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NPR 2006 Election Map

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 27, 2006 - 4:04pm Besides DeLay's seat, the most interesting one in Texas is in my district, where Chet Edwards was the only Democrat to survive the gerrymandering; weirdly, Iraqi war veteran Republican opponent Van Taylor hasn't been advertising at all yet. Probably saving the gay-baiting until October, like they did in 2004. And, speaking of Texas, give a hearty welcome to new Crawford, Texas, property-owner, Cindy Sheehan:

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National Entertainment State Map

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 27, 2006 - 2:21pm

The Nation has just updated its very useful map (really good for the classroom) on patterns of media ownership: The ownership/censorship question is in the news again this week, since Clear Channel appears to be denying Madonna access to the airwaves for criticizing the Supreme Leader:

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Brownie Disses the Cheerleader

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 27, 2006 - 12:10pm

From the forthcoming Playboy Interview, via WaPo: It was later revealed through a leaked videotape that Brown had indeed warned Bush of some dangers the Administration later claimed to have been ignorant of. "[Bush] doesn't have an incredible command of the English language," Brown explains. Brown goes on to call Bush a "cheerleader" to explain the praise he received from the President at the time of the crisis. "It's typical of the president," he reflects. "Dealing with horses' asses taught me how to deal with the federal government," the men's magazine is set to quote him as saying.

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7 Bloggers

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2006 - 11:47pm

An interesting Chronicle of Higher Ed symposium on blogging and Juan Cole's unfortunate rejection by Yale: I really think Yale made a mistake in Cole's case; I disagree with Cole, mainly because I think he underestimates the Iranian threat, but he's a formidable scholar and a fine blogger. (Cole wasn't turned down for blogging; he was rejected for purely political reasons, it seems.) It does amaze me when Deans and Heads punish faculty for blogging (see Drezner and Levy, and the admonition to our rhosa). I've actually published more in the two years since I started blogging (writing every day really does help one's productivity). I yearn for Brad DeLong's 20,000 hits a day, but one has to start somewhere.

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Frank Zeidler, RIP

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2006 - 11:05pm

One of my heroes:

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Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2006 - 12:35pm

Now for something really important: I have eaten toast with crunchy peanut butter every morning of my life for, oh, at least 50 years (except at conventions, which is probably why I'm always cranky at them). Over the years I have bought expensive toasters, cheap toasters, and inbetween. But none of them work well; they either selectively burn the toast or blow up right after the warranty expires. Does anyone in Blogora-land have a fool (use the term loosely) proof toaster he or she would recommend????

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So Simple, yet. . . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2006 - 11:44am My personal favorite: "We're all wearing the blue dress now."

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Gunn Queers UT

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 25, 2006 - 11:54am

A beautifully written and thoughtful account of trying to teach Queer Theory at UT, by our own Josh Gunn: (liberal humanism is really all we have to protect us from the Texas Taliban)

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Google Trends

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 24, 2006 - 8:33pm

For those of you who like charts: Inspired by:

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The Paradox of Nonviolence

Submitted by Adria on July 24, 2006 - 4:04pm

Peace prize winner 'could kill' Bush Annabelle McDonald July 25, 2006 NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush. "I have a very hard time with this word 'non-violence', because I don't believe that I am non-violent," said Ms Williams, 64. "Right now, I would love to kill George Bush." Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered. "I don't know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It's our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life." Ms Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 30 years ago, when she circulated a petition to end violence in Northern Ireland after witnessing British soldiers shoot dead an IRA member who was driving a car. He veered on to the footpath, killing two children from one family instantly and fatally injuring a third. Ms Williams's petition had tens of thousands of Protestant and Catholic women walking the streets together in protest. Now the former office receptionist heads the World Centres of Compassion for Children International, a non-profit group working to create a political voice for children. "My job is to tell you their stories," Ms Williams said of a recent trip to Iraq. "We went to a hospital where there were 200 children; they were beautiful, all of them, but they had cancers that the doctors couldn't even recognise. From the first Gulf War, the mothers' wombs were infected. "As I was leaving the hospital, I said to the doctor, 'How many of these babies do you think are going to live?' "He looked me straight in the eye and said, 'None, not one'. They needed five different kinds of medication to treat the cancers that the children had, and the embargoes laid on by the United States and the United Nations only allowed them three." Wrapping up the three-day forum yesterday, delegates agreed to a 26-point action plan. "There can be no sustainable peace while the majority of the world's population lives in poverty," they said. "There can be no sustainable peace if we fail to rise to the global challenge presented by climate change. "There can be no sustainable peace while military spending takes precedence over human development." From the Australian News

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