Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man

The Edge Annual Question — 2008

When thinking changes your mind, that’s philosophy.
When God changes your mind, that’s faith.
When facts change your mind, that’s science.


It is interesting to see where people were on a particular issue and where they ended, but the journey from where they were to where they are now is, at least to me the most compelling. In one instance an agnostic was given the final nudge into atheism by a creationist.

Dixie Drive-in poster or I suppose you could turn it into a wide screen wallpaper. While this was taken from a high quality photo print of the original it does have the color noise you would expect from a fifty year old graphic advertisement.

GOP funk: Money, enthusiasm lagging

Officials in both parties and independent observers expect participation in the Democratic caucus could run nearly twice as high as in the Republican contest — a reflection of the greater urgency Democrats feel about the 2008 election and greater enthusiasm for their choices.

If these predictions come true, the results will track a trend over the past couple years — accelerating in recent months — of Democratic and independent voter registration significantly outpacing Republican registration.

Over at the Right’s Weekly Standard Matthew Continetti comments on the Politico piece in Change Agent
January 1, 2008

Who knows? One thing’s for sure, however. Read Seib’s piece back-to-back with John Harris’s report on Republican funk (not the musical kind), and you get the distinct impression that 2008 will not be kind to the Grand Old Party. (emphasis mine)

Since Republicans have perfected the art of selling themselves as the poor beleaguered victims for the last fifty years I doubt that most Republicans feel that way. Democrats on the other hand may well have learned their lesson, that the most mediocre Democrat will still govern better then what the corporate media and the Beltway insiders tell America is a good “compassionate” Conservative.

I could take up for Barack Obama. I have before and I probably will again, but the guy’s willingness to embrace the most dog eared talking pionts of the Right is disturbing even in the context of fighting the good fight – Ezra Klein,

On the down side, some of his closing-weeks attacks are a bit, err, worrisome. Going after trial lawyers, for instance? Flooding the radio with ads claiming “Clinton would force people to buy insurance even if they can’t afford it” and “Barack Obama will cover everyone”? Suggesting that nominating Al Gore was a mistake and suggesting, wrongly, that Kerry was a divisive figure when he was nominated? Some of those statements are simply conservative arguments being uttered by a progressive. Some simple aren’t true.

John Edwards has been getting some criticism for this, Edwards Calls for Quick Pullout of Troops Training Iraqi Forces. It’s like this. Getting a consensus from Congress is like herding turtles why not start the debate somewhere about how much babysitting we’ll be doing in Iraq and for how long now. If Edward’s camp feels they need to spin this they need to spin it in that direction. We need to get out of the tar pit of Iraq and let them run their own affairs sooner or later. Either that or make the damn place the 51st state, it would cost less in money and lives. There are no WMD there, millions of Iraqis have been killed or displaced and it has not affected al-Queada one bit. The Iraqis, who are predominately Shia are quite capable of handling foreign fighters themselves.

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin