Lt. Gov. Michael Steele of Maryland was clearly only invited to a primetime speaking slot at the GOP convention because he's black. The Republicans are doing their best to pretend that they have got a 'big tent.' (The white people probably concede to this strategy the same way the anti-war democrats have to put up with John Kerry).
Anyway, Steele thought that one of his applause lines would get a lot more applause than it did. He was talking about how W is a Man of Action. Blah blah, Democrats and Kerry just talk about things, don't get them done, etc. But his big applause line fell flat on the predominantly white, probably largely evangelical audience: You can't just have faith to get things done. Faith without good works is no faith at all.
I guess no one told him that born-again Christians think that faith ("a personal relationship with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ," as they usually put it) is enough. Do black evangelical churches actually differ from white ones on this key point of Christian doctrine?
While the DNC convention included a lot more "dance parties" (featuring Janet Reno, but unfortunately not in a blue dress), the Republican convention fills a lot of its lag time with fake news.
It would be funny - especially the "reporter" who gets really excited (she's actually a spokesperson for the convention) - if it weren't so cynical a manipulative ploy. Republicans, after all, don't see any difference between fake news and real news (e.g. Fox News). If they distinguish them, they prefer the fake news if Republicans are portrayed positively.
Is there really any difference between the canned blurbs the GOP manufactured for the convention and the canned talking points they send over to Fox News every hour?
I love when anti-gay crusaders use such graphic language and get all hot & bothered when talking about what those people do:
"You're in the showers with them, you're in the bunk room with them, you're in staterooms with them," Schrock told the Virginian-Pilot. "You just hope no harm would come by folks who are of that persuasion. It's a discipline thing."
It's even better when someone uncovers the very real experiential source for such vivid description by hypocrites.
Yeah, he knows alllll about discipline in such situations. Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!
It seems to me that self-hating gays (and African Americans (Connerly), while we're at it) would really be ideal Republicans. They should want more Shrocks who take hard right positions to keep their skeletons (or tricks) in the closet.
I'm also pleased that others recognize the way things should be, and how dysfunctional the academic process is.
Finally, I'm pretty much convinced that refdb is the best solution currently available. And if I choose to move to something else later, I can always dump ris or bibtex out of it and import.
- roast chicken à la provençale
- spicy garlic eggplant over jasmine rice
- gazpacho for lunch
- chili with corn over roasted potatoes or basmati rice
- orzo or risotto with roast chicken, thyme, and summer squash
Find Jim Morrow's "Game Theory for Political Scientists" and read the first few chapters carefully (ie with pad and pen working through the examplesd etc.). Make sure you really understand what a Nash equilibrium is and how to do backward induction to find a subgame perfect equilibrium.
- Mathematical Modeling (text is a calc book)
- Formal Comparative Politics (Jenny and I are not at all ready for this)
- Law & Society (7 big, expensive, new, hardcover books)
- American Institutions (basic survey stuff, from Downs to Putnam)
- db with separate tables for biblio entries and notes
- import/export in xml and other biblio standards (ris-xris/Z39.50/bibTeX)
- update-anywhere replication possible (so i can take it with me on my powerbook)
- easily insert reference links in docbook xml, LaTeX, and html