Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thursday Roundup

And the hits just keep on comin'

Just noticed over at Politics1: Curt Weldon (Moonie-PA) faces a new challenger for his US House seat. I'm thinking Weldon may find it something of a challeng to paint Admiral Joe Sestak (USN, Ret.; former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, former National Security Council) as "weak on defense."

Will 2006 be a new Year of the Mugwump?

Did you see the size of that chicken?

Joe Sifry's latest State of the Blogosphere is out. High points: It's getting bigger, 'magine that. Low points: Spammers and other lowlifes continue their scams and continue to get more sophisticated. High points again: Technorati's on the job.

A theological thought

I've read in several places -- here's a randomly picked sample from The Australian -- that "Islam is interpreted to forbid any illustrations of the prophet Mohammed for fear they could lead to idolatry."

Pardon me -- or don't -- but what word could possibly be more descriptive than "idolatry" for rioters, arsonists and murderers raising images of Mohammed to a higher level of importance than the teachings of Mohammed?

[Abraham] said to his father and his people, "What are these statues to which you are devoting yourselves?" They said, "We found our parents worshipping them." He said, "Indeed, you and your parents have gone totally astray." -- Quran, Surah 21:52-54

The libertarian agonistes revisited

I linked to posts at Liberty For Sale and Jacqueline Passey's blog yesterday. I'm doing so again because there's plenty of fresh meat in the comments -- not just on the Costa Rica elections, but on "purism" versus "pragmatism" and such in general, on "reform" efforts in the LPUS, etc.

Speaking of reform in the LP, the Libertarian Reform Caucus has been busy: They're running Blogads over at Reason and print ads in Reason, Liberty and LP News. If nothing else, the LRC and Tim West deserve a lot of credit for moving the discussion over the future of the LP out of traditional "mailing list mouthing" and into the real political environment -- PACs, party committees and ultimately the convention floor.

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