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Airbus A380 @ JFK

Cooking Up a Beatbox

Pilger -- witness to Robert kennedy's last days -- tells how it was

OverUnder: (transcript and audio should be posted by ABC sometime soon)
OverUnder: cf this poem which unfortunately is formatted for some ancient browser, so updated here without permission
OverUnder: kinda ..

The pulverized remains of bodies from the World Trade Center disaster site were used by city workers to fill ruts and potholes, a city contractor says in a sworn affidavit filed Friday in Manhattan Federal Court.

seti: Filling up your car with iraqi blood, then driving over 9/11 victims. oh the superb irony
est: it's made of people!
OverUnder: "There is no feeling of solace or closeness to your loved one." ... and with the testimony coming from a guy whose debris-sifting company is named "Fresh Kills" ...

Andrew Sullivan reviews D'Souza's latest book, The Enemy At Home

seti: D'Souza rightly holds that the real divide in the new century is between authority and autonomy, between faith-based politics and individual freedom. And in this struggle at the level of first principles, D'Souza chooses his own side. He is at war with the modern West. If forced to choose between a theocratic order that upheld traditional morality and a secular order that saw such morality marginalized, D'Souza is with the former. He [bluntly states]:
seti: "Yes, I would rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Michael Moore than with the grand mufti of Egypt. But when it comes to core beliefs, I'd have to confess that I'm closer to the dignified fellow in the long robe and prayer beads than to the slovenly fellow with the baseball cap."
seti: The Enemy at Home is essentially an unpacking of that extraordinary confession. D'Souza argues that there are only two choices for a human being to make in the twenty-first century with respect to "core beliefs": "traditional morality" and what he calls "liberal morality."
seti: Traditional morality, in D'Souza's view, "is based on the notion that there is a moral order in the universe, which establishes an enduring standard of right and wrong. All the major religions of the world agree on the existence of this moral order. There is also a surprising degree of unanimity about the content of this moral order."
seti: Liberal morality, by contrast, consists first of all in the right of the individual to choose for him- or herself what morality is. It is about "autonomy, individuality, and self-fulfillment as moral ideals." Its essence is the notion that "each person must decide for himself or herself what is right in a particular situation."
seti: D'Souza argues that the shift in America over the past few decades from traditional morality to liberal morality is "the most important fact of the past half-century."
seti: Sound of my jaw dropping on the floor
seti: This is just wrong on so many levels. Starting with his "Blame America First"-type book title, D'Souza wants to go back to the times of the Spanish Inquisition and worse. If there's an enemy at the gates, it are religious fundamentalists such as D'Souza.
seti: Theoconservatives + neocons + corrupt sociopaths = Republican Party
junkblocker: Ramen!
seti: Noodly appendage touching encouraged.
seti: Jon Stewart should invite this nutcase to The Daily Show again and make minced meat out of him (again).
OverUnder: /me read "between authority and astronomy"

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