"Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach," Obama said. "I’ve got Michigan State going all the way. … He know how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool."

Thanks Obama.

# Michigan State # basketball # Obama # sports

This guy was really on a roll yesterday; the above is just a little bit of the lengthy “offensivethan” rant to which the Madman (or his .com team) treated his Twitter followers.

He had earlier “apologized" for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" but only after it was made clear to him that he’d embarrassed some of his high-profile friends in the GOP. Indeed, in his "apology,” he made it clear that he wasn’t really apologizing, but that his friends — like Rick Perry and Greg Abbott — required him to say something because he was making them look like horrible racists for associating with a horrible racist like him.

He then vowed to continue his biting criticism, but in less overtly racist language … like this stuff on Twitter, I guess.

Either way, someone needs to buy him a new keyboard; the space bar seems to be stuck on his.

# Nugent # music # politics # apology # racism # terrible apologies # Obama # Perry # Texas # Twitter # internet

Is Christmas the appropriate holiday to ask Sarah Palin to stop playing the faux-persecuted Christian card? Or is that Easter?
That’s me, on Facebook, in response to her MLK Day post asking President Obama to promise to stop “playing the race card.”

# Palin # Obama # religion # Facebook # comedy # politics # internet # MLK # holidays # Christmas

BREAKING: Woman who has nothing better to do with her days than post inflammatory nonsense on Facebook refuses to understand history or anyone’s experience other than her own; also refuses to go away.

BREAKING: Woman who has nothing better to do with her days than post inflammatory nonsense on Facebook refuses to understand history or anyone’s experience other than her own; also refuses to go away.

# Palin # MLK # Facebook # racism # Obama # politics # internet # sadness

The Top 5 Posts of 2013

As I did yesterday, I’m once again linking to the top blog posts of the year. These are the posts that drew the most unique eyeballs; the list doesn’t include the About page, where several thousand people each year go to find out whose writing they’re reading, the Ask page, where people write in with questions or to say kind and unkind things to me, or the front page, which is always the top draw since it’s the way that people access the site directly (rather than via some referring site).

Perhaps you missed some of these posts. Or maybe you just want to have another look since it’s been a little while. Feel free, of course, to share them with friends and loved ones because each click tells me that you’d like for me to keep writing these sorts of things.

Here, then, are the Top 5 most viewed posts of 2013:

#5. That time Ari Fleischer explained that he only donates to charity for the tax break and any changes to the tax code would mean he’ll donate less (1/1/13)

#4. “Whither Aristotle?,” a reflection on the decision of my colleagues to eliminate political theory as a subfield of undergraduate study in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska (10/3/13)

#3. That time when Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America” at the MLB All-Star Game and racists went crazy on Twitter because they assumed, wrongly, that Anthony wasn’t American (7/17/13)

#2. “Twitter Assassins,” in which a whole bunch of people went online to reflect on President Obama’s inauguration by calling for someone to assassinate him (1/21/13)

#1. That time when people vented their anger on Twitter and demanded a White History Month since February is Black History Month (2/1/13)

It’s been a fun and fascinating year of writing for me, full of arguments and thoughtful exchanges of ideas. I plan to have a brief reflection tomorrow that looks back at some of the things I learned from blogging this year and looks forward to 2014.

Thanks for reading, for engaging with my ideas, for sharing my blog posts with your friends, and for asking for my thoughts on issues or events as they’ve come up.

Happy New Year!

# Twitter # racism # internet # Obama # politics # MLB # baseball # sports # raison d'être # philosophy # Nebraska # teaching # education # political science # charity # music # holidays

Twenty-two comments in under an hour … and every single one is in hysterics about this non-scandal. Not a single one asks whether the person asking the question has nothing better to do with his/her time … which is what I was tempted to post.
Other things I was tempted to post include, “I’m not sure which is worst. What did Limbaugh, the Daily Caller, and Fox News conclude?” and, “This is the best Facebook thread I’ve read all day. Thank you for the smiles.”
I’m inclined to post the same exact question on my Facebook Timeline … just to see what happens.

