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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 25 2010

Santa Claus and god

Dec 25 2010

What Christmas is all about

Reason’s Greetings to all this blog’s readers.

Dec 24 2010

Jury nullification over pot possession?

I have written before about ‘jury nullification’, the right of juries to decide that a law is wrong and refuse to convict someone of a crime even if the facts are clear that that person is guilty. (See here and here.) I said last year (see the post script to this) that drug laws against …

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Dec 24 2010

Ted Rall’s best cartoons for 2010

One thing I hate about this time of year are the best/worst lists and highlights. But I will make an exception for Ted Rall’s choice of what of his own work he liked the best, because I missed some of them the first time around. (Click on each to enlarge.) Rall is one of the …

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Dec 24 2010

The Inebriati

From That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Dec 24 2010

A day in the life of Bradley Manning

Manning’s lawyer David Coombs (a former Army major who has served in Iraq) describes Manning’s conditions of solitary confinement that have lasted over seven months. Among other things: His cell is approximately six feet wide and twelve feet in length. The cell has a bed, a drinking fountain, and a toilet. … At 5:00 a.m. …

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Dec 23 2010

Playing the dumb blonde

I have shown this before but this Daily Show take-down of Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson never fails to crack me up. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Gretchen Carlson Dumbs Down www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show …

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Dec 23 2010

Must-see interview with Julian Assange

The more I listen to him, the more I am impressed with the sharpness of his intellect. No wonder the authoritarians want him silenced. They cannot answer him on the law or logic. Incidentally, the leading French newspaper Le Monde has named Assange as its Man of the Year.

Dec 23 2010

The self-unawareness of religious people: example MCLXVI

That unctuous Roman Catholic priest Jonathan Morris is so clueless that he does not see the absurdity of claiming that prayer is good but talking to an imaginary person is bad. (via Pharyngula.)

Dec 23 2010

Childish politics

One of the really distressing things about the political discourse in this country is how many political decisions seem to be based on insubstantial things like the vanity and ego and sheer childishness of people who really should know better. The desire to score cheap political points, to not want to give what the other …

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