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Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 05:38 PM PST

Which side are you on?

by ironpath

Seemed to me this venerable song could use some updating

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Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 07:04 PM PDT

Choice 2008: JFK or Curtis Le May?

by ironpath

(crossposted under my revdbh screen name at EcuProphets)

Temperament matters.

Where one is thoughtful, the other one is direct. Where one sees shades of gray, the other sees black and white. Where one thinks options through, the other declares himself ready to charge ahead. Obama and McCain at Saddleback Church? So they say.

But I’m thinking of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the movie version, Thirteen Days, I’m thinking in particular of the scene where President Kennedy meets with the Joint Chiefs. While Kennedy is bringing up all the obstacles and consequences, the Joint Chiefs generally, and Air Force Chief Curtis LeMay in particular, can’t envision any negative consequences from an American attack upon Cuba.

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(cross posted at EcuProphets)

As if it needs another one? Well, why not?

So it turns out that professional wrestling and Pennsylvania presidential politics  went together.

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Lou Dobbs' ridiculous poll is still up. HERE. Lower right column, to be exact.

And the bad guys are pulling ahead. We had the early lead, but it's fading.

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Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 08:19 PM PDT

OK Kos, MSM No More -- But

by ironpath

Kos calls us out a little while ago for using the right-wing "MSM" frame: calling them "mainstream media", we are saying that we ourselves aren't mainstream, and that's not something I'm willing to concede. This site gets far more readers than most "mainstream media" publications, so why are they mainstream, while we are, by definition, the fringe?

... We, on the other hand, are firmly on the mainstream on just about every major issue facing our country, and our numbers are growing. We aren't outside the mainstream, we are representatives of the mainstream, and the country is embracing what we're selling.

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Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 09:27 AM PDT

MSNBC Live Vote on Obama Speech!

by ironpath

Their disclaimer is that it's "not scientific," so why not go there and vote?

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 07:57 PM PDT

Issues and Sideshows

by ironpath

Life is pretty good for me at the moment. If I just live in this moment.

I have health coverage and a job. But I can't guarantee my job will exist a year or two from now.

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Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 04:40 AM PST

TODAY -- Shilling for Hillary?

by ironpath

Lead this a.m. was Samantha Power calling Hillary Clinton a monster. Fair enough, I guess. They mentioned she "tried to take it back but it was too late." Meaning, you can't say "off the record" after a sentence, only before.

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(cross posted at Ecuprophets under my revdbh screen name)

One of the many things I liked about the Democratic debate in Las Vegas was the merciful absence of religious pandering. Whew. The gas of religious propoundings had grown so thick and stifling around the presidential candidates that we all could have said "hey, it’s hot in here," among other things. In comparison, wonky talk about fixing the economy was a breath of fresh air. Verily.

Sadly, within moments, it seems, Mike Huckabee went and threw religion back onto the table as centerpiece.

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While many folks on the blogs delighted to the video of angry Ron Paul supporters chasing Sean Hannity to his hotel yelling "Fox News sucks!" because their man was excluded from Fox the night before, something disturbed me. I thought of brownshirts. There's just a disturbing mob feel to these kids. So I considered the source.

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Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 07:45 AM PST

The Constitution as Rick Moranis

by ironpath

(cross posted at EcuProphets under my revdbh screen name)

The Tavern-on-the-Green scene from Ghostbusters has been running through my mind in 2007 with annoying frequency. Remember it?

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Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 06:15 PM PST

The Religious Roots of Waterboarding

by ironpath

(cross posted in EcuProphets under by revdbh screen name)

Who knew? William Schweiker develops the background of waterboarding in Sightings:  

... the practice of waterboarding has roots in the Spanish Inquisition and parallels the persecution of Anabaptists during the Protestant Reformation and the Roman Catholic Counter Reformation. Why did practices similar to waterboarding develop as a way to torture heretics—whether the heretics were Anabaptists or, in the Inquisition, Protestants of any stripe as well as Jews and witches and others?

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