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Archive for June 2012

Loch Ness Finesse

This Week’s Poll! Two weeks ago, we at the Lester and Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking reported that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is pulling millions of dollars from public education so kids can use vouchers to attend struggling Southern private schools that teach things like Bible-based math. This week, we want to give you the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Helen Keller

Your words are still true today: “It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.”

This Week’s Monthly Book Club Selections!

Who Cares about Elderly People?, by Pam Adams Cadaver Dog Handbook, by Andrew Rebmann

Give ‘Em Something To Talk About

This Week’s Poll! The Nuns on the Bus are gallivanting across the country, carefully avoiding endorsing a presidential candidate but making sure that everyone knows that Republican proposals are going to hurt the poor and the needy. When nuns get angry, those of us who grew up on the wrong side of their wrath are … Continue reading

The Little Library That Could

The good, the bad and the ugly of American politics in 2:53. h/t to our friend @rooribbet on Twitter.

This Week’s Monthly Book Club Selections!

A Lust for Window Sills, by Harry Mount 50 Sad Chairs, by Bill Keaggy

Taxing America’s Nerves

This Week’s Poll! “It will be the end of the world as we know it if the federal government doesn’t reform its fiscal ways!” trumpets Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from the grand state of Utah, in a Op-ed for The Hill this week. He’s freaking out, as many conservatives are, over the size of … Continue reading

A New Scoop on Romney

Two recent independent studies concluded that 7 in 10 American homes are painted white and an overwhelming majority of Americans prefer vanilla ice cream. These are the only data we can find to rationalize Romney’s uncanny popularity in the polls.  Now, let’s watch the candidate work that magic:

Schoolhouse on the Rocks

This Week’s Poll! If you’re wondering why your government isn’t spending big bucks to send your kids to school in windowless bunkers with no playgrounds, or where science classes eschew evolution in favor of lessons on “what God made,” or for that matter, sending them to a school that has no library, then clearly you … Continue reading

This Week’s Monthly Book Club Selections!

Impeccable Birdfeeding: How to Discourage Scuffling, Hull-Dropping, Seed-Throwing, Unmentionable Nuisances and Vulgar Chatter at Your Birdfeeder, by Bill Adler, Jr. Living with Llamas, by Rosana Hart

The Local Watch

English-language Swedish newspaper “The Local” first came to Lester & Charlie’s attention when friends at the Political Carnival showed them an article titled “Church Cock Victory Joy: ‘It’s Huge and Majestic.’” The paper has become somewhat addictive and paints Sweden in a curious light. Sweden, it turns out, ranks itself as the most competitive nation … Continue reading

Keep Your Filthy Mitts Off This

Knowledge is power. So with a hat tip to our friends at Buzzfeed and The Political Carnival, we bring you John McCain’s 2008 Romney opposition file in its entirety. Some highlights from Page 8 on Economic Issues: ECONOMIC ISSUES State spending increased at well over rate of inflation under Romney’s watch, estimated at 24% – … Continue reading

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