14 November 2008

Link roundup for 14 November 2008

PJ O'Rourke explains (amusingly) how conservatives blew it.

The Onion celebrates a pioneering racehorse.

Iowahawk explains why America should take pride in the election.

Monks brawl in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem -- "A ladder placed on a ledge over the entrance sometime in the 19th century has remained there ever since because of a dispute over who has the authority to take it down." WWJD?

I found this picture of Obama and McCain oddly intriguing.

Here's a handy field guide to trolls.

Christopher Hitchens, who voted for Obama, warns us against euphoria.

George Will reminds us of the founders' intentions concerning the selection of Presidential candidates.

Subtle traps await the newly-dominant Democrats.

Here's an interesting way of looking at American culture: Yankees and cowboys.

The bald eagle is a strikingly appropriate symbol for our country: "The bald eagle is by nature a loner. He hunts for food and shelter alone. He depends on only himself to live. He is not afraid to fight to protect his claimed space on earth.....He's best enjoyed from a place of best defense and definitely from a safe distance. Kind of the same way I'd like the rest of the world to see America."

Exit polls suggest Clinton would have won by a larger margin than Obama did (found via Texas Hill Country). She's one of a kind.

The predicted surge in voter turnout didn't happen.

This Catholic priest denies Obama voters communion because of his pro-abortion stance. Most actual Catholic voters have fairly liberal views on sexuality and "said government was too quick to interfere with people's personal lives and private decisions".

These religious parents have decidedly less-modern attitudes.

Joseph Cannon points out that Obama represents a step forward for equality in another way: "I cherish even more my freedom to say that I think Barack Obama is just another corrupt, lying poli-tician -- neither the first nor the last corrupt liar to be elected to our highest office. In my eyes, he's not a symbol, not an arche-type, not a representative of any group. I'm not talking about anyone or anything else. Just that one guy. If that's not equality, how do you define the term?"

While we've been preoccupied with politics, technology marches on. Here's a video showing what remarkable progress has been made in direct brain-computer interfacing.

Work is also underway to defeat arthritis.

RNA interference technology promises breakthroughs in many areas of medicine.

And could this story from Germany (found via Blue Lyon) mean a cure for AIDS?

3 Comments:

Blogger Vamp said...

Loved your take on the Bald Eagle and USA.

That Hitchens article about Obama, left me saying, HUH? But loved the comment "... no more driveling Christian fundamentalism..."

Uhh, those pics of McBama and O'Cain gave me the shivers...

Seen that "tech" video, it just made me think the USA ain't gonna be #1 anymore.

Great Link roundup.

16 November, 2008 16:28  
Blogger James Higham said...

Defeating arthritis is an important one for the seniors.

19 November, 2008 05:04  
Blogger Christy said...

Cannon is right.

Obama is just a man.

I think he's a good communicator, and I don't think he's corrupt--he's just not perfect, like every politician, every person.

He isn't even all black, if he was supposed to be some symbol, he's a poor one.

He is half-white and went to Harvard.

But, that fact, that he went to Harvard and did so well, straightened out his life when he definitely was on a bad path at times, that makes me like him.

And I respected McCain's sacrifice too.

I just think Obama's accomplishments translate better to negotiation and thoughtful governing.

I actually wish Obama would name McCain in some post.

Best of both worlds.

19 November, 2008 13:22  

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