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Keystone Government

Sep 8th, 2005 2:15 am | By

Oh, dear. I haven’t been to Michael Bérubé’s place in awhile – not on purpose, just because I haven’t gotten around to it. He was off on a vacation for awhile, I think, and I got out of the habit. Anyway I’m reading it now, and I keep bursting into laughter, so I thought I might as well share one or two of the shots. To set the scene for you – they have to do with Katrina and ass-covering. A major rescue operation:

“Operation Cover Our Asses was carried out with a combination of precision, speed and boldness the American people did not expect,” Bush told a select group of Gannons standing on the flight deck. “We set

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We Are All Equal

Sep 7th, 2005 11:10 pm | By

The hijab ban a year later.

Twelve months on, the row has subsided and the law is being hailed by the Government as a success that has stemmed the Islamic fundamentalist tide and brought calm to the nation’s lycées. Fathima, who is 16, agrees. “In the end I really don’t think it was a bad law at all. I wear my voile until I get to the school gates and then I take it off. School is not a place for religion. It is a place where we are all French and we are all equal. After lessons, I put the scarf back on again. There’s no difficulty.”

That’s good – that seems a hopeful sign. Except…one hopes that … Read the rest

Shakespeare in Kabul *

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Audiences enthusiastic, conservative press sees ‘imposition of western values.’… Read the rest

Hostility to French Hijab Ban Fades *

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‘School is not a place for religion. It is a place where we are all French and we are all equal.’… Read the rest

Burqa Ban in Belgium *

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One woman resists law; her husband is suspect in Madrid bombing.… Read the rest

Eric Foner on Katrina as a New Selma *

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The sight of the emaciated children of Lawrence strikers transformed public opinion.… Read the rest

Julian Baggini on Our Role as Cosmic Measurers *

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Humans have to do the job not because we’re so great but because there’s no one else.… Read the rest

Scott McLemee on Views on Katrina *

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Bush doesn’t read, but there were pictures. Niall Ferguson has an odd take.… Read the rest

Return of Book Reviewing *

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Scott McLemee notes that journalism has its own metaphysics.… Read the rest

Pray Harder *

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Allbaugh called FEMA an oversized entitlement program, urged reliance on ‘faith-based organizations.’… Read the rest

Barash on Lloyd on Female Orgasm *

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Plasticity is not evidence against selection.… Read the rest

Overenthusiasm for Drowning *

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Conservatives want to cut government ‘down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.’… Read the rest

What a Treat for the Wretched of New Orleans *

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They get to go to Houston! Barbara Bush is so pleased for them.… Read the rest

Stop, These People Have More Money Than You

Sep 7th, 2005 2:39 am | By

Everyone’s already seen this, but I just wanted to keep it for the record. I saw it in several places, but this one is from the Guardian on September 3.

At one point Friday, the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses rolled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line – much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the stinking Superdome since last Sunday. ‘How does this work? They (are) clean, they are dry, they get out ahead of us?’ exclaimed Howard Blue, 22, who tried to get in their line. The National Guard blocked him as other guardsmen helped the well-dressed guests

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Rushdie in Michigan

Sep 6th, 2005 11:35 pm | By

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Up is not Down, Out is not In, Yes is not No

Sep 6th, 2005 7:49 pm | By

Ah – things become a little clearer. I became curious about a commenter who keeps conflating theism with theology, so I googled and found a blog, where conflation turns up again.

Early in the month, a friend called my attention to this Salon interview with philosopher of science Michael Ruse, talking about evolution-vs-creationism. Ruse is pointing out some of the argumentative excesses of science (for example, the rantings of Richard Dawkins, which I’ve blogged about before) and he’s trying to stake out space to allow someone to endorse both science and religious faith. I liked what he had to say. As I’ve seen argued elsewhere, atheism didn’t exist before the Enlightenment.

Just by the way, that’s not true. Consider … Read the rest

Cass Sunstein on William Rehnquist *

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He limited judicial activism in one direction and expanded it in another.… Read the rest

Newsflash: There’s Poverty in America *

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Old news, but each generation of Americans discovers it anew.… Read the rest

Bush’s Islamic Republic *

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Irony that US will help establish Middle East’s second Shiite Islamic state.… Read the rest

John Gray Reviews Thomas Friedman *

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Neoliberals lack Marx’s insights into self-destructive qualities of capitalism. … Read the rest