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The Best and the Brightest, Democracy in America

So what will happen, I think the Democrats pay him a shitload of cash to drop out so they appoint some other dumbass to run, one in a suit.

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Alabama Political Attack Ad Mocks Evolution

Allow me to paraphrase: Bradley Byrne claims to be an ignorant yokul like you and me but really he is one of them book learning types that doesn't believe in the talkin' snake.

Alabama needs some help if this ad actually works.

Mixing Religion and Politics

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A Book For You

The book went unclaimed.

The book is Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter by Rick Shenkman

I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high.

Note: The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting.

A note to the winners in the last giveaway, your books are on the way. I sent them media mail so they should arrive in 4-10 days.

Books For You

The winners are: Dende for Blackwater, Menso, Smells Like Dead Elephants, Korbonix Hypocrites, and Josiah, The Great Derangement

I don't know if there is any interest, but I'm trying to make room for more reading material and so I'm giving the following books away. If you're interested you know what to do. Please note which book you're interested in. If you're interested in more than one list them in order of preference.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army [Revised and Updated] by Jeremy Scahill

Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire by Matt Taibbi

Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics by Glenn Greenwald

The Great Derangement (this is the hardbound edition) by Matt Taibbi

I'll take all requests for the books left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the books at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high.

Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the books or are just commenting.


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US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
(tip to Stephen)

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  • Editorial - Low-Road Express - Editorial - NYTimes.com
    Well, that certainly didn’t take long. On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove’s low-minded and uncivil playbook.

  • Change *We* Can Believe In

    An Open Letter to Barack Obama

  • The Power of the Protest Vote - Campaign Stops - 2008 Elections - Opinion - New York Times Blog
    Don’t be surprised if third or fourth party presidential candidates garner enough votes in November to make a difference in some of the hotly contested swing states. The polls show more than enough Republican disaffection with John McCain’s candidacy to make a case that Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, or another right-of-center candidate could take votes away from the G.O.P. standard bearer. And on the Democratic side, Barack Obama has to worry about defections of not only Hillary Clinton’s supporters, but also of liberals, who are beginning to grumble that he is moving too much toward the center.

  • This Incomprehensible Whatever-it-was—By Wyatt Mason (Harper's Magazine)
    Philip Roth has an essay at the back of the paperback of Portnoy’s Complaint about how the first lines of his novels came to him. It’s a nice example of how Roth can take a tiny literality and squeeze more metaphorical substance from it than would seem possible (and, simultaneously, take a metaphor and squeeze it unto literality).

  • Media Sheep » Mad Kane's Political Madness

  • Catholic Clergy Call for Reparation in Response to Communion Desecration - Christian Newswire

    They are in desperate need of a remedial class on free speech.


  • Karen Heller: The dumbing down of science | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2008
    Earlier this year, one of Philadelphia's illustrious cultural institutions underwent cosmetic surgery and had its name reduced.
    Our largest science institution simply became the Franklin, as if it were some glistening condo development or waterfront casino.

    Which is fitting, given all the sizzle, pyrotechnics and cost. Adult admission has soared to $23.25 if you want to see the current exhibits "Real Pirates" and "Chronicles of Narnia," the latter - correct me if I'm wrong - based on a fictional world and $1 billion global movie franchise.


  • Terry Sanderson: Faith is not the answer | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
    Since we stopped going to church we've become a nation of fat, isolated, divorced, graceless and uncaring slobs who spend all our time online creating "ever smaller sects of the like-minded."

  • AC Grayling: The religious are intent on taking us back to the middle ages | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
    Road to nowhere

    From Turkey to Germany to the States, religious people are intent on taking us back to the middle ages


  • The zombification of philosophy (of mind)
    David Chalmers is a famous philosopher of mind. His fame rests in great part on his 1996 book, The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. It’s too bad that the crucial idea behind the book, dualism, is hopelessly flawed, and -- more surprising yet -- that Chalmers got away with one of the most idiotic thought experiments ever, which a lot of people inexplicably seem to think is oh so very clever. This all came back to (my) mind because of a recent article in Philosophy Now by Rebecca Hanrahan (an assistant professor of philosophy at Whitman College in Washington state), who’s finally got the chutzpah to point out the obvious, telling it like it is about Chalmers’ famous “zombie argument.”

More Pornography

Since I lack the patience to continue giving these away one at a time I'm going to accept requests for the rest of the week and on Monday generate three random numbers and give the remaining books away then.

The winners are: emzmcgee, dende blogger, and hiebz.

The book is The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer The book details the insanity that passes for U.S. Foreign Policy and offers a cure that I'm confident will work.. Robert Scheer is currently editor in chief of Truthdig and also writes forThe Nation He is the author of seven books including With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War

I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 3 or 4 days and then use a random number generator to determine the winners.
I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada, and that crazy Dane who keeps entering. My apologies to my other friends in far away places but the cost of shipments to those destinations is simply too high.

Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting.

