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Tell me what if anything is wrong with my thinking.

Fact #1: George W. Bush's approval rating is around 30%.
Fact #2: Hillary Clinton has a substantial lead in early polling against her closest competitor Barack Obama.

Conclusion: Hillary Clinton is in the driver's seat to be the next president of the United States.

American Idol is taking over America

Yesterday, all of the morning network television shows covered AI. The judges' supposedly increased 'meanness' was a story on Headline News all day. Olbermann and Scarbarough both covered it, milking the teasers till the end of the show. Larry King dedicated the full hour to it. (And William Hung revealed on the show that he's a millionaire as a result of his failed audition.) Local radio stations talked about it nonstop. Former reject Jennifer Hudson recently won a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls. Read more »

Some Assembly Required

Note the fine print on the linked page.


That's what's floating in my mind as I try to remember the State of the Union speech. I tried not to watch but American Idol ended at 9PM and the hokies' basketball game wasn't on TV, so I really had no choice. The whole thing is a sham; not sure why people who follow politics try to analyze it every year. The President gets up in front of the country and says, "I propose this." Clap-clap-clap. "And that." Clap-clap-clap mixed with mild disgust depending on who the camera pans. "More money for my Reputrification Initiative Program." Hesitant clap/forced smiles. Read more »

Everything we touch a tool

A couple of snippets from an interview with Joe Quirk, author of Sperm Are from Men, Eggs Are from Women: The Real Reason Men And Women Are Different [via GNXP]: Read more »

Hindus opppose swastika ban

Hindu groups are protesting a proposed EU-wide ban on the display of swastikas.

Hindu groups in Holland, Belgium and Italy were also involved in the campaign, he said.

"The swastika has been around for 5,000 years as a symbol of peace," he said. "This is exactly the opposite of how it was used by Hitler."

He said that while the Nazi implications of the symbol should be condemned, people should respect the Hindu use of the swastika.

Does not compute, does not compute...

Razib, on the response to the GNXP interview with Heather Mac Donald:

Many liberal bloggers praised her atheism but were blasphemed by Heather's conservatism, while many conservative bloggers now seem to believe she is a crypto-liberal.

It's the people who don't quite fit into the usual categories that are the most interesting to me.

Human Echolocation

IIRC, Dawkins described a blind boy who could ride his bike around the neighborhood in The Blind Watchmaker. Check out this amazing video:

Isn\'t it ironic?

Let's face it: none of that crap in that god-awful song by Alanis Morrisette was ironic. Rain on your wedding day is not ironic, merely a bummer. Same with a black fly in your Chardonnay. But this, now this could inspire a hack songwriter:

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has long prided himself on Cuba's doctors and free public health care system, but that system seems to have let him down after he fell ill in July , U.S.-based doctors said on Tuesday.

Woman dies for a Wii

She died from water intoxication in a "Hold your wee for a Wii" contest held by a radio station.

Best of 2006

After three straight flat-out awesome years, my 2006 was merely a Borat "Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!" I'm not disappointed; a slight reversion to the mean was inevitable. And I'm gonna spank 2007 till it's red and puffy and begging for more. I know I'm a little late with this list, but I was without the internets for a few days...

Underwhelming political story of the year: the election. What a yawner.

Blogosphere high point: Radley Balko's work on the Corey Maye case.

Blogosphere low point: the feminist blogosphere's defense of the atrocity of justice known as the Duke rape case.

Blogosphere newcomer of the year: Ilya Somin.

Best pornstache: Adam Morrison

Runner up: The Old Man Read more »

The Skeptical Conservative

Fantastic interview at GNXP with Heather Mac Donald on, among other things, a place on the right for those without a belief in God.

What should happen to despots?

With Saddam's execution a few hours away -

What should happen to despots?


What kind of trial? International? Local?
Public show?
Last words?

Edit: MSNBC just reported he's been executed.

Drug War, same old same old

The usual: kid gets arrested for taking claritin.

(I was) made to feel like a criminal -- Made to feel low, dirty. Just totally degraded," recalled Tim Naveau, who says he'll never forget the hours he spent in Rock Island County Jail -- he says all because of his allergies.

"They searched me, made me take my shirt off, my shoes off," he recounted.

Economists on Climate Change

Robert Whaples summarizes what economists believe the impact of climate change will be.