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is An Abomination

    02/16/2014 6:56:37 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 64 replies
    Slate via Business Insider ^ | 02/16/2014 | Mark Joseph Stern, Slate
    On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation — under the guise of “religious liberty” — to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life.
  • Redskins Boycott: 76 Media Outlets and Journalists Oppose Name of Washington NFL Team

    10/31/2013 7:07:25 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 143 replies
    The Wrap ^ | October 30, 2013 @ 5:42 pm | Sara Morrison
    Redskins Boycott: 76 Media Outlets and Journalists Oppose Name of Washington NFL Team By Sara Morrison San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Rachel Maddow, Peter King and Bill Simmons among those boycotting the name, according to new study At least 76 media outlets and journalists are boycotting the name of Washington D.C.-based football team considered by many to be a racial slur, according to a Pew study released on Wednesday. Rachel Maddow, Peter King and Bill Simmons were among the 12 journalists who have publicly announced a boycott of the name, while 12 media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate and...
  • Liberal blogger gets skewered on Twitter for failed Obamacare prediction

    10/19/2013 9:04:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | october 17, 2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    Poor Matt Yglesias. The liberal economics blogger for Slate thinks he knows more than you. So when people began predicting that the Obamacare exchanges might not get off to such a great start, he was there to correct them. “I wanted to once again take the opportunity to lay down a marker and say once again that Obamacare implementation is going to be a huge political success,” he wrote in July on his blog. But so far, the implementation of Obamacare’s online exchanges have gone anything but swell
  • At Web Site for Journalists, a Campaign Article Becomes a Melee (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/17/2007 12:28:52 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies · 359+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2007 | Maria Aspan
    A usual round of media self-criticism turned into a schoolyard brawl last week, as editors, reporters and bloggers traded insults over a front-page article in The Washington Post, all at the very online water cooler where they usually get their news about the industry. The Post article, which ran on Nov. 29, was about rumors of Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim world. snip Then things got really ugly. On Dec. 10, Chris Daly, a Boston University journalism professor, posted an entry on his blog that turned the debate over the merits of the article’s reporting into a debate over...
  • Best Buy 'Deserves to Die' (Says Slate)

    09/20/2013 8:29:59 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 86 replies
    Newser ^ | 09/20/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Best Buy is back from the brink. Profits are up, costs are down, and the share price has tripled since December. That's the good news. "The bad news," writes Matthew Yglesias at Slate, "is that the store is awful and deserves to die." Yglesias and a colleague visited stores in different cities (Washington, DC, and NYC, respectively), and concluded that "Best Buy still basically sucks." The selection isn't great, and almost everything costs more than it would on Amazon. But what about customer service? Could having human experts justify the markups? Nope. If anything, Best Buy's reps...
  • Windows Is Dead, Google Killed It

    09/03/2013 3:13:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2013 | FARHAD MANJOO, SLATE
    Windows is dead. Let’s all salute it — pour out a glass for it, burn a CD for it, reboot your PC one last time. Windows had a good run. For a time, it powered the world. But that era is over. It was killed by the unlikeliest of collaborations — Microsoft’s ancient enemies working over decades, in concert: Steve Jobs, Linus Torvalds, and most of all, two guys named Larry and Sergey. Late on Monday, Microsoft announced its unsurprising $7.2 billion plan to buy Nokia’s smartphone division. Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer of phones that run Microsoft’s Windows...
  • The Poisonous Employee-Ranking System That Helps Explain Microsoft’s Decline

    08/25/2013 6:24:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 170 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, August 23, 2013 | Will Oremus
    There were many reasons for the decline of Microsoft under Steve Ballmer, including, as I wrote this morning, its lack of focus and its habit of chasing trends rather than creating them. But one that’s not obvious to outsiders was the company’s employee evaluation system, known as “stack ranking.” The system—and its poisonous effects on Microsoft’s corporate culture—was best explained in an outstanding Vanity Fair feature by Kurt Eichenwald last year... So while Google was encouraging its employees to spend 20 percent of their time to work on ideas that excited them personally, Ballmer was inadvertently encouraging his to spend...
  • The Washington _________ Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins.

