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Tuesday, November 09, 2004  

The Ten Worst Media Distortions of Campaign 2004
Interesting indictment of mainstream media’s egoistic fascination with itself and its perceived power. Checks and balances seem to be giving way to partisanship...what a big surprise.

Click here for the longer and more detailed version of the story. It's worth the read even if you don't believe in the Liberal Media theory.

via FARK

posted by Chimera | 1:36 PM

 

Blame the atheists:

I found that the percentage of voters sampled who said they attended church at least weekly was the same—42 percent—in both 2000 and 2004. The percentage never attending church was also the same, at 15 percent. The middle group, those attending occasionally, was, you guessed it, 42 percent each time. Interestingly, while Bush slightly improved his standing among frequent churchgoers, by about a point in 2004, his support grew by 3 to 4 points among those attending seldom or never.

Yep, it was the atheist vote that really put Bush over the top in 2004.

posted by Calvin | 7:30 AM



Monday, November 08, 2004  

Good perspective on American morals from, of all places, the UK.

posted by Calvin | 12:01 PM



Sunday, November 07, 2004  

A WSJ reader has some advice for democrats.

Dear Democrats,
While you think about how to do better next time, please stay true to your core values and feelings. Don't restrain your anger; part of your problem in this election was that you didn't put it out there enough. If other Americans understood how truly mad you are it would make more of an impression.

You need to try harder to make them see that you're smarter and better than your opponents. Unleash your indignation and express your outrage and they will start to get your superiority to the religious fanatics, racists and homophobes who oppose you. You've got to make the point over and over that these people are intolerant stupid hicks while you are smart, good and wise.

Face it, you're just not getting your message across. You run mild, polite candidates who can't or won't let it all hang out. If everyone understood, really understood, your anger, intelligence and moral superiority, well, things would have turned out differently.


posted by Calvin | 1:14 PM



Saturday, November 06, 2004  

Map cribbed from NY Times java showing population density as bubbles:

Population Map, NY Times

posted by Calvin | 1:18 AM



Friday, November 05, 2004  

Another good animation, for some reason with the colors reversed but shows intensity for each county:


posted by Calvin | 8:10 PM

 

Another good blue/red map here:
http://www.princeton.edu/%7Ervdb/JAVA/election2004/

posted by Calvin | 10:39 AM



Thursday, November 04, 2004  


posted by Calvin | 9:21 PM



Friday, February 27, 2004  

Why stop with gay marriage when there are so many more moralistic targets? In fact, the devil's own cocktail snack shellfish, which everyone KNOWS is an abomination before god, is just as evil on a sliding scale of 1-213 points.

via bluishorange.com

posted by Chimera | 1:13 PM



Thursday, February 19, 2004  

No End to War
or
Phooey to the Neo-Cons


Pat Buchanan issues a harsh rebuke of Perle-Frum. Long, but absolutely worth the read.

READ ON!!!!!

posted by UffDa | 1:15 PM



Wednesday, February 11, 2004  

posted by Chimera | 3:11 PM



Monday, February 09, 2004  

Since we got rid of those stodgy old bastards known as the Taliban, heroin production is on the rise!!! Woo-hoo!!!

War-On-Terrorism: 1
War-On-Drugs: 0

NATO ignores Heroin output increases

posted by UffDa | 11:07 AM



Tuesday, November 11, 2003  

Apparently, we are 29% evil. Which, of course, means that we are 71% good. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

via Nerdygirl

posted by Chimera | 10:20 AM



Saturday, November 01, 2003  

A Toolbox Opened
Now we’re working on solutions .
Bummer for the housing market though.

posted by Dreamer.com | 8:03 PM



Tuesday, October 28, 2003  

Television is eating your child’s brain!

Report finds pre-schoolers use media as much as play outside

But of course, you already knew that.

The study found that even the youngest of children are no exception. Nearly two-thirds of kids under 2 spend a couple of hours a day in front of the screen. (The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children under 2 not watch TV at all.)

via CNN

posted by Chimera | 10:56 AM

 

Mr. Mafioso tells us why today’s male youth are garbage.

