Some Notes on the State of the Race

I was curious what actually looking at recent polls in the battleground states would show. I spend a fair amount of time reading Nate Silver’s 548 site, as I did four years ago. He’s built a model that incorporates polling data and some economic data, and attempts to project from present conditions to electoral college […]

Chris Offut talks about writing for Treme

Friend of the Blog Chris Offutt and Ole Miss writing professor Chris Offut talks to the Washington Post about leaving behind writing for televison:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Offutt doesn’t have HBO, so he’s going to head over to a neighbor’s house Sunday night to watch “Treme.” It just might be his last chance to […]

NMC re-emerges, sort of but not really

I’ve been in trial out of town all week, not really able to read anything on the blog (I saw at least one comment demanding I respond about something, a demand that evidences a complete understanding of the reasonable expectations for those commenting on internet blogs).

I may catch up tomorrow, although I’m still in […]

Scoring the debates as if they were boxing

I’m going to score it like boxing:

Debate One: Romney wins in a walkover. For reasons I don’t fully understand, Obama just didn’t show up. He seemed tired and disengaged, but there was more to it than that. Romney blew past him, and Romney’s new positions threw Obama totally.

Debate Two: Obama wins on points […]


Adventures in Vote Suppression

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer explores the creation and development of “The Voter-Fraud Myth” in this profile of the creator and architect of the national vote suppression movement, Hans von Spakovsky.

Interesting reaction to Neil Young memoir from the New Yorker

Good blog post on the New Yorker site about Neil Young and his memoir.

I was a little surprised when Neil Young published his memoir, “Waging Heavy Peace,” because he is the only artist I have ever encountered who is proud of not reading. Reading would distract him from writing songs, he once told […]

Get the details of the Romney tax plan.

They are right here.

Yes, the South is a different country (evidence from a northern grocery store)

From a grocery story in Northern Illinois, a photo by friend-of-the-blog Bill Gregg.

2nd debate in a picture.

I think pretty much everyone, right and left, agreed that that New Yorker cover summed up the first debate.

The photo below pretty well sums up the second debate, although I doubt there will be an objective reaction from all political spectrums to that conclusion, or even an agreement about what “objective” means.

For some […]