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  • Bill Ayers talks back | Salon News (video)
    Proving yet again that there are indeed second and even third acts in American lives, Bill Ayers had transformed himself over a quarter of a century from an on-the-run-from-the-law member of the Weather Underground to a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. But because of a single event -- a 1995 coffee that he and his wife gave for fledgling state Senate candidate Barack Obama -- Ayers again found himself in the cross hairs of history.

  • Darwin art strikes wrong note | Science | The Observer
    It is the ultimate, infallible tribute to a Briton: placing their portrait on a banknote alongside images of their life and work. But now a leading UK biologist has announced that pictures on the £10 note, which commemorates the achievements of Charles Darwin, are 'little better than fiction'.

  • Carnival of Light: McCartney wants world to hear 'lost' Beatles epic | Music | The Observer
    George Harrison said it was too avant-garde. Now Sir Paul says the time has come to release 1967's 'Carnival of Light'

  • The Center-Right Nation Exits Stage Left - washingtonpost.com
    Here's the main thought Republicans are consoling themselves with these days: Notwithstanding President-elect Barack Obama, a nearly filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate and the largest Democratic majority in the House of Representatives since 1993, the United States is still a center-right country. Sure, voters may be angry with Republicans now, but eventually, as the Bush years recede and the GOP modernizes its brand, a basically right-tilting electorate will come back home. Or, in the words of the animated rock band the Gorillaz, "I'm useless, but not for long/The future is comin' on.". . .

    The only problem: It isn't true. Or at least, not anymore. If you'd asked me a year ago whether the United States is really a center-right nation, I would have said yes -- after pausing for a second to contemplate the GOP's big congressional losses in 2006. At the time, Republicans cheered each other up by assuring ourselves that the worst was over: If you were running for Congress and survived 2006, you could hold your seat forever.


  • The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla - Dick Cavett Blog - NYTimes.com
    Electronic devices dislike me. There is never a day when something isn’t ailing. Three out of these five implements — answering machine, fax machine, printer, phone and electric can-opener — all dropped dead on me in the past few days.

    Now something has gone wrong with all three television sets. They will only get Sarah Palin.

    I can play a kind of Alaskan roulette. Any random channel clicked on by the remote brings up that eager face, with its continuing assaults on the English Lang.



 

Comments

Just take a quick peek at the latest issue of "American Conservative":

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It looks like the conservative movement is on the verge of reaching "acceptance". Let the healing begin.

Also: any "conservative" who supports any of these bullet points is not a conservative, they are an idiot. Please do not confuse the two (its not easy sometimes).

Many paleoconservatives have been skewering the neocons and theocons for years. Antiwar.com was as strongly against the war in Iraq as people Bill-O loves to call "far-left". Nevertheless, much of the mainstream media gets away with dismissing the truth, whether spoken from either "side" of the political spectrum, as "extreme". The healing doesn't begin until the boil of neoconservatives has been lanced. When the likes of Richard Perle and Bill Kristol and Tom DeLay are humiliated regularly and then finally just ignored as madmen and thieves, then the healing can begin.

Dick Cavett has given us the best last word--and I sincerely hope it is the last word--on Sarah Palin. Like Cavett, I wish her and her family all the best--in Alaska.

I love Cavett's columns. This one is especially good.

GREAT cover of American Conservative: thanks, Zaphod.

And madfarmer, I'm a HUGE Wendell Berry fan. Good username.

Phidippides--thanks for the comment on Wendell Berry. Yes, my username comes from his work. By the way, I don't know how many people on this list would be interested, but the book Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, by Ellen Davis with a foreward by Wendell Berry, has just come out. I finished it yesterday--any book on Biblical criticism that mentions Wes Jackson and the Land Institute has a lot going for it. Highly recommended.

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