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Monthly Archives: October 2008
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
With Just 84 Hours of Campaign Time Left Before Election Day, Obama Continues to Look Strong in the Polls
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
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
Same old. Same old.
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
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
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
“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?:
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
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