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Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

| May 13, 2007 | 58 Replies

Until tonight, I hadn’t taken the time to fully research Barack Obama’s position on the role of religion in politics.  His broad-minded and inclusive position is quite extraordinary.  Here is the video of Obama’s “Call to Renewal Keynote Address” in Washington, DC on June 28th, 2006.   Here is a fairly accurate (but imperfect) transcript of that […]

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No progress defining “progress” in Iraq

No progress defining “progress” in Iraq

| May 12, 2007 | 2 Replies

Four years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, politicians are still working hard to define success in Iraq as . . . well . . . nothing in particular.   According to many (though not all) Republicans, many thousands of deaths and injuries, lack of basic infrastructure, massive displacement of Iraqis and many billions of lost dollars […]

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Barack Obama talks tough to Detroit

Barack Obama talks tough to Detroit

| May 12, 2007 | 4 Replies

As reported by Newsweek, on May 11 Barack Obama told Detroit that it could do much better.  This scolding came at a time that American automakers “lost more than $16 billion last year, while Toyota earned a record $14 billion and surpassed GM as the world’s largest automaker.” Obama castigated Detroit for driving our dependence […]

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Reagan and the Politics of Presence

Reagan and the Politics of Presence

| May 12, 2007 | 6 Replies

After reading Erich’s post, I thought I’d put this up.  I wrote it–most of it–some time ago, for a different venue, but I’ve added to it since, and, well, along with Erich’s it might add more flavors to the stew of memory.  So. I have friends who thought it was a great thing when Reagan […]

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What do professional skeptics say about global warming?

What do professional skeptics say about global warming?

| May 11, 2007 | 2 Replies

I listen extra closely whenever an organization dedicated to skeptical inquiry investigates a claim that is characterized as bogus by a loud minority.  A new detailed report on global warming was published in the May/June issue of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine.   Here’s the primary conclusion: This paper will offer compelling evidence from a large body of researh […]

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Reagan, the moderate?

Reagan, the moderate?

| May 11, 2007 | 13 Replies

Reason’s review of a new book, Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History, by John Patrick Diggins makes a strong case that Reagan was no George W. Bush.  The review was well-written and persuasive on several fronts. Diggins sets out to write an intellectual biography not just of Reagan but of his times, […]

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Did you ever see Stephen Colbert totally unnerved?

Did you ever see Stephen Colbert totally unnerved?

| May 10, 2007 | 6 Replies

Jane Fonda succeeded, using some rather unusual techniques.   I’ve really enjoyed watching Colbert toy with his guests, but I’ve never before seen him fall so far out of character. BTW – It appears that Colbert’s videos have been removed from sites like YouTube.   Many of them are available at Colbert on Demand.

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Betamax promo takes us way back in time . . .

Betamax promo takes us way back in time . . .

| May 10, 2007 | 9 Replies

Check out Sony’s 1975 promo for Betamax.  More specifically, this is a seven-minute vintage promotional video for the Sony Trinitron/Betamax console   You probably know at least part of the Betamax story:  Betamax, a superior video product, was beat out by VHS.  I am sharing this video because it serves quite well as a time capsule.  It takes us […]

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Touche, Onion News Network!

Touche, Onion News Network!

| May 9, 2007 | Reply

You must view this Onion video on The Gap.  Really well done. They’ve also released a “news” video on sarcasm.

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