• Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post This Week in Stupid: “Dearborn, Michigan, Is a ‘No-Go’ Zone” by Tammany Tiger.

    2015-01-29 23:35:12View | Delete

    Thanks! I fixed the link.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post This Week in Stupid: “Dearborn, Michigan, Is a ‘No-Go’ Zone” by Tammany Tiger.

    2015-01-29 17:59:16View | Delete

    There, you fixed it. Thanks.

  • The latest blatant falsehood from the right-wing noise machine is about “no-go” zones: communities inhabited by violent, America-hating Muslims. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said the other day that Dearborn, Michigan, is such a zone , a place where sharia law is in effect. Really? That would come as news to the [...]

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Andrew Sullivan To Quit Blogging

    2015-01-29 09:23:58View | Delete

    In the words of Branch Rickey, his retirement is addition by subtraction.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Jonathan Chait Upset About Diversity In Media

    2015-01-28 11:52:00View | Delete

    At least Chait isn’t the worst University of Michigan grad in the world of punditry. Ann Coulter, a graduate of U-M Law, retired the trophy.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post How Torture Wins In the US Marketplace of Ideas by spocko.

    2015-01-27 14:09:27View | Delete

    Yoo is introduced as “controversial” by ABC correspondent John Donvan.

    And Jeffrey Damher suffered from an eating disorder.

  • Nothing says “Legalized Corruption” like the forthcoming presidential matchup of Hillary the Inevitable from the House of Clinton versus Jeb!, the Smart One, from the House of Bush.

    I can hardly wait.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post 2015 State Of The Union Address

    2015-01-20 19:34:53View | Delete

    How the f**k did Bruce Braley lose to her?

  • That’s been largely true of late, but the dishonor roll of 20th century barbaric states is quite long: the obvious ones like Stalin’s USSR, Mao’s China, and Hitler’s Germany; the various right-wing dictatorships in the Americas; authoritarian states in East and South Asia; and some truly awful regimes in Africa. The U.S. hasn’t exactly distinguished itself lately, either; we lead the world in incarceration and most states still have the death penalty on the books.

  • What is also mind-boggling about the Raif Badawi case is that one of the charges against him is disobeying his father’s orders–which is a crime in Saudi Arabia, even if you’re married and have three kids of your own.

    It’s long past time for the civilized world to treat Saudi Arabia as a pariah state.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Hillary and Jeb propose Marriage by Synoia.

    2015-01-14 14:21:56View | Delete

    I’m on record here as proposing that Chelsea Clinton and George P. Bush divorce their respective spouses, get married, have children, and unify the warring houses of Clinton and Bush. That strategy worked out great for England in the 15th century.

  • I live in a suburban subdivision, where there is next to zero public transportation. It is impossible to walk to a local bar, which was possible in my neighborhood where I grew up in New Jersey (alas, I was too young to be served). If someone proposed opening a bar in the adjacent strip mall, half the subdivision would show up at Township Hall to oppose it. So the bars and restaurants wind up on the most heavily-traveled roads in town. Makes no sense.

  • There were myriad reasons for Prohibition, one of which was the business community’s belief that if their workers (factory workers in particular) stopped drinking, absenteetism would fall and productivity would rise. (Many members of the upper classes thought Prohibition shouldn’t and didn’t apply to them–an attitude that Sinclair Lewis poked fun at in his novel Babbitt.)

    Ironically, the nation’s business leaders changed their stance toward Prohibition when they realized that they and their companies were paying higher taxes to make up for the lost excise taxes on legal alcohol. It was John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a former supporter of Prohibition, who proposed the current system of licensing and regulation of the industry.

  • There is substantially less drunk driving today than there was 40 years ago, when the laws were much more lenient and DUI didn’t carry the social stigma it carries today. On the average, Americans drink less than they did a generation ago, and drink less than citizens of a number of other countries. And despite lurid stories of “Animal House” culture in college fraternities, today’s adolescents and young adults are less likely to drink than their parents were at the same age.

    However, because we define diseases and disorders more broadly today, people believe that alcohol abuse is a much bigger problem today than it was in the Mad Men era. But to coin a phrase, those kinds of stories don’t sell papers.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the blog post Jeb Bush Moves Ever Closer To Presidential Run

    2015-01-09 22:24:17View | Delete

    My original plan for surviving a Jeb! versus Hillary the Inevitable election was to rent a U-Haul, drive down to Kentucky, and stock up on bourbon. Upon further review, I’m considering applying for a distiller’s license and cutting out the middleman.

  • Compare and contrast.

    Joe Lieberman went out of his way to bad-mouth the Democratic base, ran on a party he created after he was defeated in the 2006 Democratic primary, and then had the unmitigated chutzpah to endorse John McCain and Sarah Palin in the 2008 general election. Harry Reid and the Senate leadership should have assigned this whiny littpe putz an office in a Dumpster on Z Street. Instead they welcomed him back like the Prodigal Son of the Bible. And guess what? He rewarded the Democrats by waging an all-out fight to take the public option out of the Affordable Care Act.

    To paraphrase Charles Pierce, this party makes me want to guzzle antifreeze.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Vote Clinton/Bush 2016 “Four More Wars, Four More Wars!” by jbade.

    2015-01-05 11:43:22View | Delete

    The House of Clinton vs. The House of Bush: The Wars of the Roses, American Style.

    Not to worry, though. Princess Chelsea and Prince George P. will soon divorce their respective spouses, get married, have children, and unify the country’s two warring houses.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Who Should Get Their Comeuppance in 2015? How Will You Make It So? by spocko.

    2015-01-02 15:43:32View | Delete

    Michelle Rhee.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Dear Democrats, Stop Spamming Me by Tammany Tiger.

    2015-01-01 13:41:13View | Delete

    Indeed I have.

    It still amazes me, though, that a major political party* thinks it’s okay to sink to the level of faux Nigerian princelings and hawkers of penis enlargement pills.

    * At least for the time being.

  • Tammany Tiger commented on the diary post Dear Democrats, Stop Spamming Me by Tammany Tiger.

    2015-01-01 12:41:16View | Delete

    Thanks for the compliments, marym, DW, justasking, openhope, stratocruiser, and sredge.

    By the way, I got–count ‘em–five spams from Ms. Lapp and her merry minions yesterday. One of them arrived minutes before the ball dropped in Times Square.

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