And the winner is …

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights activist, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Pope John Paul II and Vaclav Havel head home with Turtle Wax and the boxed edition of the game.) In a 1999 Christian Science Monitor article, Michael Theodoulou provides an introduction: Ms. Ebadi was Iran's first woman judge before the revolution, [Read More...]


So I head over to the Federal Election Commission site to print out some mail-in voter registration forms. Getting ready for another round of do-it-yourself-voter-registration-drive. I click on the link and find this message: The FEC is updating the National Mail Voter Registration Form to reflect recent changes in Federal law. The new form will [Read More...]

A face in the crowd

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but Turner Movie Classics is showing A Face in the Crowd. I'm not suggesting that newly elected California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is like "Lonesome Rhodes" — the megalomaniacal entertainer played by Andy Griffith. But the Patricia Neal character sure does remind me of Maria Shriver. (Bonus points to Kathleen Sharp [Read More...]

The white plume

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center." – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, September 2001 "Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" – President George W. Bush, September 2002 The subtlest change [Read More...]

“The dog that finally caught the car”

TBogg, on why the Schwarzenegger recall victory is not, perhaps, the best news for Golden State Republicans. [Read more...]

Reality TV (cont’d.)

Jimmy Breslin, who is not easily perplexed, seemed perplexed yesterday by the voters of California, who seemed intent on electing: … Arnold Schwarzenegger — who has to deny he admired Nazis. Anytime you're in a political campaign in America and you have to deny Hitler, that is a good time to check into someplace for [Read More...]

Prince Albert in a can

The following is an unofficial rough transcript. RECEPTIONIST: Majority leader Tom Delay's office? CITIZEN: Hi. Do you have Prince Albert in a can? RECEPTIONIST: Excuse me? CITIZEN: Do you have Prince Albert in a can? RECEPTIONIST: I'm sorry. I don't know what you're talking about. CITIZEN: I was just reading in Salon about Representative Delay's [Read More...]

California screamin’

Two of the wisest people in California weren't on yesterday's ballot. But, fortunately, they have blogs. Kevin Drum is urging his fellow Californians to channel their energy and anger into replacing George W. Bush, not into recalling the newly anointed Schwarzenegger. Jeanne D'Arc explains why the "groper" factor is not just a minor character flaw, [Read More...]