Monthly Archives: July 2011

Political Science

On July 17, 1959, while excavating In Olduvai Gorge, Tanganyika (now Tanzania, in East Africa), Mary Leakey unearthed a hominid skull that was dated to 1.8 million years B.C.E., a find that profoundly altered the then-accepted notions of human evolutionary … Continue reading

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A Glimmer of Hope

Headline: “The Chinese government sharply rebukes President Obama for having a chat with the Dalai Lama.” Just to be clear – this is the same government that has been committing physical and cultural genocide in Tibet for over sixty years, … Continue reading

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Three Verbal Snapshots on a Sweltering Summer Day

The bizarre structure shown in the photograph below sits mysteriously in the arid wasteland just north of Boulder, Colorado, and after considerable deliberation I have concluded that it must be a taxi stand for extraterrestrials. This is, this shed is … Continue reading

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“Be vewwy, vewwy quiet . . .”

Mel Blanc died twenty-two years ago today. While he was a talented radioman and comedian, Blanc is best-known and best-loved for being the voice of many memorable cartoon characters, including and especially Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Porky … Continue reading

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A Cup of Tea with Il Duce

Many Tea Party members will likely feel a tug of wistful envy today, since on 10 July 1923, Benito Mussolini abolished all non-fascist parties in Italy. Makes you yearn for the good old days, doesn’t it, meine Fuhrerin?

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“The Lordly Hudson”

“Driver, what stream is it?” I asked, well knowing it was our lordly Hudson hardly flowing. “It is our lordly Hudson hardly flowing,” he said, “under the green-grown cliffs.” Be still, heart! No one needs your passionate suffrage to select … Continue reading

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Quiz – Possibly Political in Nature

What famous person spoke these words?: “I try to think, but nothing happens!” a. Sarah Palin b. Rick Santorum c. Michele Bachmann d. Tim Pawlenty e. None of the above The answer is . . . “e,” since this statement … Continue reading

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Keeping a Skeptical Edge

Yesterday afforded Americans the opportunity to express a justifiable pride in their country, but in coming weeks and months, many political candidates will doubtless continue decorating their hateful and divisive views with flag-draped rhetoric. When attending to the speeches of … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day, Henry

July 4, 1845: Henry David Thoreau moves into his cabin on Walden Pond, and begins the great experiment that would culminate nine years later in the publication of “Walden,” one of the classics of American literature: “I went to the … Continue reading

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Republican Politics 2011

Tea Party activists on their way to a debate with members of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

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