Archive for October 30th, 2008

Today’s good, bad, and insightful:

The Good

The Evangelical vs. Liberal sex issue is quite hilarious, as reported by the New Yorker.

James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly talks about China shooting itself in the foot during the Olympics.

The Bad

Matt Yglesias notes the pitiful emails being sent out by the Obama campaign to raise more money today. Do they really need more money?

The Insightful

From an article in today’s Independent on the thin line between love and hate:

One major difference between love and hate appears to be in the fact that large parts of the cerebral cortex – associated with judgement and reasoning – become de-activated during love, whereas only a small area is deactivated in hate.

“This may seem surprising since hate can also be an all-consuming passion like love. But whereas in romantic love, the lover is often less critical and judgemental regarding the loved person, it is more likely that in the context of hate the hater may want to exercise judgement in calculating moves to harm, injure or otherwise exact revenge,” Professor Zeki said.

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Via the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky:

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I’m sorry, dear readers, but this ad makes me fear greatly for the future of this country. This ad represents the pinnacle of idiocy and religious fundamentalism (both go hand in hand) that exist in this country in quite large quantities.

Accusing someone of being “evil” or unfit for public office just because they are an atheist (never mind the fact that Kay Hagan is NOT an atheist) is truly terrible. I thought that the attacks on Obama for being a Muslim were bad; but this is worse, mostly because I’m an atheist. They spew the words “Godless” and “atheist” like they would speak of a criminal or miscreant, when, in reality, that’s simply not true.

Remember, folks: freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.

Before I start typing massive amounts of expletives and strong language, I’ll click the publish button.

P.S. I wonder what Christopher Hitchens will say about this in his column ‘Fighting Words‘ in Slate Sunday…

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The BBC reports that in Damascus, a mass of thousands marched in protest of the American attack on a Syrian village on Sunday, which killed 8.

Many at the government-backed demonstration carried banners, shouted anti-US slogans and waved pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Riot police surrounded the US embassy in Damascus, which American officials closed blaming security fears.

The Syrian government has demanded that Washington apologise for the incident.

The US state department and the White House have refused to confirm the alleged attack.

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The protesters, including many civil servants and students, converged on the central Youssef al-Azmi square.

Closing the Damascus embassy on Thursday, American officials cited “violence and significant damage to US facilities and other embassies” in past demonstrations.

Officials warned US citizens to avoid the area and an American school was also shut temporarily.

Is it any wonder how terrorist organizations manage to recruit young men to do their bidding against the evil West and especially America, when we kill innocent people and don’t even admit our crimes? These people feel a need to fight back against the Americans, who, as far as they know, have only killed their innocent friends, family, and countrymen while clearly violating international laws. The only way they can even dream of taking the fight to a much stronger opponent (that would be us) is to use terrorism’s tactics (in this case) of IEDs and suicide bombings.

The reason? Simply because our army is far better in conventional warfare than they are; they would be much less successful than they are if they fought like an actual army. By employing terrorism, they gain a little advantage: they make sure they can kill some Americans before they die.

We talk about how these terrorists are killing in the name of God. For some, that may be true, but for most, I’d expect that they’re killing in the name of their loved ones that our soldiers took away from them.

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