I let work keep me away for too long, now I really need to step it up. I am hopelessly fascinated by the drama; being a Catholic is much similar to being a non-practicing Jewish person; having been raised in it, I may agree with much of the outside criticism, but at some point the non-Catholics take it too far and I have to say "wait a minute..."
Ok, so I'm hijacking my blog to talking all things Catholic, at least until the white smoke flutters outta that chimney in Rome. Why? So many reasons...
I was deliberately quiet for the weekend. I wanted to think, and to mourn for those lost in Newtown CT. Yet my initial political thoughts have held up for 48 hours, so here goes...
Ryan pick Today makes this post seem re-post worthy! Or perhaps a better title, "Why are Democrats not championing the nuns?"
I've spent the last 4 days in the phone bank, listening to my callers actually conducting my calls. It is a very humbling experience. Like hearing a recording of your voice, I occasionally cringe and think "Wow! I wrote that?" In general, for questionnaire writing, some tips -- since all of you seem to think Survey Monkey and its ilk mean you've got the chops --
This is going to take more than one blog post, but yes, I did. So the forehead-slaps should fall into 3 categories:1. Who is buying anything in these tough times; 2. Phone bank/telemarketing is a dying industry; and 3. Don't you really have enough to do already?
Dear Twitter: Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa... in which Donna Reveals that not only did she attend parochial school for 12 years, Not only did she study Latin and attend the State Convention of the Junior Classical League (!) BUT... she was terribly wrong about Twitter. Aigh!
At least the President has managed to preserve religious freedom for everyone who works for Catholic hospitals, schools, and universities and yet deprive the Republican presidential candidates and their media arm, FoxNews, from their unfounded assertion of a “war on Catholicism.”
Whew. As I type still waiting for a House vote on the debt ceiling. Am I going to take a victory lap for correctly saying on Monday that Boehner did not have the votes?
The lunacy has at last roused me out of my stupor. I’m going to inaugurate my new blog next week, but thought I’d actually stretch my legs with a brief rant today, then vow to spend the rest of the week on my Dan Savage rebuttal – or addenda.
There are days when it does not suck to be a keep-it-small, work at home sometimes, consultant. Today is the day.
Tired. Left DC 50 scant hours ago, when my car measured an outside temperature of 100 degrees while gliding (wait. crawling.) across the Potomac.
To the conservative priests and ministers in Queens who rallied behind a violent domestic abuser and supported him from their pulpits saying voters faced a "tough decision" -- Um, not really.
Whew. This report has been a long-time in coming, and I'd be lying if I didn't say that producing it has cost me at least one of my nine catty lives...at the same time, it's the rare project for me wherein I really learned a lot of things that I did not know before, and I feel we broke new ground because there is so little in-depth research in the area.
So, originally I intended this blog to be about 2 things: -- a little more about myself and how I work/think than I can get across in a boring ol' bio; and --de-mystifying survey research and calling out bad/sloppy/poorly reported research.
Subtitle "SCOTUS = SCum" Actually, I think Dems and progressives need to stop wringing their hands and moaning about public financing, and accept the Supreme Court's Jan 21st ruling that corporations are entitled to spend unlimited funds in our elections for what it is: a great gift tossed right in our laps in our time of need, and a fabulous wedge issue for 2010, 2012, and possibly beyond.
It is hard for me to decide what was the most cynical abuse of a news story for political opportunism this week: do I choose the national story of Republicans wailing that the failed Christmas Underpants Bomber was the President’s fault because he refuses to use the phrase “war on terror” every day, or should I choose my local tiny-town story of potheads linking a violent rape to police preoccupation with chasing around potheads?
So, the Washington Post prominently displays its top article on A1 today about a poll of Republicans and Republican leaners . 4 pages of charts, graphs and puffery about the Direction of the GOP, but NOWHERE can I find the most important piece of data – in their random sample, how many people self-identified as Republicans?