Archive for March, 2006

On Hearing the September 11th 911 Calls

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in The War On Terrorism

Today the city of New York released many of the 911 tapes from September 11th. Personally, I’ve never fully recovered from that day and had not planned on listening to the calls, even though the victims voices have been bleeped out and only the operators can be heard. But they played several minutes on NPR […]

March 31st, 2006 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Taxonomy of the Center

By Callimachus | Related entries in General Politics

This turned up in a comments thread and probably got drowned out there by yak about Iraq, but it seems worth saving, since a lot of people talk about ideas like “moderate” and “centrist” without agreeing on what they are. Tom Strong laid down an important distinction: Moderate: Gentle in tone, open to compromises (particularly […]

March 31st, 2006 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

Carnival Time

By Callimachus | Related entries in History

The latest Carnival of Etymologies is up, if that’s your thing. Very moderate. Apologies for the link-whoring, but it was suggested that it might be appreciated here. Tweet

March 31st, 2006 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Lest We Forget…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, The World

From Haaretz Daily: Four Israelis were killed when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car after nightfall Thursday at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, located west of Nablus. The vehicle blew up around 9:45 P.M. next to the Kedumim gas station. Security forces sealed roads in the area immediately […]

March 31st, 2006 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

German Comedy

By Callimachus | Related entries in Comedy, Kitchen Sink, The World

You know, German comedy! All those great knee-slapper films and stitch-in-your-side skits. Like … uh, … well … Tweet

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Discuss

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Discuss, Media, The War On Terrorism, War

(h/t: Lessig) Tweet

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

How Will Things Play Out In Iraq?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, War

Global Guerillas offers what I think is a likely scenario… Here’s a likely scenario for how this will play out: deeper entrenchment within US bases (to limit casualties) and pledges of neutrality (Rumsfeld) will prove hollow. Ongoing ethnic slaughter will force US intervention to curtail the militias. Inevitably, this will increase tensions with the militias […]

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Not a Good Sign

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Economy

Within the next two years, the US National Debt Clock located near Times Square will run out of digits. That’s right, we’re approaching the 10 trillion dollar debt mark. $10,000,000,000,000. At some point this will be an issue again. Hopefully some point very soon. Tweet

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

More Americans Call Themselves Independents

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in General Politics

Yep, there are more in the middle, but now they’re leaning more towards the Democrats. From E&P: Republicans had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this widens a bit more […]

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| No Comments »

Journalist Jill Carroll Freed …

By Denise Best | Related entries in Breaking News, In The News

Breaking News … American journalist Jill Carroll freed … American journalist Jill Carroll, abducted in early January by gunmen in Baghdad, was released to a Sunni Arab political party in the capital Thursday morning after 82 days in captivity. “I was never hurt, ever hit,” she told a Washington Post reporter. “I was kept in […]

March 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 7 Comments »