The Republican National Convention really got underway last night in Tampa, Florida.  Apart from some roll call votes – and some very disappointed Ron Paul supporters – you had some speeches, including one from Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann. Most of that speech was attack-free, except for a quick reference to “this attack on Mitt Romney’s […]

If you grew up in the 1990s, like me, you probably watched “Bill Nye the Science Guy” as a kid.  Not only did it have one of the catchiest ’90s theme songs this side of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” it was a really kid-friendly way to explore the world and learn about science.  (To think, […]

It’s safe to say the Republican National Convention in Tampa isn’t going the way the party planned it – and it hasn’t even started yet.  Only a week beforehand, the party had to contend with Rep. Todd Akin’s unfortunate comments on abortion, particularly untimely because it came as the party was discussing the abortion issue […]

Earlier this week, Tom Head, a judge in Lubbock, Texas, went on a local TV station to talk about a proposed hike in property taxes.  Head supported it, claiming that the money is needed to prepare for various contingencies.  That in and of itself is hardly newsworthy.  What makes it newsworthy is the “threat” Head […]

Polling is a notoriously difficult science.  Many people – and the media – take polls at face value and use them to condense the state of a political race at any given time.  Whose numbers are improving?  With what groups?  In what parts of the country?  Pollsters have a difficult job making sure everyone is […]

Of all the parodies of Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” – the Olympic Swimming Team, Harvard’s baseball team, even (sort of) President Obama – this one is by far the most disturbing: The Chicago Young Republicans made a “Call Me Maybe” parody to recruit volunteers for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. A sample: We’ll give you […]

Wow.  Just…wow.  I’d say Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has really stepped in it, but that’s the sort of thing you say about moments like these.  This fellow hasn’t just stepped in it.  To stick with foot metaphors, he hasn’t even shot himself in the foot.  He’s pretty much taken a page from the “Saw” franchise […]

Yesterday, I wrote about President Obama’s Friday interview with an Albuquerque radio station.  A major topic of discussion?  Which superpower the President would have.  Now, me personally, I find this insightful.  No, really.  Will you choose a hawkish power, like the ability to grow claws a la Wolverine?  Our Commander-in-Chief elected instead to go with a […]

If you could choose any superpower to have, what would it be?  Flying is a popular choice, but maybe you’re scared of heights?  What about invisibility?  Or better yet, this?  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to do…whatever that is? Well, President Obama is just like you.  He’s thought about it too, it […]

Today is a sad day for punk rockers everywhere.  Ordinarily, that would mean it’s a good day for everyone who doesn’t care for punk rock.  This time, however, it is also a sad day for people who believe in freedom of expression.  Politics With Friends goes overseas for the first time in its very brief […]