September 28, 2012
barthel:

Here is a poster from the election of 1848 depicting Whig candidate Zachary Taylor sitting on a pile of human skulls.
Is This the Nastiest Election Ever? - NYT [spoiler alert: no.]

I want to buy this poster and hang it in my apartment. Where can I get it?

barthel:

Here is a poster from the election of 1848 depicting Whig candidate Zachary Taylor sitting on a pile of human skulls.

Is This the Nastiest Election Ever? - NYT [spoiler alert: no.]

I want to buy this poster and hang it in my apartment. Where can I get it?

June 14, 2012
'The underlying problem—and the biggest reason that gaffes are perpetually hyped by the media in the absence of evidence that they matter to voters—is that, despite all the cutbacks in journalism, too many reporters are chasing too few stories at this point in the presidential campaign. The incentives for perverse coverage are especially strong when little other news is being made. Editors should consider alternative approaches. Why not devote more resources to investigations, enterprise stories, and down-ballot races, and reduce the number of reporters covering the minutiae of the presidential campaign? We, the readers, will be just fine without them.' — Columbia Journalism Review

(Source: thesmithian)

May 11, 2012
tpmmedia:

No ‘Counterculture’ Hair Allowed At Liberty University
TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro traces an uncomfortable alignement between Romney’s reported youthful bullying and his current moves to draw in the Christian right:
When Mitt Romney stands up at Liberty University Saturday to deliver the school’s commencement address, he’s unlikely to be faced with the kind of long, floppy hair that reportedly so angered him in high school.
According to a copy of the school handbook, “The Liberty Way”, shared with TPM by People for the American Way, the rules governing hair on Liberty’s campus are very strict. From the rules for men:

Hair and clothing styles related to a counterculture (as determined by the Student Affairs Deans’ Review Committee) are not acceptable. Hair should be cut in such a way that it will not come over the ears, collar or eyebrows at any time. Ponytails for men are unacceptable.

This might hit a little too close to home for Romney, who is in the midst of shaking off a Thursday Washington Post report that detailed an incident from Romney’s youth in which he cut off a fellow student’s hair while attending the tony Cranbrook prep school in Michigan.

John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection.

Romney, with a gang of others, eventually held Lauber down and cut what could be considered a “counterculture hairstyle” off. Lauber later returned to the school “with his shortened hair back to its natural brown.”
(Full Story)

tpmmedia:

No ‘Counterculture’ Hair Allowed At Liberty University

TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro traces an uncomfortable alignement between Romney’s reported youthful bullying and his current moves to draw in the Christian right:

When Mitt Romney stands up at Liberty University Saturday to deliver the school’s commencement address, he’s unlikely to be faced with the kind of long, floppy hair that reportedly so angered him in high school.

According to a copy of the school handbook, “The Liberty Way”, shared with TPM by People for the American Way, the rules governing hair on Liberty’s campus are very strict. From the rules for men:

Hair and clothing styles related to a counterculture (as determined by the Student Affairs Deans’ Review Committee) are not acceptable. Hair should be cut in such a way that it will not come over the ears, collar or eyebrows at any time. Ponytails for men are unacceptable.

This might hit a little too close to home for Romney, who is in the midst of shaking off a Thursday Washington Post report that detailed an incident from Romney’s youth in which he cut off a fellow student’s hair while attending the tony Cranbrook prep school in Michigan.

John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection.

Romney, with a gang of others, eventually held Lauber down and cut what could be considered a “counterculture hairstyle” off. Lauber later returned to the school “with his shortened hair back to its natural brown.”

(Full Story)

September 29, 2011
"

Zack Martini, the 11-year-old from Springfield, N.J. who asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for guidance about how to win a seat on the sixth grade council, lost the student election Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, the results from the election didn’t go our way,” Zack’s father, Ed Martini, told The Ticket. “Zack is disappointed he didn’t win but he wishes the new president, Zoe Frie, the best of luck.”

“He is looking forward to trying again next year,” his father said.

"

Sixth-grader who asked Christie for campaign advice loses class election (via yahoopolitics)

(via yahoopolitics)

September 14, 2011
"It's something that no previous legislature in America since the Civil War has ever had the audacity to impose."

motherjones:

Morning must-read: The GOP’s genius plan to win in 2012.

September 14, 2011
shortformblog:

This race was kinda obvious but still pretty depressing. A reliable Democrat seat went red, thanks to one rogue tweet and one poorly-handled cover-up.

shortformblog:

This race was kinda obvious but still pretty depressing. A reliable Democrat seat went red, thanks to one rogue tweet and one poorly-handled cover-up.

(via shortformblog)