Birch

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On September 23, 2004
Via Paperwight, Tristero has a nice post on the John Birch Society. Maybe we don’t hear so much about them, he suggests, because their platform has become that of the modern Republican Party. The John Birch Society arose in the late 50’s and rapidly grew to considerable prominence. (The Birch Society doesn’t get much attention these days, […]

Peace, Brother

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On September 23, 2004
Professor Cole is on a roll: But I have a hard time rushing to Yusuf Islam’s defense because I never forgave him for advocating the execution of Salman Rushdie in 1989. He endorsed Khomeini’s “fatwa” or death edict against Rushdie for the novel, Satanic Verses. He later explained this position away by saying that he […]

More Polls

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On September 22, 2004
I’m satisfied with the blogospheric account of the huge Bush lead in Gallup (signifigant oversampling of GOP, based on some crack-smokingly incomprehensible sample adjustment methodology). Now can someone tell me why the allegedly reliable Survey USA people are coming up with reason-defying numbers like a tie in Maryland and a four point Bush lead in New freakin’ […]

If Iraq were America

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On September 22, 2004
One of Juan Cole’s finest: President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country. What would America look like if it were in Iraq’s current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have […]
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