"The man who _____ed an entire country" — Found in translation. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)
Saudi Arabia's Freedom Riders — Saudi Wahabbiism is different from American Christianism only in degree. Just as culturally toxic, just as batshit.
politicaldictionary.com: "aadrdvarking" — Although amusing, I also find this both discouraging and unsurprising. (Via David Goldman.)
How Republican governors could help Obama in 2012 — Actual GOP governance isn't any more intellectually consistent than their political platforms. In the reality-based world that conservatives disdain, this stuff matters.
Global warming since 1995 'now significant' — Climate warming since 1995 is now statistically significant, according to Phil Jones, the UK scientist targeted in the "ClimateGate" affair. Global warming denial is like evolution denial/Intelligent Design. No one comes to either position based on an objective review of the evidence. Both are fundamentally ideological perspectives unrooted in reality that desperately seek evidence to legitimize their irrationality. Both are essentially nonsense clothed in the language of science, and often backed by big money for related ideological reasons. But just because a lot of people believe that nonsense doesn't make it right.
Crazytown: Washington Times Yanks Post Suggesting Anthony Weiner Is A Secret Muslim — Accusations of being a 'Secret Muslim' is the Red-baiting of our time, and will eventually be seen as every bit as disgraceful and shaming to the character of the nation. Ah, conservatives.
Santorum's Wimpy Abortion Extremism — More intellectual consistency and moral leadership from one of the brightest lights of compassionate conservatism.
Michele Bachmann is the candidate Sarah Palin was supposed to be — Thank you, John McCain, for doing so much to legitimize the politics of resentment and proud mediocrity. You've certainly assured your place in history with the Palin nomination.
?otD: Ever tried to check out of the Hotel California?
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30-minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin