They ask “God, can you imagine if this were published today?”. Yeah, these days it would have a picture of Saddam or Bin Ladin, and some anti-Islamist (or perhaps simply anti-Muslim/anti-Arab) epithet. But wait, there’s more! Fortunately popular media isn’t pushing the “war on terror” the way it did real wars.
Historical trivia at its best… On 17 April 1986 a remarkable event occurred in the Isles of Scilly – something overlooked by history books and the Guinness Book Of World Records – the longest war in history was ended. … War was declared in 1651. … In 1985, local historian-come-Chairman of the Council, Roy Duncan,… Continue reading The 335 Year War…
Via a guest-blogger posting on Bitch.Ph.D, we get an link to Affordable Family Formationâ€“The Neglected Key To GOPâ€™s Future The key reason why some states vote Republican, Iâ€™ve found, can be summed up in the three-word phrase: Affordable Family Formation. In parts of the country where it is economical to buy a house with a… Continue reading r- versus K-selection in politics.
Finish the line, and you’ll describe these guys: “Sith” Fans Maimed in Lightsaber Mishap The Force–let alone common sense–was definitely not with them. Two British Star Wars fans sustained critical injuries after constructing their own lightsabers from fluorescent light tubes filled with liquid fuel.
From Attaturk on Eschaton: Today is the 80th Anniversary of the indictment of John T. Scopes. Makes you wistful for the good old days when William Jennings Bryan at least had some progressivism about him doesn’t it?
From Stephan’s blog: I’m running for congress. its got great benefits Yes congress people pay into SS fund. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes. but they donâ€™t tend to collect SSI. Why? Because federal… Continue reading On the disconnect between Congress and real people…
Monday’s NYTimes column by Paul Krugman: After November’s election, the victors claimed a mandate to unravel the welfare state. But the national election was about who would best defend us from gay married terrorists. At the state level, where elections were fought on bread-and-butter issues, voters sent a message that they wanted a stronger, not… Continue reading Reason to be less pessimistic…?
De-Animator From the Daily Illuminator: Flash games are good. Shooting zombies is good. This game would therefore seem to have more than its fair share of goodness.
Just got back from Episode 3. Someone on the Sigma Nu mailing list posted “What the FUCK was that?” and I sort of second that. Some thoughts, though, after the break as there’s a minor spoiler or two:
DARWIN WAS WRONG Any theory that contends Texas Republicans evolved from monkeys is implausible, blasphemous, and just plain stupid. Clearly, it was the other way around.
Phone sex operators outsourced to India Some Call Centers in Bangalore and Mumbai have received some bizarre requests from the Western countries. Some call center operators have secretly set up phone sex operations in India. That’s globalization for you.
Opinion: A Gentleman Never Discloses… I must say, the quality of discourse in this country has taken a sharp plunge of late, not only among the ruffians and ne’er-do-wells from whom one expects coarse speech, but among gentlemen of letters and esteem. I have, with my own ears, several times in the past week, heard… Continue reading The mark of a true gentleman.