Attacking Negative Ads
It never fails that each election cycle there is the usual sanctimonious blather about how horrible negative ads are. As a hack, it annoys me to no end. This year an Iowa county leader is calling for a moratorium on attack ads. The New York Times has a chart of ad spending and what percentage has been negative: There’s a reason negative ads exist: candidates aren’t going to tell you...
2011: Year in Review (by Book)
The Frugal Superpower by Michael Mandelbaum (1/16) The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler (2/26) Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni (3/9) The War Within by Bob Woodward (3/11) Cowboy Conservatism by Sean P. Cunningham (3/19) Just How Stupid Are We? by Rick Shenkman (3/25) The Impeachment of Jim Ferguson by Bruce Rutherford (4/2) A Hanging in Nacogdoches by Gary Borders (4/22) A...
News Sources for Iowa Republicans →
I haven’t written much about the Presidential campaign, specifically Iowa, but as far back as the Ames Straw Poll, I noted Paul had an edge in the state due to his straw poll performance; however, I do want to share this from the Columbia Journalism Review about where Iowa Republicans are getting their news, because I think it’s interesting. According to a NY Times poll of likely Iowa...
Sanchez Quits the Senate Race →
Retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez - the great hope of the Democratic Party to try and take advantage of the presumed demographic shift in Texas - has dropped out of the U.S. Senate race. The reason why Sanchez is getting out of the race: poor fundraising (also lost his home in a fire which sucks). Basically, this leaves the Democratic Party with no one worth a damn running for U.S. Senate (not...
Craig James Pays to Play →
ESPN college football announcer (some might say analyst, but this would imply that Craig actually knows what he’s talking about) Craig James is going to announce his campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday (too bad the filing deadline got extended). James has been talked about as a candidate before, but now he’s actually going to run for the office. The best part about James running for...
Spoetzl Brewery Wins Awards →
Fuck yeah Texas beer! The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, TX - the home of ShinerBock - took home 3 awards from the European Beer Star Awards. They won silver for German-Style Märzen, bronze for Bohemian-Style Schwarzbier, and bronze for Düsseldorf-Style Altbier. The contest was held in Germany and organized by the Association of Private Breweries in Germany. Follow the link to see which beers won in...