    08/09/2013 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 77 replies
    Slate ^ | 8/8/13 | By David Plotz
    This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins. For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians. They have collected historical and cultural examples of the use of redskin as a pejorative and twice sued to void the Redskins trademark, arguing that the name cannot be legally protected because it’s a slur. (A ruling on the second suit is expected soon; the first failed for technical reasons.) A group in...
  • The Washington _________

    08/08/2013 8:55:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 47 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/08/2013 | David Plotz
    Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins. This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins. For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians. They have collected historical and cultural examples of the use of redskin as a pejorative and twice sued to void the Redskins trademark, arguing that the name cannot be legally protected because it’s a slur. (A ruling on the second...
  • Cheney vs. Paul-Liz Cheney’s bid for the Senate is widening the GOP’s foreign policy rifts.

    07/19/2013 11:54:01 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Slate ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Weigel
    Near the end of March 2010, as Republicans outside Kentucky realized that Rand Paul might actually become a senator, Paul’s opponent received an unexpected and important-looking endorsement. “I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it,” announced Dick Cheney. “I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter—both on fiscal responsibility and on national security.” Paul’s campaign was half-unsurprised, half-amused. They’d seen this coming a week before, when former Cheney policy adviser Cesar Conda emailed...
  • Slate writer: We need happy, ‘blithe and unapologetic’ abortion stories

    07/10/2013 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    life site ^ | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A feminist writer for Slate has said that “pro-choice” women should stop apologizing for having abortions of convenience and express their joy at being free of responsibilities. Jessica Grose Jessica Grose Jessica Grose wrote “Enough With the Grueling, Wrenching, 'I Had an Abortion' Essays” on Tuesday, critiquing a recent spate of articles defending abortions women had undertaken in difficult circumstances. “A lot of women have abortions and don’t look back. A lot of women don’t want a baby, and they don’t care whether the fetus is viable or how much money is in...
  • Of Course Tamerlan Tsarnaev Is on Slate’s List of People Killed With Guns (Victims?)

    06/19/2013 7:10:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Dan Kois
    Yesterday, at an event organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord, N.H., a list of names of "victims of gun violence" was read aloud. Today, one name stands out: that of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed during a shootout with police. The MAIG list came from Slate's interactive, "How Many People Have Been Killed By Guns Since Newtown?" The Atlantic Wire and others are asking: Should Tsarnaev’s name be on that interactive?
  • Why does Slate want to ban advanced technology rifles?

    06/06/2013 9:26:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    For the last five years, the number of homicides from sniper attacks in the United States has averaged a bit less than three. In 2010, the last year I have data for, there were three. To put this in context, the number of children killed by their babysitters in that year were 36. In a nation of over 300 million, your chance of being killed at a distance by a rifle shooter are less than one in 100 million. Rifles are ubiquitous in the United States, with about 100 million in the hands of citizens. So, why does Justin...
  • SLATE: 'MARRIAGE EQUALITY' INCLUDES POLYGAMY

    04/17/2013 7:35:08 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 17, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Slate believes, “Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice.”
  • (Slate:) Legalize Polygamy! (Need I say *barf alert*?)

    04/16/2013 5:18:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | 4/15/2013 | Jillian Keenan
    Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy? We can only hope. Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end...
  • Why Pope Francis May Be a Catholic Nightmare [barf alert]

    03/14/2013 8:20:02 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | 03/13/2013 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    There are two ways to look at the election of Pope Francis. He takes the name of the famous saint, whose life was defined by a vision in which he was commanded by a crucifix to “rebuild my Church, which is in ruins.” That name, combined with rumors that Cardinal Bergoglio impressed his fellow Cardinals at preconclave meetings with his willingness to clean up the Curia, may be a signal that reform is on the way. His choice of name may also signal an affiliation with the Jesuit saint Francis Xavier, an exemplary evangelist and missionary. Cardinal Bergoglio is known...
  • That Pro-Gun "Sandy Hook Father" Isn't Actually a Sandy Hook Father

