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What to do about heat without light . . .

What to do about heat without light . . .

Here’s a recent example of the effective use of sharp-edged rebuttal (see the comments) to puncture bloated and unthinking terror-mongering (see the post).  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-smerconish/play-the-tape_b_19449.html The point of these comments is that two wrongs don’t make a right.  The post-writer, a good example of tens of millions of like-minded others, is apparently oblivious.  I guess “turn the other […]

April 20, 2006 | By | Reply More
Virginity

Virginity

I listened to an NPR essay on the way home from work today by a woman who was a 31-year-old virgin when she got married.  It started me thinking about the whole subject, because I used to react to such claims with impatience and perhaps a bit of disdain.  I used to think that virginity […]

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Death To The…

Death To The…

Mousaui is undergoing the ritual of being sentenced by a jury.  Do we kill him or warehouse him?  Yesterday the defense actually presented a 9-11 affiliate (family/friend of victim/survivor) to testify on behalf of Mousaui. Personally, his insanity defense–of which Mousaui himself is vehemently opposed to–is, to my mind, beside the point.  As far as […]

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The shake-up that wasn’t

The shake-up that wasn’t

The Whitehouse yesterday announced the “resignation” of press secretary Scott McClellan and the reassignment of political advisor Karl Rove, and the news today has been obligingly calling it a “shake-up.”  This writer sees things differently.  First, whether or not McClellan left voluntarily (the reports are conflicting), what better way for the Whitehouse to create the appearance of a […]

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Why the silence when the president suggests preemptive nukes?

Why the silence when the president suggests preemptive nukes?

Where is the outcry by our congressional representatives?  I find their silence chilling and haunting.  Silence is not what I’m hearing from real people on the streets.  They didn’t think Iran posed any imminent danger, not until Bush started provoking Iran with inflammatory rhetoric and talk of preemptive attacks. My question tonight is why the silence?  The democrats […]

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If you were hoping for a moderate GOP nominee . . .

If you were hoping for a moderate GOP nominee . . .

Looks like it’s not going to happen with either Rudy Giuliani or John McCain. If you want to elect a moderate republican in 2008, you’ll have to cast your vote for one of the many people that will be running as “democrats.”

April 19, 2006 | By | Reply More
Spread the word, please.

Spread the word, please.

We’re just getting started here at DI–this blog is only a few weeks old.  New authors are joining us this month (yesterday, for example, Jason Rayl posted on the political “wisdom” that money = speech). If you have any reactions (including disagreements!) to the posts, we certainly welcome your comments. Feel free to send our […]

April 19, 2006 | By | Reply More
No Faith?  But that’s no good, either . . .

No Faith? But that’s no good, either . . .

I love that there are people like Erich Vieth in the world, people who take the time to refute dangerous “fact” spouters like the Creationists who got themselves powered up to the top of the Google listings for vestigial organs.  I love that he researches so thoroughly and carefully points out the enormous flaws in what […]

April 18, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
But I Thought Money Was Speech!

But I Thought Money Was Speech!

Former Governor of Illinois George Ryan has been convicted on all counts of basically running a storefront out of his office.  He’s Republican.  Not that I think Democrats don’t do the same thing, and often, but the Republicans make such a big deal out of NOT being Democrats–that they are, somehow, more ethical–that it gives […]

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