Sep 1, 2015
commented on And Now I Have to Say Something About Kim Davis
I think she's overestimating the support she will get from conservatives. I've been reading a lot of conservative today -- cultural conservatives -- who draw a sharp line between discrimination by private individuals and discrimination by public ones. There's a strong sentiment of "do you damned job" out there.
Jul 7, 2015
commented on NYT Glosses Over Republican Efforts to Drive Up Abortion Rate in Colorado
Well, one point of order: the contraception program did not cut Colorado's teen pregnancy rate 40% or anything close to 40%. The entire nation has seen a huge drop in teen pregnancy over the last five years -- about 30%. And several red states without free birth control programs (Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina) saw drops almost as big as Colorado's (you can check the CDC's data here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63…
). I support the Colorado program but its supporters are massively exaggerating its impact. Something else is responsible for most of that drop, most likely, as the CDC suggests, the recession.
Feb 17, 2015
commented on Have You Seen Fifty Shades of Grey Yet?
I'm not surprised that it passed the Bechdel test. Almost all films with female leads will pass. It's the flip side of why most films with male leads fail it: because movies to be structured around the protagonist and his/her interactions with everyone else, not the unrelated interactions of secondary characters.