We return to this space (hallo! I yet live! my login still works!) to post two links, which, taken together, can, I believe, explain everything that’s gone wrong with the world (and more!). Vox – The smug style in American liberalism (April 21, 2016) by Emmett Rensin The Atlantic – Brexit Right (today, June 24), […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Let’s Be Honest: They’re Smarting Because of What Jon Stewart Said About Him

Kieth Olbermann gets suspended for donating money to three Democrats. In the wise words of one comedy twitterer: MSNBC suspends Keith Olbermann for donating money to 3 Democrats. That’s shocking: Olbermann gave money to only 3 Democrats? What’s really going on here is they want to get rid of him not because of all the […]

Categories: Business & Media

“The West Was Focused Not on the Iranian People But on the Role of Western Technology”

Proving the West cares only about the world when it means admiring itself, in the Guardian.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

South Park’s Mohammed and Bill Clinton’s Oklahoma City

NRO – Not Too ‘Hip’ and ‘Edgy’ for Censorship Don’t worry about Iran’s nuclear program, but if you meet a tea partier waving some placard about the national debt, try not to catch his eye. By Mark Steyn Hence, Bill Clinton energetically on the stump, summoning all his elder statesman’s dignity (please, no giggling) in […]

Categories: Entertainment

Neda Soltan, 2009

A much more interesting Person of the Year: The Times – Person of the Year<br/> Neda Soltan, killed by a government thug, became a symbol of Iranians’ yearning for democracy and the ruthlessness of a bankrupt regime Every few years a man, or a woman, whose name is often familiar to few beyond the circle […]

Categories: People and Current Events

What If California Banned Divorce

I was about to tweet this with a comment like, “Gosh, it would be hilarious if it accidentally passed” (and I could see it happening, too, the press ignores it and doesn’t poll on it and everyone, both lonely souls, the married, the sad sack divorcés and the ironic all vote for it): SF Chronicle […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Voting For Minarets, Capital Punishment, Corporal Punishment, Prince Charles' Architectural Aesthetic and Immigration

So the Swiss have voted to ban minarets (incidentally, an interesting article here on how the vote was being led by Swiss women: “If we give them a minaret, they’ll have us all wearing burqas,” said Julia Werner, a local housewife. “Before you know it, we’ll have sharia law and women being stoned to death […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Foot, Meet Bullet

Well, well, well. It turns out that little vote we Washingtonians (well, not we precisely because I never registered to vote and Peter was somehow listed as “inactive” (uh huh suuuuure)) just had on Prop 71 with the obnoxious “Protect all Washington families” tagline (and “keep the domestic partnership line” tagline on most of the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Even After Socialized Medicine

Telegraph Blogs – James Delingpole: Enough eloquent excuses, Dave: the only place for a Conservative Britain in Europe is out [T]he European Constitution has stolen British sovereignty; it will make us poorer, more highly regulated, less democratically accountable and less free. You cannot run an effective Conservative government within a Socialist Europe. You can’t. It […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Killing Crakkas and Renewing American Democracy

Wheat & Weeds – Every Vote Counts! Heh.

Categories: People and Current Events

Dust Trends

I was just noting that after all the excitement in the ninme household, #IranElection seems finally to have faded from Twitter’s trending topics. The Times – The dust of dissent can still choke this regime<br/> Oppression in Iran seems tougher than ever, but beneath the surface, cracks are appearing and public anger still burns, by […]

Categories: People and Current Events

More on Those Dissenting Clerics

Slate – Did the Toppling of Saddam Hussein Lead to Recent Events in Iran?<br/> Given the connections between Iraq and Iran, it’s not as unlikely as it sounds. By Christopher Hitchens [C]onsider this: Many Iranians go as religious pilgrims to the holy sites of Najaf and Kerbala in southern Iraq. They have seen the way […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Developments in Iran: Confessions and Clerics

I find a couple things interesting about the Iranian situation. One of them is that the Bush administration, having had their character and intentions to completely besmirched over Iraq, couldn’t possibly save a woman from drowning (like, btw, this guy) without Code Pink setting up a protest line, Cindy Sheehan attracting 300 journalists, and random […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Ballots Challenged

Daily Mail – Rigged? ‘Suspicious’ Iranian ballot papers show name Ahmadinejad scrawled in same handwriting I think it’s rather sweet that they bothered with ballot stuffing at all. Almost makes it a real election they were stealing.

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which Our Honduran Homework Is Done For Us

I did say the other day that I’d have to go cram on Honduran politics since their coup, but I confess, I never really did… Wheat & Weeds – Obama’s First Foreign Policy Failure Lots of folks have noticed the President’s decision to stand with OOOgo & Fidel against the Hondurans, who chose in the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

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