Democracy > elections

Shortly before an invading army replaced his regime with anarchy, Saddam Hussein was “re-elected” as the leader of Iraq. This transparent sham of an election was Saddam’s attempt to demonstrate to the rest of the world his legitimacy as a duly elected, democratic ruler. The Iraqi despot — whose surreal campaign featured as its theme [Read More…]

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Thursday flamewar open thread

So Thomas Aquinas, Albert Camus and John Rawls walk into a bar … [Read more…]

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Social hygiene

“But we can still be friends, right?” That link leads to a lovely little riff on the various forms of belief and unbelief from the Real Live Preacher, which includes this gem: Or is yours that kind of arrogant faith that says, “Everyone else must be a complete idiot not to have faith and believe [Read More…]

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Thanks to everyone who chimed in on the homework blegging on Barbara McClintock. You managed to explain some very complex ideas in ways that made them accessible to my seventh-grade friend, for which she asked me to say thanks. The girls’ school actually has an excellent “homework helper” Web site for parents. It’s a very [Read More…]

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Mr. Ayme’s smile

I haven’t written anything here about the Writers Guild strike. That’s odd, since I’ve been reading about it obsessively, but I wasn’t sure I had anything unique to add to the conversation. I suppose I could offer this paraphrase of James 5:4: Look! The [residuals] you failed to pay the workmen who [provided the scripts [Read More…]

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It’s a hard rain

Your Father which is in heaven … maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. — Matthew 5:45 Atlanta had about 1/5 of an inch of rain yesterday, which brings the city’s total to about 1/2 an inch since Gov. Sonny [Read More…]

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Triple Lindy

Here’s something I genuinely don’t understand about the right wing noise machine. Right wing bloggers, talk radio hosts and Fox News readers spent the first few weeks of spring lambasting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her trip to Damascus because, they said, talking to the Syrians is Bad, it Legitimizes the Enemy, etc. [Read More…]

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Happy Thanksgiving

‘Why have we feasted,’ they say,   ‘and you have not seen it? ?  Why have we humbled ourselves, ?  and you have not noticed?’?  Yet on the day of your feasting, you do as you please   and exploit all your workers. Your feasting ends in quarreling and strife,?  and in striking each other with wicked fists. ?  You cannot feast [Read More…]

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