Links, 8/9/10

Was out this weekend. Description of what I was doing forthcoming. Still catching up with news.

  • “Battles around Nation over Proposed Mosques” (nytimes) – conservative bloggers are whipping up a lot of hysteria over Islam, and yes, the hysteria is dangerous. The immediate result? A certain Ms. Serafin, quoted from the article: “As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.” “I do believe everybody has a right to freedom of religion,” she said. “But Islam is not about a religion. It’s a political government, and it’s 100 percent against our Constitution.”
  • “Republican Party starts to kill its own: S.C. Rep. Bob Inglis ousted for not hating Obama enough” (via LGF) – I’m not sure about this particular loss, actually. I probably would have wanted Bob Inglis out because of his opposition to the surge. I’m interested to know more about the guy who beat him. If that guy turns out to be an absolute nutcase, we’ll know this article is spot-on. I obviously have no argument with the article’s description of the climate Bob Inglis and all the rest of us are working in: things are insane right now.
  • Megan McArdle, “Should we raise taxes on the rich?” – from the article: The other question is, isn’t there some upper limit on tax brackets for the wealthy?  When the Bush tax cuts expire, that top rate will go to 39.5%.  Then there’s the 2.9% Medicare tax, and the 0.9% Medicare surtax we just enacted.  There are, for those living in places like New York, New Jersey, California, or DC, state and local income taxes that can add an extra 5-10% onto the tax bills.  We’re now well over 50% marginal rates before we’ve even considered things like  property and sales taxes.
  • Emory Rowland, “Why I Use Foursquare” – after reading this article, I’m very tempted. This looks like a ton of fun.


  1. I’m gonna be boring and comment on your last link- that foursquare thing looks kind of useful, well aside from the game aspect, but I guess that might encourage people to participate. Aside from the fact that the pictures in the article have the guy checking in at at least one crappy restaurant, it would be useful to know where other people go for _____ when you’re out of town and don’t want to waste time or money.

    I won’t say too much about this, but it has been my observation that hysterical fear over Islam has been strong and widespread for several years. I’ve seen it among people who have never read a blog or attended a rally.

  2. Foursquare baffles me! Not to mention that telling random strangers where you are sounds like a recipe for certain creepiness…. But you kids have fun!

    And of course you know the other link I want to address. Ah, crazy people spewing nonsense about Islam….

    I posted a small collection of the many, many statements made by Muslims against violence and aggression — the sort of thing that so many non-Muslims say that the Muslims have never said. It was the one before my Open Thread, so it won’t show up in CommentLove — here’s a link:

  3. Mike Lupica? Seriously?

    He’s worse than any of the whiny hacks at the Globe or Herald, but at least they for the most part stick to sports.

    Why should anybody with more than one functioning brain cell think that Lupica has the best interests of the GOP at heart when he penned that dreck? Maybe Lupica could write a column about Rangel’s ongoing legal woes or Staten Island Dem Congressman McMahon’s campaign compiling a list of ‘Jew donors’ to his GOP opponents?

  4. Welcome back! I’ll keep it light and comment about FourSquare.

    How long before someone makes a movie about a perfect murder – the killer gets someone to use his phone and have him check in to places far away from the murder site.

    I love the potential for FourSquare as a gaming aid. Until I get one of these phones, I won’t be able to get the old gray cells working on the next party game.



  5. The real problem with the mosque is not that, as some on here have recognized, the vast majority of Muslims are crazy and bent on implementing Sharia law. The real problem is that a few are, and are doing rather well despite their numbers.

  6. sidenote: if the young Republican Party was able to work (quite well, considering) with fragments of the free-soil movement in the mid-nineteenth century, can the modern Republican Party not manipulate the xenophobic elements of the right to accomplish higher ends today?

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