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Before the Statue of Liberty, Mayor Bloomberg Supports the Cordoba Mosque

Mayor Bloomberg gets it right. I think this part of his speech is key: The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship. The government … Continue reading

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American Herderite Watch: Tim Pawlenty Believes American Muslims Bear Collective Guilt for 9-11

Rather than treating people as Lockean individuals, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, attempting to score points with the Herderite Tea Party base of the Republican Party, treats American Muslims as collectively responsible for 9-11. This from the August 9, 2010 … Continue reading

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The Tea Party Movement: America’s Herderites (or Herderians)

One of the books I’ve been reading this summer is Zeev Sternhell’s The Anti-Enlightenment Tradition  (Yale 2010), and this morning the opening paragraph of chapter 6 (pg. 274) really jumped out at me: The antirationalist form of modernity, as we have … Continue reading

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How do you spell relief? R-E-L-I-G-I-O-N?

According to ScienceDaily, researchers are finding strong links between anxiety and religious extremism in individuals: Across all studies, anxious conditions caused participants to become more eagerly engaged in their ideals and extreme in their religious convictions. In one study, mulling over a personal … Continue reading

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A Reality Check for Tea Partiers—and a Reason to Dance

At 538 yesterday was a tidy summing up of the trecherous demographic waters facing the Republican Party as it moves into the next decade or two: The Center for American Politics’ Ruy Teixeira, one of the top political demographers in … Continue reading

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Nathan Baca: What Journalism (Should) Look Like

Sharon Angle wants to be a U.S. Senator, but she’s doing a Sarah Palin, studiously avoiding the national media. But below is Nathan Baca, a real journalist, doing what journalists are supposed to do: ask tough questions. What a great affirmation of … Continue reading

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Republican Cognitive Dissonance and Rep. Joe Barton’s Apology to BP

At Salon today, Gabriel Winant asks a good question: The right hand of the GOP plays a waltz for the party’s dance with big business; the left hand beats out a populist rhythm. Somehow, the two don’t cancel each other … Continue reading

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Tea Partier Sharon Angle wants to abolish the Department of Education, end Social Security and Medicare, and get the United States out of the United Nations

And she’s just won the Republican primary in Nevada. Harry Reid’s camp has to be smiling about this:

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The United States now has a defacto fourth branch of government: the Chinese Communist Party

Since Barack Obama’s election, right-wingers have been worried about a socialist tide within the United States’ three existing branches of government (the legislative, executive, and judicial branches). But Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson, of the Council on Foreign Relations, in recent … Continue reading

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Atlases Shrug: Honors Students Boycott Arizona State University

In response to its Latino targeting anti-immigration law, honors students from outside of Arizona are ditching their plans of attending Arizona State University. This today at Inside Higher Ed: President Robert E. Shelton released a letter in which he said: “We … Continue reading

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Author Tayari Jones: Hell no, she won’t go (to Arizona)

Author Tayari Jones is boycotting Arizona, a state in which she once resided. In a letter to the organizers of the Pima Summer Writers Conference in Tucson, Arizona, she explains her decision to avoid the state: Due to the passage of … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck: Theodor Adorno knew the type

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          . Andrew Sullivan pairs this quote of Theodor Adorno to an image of Sarah Palin, but the quote works for Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as well: The leader can guess the psychological wants and needs of those susceptible to his … Continue reading

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Half-term Governor Sarah Palin gets a half-term “Palin for President” bumper sticker

I think this is clever:

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Did Sarah Palin write this Amazon review?

I thought that the below Amazon review of Michael Hyde’s The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment  (Purdue 2005), in its unironic anti-intellectuality and impatience with anything not conventionally “normal,” inadvertently channelled Sarah Palin. It was as if the person had accidentally walked into the … Continue reading

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Albert Einstein vs. Sarah Palin

Physicist Lawrence Krauss, as a prelude to a recent essay that he wrote for New Humanist, paired an Albert Einstein observation with a tweet from Sarah Palin, and I thought the effect was striking. Here are the quotes: “The unleashed power of the … Continue reading

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When you can’t spell socialism, but you know you don’t like it one bit

See here for a Flicker page devoted to teabonics. Here’s an example:

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US Government Spending is about 45% of America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

That’s a high number, and not seen since World War II. And it needs to come down. My prediction: as the economy recovers over the next few years, the percentage will drift downward, below 40% (and Republicans will not notice). … Continue reading

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David Frum’s Wife on the American Conservative Movement: “I’ve never seen such a hostile environment towards free thought and debate”

Danielle Crittenden, the wife of conservative David Frum, sees a serious narrowing of the intellectual range of opinion that you can safely express within contemporary American conservatism (and still remain in the fold):   We have both been part of the … Continue reading

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Surprise, Surprise

After the passage of health care reform, Barack Obama’s job approval number has markedly risen. See Gallup here.

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Health Care Reform: What this means for President Obama’s place in the history books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      . More than a few thoughtful political observers think Barack Obama’s health care reform success secures the place of his presidency in history. Here are three: Matthew Yglesias: Now that it’s done, Barack Obama will go down in history as … Continue reading

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