Category: USA

Just don’t call it evil

Today Sarah (of Cat in a Dog’s World) pointed me to this Slate article about the present tendency to quickly assume someone is mentally ill if they commit an outrageous crime, such as the...

North Korea gaffe should sink Palin

Yesterday I was having a discussion with my aunt, who asked me if I had heard of Sarah Palin making that ridiculous statment about their North Korean “allies”. She was concerned that this would...

Hypocrisy of praising Nidal Hasan

Muhajideen Ryder on the hypocrisy of the people who praise Nidal Hasan now when they would, before his massacre, have called him an infidel: It is shocking to see Muslims praising and calling Nidal...

Going postal in Texas

So, a Muslim army major has gone on the rampage with two automatic handguns on a US army base in Texas, and killed (so far) 13 people. Obviously, the usual suspects rush to blame...

Come on Steve, prove you’re one of us

Where Are the British Birthers? | TPM Calling on Stephen Hawking to provide his bona fides (hat tip: Ginny, via Twitter): Perhaps there will be some brave republican willing to spearhead an investigation of...

“Birthers” can neither be ignored nor engaged

To engage the birther fantasists is futile; to dismiss them, reckless by Gary Younge in today’s Guardian They shouldn’t be engaged with, according to Gary Younge, because their claims are fantastic and have been...

Bush, Google and censorship

BBC NEWS: White House plans open government An interesting report on how the Obama government intends to open up the White House website to search engines. Under Bush, they “blocked” search engines from indexing...

Who is a Muslim, and who isn’t?

Recently, I had discussions on two blogs about the legitimacy of takfeer, meaning calling someone a non-Muslim, against people who appear to be Muslims but who have deviant beliefs or opinions about a matter...

The obligatory Obama post

I’m sure nobody will be surprised that I’m pleased that Barack Obama has won the election. I’ve got various cousins in the USA (of the two I actually know, one lives in North Carolina...

Religion, evolution and stupidity

George Monbiot, in the Guardian last Tuesday, on the link between religious belief and the anti-intellectualisation of US politics: Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is...

Panorama’s narrow view on Palin

Last Monday, BBC broadcast a Panorama programme, Obama and the Pitbull: An American Tale (requires Flash), about what you’d think were the two Presidential candidates (McCain himself hardly gets a mention). Watching the trailers,...

Why the US election is everyone’s business

Jonathan Freedland: McCain or Obama? The US election result will have a huge impact on us | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk Or, to use the actual headline, “This pansy-ass limey Brit won’t butt...

The ingratitude of a boorish “angry American”

Last Wednesday, Jonathan Freedland, a former Guardian US correspondent, wrote this article suggesting that the international judgement will be harsh if the Americans elect McCain and Sarah Palin, with her record of putting religion...