“Bush Playing American Christians For Suckers”

Posted by 2 on October 13, 2006
Culture, Current Flux / 70 Comments

This quote is from Keith Olbermann on the October 12 broadcast of MSNBC’s Countdown. In a report that featured excerpts from the soon to be released book, Tempting Faith, by the former number-two man in Bush’s office of “faith-based initiatives,” David Kuo, Olbermann reveals what should have been obvious Continue reading…

Baseball as American pastime: nine, even 10 reasons

Posted by T on October 09, 2006
Culture / 6 Comments

There are reasons to restore baseball as the National Pastime. These Continue reading…

Words on Religion, Fear Mongering, and the State

Posted by 2 on September 19, 2006
Culture / 4 Comments

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

– Aristotle

In the end, more than [the Athenians] wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

– Edward Gibbon

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary

– H. L. Mencken

9-11 Five Years Later

Posted by 2 on September 11, 2006
Current Discourse / 23 Comments

Today marks the fifth anniversary of 9-11. The main stream news media and talk shows Continue reading…