    02/08/2013 10:08:28 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | February 7, 2013 | Mark Joseph Stern
    ... Stevens is not actually the father of a Sandy Hook student. Victoria is a fifth-grader at Reed Intermediate School, located about a mile or so from the elementary school that was the scene of the tragic mass shooting. In fairness to Stevens, the misinformation was not his doing. While his original remarks were a little ambigious—he said that his daughter "was in lockdown" during the shooting and that "her classmate’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day"—he's already gone out of his way to correct the error, emailing the Examiner to set the story straight: Thank you...
  • Slate to Obama: Enough about you, already

    12/22/2012 7:09:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama flew to Hawaii this week after fiscal-cliff negotiations stalled, in part for a Christmas vacation, and in part to attend the memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Obama offered a eulogy for Inouye, which usually means offering insights into the deceased’s life and character. Instead, as is Obama’s wont, he talked more about himself than the man whose life was supposed to be the center of attention.Even Slate noticed the problem, and blasted Obama for his narcissistic streak: Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is...
  • Slate Writer: Racism Could Explain White Turkey Meat Preference

    11/26/2012 1:17:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 112 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 26, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Have you been enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers? Do you have a preference for the white meat? If you do, then racism could explain why you prefer the white meat to the dark meat. In an article worthy of The Onion but published in all seriousness in Slate, writer Ron Rosenbaum plumbs the depths of absolute ridiculousness to explain his white meat racism theory. First he details why white meat is supposedly so horrible:
  • Mittmentum Is Real

    10/25/2012 9:03:10 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | 10-25 | John Dickerson
    DEFIANCE, Ohio—There's a moment that arrives now and again in presidential campaign speeches when the candidate says, "If I'm president," and then corrects himself: "when I'm president." This is a crowd favorite and usually gets a healthy round of cheers. Then the candidate moves on. When Mitt Romney said this on Thursday morning in Cincinnati, the crowd reacted as if it was election night and he'd just been declared president—and they'd been given a new car. For 30 seconds, they screamed and cheered. As we enter the final sprint, campaigns and their supporters will sustain themselves on sweeping crowd shots...
  • No longer a blank slate: Obama, 4 years later (AP: the question remains: Who is he?)

    10/23/2012 2:50:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Google ^ | 10/22/12 | JERRY SCHWARTZ
    No longer a blank slate: Obama, 4 years laterBy JERRY SCHWARTZ, Associated Press – 1 day ago Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? He seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate — a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. His was an exotic story, at least by the standards of the 42 white men...
  • “You Didn’t Build That” Isn’t Going Away: It doesn’t matter what Obama meant. Here’s why.

    09/02/2012 7:40:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Slate ^ | August 30, 2012 | Rachael Larimore
    The official theme of the GOP convention Wednesday night was "We Can Change That," but that didn’t stop several of the speakers from revisiting Tuesday’s theme, the base-rallying battle cry: “We Built It.” The message: The righteous exploitation of President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” gaffe isn’t going away. Ever since the president stood before a crowd of supporters in Roanoke, Va., on July 13 and, while explaining why the wealthy should pay more in taxes, uttered the infamous words “If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen,” conservatives have hammered him for his disregard...
  • The Prideful, Arrogant CEO of Chick-fil-A (Dan Cathy same as 1960's segregationist, or something)

    08/06/2012 11:49:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Slate ^ | August 6, 2012 | Jesse Bering
    For several tense weeks, our nation has been broiling unpleasantly in the cultural equivalent of polyunsaturated fat. And despite any profits or political points made during this Chick-fil-A debacle, I think we’ve all gotten a bit burned. As everyone now knows, this entire ordeal—from the Mike Huckabee-orchestrated “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” to the “Same-Sex Kiss Day” that came after, the talking heads, the relentless stream of articles and opinion pieces on the controversy, the thousands upon thousands of online comments, the vitriolic tweets, impulsive Facebook statuses, and equally tart replies, the strained friendships, heated arguments with family members, all of it—began...
  • Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War