The Pornography of Power

You're in luck; the publisher of The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer has provided me with several copies of the book to give away. The book details the insanity that passes for U.S. Foreign Policy and offers a cure that I'm confident will work.. Robert Scheer is currently editor in chief of Truthdig and also writes forThe Nation He is the author of seven books including With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War I'm going to give copies of The Pornography of Power away one at a time during the next couple of weeks to One Good Move readers. This will work the same way my other book giveaways work.

I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner.
And the winner is Tim
I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high.

Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting.

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The Antidote is Skepticism

The Political Brain: Scientific American: “The Political Brain

A recent brain-imaging study shows that our political predilections are a product of unconscious confirmation bias By Michael Shermer

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion ... draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises ... in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate. --Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620

Pace Will Rogers, I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a libertarian. As a fiscal conservative and social liberal, I have found at least something to like about each Republican or Democrat I have met. I have close friends in both camps, in which I have observed the following: no matter the issue under discussion, both sides are equally convinced that the evidence overwhelmingly supports their position.”

Not That Funny

Yesterday I posted this thinking it was amusing, but judging from the comments It seems I'm the only one.
It was a tough night for Barack Obama. His staff was worried this morning when he failed to make a scheduled campaign appearance. The very junior Senator is fine; he was found hiding under Hillary's umbrella of deterrence.
Was it the very in front of junior you didn't like, or that you simply weren't amused. Okay then, how about this, funny or not?
Hillary got a big boost out of Pennsylvania but the experts say it's not enough. Hillary will need a miracle to pull it out, they say. Rumor has it the campaign is counting on the rapture, Barack is transported to heaven and Hillary is 'left behind' to beat John McCain.
Let's see if this polling software works?


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By The Fault

I know you've missed him, so it's my pleasure to annouce that Charles is back. He has spent the last several weeks 'walking the walk.' On his recent trip to Africa he visited Ethiopia, Chad (the border with Darfur), Uganda and finally Zimbabwe to assist the Zimbabwe Election Support Network in monitoring the recent elections in Zimbabwe. As you know if you've read his bio, he runs a a non-profit called The Living Arts Project that raises awareness and funds for other non-profits and assist them in their brand development and marketing. His main focus is rural development projects primarily building schools, libraries and community centers as well as sustainable development projects and micro-finance.

Charles seems to raise the hackles on the faint of heart here and so has decided to start his own blog. He will continue to offer the ocassional post on economics and history here but will save his most pointed offerings for his site. So, if you're inclined you can visit him at By The Fault his tagline says it all "seismic politics, earth-shattering economics and volcanic commentary". I suggested he use "slip sliding away" for a tagline, he's not asking for advice, but how many prefer my suggestion? It will be interesting to see how many of you just can't resist and sign up to comment there. His style isn't for the faint of heart, but love him or hate him, you can't accuse him of not having a clear point of view, and a passionate way of expressing it.

John Adams

Like many of you I'm enjoying the HBO series on John Adams. My first in depth introduction to John and Abigail Adams came some forty odd years ago from Irving Stone's Those Who Love a book that does an wonderful job of capturing the very special relationship John and Abigail shared. More recently I read Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis, a book Charles recommends, a recommendation with which I heartily concur. Here is a bit of video from a recent episode.




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The conversation between John and his friend and confidant Dr. Benjamin Rush was a stark reminder of the divisiveness born of party politics and of its early genesis. And now a bit of John Adams history contributed by Charles Lemos

On HBO, the John Adams series is in full swing. Based on the book by David McCullough, which is well-written and reads like a novel, the series is receiving praise. I would also recommend any book by Joseph Ellis, especially one called Founding Brothers that has a great chapter on Adams and his relationship with Abigail. Abigail and John had quite the torrid love affair (their letters form a large part of the scholarship for the McCullough book) and theirs was also a political partnership in an age where that was still far from the norm.

Before you all get carried away with John Adams' wonder, might I remind you that his Administration passed the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 a series of four acts aimed at internal critics of the Administration. Think of them as a Patriot Act for their times. While Jefferson would repeal three of the Acts, one remains still on the books, the Alien Enemies Act (allows for detention or deportation of foreign nationals in times of war). Jefferson thought the Acts unconstitutional because they violated the Tenth Amendment (the states are effectively sovereign).

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Party Time

With Ralph Naders entry into the race the topic of third parties and the role they play has been raised. Does it require a change in the voting system to make their role significant or are there reasons for valuing such parties simply as a way to broaden the discussion? Is the two-party system broken? Here is a little history and commentary from Charles for those interested in the topic. You can use this post as a starting point for a discussion. What follows was contributed by Charles Lemos

The Origin of Political Parties

The world’s oldest political parties are the British parties, one of which is no longer in existence. Though these parties have their origins arising from the events surrounding the Glorious Revolution of 1688, these did not become political parties in the modern sense until the late mid-seventeenth century. The Conservative and Unionist (commonly called the Conservative Party or Tory) Party dates from the 1780s from a faction that coalesced around William Pitt the Younger. The Whig Party in turn coalesced around Charles Fox. By the 1830s these two parties began waging electoral campaigns especially after the Reform Act of 1832 that brought about universal male suffrage.

