Where do Republicans want to move if Obama wins?

I've already been hearing the same sentiment from my liberal and progressive friends that I heard in 2000 and again in 2004: they're going to want to move to Canada if McCain wins the 2008 presidential election. So I got to wondering, where would right-wing conservatives and fundamentalists want to move if Obama wins the… Continue reading Where do Republicans want to move if Obama wins?

Word Cloud for Palin’s Convention Speech

I'm sure there's already a million of these on the intertubes this morning, but here's my word cloud for Palin's Republican convention speech. I like the few key words that seem to be falling off or floating away from the main mass of words. See the full-size image or the original Wordle creation of the… Continue reading Word Cloud for Palin’s Convention Speech

“Africanization” Disappears from NYT Headline

I've written before about the way Africa still functions for the news media as a "dark continent" of primitive savagery. So what a sad gift this headline was the other day in the New York Times: "Warming Leads to Water Shortage and 'Africanization' of Spain." I was getting all psyched up to write about this… Continue reading “Africanization” Disappears from NYT Headline

The CIA, Interrogation, and Mortimer Snerd

I've written before about the creepy interrogation manual the CIA issued in 1983 on "Human Resource Exploitation." The precursor to this manual is the infamous Kubark report, written in 1963. This CIA document outlines various coercive and non-coercive methods of gathering "counterintelligence information" from uncooperative sources. Over forty years later, some of the coercive techniques… Continue reading The CIA, Interrogation, and Mortimer Snerd