Friday, October 27, 2006

Australia Rapegate


  • Everything you always wanted to know, and didn't, about Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the Australian-based Muslim cleric who thinks rapes are women's (and America's) fault. With a full audio of his speech (in Arabic). But the Sydney sheikh is far from the only rape-addled zealot in the mix. He has equal company in American evangelists and law. See "When Religion Is the Rapist..."
Good weekend

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rush v. Fox

Good Morning... a couple of new items today.

  • Was Rush Limbaugh out of his mind, badgering Michael J. Fox over the way he looked in a campaign commercial? To ask the question is to imply that the right-wing ideology compelling Limbaugh to make those comments ever had sense on its side. See "Stem Cell Lies and the Liars Who Peddle Them"

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Good morning. A few new items today.

  • Forget Bob Woodward's State of Denial. The book of the season is Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower. It documents to what extent the "intelligence agencies" enabled 9/11. And it points to an inevitable conclusion. See "Bush and bin Laden's Marriage of Convenience."
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Monday, October 23, 2006

Speaking of Inquisitions

A busy last few days, including a couple of longish postings over the weekend.

  • The dead and wounded of the Iraq war are being largely ignored. Chalked up to an abstraction indistinguishable from the kind of dead Americans see on their nightly television shows and in Shwartzenegger movies. The indifference is intentional--and a favor to the government. See "Casualties of War: Dead, Buried and Discarded"
  • "Flags of Outr Fathers," the Clint Eastwood movie based on the book of the same name, about the men of that famous Iwo Jima flag-raising, is the talk of the nation. It's also worth revisiting the facts and myths of that Iwo Jima moment, and how they inform war myths to this day. See "From Iwo Jima to Baghdad"
  • On Sunday, Pierre delivered a lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area: "Speaking of Inquisitions: From Dostoevsky to GWB." The full text is available here...
  • Who is Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury? A Bangladeshi journalist who happens to think that Islamic militants are out of control, and talking with Israel shouldn't be a heresy. For that, he's on trial, facing the death penalty in Bangladesh. See "The Case of Salah Choudhury, “Seditious” Journalist"
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