June 24, 2004

Web Roundup

Thumb has fully and delightfully fisked Paul Harvey's If I Were The Devil. Ahh, now that's some fine reading.

Capitol Banter points out (via the Agonist) that the Bush administration plans to issue nationwide mental health checks, to go along with a matching medication option for whatever ails your noggin. Let the deep wrongness of that sink in for a minute. But do consider that the criticism of the plan's intended use of newer and more expensive antipsychotics may have a medically sound reason. Also, Mary Beth has further comments at Wampum.

Ampersand has a good web reading roundup of his own. It brings us the welcome news that evangelicals don't think voting for Democrats is an act that automatically results in damnation.

Body and Soul collects a nice set of reminders of why Kerry deserves our votes, and also brings us another update on the Bush regime war on women. The prospect of four more years with a president who is more afraid of being associated with family planning than with dictators who boil prisoners alive is definitely another point in favor of a Kerry vote.

Jim Hightower notes that progressive media is gaining market share. Yay, us.

I found this from Indymedia, saying that the House approved a preemptive strike on Iran on a vote of 376-3. I was skeptical, but a quick search turned up a very pointed speech against it from Ron Paul (R-TX). According to this source, the resolution is nonbinding, but it does contain the following phrase: "use all appropriate means to deter, dissuade and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons." Dennise Kucinich (D-OH) is quoted as saying that it's very close to the wording used to justify going into Iraq.

Considering that documents have recently emerged indicating U.S. plans for a sustained guerilla war against Iran had been prepared in the event that the 1953 coup against Mossadeq failed, I think maybe our government should consider packing in the meddling for a while. When even your 'successes' have been turning to crap for years, and your failures have come to threaten global stability, it's time to take a break.

TalkLeft highlights the disenfranchisement of Native Americans. Meanwhile, the Harvard Civil Rights Project finds that spoiled ballots come disproportionately from minority communities by margins that would make your head spin. You'd almost think there was some concerted effort to prevent minorities from voting, but I'm *sure* it's just a coincidence. Yep. Nothing to see here.

Go to the Sideshow, and as usual, read as much as you have time to read. Avedon finds particularly good links, has some observations about Gore's recent role in the political debate, and offers a plausible explanation for why one theater chain refuses to run Fahrenheit 9/11.

MaxSpeak shares a letter to the editor reminding people that Reagan considered Cheney to be a fringe lunatic, and reminds us again why the GDP was not designed as an indicator of well-being.

Pandagon discovers a study of divorce rates concluding that conservative Protestants have the highest divorce rates, much higher than mainstream Christians, and that atheists and agnostics have the very lowest. It's times like these when I recall Ann Coulter saying unapologetically that liberals, like Europeans, had loveless marriages and joyless sex. Thpbffft :P

Making Light takes us on a walk through the dangerous history of printing with linotypes. Fun stuff.

Atrios has a great excerpt from Clinton's autobiography explaining why the press works with the right wing. Clinton got the explanation from a Republican, and it seems as important and relevant now as it certainly was on the day it was first spoken.

Abolish the Death Penalty notes that a death penalty abolitionist made a who's who list for successful persistence resulting in departing Illinois Governor Ryan to commute all the state's death row sentences.

Luke at Quintucket writes about the parallels between Iraq and the Congo.

The BBC reports that after getting roundly kicked in the general election because of a general feeling that they didn't give a damn about the poor, India's hard right Hindu nationalist party will go back to basics. Which is to say that they'll probably follow the strategy of U.S. Republicans and try to obscure issues of serious import to India's citizens with self-serving attempts to prove that they're a party of piety.

If India's BJP would like to borrow Santorum, DeLay, Norquist, Rove, and Lott for consultation, I'd almost be willing to part with them cheap. But the people of India don't deserve that, and they might never forgive us. Considering that we might have to start moving there to find jobs in coming decades, probably a very bad idea.

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