”Elders and people in a position of authority deserve respect. Today's youth seem to think that respect is not picking their nose when someone is talking to them.”

It’s worth reading for the quotes if nothing else. The scary part is that I have a hard time disagreeing with most of it, and it is supposed to be satire. I MUST be getting old...

When I was young, I didn't need crutches, a hug from my father, or to have every goddamn, meaningless accomplishment praised by someone in order to feel good about myself.

Nobody wants to get their fingernails dirty. No one wants the unglamorous job...they have unemployment lines from Miami to San Francisco yet job openings in restaurants, farms, factories, and fishing boats go unfilled because no one wants to break a sweat on the job.

Yea!

via FARK

posted by Chimera | 10:32 AM



Friday, October 24, 2003  

If you are at all interested in science, be sure you don’t miss this special on PBS on Tuesday the 28th. Let your lobes out for a little stretching, as it were.


(Calabi-Yau make my heads hurt)

via PBS.org

posted by Chimera | 9:54 AM



Wednesday, October 22, 2003  

posted by Chimera | 11:04 AM



Friday, October 17, 2003  

An Iraqi speaks out . . .
Via John Cole

posted by Calvin | 11:04 AM



Tuesday, October 14, 2003  

Dane has a nice little rant about subjective reporting from Iraq. Which ever side you are on, you have to agree that the spin is a bit out of control

And listen up. Optimism trumps pessimism and reality trumps delusion, every time. You are stinky little journalists, you are not a fourth branch of counter-government. Your job is to objectively document reality, not to construe and misrepresent facts to sway public opinion. Save your ongoing narratives that are inconsistent with reality for your disingenuous books that are making you a millionaire.

So there.

via brainsideout.com

posted by Chimera | 2:09 PM

 

Michael Totten has an interesting take on the evolution of Libertarians and libertarians in today’s climate. Go give it a read.

Oh, and he couches his opinions in a subtle bashing of status-quo French politics and their beloved anti-Americanism through a antithetical newcomer to the scene.

Who can resist a good French bashing these days?? Call me arrogant and imperialistic, but I know I can’t.

via michaeltotten.com

posted by Chimera | 1:54 PM



Monday, October 13, 2003  

posted by Chimera | 3:47 PM



Thursday, October 09, 2003  

Bush and Blair refuse to look away from tyranny
Canadian commentary on Iraq.

Via Instapundit

posted by Calvin | 8:57 AM



Tuesday, October 07, 2003  

Yet another reason to vote Guns and Dope Party

posted by Calvin | 4:08 PM



Thursday, October 02, 2003  

Because we all, from time to time, struggle back to a place where we wish we had been a bit, just a little bit, different. A heart-felt commentary on the immortal John Denver’s rendition of The Box Called War and its place in the great circle of post-modern politicking and, redundantly, pre-pubescent schleping.

He gets an extra 100-points for using the phrases,

“…struggling feebly amidst the limb-strewn abattoir, barely seen in the crepuscular light of dusk”

and,

”… I, however, prefer to believe the maestro came from and returned to the magical land of hushabye, where Jiminy Cricket, Puff the Magic Dragon and Compassionate Conservatism also reside.”

together with the two gif's below all seamlessly in the same piece.

via henrypanky.com


posted by Chimera | 4:04 PM

links
quotes
"The fanatic, animated by hate, seems to me terrifying. A self-satisfied mankind fills me with horror."
Raymond Aron, Forward, The Opium of the Intellectuals

"Men admired as profound philosophers gravely asserted that all animals, and with them the human species, degenerate in America -- that even dogs cease to bark after having breathed awhile in our atmosphere." - Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

"Socialist individualists of the world unite!
You have nothing to lose but your chains
and a whole world to win!
Perry de Havilland, Samizdata.net

"Dogmatic overgeneralizations are useless!
Except for that one."

James Lileks, The Daily Bleat
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