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Iranian Autumn? and other news

The Iranians are in the streets again, protesting the regime of mullahs and Ahmedinejhad.

To paraphrase an old Sting song, “The Mullahs say they will bury you, I don’t agree with their point of view, it’s such an ignorant thing to do, if the Persians love their children too.”

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Americans are visiting the doctor less frequently.  It looks like the bipartisan plan to control medical costs via a program of sustained mass unemployment is working.

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Check these maps out in TheAtlanticCities if you want to see what happened to job growth since 2001 and in the last four years.  Not very pretty.

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Todd Akin (R), who is running for Senator of Missouri against eau-de-Democrat Claire McCaskill says that the government shouldn’t interfere with the way businesses operate even if it results in pay discrimination against women.

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Michael Lynch says in his article for the NYTimes Opinionator that persuasion by reason isn’t useless, it just takes longer than we like.  Eventually, we’ll have lost absolutely everything but maybe that’s what it will take before the gullible buy a clue.

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There really is a white male affirmative action program.  Let’s just cut the bullshit about all of the progress women have made and look at the facts, ok?

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True story: a couple of guys bought a house in Arizona a few years ago assuring the former owner’s daughters that they were going to restore it to its former architectural glory.  They didn’t.  Instead, they submitted plans to the local planning board to demolish the house, split the land into two lots and develop on it.  Except that this particular house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son, David, and it was one of the prototypes for the Guggenheim Museum’s spiral design.  If the couple who bought the house don’t get a buyer who meets their asking price of $2.2 million by tomorrow, it’s curtains for the house.  Thursday is when the demolition is scheduled to begin.  The Wright foundation says this house flew under their radar because David Wright never let anyone visit it even though it’s about 10 miles from Taliesan West.  It would be awful to see it destroyed.  The place looks like it would be beautiful if someone gave it some TLC.  Unfortunately, the new buyers are going to have to have a lot of money to restore it and maybe that’s the sticking point.  Preservationists are racing against the clock to get it designated as a historical landmark.  It looks like they’re not going to make the deadline though.

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Hey!  There’s a debate tonight.  The New York Times says you can learn a lot about candidates in debates by their body language.  They’re a little late to this party because that’s the way The Confluence used to watch debates during the 2008 season.  Here’s the plan: tune into the debate on C-Span or set your DVR, and turn off the sound.  It doesn’t matter what they say anyway and you can always rewatch the debate later.  Now, watch their bodies.  Record your impressions.  You may come to different conclusions about who won based on their body language.  We’ll run a liveblog simultaneously.

As for me, I’m inclined to do like James Carville and join the Cocktail Party.  I love a bit of whiskey in the fall.  But if your tastes lean in the effervescent direction, check out this pumpkin beer recipe served from a real pumpkin:

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  1. So, what were your conclusions in 2008? I haven’t watched debates in so long, I don’t remember the last one I saw.

    • You can go look them up. I think Hillary kicked his ass. If the Obama fans weren’t so enamored by him, they would have seen this. She was probably over prepared and therefore looked comfortable when she was discussing policy. As she got further into her topic, she got more relaxed and conversational. He looked like he was making a conscious effort to take up space, which would make sense considering his weightlessness.
      You can go look up the debate threads in our archives if you want.

      • I had already backgrounded Obama and I thought the on the ground stuff I read delineated him and his history very well; altho I admit I never imagined he would be as bad as he’s been: his history was status quo with a little decorative stitching around the edges, mainly in gasbag oratory. To that point, he hadn’t done much of anything–except ingratiate himself with the Chicago PTB, of course. Thank you very much, Michelle Robinson, daughter of a Daley machine precinct captain. Glen Ford’s scorn is palpable.

        I voted for Obysmal because I thought he would be slightly better than McCain and status quo might be as good as could be gotten given the collusive nature of the Dems. Wrong!

  2. Hi r, hope you are doing well. http://goo.gl/uvGwa
    “What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People”

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