“To The Victims Of This Tragedy We Send Our Thoughts And Prayers” By Roy Zimmerman

A satirization of Sarah Palin and what she represents: Of course, as it turned out there were no direct connections between Sarah Palin and Jared Lee Loughner. Nonetheless this is entirely valid criticism of the completely reckless conflation of guns with politics, self-righteous apocalyptic theocratic jingoistic religion, loose talk about revolution, and hyperbolic associations of [Read More...]

Birther Madness In The Republican Party

Anderson Cooper interviews Montana State Representative Bob Wagner who refuses to admit that he knows either that President Obama was born in America or even that being born in America makes someone a citizen: Stupefyingly, Representative Wagner is representative of more than 50% of likely Republican primary voters: Birthers make a majority among those voters [Read More...]

Innocent Woman Tased

Is it always excessive force to taser someone who is not posing a serious physical risk to others? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Fear Of Middle Eastern Democracy

Watching this video, I’m starting to fear those who have seemingly no belief in either the intrinsic value or potential effectiveness of democracy as much as I fear Islamism: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“Today, There Is Joy.”

Will Wilkinson gives an eloquent defense of the joy in Egypt today: I admit that I am more than a little tempted to rain on the parade and note that Mr Mubarak’s departure guarantees nothing and that it is not unreasonable to fear a turn for the worse. There’s a tiny, stability-loving Burke on my [Read More...]

A Plain-Clothes Mubarak Crackdown?

An upsetting and infuriating inference from Nicholas Kristof: Today President Mubarak seems to have decided to crack down on the democracy movement, using not police or army troops but rather mobs of hoodlums and thugs. I’ve been spending hours on Tahrir today, and it is absurd to think of this as simply “clashes” between two [Read More...]

Real vs. Fake Democratic Revolutions: A Pictorial Representation

via The Daily Dish (whose Egypt coverage all-day, everyday is must read) and whatstherumpus.) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Should We Fear An Influential Muslim Brotherhood Would Push Authoritarian Islamic Policies?

Nathan Brown is a political science professor at George Washington University and director of the school’s Institute for Middle East Studies.  He gives an overview of the Muslim Brotherhood’s evolution from their found through to today, explains how their renunciation of violent means came to pass decades ago, why al-Qaeda sees them as sell outs, [Read More...]

How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt

A helpful guide, with special emphases on how not to be insufferably condescending. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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