Coup in Mali

I don’t follow international affairs as much as some people, but I actually had been keeping an eye on Mali due to one of the candidates being a BYU-educated Mormon. Now it looks like there might not (probably won’t?) be an election. Mali is generally considered an ally to the United States and is designated…

Spamments

We seem to be getting a bunch of spammy comments lately. This reminds me that some day, I am going to write a novel in which all of the characters are named after spam identities. They do a number more interesting job of naming their entities than most people do naming their actual children and…

The Lessons of 1984

The primary lesson of George Orwell’s 1984 is that [my political opponents] are truly totalitarian in intent. The entire culture of [my political opponents] revolves around doublethink, such as [insert reference to something that is contradictory, but only if you put it the way I put it]. And don’t get me started on [my political…

Access & Freedom of Conscience

If I had thought about it, I would have written the following back on Opposite Day: In Roe v Wade, the right of privacy – and that of a woman over her own body – was decided. The court, in its wisdom, determined that it was no place for the government to essentially force a…

Gingrich: The Wrong Conversation

One of the things that makes me a less-than-stellar blogger is that my mind works on a time delay. It takes me time to process information and determine what I think about it. And so naturally, it’s the week following all of the interest in South Carolina that I finally piece together my thoughts. I…

A Missed Opportunity

With Wikipedia down, Timothy Lee points out that this could be Wikipedia-alternative Citizendium‘s chance to shine. I tried to use it, but it’s pretty… thin. Personally, I thought that this was Uncyclopedia’s turn at the wheel. They joined the blackout, though. Shame. That would have made for some awesome term papers.

Free Download: Meet Me In Las Vegas

In preparation for our planned excursion, go here and download and listen to the song “Meet Me In Las Vegas.” There are actually a lot of good songs to download (ask if you want more recommendations). For some strange reason, it’s MMiLV that has been running through my head lately. Can’t imagine why.

Progressive Auto Registration

I got my auto registration for my car, Nader, and was in for a shock: It’s $325! Now, that won’t impress you Californians out there, but considering we just recently paid less than a third of that on my wife’s car, Ninjette, it was an unpleasant surprise. It was hefty last time for Nader, but…

A Hat Tip to the Gem State

Both Idaho senators voted against the NDAA. We could chalk it up to partisanship (“They’d totally have signed on if McCain were president”) and maybe there’s something to that. It’s notable, however, that as a member of congress, the Idaho’s governor voted against the Patriot Act.

Bad Fiction: GOP ’12

The prospect of Donald Trump moderating a debate is what finally made things click. It occurred to me the other day as I was leaving a comment elsewhere: if someone had written a TV show and the plot followed the current Republican primary, I would have some serious problems with it. Namely, I would pan…

Juror Mitch Landrieu

How did the defense attorney let this happen? New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has apparently made the cut to be on the jury of a murder trial in New Orleans. I can’t imagine why a defense attorney would want a politician on that jury. Granted, they can’t exactly pick who is on the jury, but…

Religious Diversity Rocks

RTod’s post reminded me of this story. When I was in the second grade, there were three Jewish kids in our class. They didn’t celebrate Christmas. Now, in the first grade this didn’t mean much because we all still colored Santa Claus pictures and the spirit of diversity meant that the Jewish kids got to…

Reining In the SWAT

I decided to make my inaugural front page post a relatively short one. For those of you who know me, skip this paragraph. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a contributor to Not a Potted Plant as well as the primary author of Hit Coffee, a generally non-political blog. I am…