Recommended June 17 2013

A video review of a 90s video games gets kinda nuts.


Biden may get to cast a significant tie-breaking vote.

The Washington Post makes it easier to follow the 224 best political reporters in the nation. 

Tara Culp-Ressler of thinkprogress suggests it’s outrageous that there are areas with longer waiting periods for those who want abortions than for those who want guns. The obvious counterpoint is that the consequences of an abortion are guaranteed, whereas it’s possible that nothing will come from an individual gun.

Ta-Neshi Coates considers what makes a good college lecture.

Merriman is a kind of a freestyle rapper. He is riffing off the material and doesn’t really do “in this year this happened, and in that year that happened.” Instead, he just gives you anecdotes, quotes, and observations about the periods. Merriman has this weird ability to inhabit the history — he’ll do these really exaggerated accents or capture the tragicomedy of World War I by noting the obvious threat of the Germans “in Ostend eating moules frites.
Or he’ll note the frightening absurdity of Austrian anti-Semitism by quoting Karl Leuger’s assertion, “I decide who is a Jew.”*
Last week I was talking about how much of teaching is performance, and Merriman gives a show. This is not demeaning. So much of getting people to care about a subject is conveying your own passion. I imagine that it’s a lot easier to convey passion at the University level, then at the elementary and secondary school level where teachers often must be passionate over a range of subjects, and passionate about a curriculum that may not be their own.

Hillary Clinton’s twitter account may backfire.

Scott Walker may be an underrated presidential candidate.

Glenn Beck wants to see more independent voices in the news media, while reminding Americans of the problems with having no checks and balances.

The public’s impression of the partisanship of political parties has remained consistent, even with significant changes to actual policy.

Popular former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is likely running for Senate.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper isn’t doing very well against unimpressive potential Republican challengers.

While it isn’t clear that hawkishness on illegal immigration is harming the Republican, Hispanic voters are leaving the party.

It’s going to be tougher for congressional aides to top this guy.


A study shows the fairly obvious media tilt towards gay marriage.

News organizations are far more likely to present a supportive view of same-sex marriage than an antagonistic view, according to a content study by the Pew Research Center to be released on Monday.

The researchers assessed a representative sample of mainstream coverage for two months this year, and found that many stories contained either a balanced mix of views or no views at all. But of the rest, roughly five times as many stories were weighted toward support for same-sex marriage as were weighted toward opposition.

“A story was deemed to be in support of or opposition to same-sex marriage if the statements expressing that view outnumbered opposing statements by at least 2-to-1,” the report stated.

It added, “The level of support conveyed in the news media examined here goes beyond the level seen in public opinion surveys.” The imbalance was evident both in reporting and in commentary, and on all three of the major cable news channels, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

The study lends credence to conservative charges that the nation’s news media have championed the issue of same-sex marriage at the expense of objectivity. Others have argued that news organizations are right not to overly emphasize opposition to what many see as a core civil rights issue.

Dan Harmon has seen Season 4 of Community.

Before noting that the rumors may have been exaggerated, Rich Johnson cruelly whets the appetite in descriptions of rumored found episodes of Doctor Who.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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