Archive for October 16th, 2008

Using the “war” label

| October 16, 2008 | 1 Reply
Using the “war” label

We can label our attempts to stop politically motivated violence in a variety of ways.  We could use the law enforcement metaphor or we could use the social epidemic metaphor.   The Bush administration, however, has consciously chosen to invoke the metaphor of “war.”   An article in the current edition of Scientific American Mind, “Talking about […]

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Barack Obama’s middle name is “Steve” and he was born on Krypton

| October 16, 2008 | 2 Replies
Barack Obama’s middle name is “Steve” and he was born on Krypton

You’ll learn that Obama’s middle name was “Steve,” that he was born on Krypton and many other surprising things at this hilarious video of Barack Obama roasting John McCain at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.  Well worth watching.

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Sarah Palin as President

| October 16, 2008 | 1 Reply
Sarah Palin as President

Someone is having quite a bit of fun at Sarah Palin’s expense.   Make sure you click around when you visit this site. Especially the red phone. She’s got it coming, of course, since “Joe the Plumber” has already given more interviews than Palin. Here’s another reason she has it coming: The office of the Republican […]

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Historical Contraception and Carols in mid-October

| October 16, 2008 | 6 Replies
Historical Contraception and Carols in mid-October

I was having lunch with Joe the Juggler at the City Diner earlier this week. He was showing me some papers he found in the wall of his house. The original owner in 1892 apparently was in the personal rubber products business. Back then, this was a euphemism for (shocked whisper) a birth control device. […]

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You deserve it

| October 16, 2008 | 2 Replies
You deserve it

I’m traveling back home after spending an incredibly quiet and stress-free five days on Nantucket.   For those of you who are not familiar, Nantucket, part of Massachusetts, is an island in the Atlantic Ocean.  October is the off-peak season on Nantucket, meaning that the Island is much quieter than it is during the summer.  This […]

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A classic switcheroo

| October 16, 2008 | 3 Replies
A classic switcheroo

This experiment has been done repeatedly in psychology experiments.  It’s always entertaining.  What’s amazing is that the switched questioner has such a different physical appearance and voice.

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Barack Obama’s conversation with “Joe the Plumber”

| October 16, 2008 | 1 Reply
Barack Obama’s conversation with “Joe the Plumber”

Joe the Plumber was mentioned repeatedly during tonight’s debate.   Here is a video of Barack Obama’s discussion with “Joe the Plumber”: Epilogue:  And what a curious story “Joe” has turned out to be.  He’s not really named “Joe,” he’s not a licensed plumber, he’s in no position to make $250,000 per year, he has been […]

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Shameless McCain’s campaign utterly embraces Karl Rove

| October 16, 2008 | 1 Reply
Shameless McCain’s campaign utterly embraces Karl Rove

Rolling Stone’s Matt Tabbi is back with another clinic on writing.   This time, his subject is Karl Rove and all things Rovian.   The title to the article is “The Return of Rove:  John McCain has Surrendered His Campaign to the Same Political Fearmonger Who Smeared Him Out of the Race in 2000. Here’s the money […]

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