The British Liberal Party would form when a faction of free trade Tories joined with the Whigs. The Tories and the Liberals would dominate British politics until the 1920s. In the second half of the 19th century, socialist parties of various stripes formed. In the UK the British Trade Union movement and the smaller Socialist Party would join to form the British Labour Party in 1899-1900. These three parties continue to dominate British political debate however Britain’s electoral system is a first past the post system that has regulated the British Liberal-Democrats (the Liberal Party merged in 1988 with the Social Democratic Party) to a third-tiered status. Each district of the 646 districts elects its representative on a plurality. He with the most votes wins. That is identical to the US. If Britain were proportional then their governments would likely be coalition governments because the Liberal-Democrats generally poll in the upper teens and lower twentieth percentile. Naturally, electoral reform is key component of the Liberal-Democrats agenda.

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Valentines Day

Oh how sweet the Democrats and Republicans are exchanging valentines.




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Seizing A Moment

contributed by Charles Lemos

It was interesting to read the comments to my post on how Obama fits the paradigm of Elias Canetti from last week, Crossing the Mara. I took some time in fashioning a coherent reply so I apologize for the lapse of time. I should say first that there were some very good comments. Tim’s, I think, was the best but there were others as well. I also want to thank JPaul for his kind words throughout this debate. The aim was, of course, to foster to discussion among the readership. I am not sure that I accomplished my objective as fully as I would have liked but I do think a more than a few people engaged in fruitful and frank exchanges.

One thing I failed to mention in the piece, which I regret, is that Obama, Clinton and Edwards all started out as reversal crowds. This is the crowd that stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The reversal crowd is one that is looking to reverse a situation. In this case, the aim is to win the Presidency for the Democratic Party, not to storm a prison but the psychology of the crowd is the same according to Canetti. What I think some of you missed by me not stating this explicitly is that only a portion of the Obama crowd is morphing into a baiting crowd. How large I am not sure. But it is large and growing. And Obama, whether consciously or unconsciously, uses the language that one hears in a baiting crowd. That may be unpleasant to state but it is a fact if Canetti is right which I think he is. (You should read what he has to say about Shi’ites remembering he wrote in 1962, not 2002).

Go on Free Republic and read their opinions of Al Gore and global warming or John McCain for that matter. That is a baiting crowd in action. What Lawrence O’Donnell wrote about John Edwards and what Guy Saperstein wrote were two other example of a baiting crowd psychology. And the only way to respond to these attacks is to call them on it. And I did (the links are in the Crossing the Mara piece). Those were attacks carried out by Obama surrogates. That does taint Obama to some degree I am sorry to say. Obama’s emotive rhetoric is pushing ordinary people to do things that they would not otherwise do or say, some of it good and some of it not so good. And I feel obliged to respond to the not so good.

I thought the opening to Senator Obama’s speech was brilliant. He sounded Presidential, however I soured quickly. The “I love you” from a member of the crowd fits my paradigm. He is a larger than life figure who can do no wrong and who they will follow to the ends of the Earth. I admire John Edwards but I do not agree with him on everything either and I am certainly not going to throw my panties at him. Then came the exhortations from Obama that give me so much trouble and confirm my skepticism. You hear Barack Obama; I hear Juan Domingo Peron, Francisco Franco, Rafael Trujillo, or Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (whom I actually heard live as a boy of ten because my grandfather wanted me to hear what should frighten me) among others.

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A Pertinent Question

contributed by Charles Lemos

I am going to challenge Obama supporters and others by asking some tough and pertinent questions that continue to linger in my mind that I believe disqualify Senator Obama from holding the Presidency.

While I have never been overly impressed by Senator Obama during his quest for the Presidency, the more I learned about him the more I believe him simply unqualified. So now I am going to turn back as to why the story of Barack Obama and Alice Palmer offends me so in explicit detail.

Alice Palmer was Barack Obama’s political mentor in the South Side of Chicago when he was doing community organization and running voter registration drives. In 1996, Alice Palmer decided to run for Congress vacating her seat in the Illinois State Legislature. She lost in the primary and decided to run again for her seat in the legislature. At this point, it gets murky. Obama says one thing, Palmer another. That discussion is largely irrelevant because of what Obama did. He challenged the signature petitions and had her stricken from the ballot. Whatever the merits of their personal argument, the fact also is that Obama struck the petitions of three others. He eliminated his opposition with a legal tactical maneuver and ran unopposed in the primary. He then faced token opposition in the general election. Some call it “bare-knuckles Chicago politics.” I prefer to call it disenfranchising of the homeless and the poor who were a large portion of those who signed those petitions.

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Cooler Than Drugs

Frank Luntz with Bill Maher. An interesting discussion in light of what Charles wrote on the crowd dynamics in the current race.




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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