What It Means for America to Have the Largest Prison Population in the World
When You're Imprisoning More People Than North Korea, You've Got a Problem

This video from the Hank portion of the VlogBrothers doesn’t follow where the $75 billion a year goes, nor does it discuss prison privatization, which drives the spending, but maybe it’s better to start, as the video does, by describing the problem’s scope. Punitive measures that continue punishment even after the convicted have paid their [...]

$27 Million Down the Drain? Doh!
Koch Brothers Just Can't Catch a Break in Obamacare Battle

Bad news for whoever is writing the checks at Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The Koch brothers’ political organization has spent $27 million since last August, with millions more planned, on ads attacking Senate Democrats who voted for healthcare reform and who are up for re-election this year. A new poll shows they are likely wasting [...]

Even the 2nd Amendment’s Little Known Dumbass Clause Wasn’t Strong Enough

While this ad from Saatchi & Saatchi for the “gun responsibility” group, Evolve, is funny, neither the ad’s, nor the group’s, dots connect. “Personal decisions” leave us at the mercy, not of good guys with guns, but just guys with guns which in reality is all there is The spot’s creators said they were not [...]

Question His Answers

When asked whether he had ever smoked pot,
Marco Rubio wouldn’t say that he did or did not.
See, his political positions
Are political calculations,
Which means his questionable answers ain’t worth snot.

A Third Alternative: Just Answer the Freakin’ Question, Marco

If you want a taste of what passes for honesty and frankness from Republican leaders these days, here’s a quote from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio after he was asked at an educational forum if he ever smoked pot. “If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me. And if I tell you that [...]

International Group Accidently Provides Evidence that Obamacare is the Best Health System

If you want to live a long life, don’t come to America. According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average lifespan of people in the United States is only 78.7 years, putting us at number 26 among the OECD’s 34 member nations. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), [...]

Most N.J. Voters Think Christie Is Lying

54%

Of New Jersey voters think it’s likely “Governor Chris Christie was aware of the Fort Lee traffic lane closures before they happened and should resign if this is proven,” a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds. And “56% of New Jersey voters believe Christie should resign if it is proven that he approved of retaliation against an elected official who refused to support him.”

Tired of the Non-stop News Stories of How Bad the Obamacare Website Was? Now That It’s Fixed, Where Are the Stories?

You know all those, “Ain’t it awful?” stories you’ve been hearing ad nauseam since the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) website on Oct. 1? Expect to hear not one more word. Now that things are working great, we’re betting that not only will you never hear again how bad they are, you will [...]

On FOX, The Truth is Faster

47

Number of minutes FOX News used to point out that the recent CBS 60 Minutes piece, which was later found to have falsely portrayed events in Benghazi, backed up the Republican portrayal of the incident. That was three times the length of the original 60 Minutes report. Amount of time FOX spent on the subsequent correction: 26 seconds.

Still Waiting for That Other Apology

When I hear Bush apologize about being wrong about WMDs, I’ll give a shit whether or not Obama said he’s sorry.

@RudePundit, on Twitter, commenting on those being given air time to say Pres. Obama should apologize more because the Affordable Care Act website wasn’t fully functional when the health care exchanges became available on Oct. 1. The toll-free phone number, in-person “navigators,” and other venues in various states worked great on opening day, despite the 17-day tea party led government shutdown that began simultaneously.