    06/28/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies
    Slate Scocca ^ | 28 June 2012 | Tom
    The chief justice’s canny move to uphold the Affordable Care Act while gutting the Commerce Clause. The scholars expected to see the court gut existing Commerce Clause ... Roberts was smarter than that. By ruling that the individual mandate was permissible as a tax, he joined the Democratic appointees to uphold the law—while joining the Republican wing to gut the Commerce Clause (and push back against the necessary-and-proper clause as well). Here's the Chief Justice's opinion (italics in original): Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and...
  • Slate Columnist Cheers Breitbart’s Death

    03/01/2012 10:04:21 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 28 replies · 2+ views
    freebeacon.com ^ | mar. 2012
    Economics and philosophy expert Matthew Yglesias reacted with glee Thursday morning at the news that conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart had died. “Conventions around dead people are ridiculous,” the Slate correspondent wrote on Twitter this morning. “The world outlook is slightly improved..
  • WaPo Owned Slate.com Calls Sarah Palin a C*** in Headline

    02/23/2011 6:26:01 AM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor
    Washington Post owned Slate.com used a crude misogynist wordplay to call Sarah Palin a c*** in a headline for an article published Tuesday about a supposed secret Sarah Palin Facebook account. The headline reads: Sarah Palin Uses Alternate Facebook Accunt to Praise Sarah PalinThe article, posted in Slate’s “Slatest” section, is based on an article from Wonkette titled, Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account, that in a rare show of class for Wonkette does not use the sexist slur in the article.Two commmenters at Slatest criticized Slate for the slur with...
  • WaPo Owned Slate.com Calls Sarah Palin a C*** in Headline

    02/22/2011 7:28:44 PM PST · by kristinn · 23 replies
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor
    Washington Post owned Slate.com used a crude misogynist wordplay to call Sarah Palin a c*** in a headline for an article published Tuesday about a supposed secret Sarah Palin Facebook account.The headline reads: Sarah Palin Uses Alternate Facebook Accunt To Praise Sarah PalinThe article, posted in Slate's "Slatest" section, is based on an article from Wonkette titled, Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account, that in a rare show of class for Wonkette does not use the sexist slur in the article.Two commmenters at Slatest criticized Slate for the slur with one...
  • The Truth About Fox News Viewers

    01/05/2011 3:35:22 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Does watching Fox News rot your brain? According to a report released last month by WorldPublicOpinion.org at the University of Maryland, "Misinformation and the 2010 Election," the more people watch Fox News, the more they are "misinformed." The allegation rapidly became a favorite topic for leading mainstream news outlets including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, CBS News, Slate, The Atlantic. Even major newspapers in Canada and the U.K. covered the report. Of course, left-wing websites -- the Talking Point Memo, Media Matters, and the Daily Kos -- reveled in the findings. The report asserted that Fox...
  • Vanity, thy name is John Kerry

    10/29/2010 5:42:49 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 29 October 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Sen. John Kerry is so vain, he probably thinks this story is about him . . . and he’d be right! Slate.com has named the skipper of the Isabel the most vain man in that vanity pit known as the U.S. Senate based on a “scientific analysis” of all 100 senators’ “Ego Walls.” In a posting headed “If the Walls Could Talk,” Slate writers Darren Garnick (who also writes “The Working Stiff” column for the Herald) and Ilya Mirman explored the photo displays on the waiting-room walls of each senator’s office and developed a “Senate Vanity Index.” The formula, developed...
  • HP Slate 500 finally (finally!) official, rings up at $799

    10/21/2010 7:37:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    engadget ^ | 21 Oct 2010 | Joanna Stern
    Nope, you're not dreaming, but feel free to pinch yourself, rub your eyes or take a cold shower! You've read right -- the HP Slate is finally official, and after all the teasing, back and forth, and (very recent) leaks, the Atom-powered, Windows 7 Slate will finally see the light of day -- though in a different way than originally intended. While the first videos released by HP may have made it seem like it would be for consumers, HP's tactfully changed its tune (don't forget it's got Palm / WebOS tablets on the way) and is now aiming the...