Sunday Afternoon Miscellany

PZ Myers’ post about logos for atheism is up. The comment thread is a discussion about which logo to use; the logo that people make the strongest arguments for will win (but note that “strongest arguments” is decided by PZ rather than a post-debate vote).

Iraqis united for a few minutes after Saddam was sentenced to death, celebrating spontaneously that the dictator everyone agreed was bad will die. Then fighting broke out in Sunni areas, especially pro-Saddam stronghold Samarra. Maybe if Bush dies in an accident (or in a terrorist attack), all Iraqis will unite in celebration for a whole day.

Mike Stark of Calling All Wingnuts went to a George Allen event to ask him a difficult question. A kid touched his elbow and then threw himself on the ground. The police then arrested Stark, handcuffed him, and asked him questions about his political association that were strongly reminiscent of Cold War anti-communist witchhunts. This was somewhat after Allen’s supporters assaulted Stark.

Lindsay is going to Virginia to cover the race. If you have money, contribute to her PayPal to help defray bail costs.

Celina interviews Andrea Batista Schlesinger of the Drum Major Institute, a liberal domestic policy thinktank that aims to help counter the $100-million-a-year right-wing thinktank machine. Make sure you read DMI Blog, and the assortment of press releases about the middle class squeeze.

But speaking of Feministing, for some reasons their comment feature stopped working a few days ago. It hasn’t had a new comment in 48 hours, and whenever I try commenting I get an error.

Hat-tip to Timothy Shortell: a poll in Britain, Canada, and Mexico reveals that Bush is considered a threat to world peace on a par with Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, in all three countries Bin Laden is viewed as the greatest threat to peace, though not by a large margin (he’s leading Bush 91 to 78 in Britain, 88 to 74 in Canada, and 88 to 83 in Mexico).
Hat-tip to Steve Gilliard: US military recruiters tell gross lies to students to lure them into joining the military.

ABC News and New York affiliate WABC equipped students with hidden video cameras before they visited 10 Army recruitment offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?” one student asks a recruiter.

“No, we’re bringing people back,” he replies.

“We’re not at war. War ended a long time ago,” another recruiter says.

If only the Republicans had internalized the “We’re not at war” part when they voted on torture and habeas corpus…

Pam exposes a black conservative in Michigan who’s trying to ban affirmative action. His organization is called the American Civil Rights Institute. In practice, he shook hands with the chair of the Michigan chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Apart from that,

I’m all for temporary alliances that reach across traditional divides, but if my initiatives were endorsed by a terrorist group, I wouldn’t be so cavalier or cheerful about its support.

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