Twenty-two comments in under an hour … and every single one is in hysterics about this non-scandal. Not a single one asks whether the person asking the question has nothing better to do with his/her time … which is what I was tempted to post.

Other things I was tempted to post include, “I’m not sure which is worst. What did Limbaugh, the Daily Caller, and Fox News conclude?” and, “This is the best Facebook thread I’ve read all day. Thank you for the smiles.”

I’m inclined to post the same exact question on my Facebook Timeline … just to see what happens.

# Facebook # Obama # politics # comedy # sadness # internet

Taking a break from whatever it is one does when one is an eccentric multi-millionaire who occasionally yells at teen girls on television, Kanye West explained that President Obama was clearly hamstrung by his lack of connections … like the ones all the Jews have:

"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people."

If only Obama was Jewish … then he’d be super-popular with all the people who don’t like him!
Oh, Yeezus.

Taking a break from whatever it is one does when one is an eccentric multi-millionaire who occasionally yells at teen girls on television, Kanye West explained that President Obama was clearly hamstrung by his lack of connections … like the ones all the Jews have:

"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people."

If only Obama was Jewish … then he’d be super-popular with all the people who don’t like him!

Oh, Yeezus.

# music # Obama # anti-Semitism # Kanye # Judaism

Remember that time, recently, when someone said to you, “Hey, I wonder what Dinesh D’Souza thinks about [whatever]”?
No?
I wonder why.

Remember that time, recently, when someone said to you, “Hey, I wonder what Dinesh D’Souza thinks about [whatever]”?

No?

I wonder why.

(Source: twitter.com)

# racism # D'Souza # Twitter # Obama # Trayvon # politics # internet

It’s sort of amazing that the Israeli government and House Republicans managed to immediately complain about the Obama administration reaching a deal that is set to slow down the Iranian worrisome nuclear program and bring an end to painful sanctions. In fact, it really seems like they voiced a fair number of their concerns before they even had a sense of the deal’s exact terms.
So … there seems to be literally nothing the Obama administration can accomplish that the Netanyahu government and House Republicans won’t immediately denounce. The only thing that might escape condemnation would be President Obama announcing that he was unilaterally doing away with all forms of taxation, ending Obamacare and taking away health insurance from everyone whose SNAP benefits were recently cut, stepping down from office, and turning the government over to a triumvirate of Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Benjamin Netanyahu.
And even that’s not a guarantee.

It’s sort of amazing that the Israeli government and House Republicans managed to immediately complain about the Obama administration reaching a deal that is set to slow down the Iranian worrisome nuclear program and bring an end to painful sanctions. In fact, it really seems like they voiced a fair number of their concerns before they even had a sense of the deal’s exact terms.

So … there seems to be literally nothing the Obama administration can accomplish that the Netanyahu government and House Republicans won’t immediately denounce. The only thing that might escape condemnation would be President Obama announcing that he was unilaterally doing away with all forms of taxation, ending Obamacare and taking away health insurance from everyone whose SNAP benefits were recently cut, stepping down from office, and turning the government over to a triumvirate of Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

And even that’s not a guarantee.

# global affairs # Iran # news # Obama # Israel # politics


Good thing? Bad thing? 
(pic via @neithernor)

Rated: Mostly True

Good thing? Bad thing? 

(pic via @neithernor)

Rated: Mostly True

# Obama # media # CNN # comedy # politics

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#ThanksObama

Back in 2008, I was pretty excited about Barack Obama. I haven’t been all that excited about him or his presidency since then, for a wide variety of reasons.

That said, I find it to be the case that the amount I support President Obama is directly proportional to the ongoing shenanigans of House Republicans, Tea Partiers, the shrill conservative media, garden variety racists, conspiracy theorists, and weapons wingnuts.

The greater the nonsense being spewed by all those folks, the more I find myself approving of someone about whom my feelings are tepid at best.

# politics # Obama

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