Tip of the Quill: A Journal

Category Archives: Politics

Future America = past America?

Recently I’ve been reading a ton about the so-called “future of work”. The May 25th, 2009 edition of Time used that phrase as its cover story, and Chris Anderson takes the cover story in the June 2009 issue of Wired, in which he explores “The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity“. Both […]

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The NYT and the Globe on “The Public Library Renaissance”

The New York Times’ Freakonomics blog is weighing in on the “public library renaissance”: …If nobody seems to be out buying books, movies, and music, what are they doing with their leisure time instead? Apparently: going to the library. The Boston Globe reports that public libraries around the country are posting double-digit percentage increases in […]

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Why the RNC should just give up.

“We have to do it in the Facebook, with the Twittering, the different technology that young people are using today.” RNC incumbent chairman – Mike Duncan It hurts. Oh, God, it hurts. “Out of touch” doesn’t even begin to describe it. OTOH, “do it in the Facebook” just sounds dirty.

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Dammit.

Ugh. Well, at least he took Boston: Hillary Clinton withstood a string of high-profile endorsements for Barack Obama to glide to a surprisingly decisive victory, while Mitt Romney held onto his Republican base to handily beat John McCain yesterday, in the most competitive and meaningful Massachusetts presidential primary in memory. In one of the largest […]

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A very odd battlefield.

So, in a turn of events that probably has all the politicos scratching their heads, McCain defeated Romney and Clinton is currently besting Obama in the New Hampshire primary. Adding further complexity to the matter, Huckabee, who took first in the Republican race in Iowa, came in a somewhat distant third – McCain took 37% […]

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Contemplating the Caucuses.

I’m trying not to get all worked up about next year’s election, since the last time I was thoroughly excited about an election – ahem – things didn’t go as I’d hoped. However, I’ve still got enough political interest left to have me keeping an eye on the Iowa caucuses tonight, which, for those of […]

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Rummy got pwn3d.

Man, it’s like Christmas came early: Rumsfeld is stepping down. I’m not entirely surprised – after the Dems thrashed the Republicans largely thanks to voters tired of the war in Iraq, Rummy is an obvious target. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, you warmongering bastard.

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Promises, promises.

Interesting piece in The Washington Post on what the Dems are planning: Early Democratic priorities will include raising the minimum wage, boosting homeland security spending, shifting the nation’s energy policy away from oil and gas exploration toward alternative fuel sources, and reversing cuts to education spending. Meanwhile in the committee chambers, aggressive new chairmen, such […]

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Hooked on a feeling.

After last night’s nail-biting results, even if the Dems don’t take the Senate (which they might not; Montana is still 49%-49% with 100% of the precincts reporting, with the Dems only up by 1,735 votes and Virginia is Dems up 50%-49% with 100% precincts reporting – both of which sound fantastic but are definite recount […]

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We don’t need to add any mustard to the hot dog?

While on my morning “jog” around the news sites, I read the The New York Times piece on Barack Obama’s hinting at a 2008 presidential candidacy. I am neither racist nor sexist, but I find myself wondering at the wisdom of a Democratic party simultaneously attempting to retake the White House and elect either the […]

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