Monthly Archives: October 2008

Maybe One Day One of Your Children—or Grandchildren—Will Be President Too

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No October Surprise. Yet.

Is it just me, or does it seem too quiet in the run-up to this election? In other words, is it really likely that George Bush isn’t going pull some shit in the final 72 hours of this thing—somehow turning … Continue reading

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Living Without Miracle, Mystery, and Authority?: OZ Never Did Give Nothing to the Tin Man (That He Didn’t Already Have)

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Great Polling Numbers for Obama Today: Look Especially at Ohio and North Carolina. Know Hope

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With Just 84 Hours of Campaign Time Left Before Election Day, Obama Continues to Look Strong in the Polls

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Perhaps the Ickiest Ad of the Campaign Season: Fundamentalists Turn Proposition 8 into an Issue of Armageddon-Sized Proportions

If you live in California, vote no on 8 (if, for no other reason, to deny the hysterics who made the ad below a victory based on insighting apocalyptic fear and religious alarm against the gay community). The video below is at … Continue reading

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Albert Camus in a Neil Diamond Song

Because my dad was a big Neil Diamond fan, I’ve heard this song all my life—and yet missed Albert Camus’ name in the lyrics. I also missed Ramakrishna and Whistler’s mother. This YouTube catches them all: How did I miss … Continue reading

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John McSAME

Same old. Same old.

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Gross McCarthyism: In the Final Weekend Before the Election, McCain-Palin Desperately Try to Tag Anti-Semitism on Obama

It is hard to imagine, after the Holocaust, a grosser McCarthy-like slander, than to call someone an anti-semite who is clearly not—or insinuate that a person is associated with, and is sympathetic with the causes of, anti-semites. Obviously, Barack Obama is … Continue reading

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Shiloh and the Origin of Religion: Neil Diamond Sings to His Imaginary Friend

IS prayer and worship the expression of longing and inner dialogue (directed to a projected self)? And when religion turns fundamentalist, is it because this metaphorical self is LITERALIZED? In short, does fundamentalism mistake the metaphor for something REAL (like a bee trying … Continue reading

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With Five Days to the Election, the Polls Look Good for Obama

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The Heart

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Carpe Diem

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Amanda Jones’s Father Was a Slave. She is 109 Years Old—and She Just Voted. Will You?

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Up from Slavery, and into the Polling Booth: Amanda Jones, a 109 Year Old Woman Whose Father was a Slave, Just Voted for Barack Obama

Below is a quote from a profile article that appeared in an Austin, Texas newspaper today. This election is part of America’s story. History is being made before our very eyes—and we are a part of it. Are you with Amanda … Continue reading

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“And if I claim to be a wise man, well, it surely means that I don’t know”: Socratic Skepticism in a Kansas Song (1976)

Rising above the noise and confusion of the herd—to other noises and other confusions?:

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‘Meet the real Ashwin Madia”: Image Darkening Designed to Evoke Racial Fear in White Voters

According to KARE 11 television in Minneapolis, Republicans are blatantly playing the race card in a congressional contest in Minnesota: A Republican attack ad invites viewers to “meet the real Ashwin Madia,” but the still photos featured in the spot … Continue reading

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Border Crossings: The Hysterical and Paranoid Right-Wing Authoritarian—Here and Abroad

George Packer of the New Yorker on the paranoid style in Iraqi—and American—politics: A roundup (via Andrew Sullivan) of conservative anti-Obama blogging during the election. Much of it has appeared on popular right-wing Web sites, including National Review Online, disclosing … Continue reading

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On November 4th, We Will Be Free

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On November 4 We Will Be Free

For eight years, the Republican party, led by George Bush, has set a mindless echo-chamber of religious stupidity and psychological hysteria around the American public—cynically playing on people’s bigotry and fears—and discouraging our hopes. But the rhetorical and media cage that far-right Republicans have constructed around our … Continue reading

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