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Entries from November 2004

The (Anti-)Freedom Train

November 24th, 2004 · 1 Comment

The House of Representatives is railroading through bills that directly affect the extent of your freedoms. I know. You don’t want to hear it. I’m a liberal fruitcake. Cover your ears. Cover your eyes. But you can’t cover your personal life under rules currently being rammed through Congress. Even the House of Representatives agrees with […]

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Tags: Politics-In-General

Bitten By A Pancake?

November 24th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Well, I finally got taken in by a hoax myself.

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Tags: Technology

Home Computing

November 23rd, 2004 · 2 Comments

Someone emailed me this image. The caption of this photo, which was apparently published in the 1954 edition of Popular Mechanics, reads: Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a “home computer” could look like in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the […]

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Tags: Technology

Through The Third World">War Mongering Our Way Through The Third World

November 22nd, 2004 · No Comments

As often seems the case lately, there’s not much time for full-on and in-depth articles of the sort I prefer to write. I’ve been given another appeal to write (this one goes to the California Supremes) and I’m not liking where it’s going. That makes it all the harder (and more time-consuming) for me. Nevertheless, […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime

Words vs. Deeds

November 19th, 2004 · No Comments

Yesterday, I explained the difficulties inherent when a Jew, like me, writes about what’s happening in the New Theocracy that has gripped our country. Søren Kierkegaard’s Attack Upon “Christendom” 1854-1855 was written in a similar spirit. But Kierkegaard was a Christian theologian and philosopher. At any rate, I coined the term “neo-Pharisee,” to describe a […]

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Tags: Balaam's Ass

Pharisees Make You Sad, You See

November 18th, 2004 · 5 Comments

There is a problem in writing about the conservative “Christian” right wingnuts that are encouraged by and collect about George Bush. That problem is with what to call them. Whenever I write about them, I risk stepping on the toes of others who use the term “Christian” to describe themselves. For example, there are people […]

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Tags: Balaam's Ass

A Priest-Ridden People

November 17th, 2004 · No Comments

History furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Alexander von Humboldt (1813), in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson vol. 14, p. […]

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Tags: Quotes

The Tyranny of the Minority

November 17th, 2004 · No Comments

I’ve taken to reading blogs or foreign newspapers, since there’s no news in American “news” anymore. Every large American paper is now The National Enquirer; every televised “news” program is the Fox show. And of late, there’s been talk in those venues about the Tyranny of the Majority. I think I’ve even mistakenly commented on […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

Battle Tears Cries

November 16th, 2004 · 1 Comment

I feel remiss in that there are so many things happening about which to blog and, as my last post noted, so little time for it. This morning, my wife was telling me that the news is reporting the terrific progress we’re making in Iraq. Let me say right out of the chute that the […]

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Tags: The War President

The High & the Haughty

November 16th, 2004 · 3 Comments

Lilith Helps With Remodeling . . . NOT! Apologies in advance for the light reading the last few days. A few things have conspired to keep me from blogging. First, there was the 50-page appeal I was finishing off last week, so that I can join the ranks of the hated liberal criminal defense types […]

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Tags: Personal Life