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  1. The Real Iraq War Acid Test  • 
    As the death toll for the Iraq War continues to climb and President Bush decides to ramp up the U.S. commitment there instead of ramping it down, public support for the war has taken a nosedive in the past year. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll gives Bush a 72% disapproval rating on his handling of […]
  2. Was Abraham Lincoln Such a Great President?  • 
    Historians routinely rank Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents, even though he took many more gross liberties with the Constitution than George W. Bush. Rush Limbaugh's conclusion: Bush is a great president too. My conclusion: maybe Abraham Lincoln wasn't such a great president either.
  3. Five Things Neither Democrats or Republicans Are Talking About, But Damn It, They Should  • 
    Today’s the day we finally get to discover whether the Democrats’ surge allows them to break the Republican lock on government that’s been a fact of life for most of the Bush presidency. While some are calling this a potential sea change, there are a few commentators out there that are stating the truth: this […]
  4. Five Things Republicans Need to Shut Up About if They Intend to Run the Country Again at Some Point  • 
    It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Republicans are going to lose at least one house of Congress in next week’s mid-term elections. Or at least, it would be a foregone conclusion if they were running against anybody but the Democrats. (See my recent blog entry Five Things Democrats Need to Shut Up About […]
  5. Five Things Democrats Need to Shut Up About if They Intend to Run the Country Again  • 
    The Democrats will probably wrest control of one or both houses of Congress from the Republicans in a few weeks. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing. But it’s a good thing largely because the Republicans have been doing a bad job governing and they deserve the boot — not because the Democrats […]
  6. Random Things Not Worth a Full Blog Post  • 
    Where have I been the past few weeks and why haven’t I been blogging? Take your pick: Freeboating at a fancy-schmancy LexisNexis conference in Boston with my wife Diligently avoiding sharp objects in an attempt to avoid despair at the still-unfinished state of MultiReal, the sequel to Infoquake Falling increasingly behind on a number of […]
  7. Will Open Source Software Rule the World?  • 
    A few people have pointed me to this discussion about Infoquake on the Asimov’s forums. Some of the forum participants appear to be skeptical about Infoquake because it doesn’t embrace open source software as the end-all, be-all of human existence. I could point out that one shouldn’t necessarily take anything one reads in a science […]
  8. In the Name of Jesus  • 
    I’m having trouble wrapping my head around this latest papal crisis involving the Pope’s supposedly anti-Islamic statements. And that’s not because I have any difficulty understanding what he said. (My sympathies actually lie with the pontiff here, because despite the fact that the passage he quoted wasn’t particularly kind to Islam, it was just a […]
  9. Dave’s Grand Ideas: Amazon for Voters  • 
    What’s the biggest problem with our system of democracy? John McCain and Russell Feingold seem to think that it’s lax campaign finance rules that allow moneyed interests to funnel cash into campaigns. Others think it’s media bias or homogeneity of opinion between the two parties. I happen to think the main problem is too much […]
  10. Stay Out of Our Public Figures’ Personal Lives  • 
    Rush Limbaugh was detained at an airport for carrying a bottle of Viagra with a falsified prescription on it, and the blogosphere is going berserk. I’m irritated as hell that anybody gives a flying fuck. Not because I have a special love or reverence for Rush Limbaugh, but because… Well, here’s what I posted on […]

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