Those are decent points. So, here goes.
From an appearance standpoint, do the elements fit. Do the colors work with each other. Does anything seem out of place or positioned in less than an effective way.
It is for those whoc can't get there fill of political and social commentary and deals with current hot topics. It will probably have more people who view it rather than joining and participating in the discussion. For that reason, I removed the forum page. It is too early to have any real following, so an empty forum would be counter productive at this time.
The home page is designed for commentary on current issues. Those posts are sent to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, were presumably, people will see the links and say "wow, that's true", or "who is that idiot", and possibly visiting the site and reading further.
In other words, it's a site for old grumpy folks for whom, shaking their fists at the evening news, has lost its charm. :-)