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I'm still wild about Harry

As it was written so shall it be. Now that even the Republicans are leaving the sinking ship, Kossack thereisnospoon:

Many here have criticized Reid's statements that he would give the ok to an escalation as long as it were only for three to six months; the strategy is absolutely brilliant.  If the Democratic majority Senate kills the surge with the help of most of the GOP minority, it's a double boon for the GOP senators: as the situation in Iraq deteriorates, they get to tell the wingnuts that the Democratic majority forced their hand and made standing up for escalation useless, while running away from Bush at the same time.

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Starve the beast

John Roberts wants a raise:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made judicial pay the sole topic of his second annual report, issued on Sunday, declaring that the failure by Congress to raise federal judges’ salaries in recent years has become a “constitutional crisis” that puts the future of the federal courts in jeopardy.

Well, Fuck him. Read below the fold...

Rapture index closes up 1 on "beast government"


This brings The Rapture closer:

Beast Government:
Romania and Bulgaria join the EU.

Well, there you have it.

And in other news...

One in four, 25 percent, [of Americans] anticipates the second coming of Jesus Christ [in 2007].

I've always wondered how many of the stone Kool-Aid drinkers there really are; 1 in 4 Americans isn't so bad, really. Read below the fold...

The wood stove


The raked bed of coals just before I throw some more wood in. Read below the fold...

If corporations are persons, why isn't there a death penalty for them?

I'm serious (and this might help with the cure). Matt starts with universal health care and broadens out: Read below the fold...

Champers (reprise)

A little leftover from election eve. What a year!


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"Texas stupid"


Digby has a great post on a guy who staged pig races on his property during prayer at the new mosque next door. The guy thought the Muslims wanted his land, but they don't:

Earlier this month, Baker conceded that the Muslims probably aren't after his land, but he said he had to go through with the pig races because "I would be like a total idiot if I didn't. I'd be the laughingstock now because I've gone too far."

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Meyer's Law

John MacDonald, Pale Gray for Guilt, cites Meyer's Law as follows:

In all emotional conflicts the thing you find the hardest to do is the thing you should do.

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Or, in the words Mary Malone saw type themselves on her terminal in The Subtle Knife:

Do it now and go at once.

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Come out of the closet, atheists, agnostics, and ignostics!

Excellent post by Daniel Dennett in WaPo's "On Faith" series:

Not Yet The Majority But No Longer Silent
There are many more atheists and agnostics in the country than is generally recognized. For instance, we atheists and agnostics are as numerous as Southern Baptists, and we are also the fastest growing category–-faster even than the Mormons and the evangelicals.

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Can we stop with this noxious, authoritarian "leader" meme?

The Christian Embassy video showing coerced proselytization was all leader this, leader that. Naturally, as authoritarians, Christianists target leaders (as opposed to, say, officials or elected representatives or citizens or people or even sinners). Read below the fold...

They say it's your birthday

We're #5! We're #5!


And how delicious that it's "Dean" Broder's name that's being blackened...

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Read below the fold...

Term of invective sought


Invective, but analytical! Always analytical!

This post from Atrios--who, pleasingly, doesn't seem to have changed one iota since the Dems won Congress--shows the difficulty:

As we know, you can be wrong about absolutely everything and still be a Very Serious Person Who Is Not Silly At All.

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Evolution and theodicy

One of the guilty pleasures of WaPo's new column on religious beliefs is watching Christianist shills get chewed on by the reality-based community. Read the comments section; it's delicious. Take Cal Thomas--please:

[I]f God is not the Author of life, then we are evolutionary accidents who may treat each other as we please.

Nonsense. Human capacities for good and evil both evolved in nature because they both had survival value. Read below the fold...


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