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Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Child Labor’s Still Pretty Cool For Tobacco Growers

The best way to read your Sunday NYT
We depend on our Sunday New York Times for in-depth reporting on stuff that we may or may not care about, and on a good day we might even learn about something we had no idea we should have to care about, and now we can sound like a big know it all. Into that last column, let’s drop today’s story about teenagers who work 12-hour shifts on tobacco farms, like the 13-year-old we meet in the lede. But don’t worry, the growers provide safety equipment, of a sort: Read more on Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Child Labor’s Still Pretty Cool For Tobacco Growers…
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Conservative Think Tank Apologizes For Posting Image of Obama Eating KFC In Sex Chains

John Hood, president of the conservative North Carolina-based John Locke Foundation, has apologized for a very special graphic that one of his bloggers, “Hot Talk WRNN co-host Tara Servatius,” included in her post for the think tank’s blog this week. What is the controversy? All it did was show “President Obama in chains and drag with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.” What is the controversy? Everyone loves Kentucky Fried Chicken! And look, Tara Servatius says she “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.” She’s a fun one. Read more on Conservative Think Tank Apologizes For Posting Image of Obama Eating KFC In Sex Chains…
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Conservative Conference Will Feature 100%-Bangin’ Toga Party

Are you all geared up for the upcoming State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina? Bro come on! The SPN is a network of wingnut think tanks and organizations throughout the country that helps “advance a free society by providing leadership development, management training and networking opportunities for think tank professionals and by promoting strategic partnerships among market-oriented organizations.” STRATEGY, MARKETS, NETWORKS, TRAINING, LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, CUM, COCKS, DOLLA DOLLA BILLS. If you are that particular flavor of “douche” that specializes in lacking self-awareness, you belong to the SPN! Let’s see what rad parties some of the SPN members will be throwing during their annual meeting… oh look, a Toga Party! Hilarious forwarded invite, below. Read more on Conservative Conference Will Feature 100%-Bangin’ Toga Party…
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Famous Failure To Run George W. Bush’s Think Tank

“WASHINGTON – Former President George W. Bush took a step closer Thursday to establishing an ‘action-oriented think tank’ alongside his future presidential library by naming James K. Glassman, the longtime journalist and former administration official, as its founding executive director.” This post is complete. [NYT via Matt Yglesias] Read more on Famous Failure To Run George W. Bush’s Think Tank…
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Not Quite Thinking Up To Speed

Tuesday, September 1: Always eager to offer a positive view of mankind, the Libertarians have declared us to be greedy, lazy people who act out of self-interest with complete disregard for society at large. This, and our desire to own homes, pretty much sums up their take on why we’re in this financial crisis. But don’t worry, the Cato Institute has found a way to overcome our shortcomings and will be presenting its riveting solutions tomorrow at 12PM. [Cato Institute] Read more on Not Quite Thinking Up To Speed… Read more on Not Quite Thinking Up To Speed…
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Where Have All The Thinkers Gone?

FOR WHATEVER REASON, the thinkers over at the Brookings Institution have declared August to be “think free month.'” Sure it’s hot, but there’s still plenty of thinking to be done — we have yet to reach our potential as a socialist country and you KNOW we can do it. To see what the Brookings kids were doing instead of hosting events full of thinking people, we snuck into their headquarters, only to find them lounging in their cafeteria, eating food that looked like it came from the Rest Home. Read more on Where Have All The Thinkers Gone?…
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Socialism Got You Down? Thinking Can Help!

Monday, July 27: Have no fear, because the Heritage Foundation, courtesy of an event with know-it-all Jim DeMint, will rescue us from our decline into Socialism! Phew. Tonight, Ol’ Waterloo himself explains that we can “Save Freedom” (we recommend 1-qt Ziploc bags in the freezer; it keeps for months) by keeping a close eye on government spending (which works as long as the president isn’t a Republican) and an even closer eye on God. Read more on Socialism Got You Down? Thinking Can Help!… Read more on Socialism Got You Down? Thinking Can Help!…
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Be Thankful We Have Alaska: Howard Dean Is Trying To Do Something Again

Here’s your weekly think tank event roundup: Tuesday, July 21: Running for president didn’t seem to pan out for Howard Dean, and neither did running the DNC. To cut his losses, Dr. Dean is focusing on a hot button issue, health care. On Tuesday at 12:30PM, he discusses why health care reform must happen now, in accordance with the release of his new book about health care, which will make America healthier, right? Read more on Be Thankful We Have Alaska: Howard Dean Is Trying To Do Something Again… Read more on Be Thankful We Have Alaska: Howard Dean Is Trying To Do Something Again…
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Healing the World, One Thought At a Time

Here’s your weekly think tank event roundup: Monday, July 13: The National Endowment for Democracy, true to what it was put on this earth to think about, is hosting an event today that looks at how we can foster democracy in oil rich countries.  The demand for oil seems to bring about dictatorships in these countries instead of everyone’s favorite type of government, democracy!  We wonder if the thinkers at NED get a kickback every time a country becomes more democratic …. Read more on Healing the World, One Thought At a Time… Read more on Healing the World, One Thought At a Time…
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Bill Clinton In a Roomful of Interns: Thinking Has Never Been So Sexy

