Roundtable: What do Americans really "deserve"?

Scrogues ConverseEverybody else’s job seems easy. The guy at the gym is certain he has a simple herbal remedy that will cure almost anything. Doctors think it would be a few minutes’ work to sort out the tax code. And engineers have quick and easy solutions for the most difficult social problems. People understand that what they do is complicated—no doctor would entertain the premise that ginseng will cure anything nor would any engineer ever suggest that designing a bridge is simple or quick, but things other people do, now that’s a snap.

Blogging is no exception. If you don’t actually do it, it seems pretty easy. Just sit down, type for awhile, hit “post” and voila. Of course, it’s not at all that easy. Continue reading

Mike Keefe, S&R contributor, scores a Pulitzer

Mike KeefeCongratulations to Denver’s own Mike Keefe for winning the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. It’s a well-deserved accolade; Mike is one of the best in the business and has been for a long time.

S&R readers may recall that Mike submitted a wonderful, amusing piece to the Harvey Pekar artists’ tribute we hosted late last year. Mike was one of the first names we thought of when we were planning the series; we were honored, needless to say, when he accepted our invite… and bowled over by what he so generously contributed.

Congratulations and continued success to Mike, and if you’re new to his work, do yourself a favor and bookmark him here.

Pekar Tribute 12, the Finale: Bill Alger

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Pekar Tribute 11: James Smith

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Pekar Tribute 10: Zina Saunders

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Pekar Tribute 9: Kenny Be

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Pekar Tribute 8: A. N. Cargo

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Pekar Tribute 7: Karl Christian

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Pekar Tribute 6: Benjamin Frisch

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Pekar Tribute 5: Mike Keefe

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Pekar Tribute 4: Mike Sheehan

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Pekar Tribute 3: Aaron Williams

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Pekar Tribute 1: Karl Christian

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The Political Compass: just how "liberal" is S&R, anyway?

Three years ago the S&R staff took the Political Compass test, an interesting survey that seeks to get past our simplistic either/or sense of American political life. Red or Blue? Liberal or Conservative? Left or Right? Metro or Retro? Coastal or Flyover? With us or Agin’ Us? And so on. While their approach is hardly comprehensive, there’s certain a good deal of value in separating our economic and social beliefs, because the truth is that some “conservatives” are socially libertarian while some “liberals” are far more fiscally reserved than the left-right stereotype would have us believe. (You can learn more about the Political Compass here.)

Since then we’ve had some folks move on and new people have joined. The US has also seen a new president elected and an apparent worsening of everything we all thought was wrong in the first place. Or maybe things have all gotten better, depending on your perspective. In light of all this, we decided we’d all retake the test to see where we stand today. Here are our results. Continue reading

An urgent request

Please Respond Immediately Forthwith In Confidence

Dear American:

I cordially correspond today to request you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude which is most seriously important.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused urgent need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you. Continue reading

S&R poll results: who are readers voting for?

The results of our latest S&R poll are in.

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your views about the November Presidential election?

  1. I will vote for either Democrat over McCain. (285)
  2. I will vote for a third party candidate if Clinton is the Democratic nominee. (56)
  3. I will vote for Obama, but favor McCain over Clinton. (45)
  4. I will vote for a third party candidate regardless of who the Democratic nominee is. (27)
  5. I will vote for McCain over either Democrat. (15)
  6. I’m not voting. (13)
  7. I will vote for Clinton, but favor McCain over Obama. (8)
  8. I will vote for a third party candidate if Obama is the Democratic nominee. (3)

Our new poll is now posted in the column to the right. In it, readers are asked their opinions on how the Democratic Party should handle the controversy over Florida and Michigan delegates.

S&R polls are not scientific. Boy, are they ever not scientific. Please, no wagering…

Seven days o' features

Scholars & Rogues has added a couple of new features to its lineup, and we hope the new additions will provide our readers with even more reason to check by each day to see what’s new. In addition, we’ve reshuffled the feature lineup a bit, so here’s what to look for.

  • Monday: Nota Bene - Scholars & Rogues takes you around the Web for all kinds of interesting stories you may have missed.
  • Tuesday: TunesDay - A new feature. Each Tuesday S&R’s team of music lovers will present an artist or band of the week (maybe more than one), or will perhaps examine a new development in the world of tuneage, or note an important historical landmark… The possibilities are endless. Tune in for the first installment tomorrow. Continue reading