Posts from December 2003

Bedtime stories with Karl Rove

Bedtime stories with Karl Rove
: Yes, really, bedtime stories with Karl Rove.

Inside Operation Red Dawn

Inside Operation Red Dawn
: Jeremy Botter, a medic in Iraq, publishes his story as one of the 600 soldiers in Operation Red Dawn, the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Worse and worse

Worse and worse
: Good God. The toll in Iran’s earthquake is rising to 20,000, Reuters now says.

Others have noted that the severity of the quake was equivalent to that in California a few days ago. (Update: I stand corrected. The comments reveal that the Iran quake was .3 higher on the Richter scale and increases in the scale are exponential.)

: Pedram has another suggestion for where to send contributions.

: Here is a press release from the charity Pedram recommends, Mercy Corps.

: Keep returning to Iranian Truth for excellent links and updates.

It was a dark and stormy train…

It was a dark and stormy train…
: Kottke snoops on the creative process.

Dean’s Christmas

Dean’s Christmas
: A day after Howard Dean went out of his way to start dropping Jesus’ name before heading South to campaign, Jeff Miller [via Relapsed Catholic] points out that Dean’s Christmas message doesn’t mention Jesus but instead Saint FDR. It’s an odd message, in fact. Nothing about the warmth and joy the holiday, just another chance to obliquely complain about the war. It would appear that Dean’s having trouble grokking God.

: See also Franklin Foer’s fine New Republic piece that says a secular candidate can’t win the presidency (yet), quoting a 2000 Pew poll that says 70 percent of Americans want their President to be a person of faith.

: I’m not hoping that Dean turns himself into a Bush-Christian to win. Quite the contrary. If he is, in fact, a Congregationalist, like me — of the reform tradition, open, progressive, mainline, and not fundamentalist — then I’d love to see that view of religion take to the stage instead of just the conservative brand. But it appears that Dean is either embarrassed about religion or not religious (in which case, his sudden discover of faith would be dubious).