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Todd Palin in TRF?

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 13, 2008 - 12:10pm

Uff da. . . . The First Dude is visiting my home town this week. At least he has the good taste to wear an Arctic Cat shirt rather than those other inferior snowmobile brands. That oughta lose him some votes up there in Roseau, then. . . .


This Is Fracking Minnesota???????

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 12, 2008 - 2:57pm

Well, Burnsville, anyway.


Christo-Fascism in Iowa

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 11, 2008 - 5:37pm

An invocation at a McCain rally in Iowa: "I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," [Pastor] Conrad said. And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens.


Best YouTube Ad of the Season

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 10, 2008 - 9:26am


Palin's Mob

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 7, 2008 - 10:25am

"Wars, horrendous wars,/and the Tiber foaming with tides of blood, I see it all!" (Virgil, Aeneid VI) Read, and weep.


The Jewish Case for Obama

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 29, 2008 - 9:50am


oh, and there was a debate. . . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 26, 2008 - 11:39pm

It was odd watching this with public address people in an auditorium. My opinion? It was a draw, which is probably a net plus for Obama. But, frankly, again McCain made emotional connections better, and, Barack, Americans don't *care* that no one else in the world respects us any more. What do you readers think? My punditry skills are limited with these things. I can make more sense of Supreme Court politics. Oh, and Barack was a wearing flag pin and McCain wasn't. Why does McCain hate America?



Submitted by Jim Aune on September 19, 2008 - 11:09am

An amazing collapse of Palin's approval ratings in just a week. Here's a question for discussion (related to the fact that I'm doing a paper on religion and the republic at Madison next week): Does Palin represent the last gasp of the "Christianists" (as Andrew Sullivan calls them--I'd prefer Christo-fascists, personally) in national politics, doomed to falter against the inevitable forces of secularization, or will they possess significant strength (at least as part of a coalition) for some time?


New Obama Ad

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 15, 2008 - 11:39am

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