Archive for November, 2004

I nearly defend David Horowitz

November 30, 2004 2 comments

So I had a post partly written where I disagreed with this Media Matters article backing up Franken on his racism charge against Horowitz. Actually reading his article on reparations, he may not be outright racist, but the points he makes are so close to the line, I can’t really blame anyone for thinking him racist. Being against reparations isn’t inherently racist, but when you try to make the point that African Americans are better off than Africans currently, meaning they benefited from slavery, you’re treading awfully close to that line.

Also, his attack on Franken is completely childish.

Categories: Social issues, The media


November 30, 2004 1 comment

I just packaged a box for mailing without using a single piece of new tape. Or writing an address.

I’m not sure how much of an accomplishment that is, but I’m proud of myself.

Categories: Personal

Comment spam returns…again

November 30, 2004 9 comments

I’m getting hammered with comment spam again. A lot of it is caught by the spam word list and Blacklist, but that doesn’t really help, considering I have to go through and delete it anyway. So, I’m now trying this hack, which changes the wp-comments-post.php name. Hopefully that works.

Categories: Blogging

A victory

November 29, 2004 1 comment

Court Rejects Appeal of Gay Marriage Law

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the only state that allows gay marriages, declining to hear an appeal aimed at overturning the Massachusetts law that prompted a national debate on the legality and morality of same-sex unions.

The decision ended the legal fight over a 4-3 Massachusetts high court ruling last November giving gay couples the right to marry. But both sides say the U.S. Supreme Court (news – web sites)’s unwillingness to intervene means there will be more fights in courts and legislatures around the country.

Legal analysts said the Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the battle wasn’t surprising, because the lawsuit made a rarely used claim that activist Massachusetts judges had violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of a republican form of government.

That sounds like a really strange thing to challenge the ruling on. It’s all they have, I guess.

Anyway, it’s some progress.

Categories: Social issues

Best evolution quote ever

November 29, 2004 1 comment

From the respected scholars at Free Republic [via Pharyngula], we have have this quote:

the Evolutionist religionists keep changing the theory as science keeps proving it wrong

No need for comment; just sit back and marvel at its genius.

Categories: Religion, Science

I am back

November 28, 2004 Leave a comment

I’m back, after surviving masses of food and a lack of internet (which was my fault, sadly) over break. The comment spammers seem to have had a lot of fun while I was gone.

Categories: Personal


November 24, 2004 2 comments

I will be driving home for most of the day today, so no posting, and probably very little the rest of the weekend. Maybe during the terrible football games on Thursday.

Categories: Personal


November 23, 2004 Leave a comment

Powell: U.S. Open to Eventually Restoring Ties with Iran

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell (news – web sites) signaled on Tuesday Washington was open to one day re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran after the countries held their most sustained, high-level contact in years.

Powell, who spoke with his Iranian counterpart on Monday at an international conference dinner, said the United States could “in due course” hold direct talks and review relations if Tehran addressed concerns over its terrorism links and nuclear programs.

The remarks were sure to fuel speculation over the prospects for a thaw in relations as the administration of President Bush (news – web sites) debates whether to engage or confront a country it bracketed in “an axis of evil” with North Korea (news – web sites) and pre-war Iraq (news – web sites).

Says the guy who’s leaving in a couple months. Forgive me if I’m not convinced.

Categories: Foreign Policy

Exit polls and media hatred

November 23, 2004 1 comment

Over at &c. Noam Scheiber is discussing the odd exit polling from the election and disagrees with Mark Blumenthal’s suggestion that Republicans are less likely to talk to exit pollsters because they hate the media more than Democrats:

One problem I see with his theory: As evidence, Blumenthal cites polls showing Republicans more inclined to believe the media is biased against them than Democrats are, and also polls showing more and more people (and therefore more and more Republicans) believing in this kind of media bias as time goes by. That would suggest that exit polls should be getting less accurate over time–since fewer and fewer Republicans would be responding. But, according to Kevin Drum’s chart, the raw numbers have actually been getting more, not less, accurate with each election cycle. (The raw numbers were off by 8.3 percentage points in 1988, 7.2 points in 1992, 6.2 in 1996, 1.8 in 2000.) This makes me skeptical that a loss of faith in the media is behind the screwy exit poll data.

I don’t have the data on hand, but wouldn’t it be fair to say that more and more Democrats have been seeing the media as biased against them? It seems like that position has been increasing, since the Clinton years at least. If that’s so, we could see Democratic responses to exit polling dropping, evening things out. I think if someone wanted to prove Blumenthal wrong on that point, you would need to look at Democratic opinions on media bias and the gap between them and Republicans.

Categories: The media

iTunes annoyance

November 22, 2004 3 comments

I just burned most of the 9/11 Commission Report audio book onto CD. 14 CDs, due to the fact that iTunes will only burn individual tracks over multiple discs. Leaving me with two CDs with under 5 minutes of content. Lovely. Anyway, that’s my entertainment for the ride home on Wednesday. I’m sure it’ll be thrilling.

I’m also done with my research paper on e-voting. 12.5 pages. I’m glad I’m done.

Categories: Personal

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