Here’s your weekly think tank event roundup: Tuesday, July 8: Of all of our failing wars, the War on Drugs may be the one that we can actually manage to win —  that is, if we no longer refer to it as a “war.” On Tuesday at noon, the Cato Institute explains how this semantic change will enable us to overhaul drug laws so we can smoke freely with Bob Barr while eating foods loaded with trans fats.  Libertarians really want nothing but the best for America. Read more on Bill Clinton In a Roomful of Interns: Thinking Has Never Been So Sexy… Read more on Bill Clinton In a Roomful of Interns: Thinking Has Never Been So Sexy…
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Thinking Is For Losers

Here’s your weekly think tank event roundup: Tuesday, June 30: Some folks at the Woodrow Wilson Center are curious about what exactly the Iranian presidential elections tell us.  Well, we’re not sure the best way to phrase this, but MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD.  All news attention and all tweets must be focused on his passing and what this means for man kind as we know it. Caring about freedom and democracy is so last week.  If you’re actually still curious about Iran, check out this event Tuesday at noon.  Read more on Thinking Is For Losers… Read more on Thinking Is For Losers…
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Thinking Our Way To a Free Iran, and So Much More

Monday, June 22: Even though you can get a pretty thorough and in-depth look at what’s happening in Iran via the godsend that is Twitter, the New America Foundation thought you might like to hear from the “experts” about what’s happening and what we need to do. Their little two hour pow-wow starting today at 3:30PM will not produce any tangible results, but you may learn a thing or two about lawlessness, corruption, and how to avoid getting tasered if a big, bad dictator ever threatens your freedom. Read more on Thinking Our Way To a Free Iran, and So Much More… Read more on Thinking Our Way To a Free Iran, and So Much More…
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Thinking Makes the World a Better Place

Wednesday, June 17: Feeling oddly confident that Cheney won’t be vindicated by a catastrophic terror attack before Independence Day? Well that’s because it’s “Protect America Month,” at least according to the Heritage Foundation. (And no, we don’t think they’re referring to increasing funding for sex education). Start your Think Tank Week on Wednesday at 10:30AM when Heritage assesses the geopolitical landscape (yes, the whole thing) and offers expert advice on how we can keep this fine nation safe. Get your rifles ready, because we’re only a few weeks away from “bend over for terrorists month.” Read more on Thinking Makes the World a Better Place… Read more on Thinking Makes the World a Better Place…
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No Amount of Thinking, Even by Experts, Will Make the Interns Go Away

Tuesday, June 9: Accidentally hook up with an intern last weekend? Ouch. Later learn that he’s not even 21 and that he’s living with his parents for the summer? OUCH. Well, if you’re looking to avoid the onslaught of interns who unfortunately take over this fine city in the summer months, avoid Campus Progress’ annual Summer Kick-Off Party. Read more on No Amount of Thinking, Even by Experts, Will Make the Interns Go Away… Read more on No Amount of Thinking, Even by Experts, Will Make the Interns Go Away…
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Think-Tank-Palooza

Wednesday, May 20: We thought we’d lay off the Heritage Foundation this week, but because they’re so stubbornly anti-any new policy, it seems as if we have no other choice. This week’s “Good God if only McCain were President” event/wake focuses on Cuba, land of sinister 1950s tropical communists. Read more on Think-Tank-Palooza… Read more on Think-Tank-Palooza…
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So Much Thinking, So Little Substantitve Information

Tuesday, May 12: The week in Think-Tank Stuff starts with a new installment of “What is Obama fucking up now?” The answer? Heath care reform, according to the Heritage Foundation. Read more on So Much Thinking, So Little Substantitve Information… Read more on So Much Thinking, So Little Substantitve Information…
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So Many Opportunities To Learn Semi-Useless Information From Almost Dead White Guys

Your weekly think tank event round up: Monday, May 4: Obama’s smart and all, but someone should really tell him that all his ideas just suck. Thank God for the Heritage Foundation. Today at 1PM they enlighten us as to why green jobs won’t jump start the economy and that what we really need are more guns, wars, and Fox News. Read more on So Many Opportunities To Learn Semi-Useless Information From Almost Dead White Guys…
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Cruise the Think Tanks — You Might Learn Something!

Yes, DC has lots of think tanks and no, no one really knows why they are so special, or if all that highfalutin “thinking” really makes a difference. But some actually have interesting events and oftentimes serve “light refreshments” — little sandwiches, or maybe off-brand cookies — and if you’re really lucky they may even serve booze. But you may have to pretend to listen to policy experts. Read more on Cruise the Think Tanks — You Might Learn Something!…
 

Santorum Paid Big Bucks to be Scared of Everyone

Everyone calm down — Rick Santorum found a job! He’ll be paid a lot of money to “work” for the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a group whose name has once again made the Top Ten Most Ironically-Named DC Think Tanks list. The former Pennsylvania Senator will be directing the center’s brand-new “America’s Enemies program.” The program’s mission is to make as many enemies as possible and try to convince people to be terrified of them. Read more on Santorum Paid Big Bucks to be Scared of Everyone…
 

The People Squeak

It’s always bracing, on the eve of a nominations process of historic importance, shaping the legal future of the republic for generations to come, to take stock of the people’s will. By bracing, of course, we mean “colossally embarrassing” and by “people’s will,” we mean “the nation’s staggering witlessness.” The American Enterprise Institute has reviewed poll results querying Americans on their grasp of Supreme Court affairs. Here’s a snapshot of our, uhm, knowledge: Read more on The People Squeak…