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  • Direct eNewsletter for Democrats Always worth reading!

  • Chess - Popularity of Chess Hindered by Chaotic Leadership -
    Chess requires exceptional reasoning ability, but problems besetting the game seem to defy logic.

    In the last few weeks, disputes within the World Chess Federation have led two top players to withdraw from the world championship selection process, while another player faces a two-year ban for failing to take a drug test — although he almost certainly did not take any since there are few if any drugs that can enhance a player's performance.

    The episodes illustrate the struggles and foibles of a game that at times achieves immense popularity around the world and at other times — sometimes for reasons of its own making — falls by the wayside.

  • Pew Research Center: Many Americans Say Other Faiths Can Lead to Eternal Life
    A majority of all American Christians (52%) think that at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life. Indeed, among Christians who believe many religions can lead to eternal life, 80% name at least one non-Christian faith that can do so. These are among the key findings of a national survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life from July 31-Aug. 10, 2008, among 2,905 adults.


  • Language Log » Your tax dollars at work
    Perhaps the FCC will accept Mr. Utley's proposed rule about when public use of the word fucking for emphasis should be allowed:

  • The Language Guy: The Language of God
    I have been going through all my blogs the last few days to delete a 100% perfect spam job that attached some impenetrable gob of Chinese authored by someone or some computer named "sexy." In the process, I encountered one of my blogs on religion and decided to Google "The Language of God" to see what sort of nonsense there might be out there on the internet and found that some nitwit has a book titled just that. I am a couple of years late in noticing that but gratuitous slaps at religion are never too late or too early.

  • Michelle Goldberg: Inviting Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama's inauguration is a mistake
    If nothing else, Rick Warren is a miracle worker in the realm of public relations. He is a man who compares legal abortion to the Holocaust and gay marriage to incest and paedophilia. He believes that Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Christians are going to spend eternity burning in hell. He doesn't believe in evolution. He recently dismissed the social gospel – the late 19th- and early 20th-century Protestant movement that led a religious crusade against poverty and inequality – as "Marxism in Christian clothing". Yet thanks to his amiable attitude and jocular tone, he has managed to create a popular image for himself as a moderate, even progressive force in American life, a reasonable, compassionate alternative to the punitive, sex-obsessed inquisitors of the religious right. And Barack Obama, who should know better, has helped him do it.

  • TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Franken The Likely Winner As Minnesota Recount Heads To Finish Line
    Late Update: Norm Coleman's apparent lead has been cut to a mere five votes at the close of business today, according to the running vote count from the Star Tribune, down from a 358-vote lead last night. Al Franken seems poised to take the lead tomorrow as the state canvassing board sorts through the remaining hundreds of ballot challenges from the Coleman campaign, which have been mostly frivolous attempts to throw out Franken votes.

    Don't look now, but it looks like Al Franken may win the Minnesota Senate race.



I can't believe we have to suffer Rick Warren. What an insult. Thanks Obama!

At close today (with all of the challenged ballots accounted for) Franken leads by 249 votes. Now it's on to the rejected absentee ballots and (no doubt) back to court.

Agreed, this Rick Warren thing is a huge insult. But this is reaching across the aisle, right guys? We need a team of rivals, don't we? Ugh...

I hadn't really thought about it, but I think I'll pass on viewing the inauguration now.

A couple of right wingers at work have already commented that even if Franken wins it doesn't mean anything.

I just remember a guy who lost the popular vote, but still got just enough votes on the supreme court... and within a month was calling it a "mandate from the people". They certainly supported that election result.

One word: "hipocrisy"

Just in case SOMEONE out there hasn't heard Eric Idle's tribute to the FCC, you can get it here

OK - I must be losing my touch here - this IS pedantsareus and it should be "HYPOCRISY". Sorry C Long, but it's a condition I suffer from.


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