Archive for November 8th, 2008

The Palin Plan

I think Gail Collins may be on to something here, even if only accidentally:

The Republicans are being way more nasty to Sarah Palin than the Democrats are to Lieberman. They’ve been portraying her as both a shopaholic and a woman who walks around in nothing but a bath towel, a hillbilly who’s also a prima donna. The leakathon climaxed this week when Fox News’s Carl Cameron announced that Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.

Palin says this is untrue. But the worst part is that if these people get any meaner, we’re going to wind up feeling sorry for her. This is not something we are looking forward to, Republicans, and we will resent you for it.

Republicans love to play the victim card, to claim that the liberal media or the Blue Meanies are treating them unfairly because it’s the only way to keep them down.

What do you want to bet that by 2012, if Palin runs for president, the source of the post-election attacks on her will be conveniently forgotten?  That the same Republicans who propagated them will be deploring the shameful media attacks on Our Sarah, and claiming that they prove that the Democrats are deathly afraid of her looks and folksiness and prodigious command of policy?

What, no takers?

3 comments November 8th, 2008 at 10:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Obama And The Arab Blogosphere

The NYT op-ed page has a fascinating selection of Arab blog reactions to Obama’s victory, ranging from Hooray for America to Big deal, America will still treat us like dirt:

Tamem, Egypt (

The victory of Barack Hussein Obama that we, along with the rest of the world, are witnessing today is another historic moment, not just for America but for the whole world by virtue of America’s huge influence, whether we like it or not. Personally I, like others, doubted Americans’ ability to overcome racism, but in electing “Abu Hussein,” they created a historic moment by accepting the first black president to govern not just America but the white West as a whole. With this, they removed all such doubts and the impossible dream of Martin Luther King became possible.

Syrian Dream, Syria (

The world arose today to welcome Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, and Africa danced with joy.

The whole world is optimistic about what he offers but doubts remain about him, a great question mark.

What will Syria’s fate be under him? Will he give the green light to bombing us?


Esra’a, Bahrain (

I can honestly say that we can finally wave goodbye to the overwhelming anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry that we have suffered with for the past eight years under the Bush administration. We can expect less wars, less corruption, less political abuse. It won’t be perfect, but it will get better. I am so happy and proud of all the Americans who worked extremely hard for Obama, understanding fully well the importance of change in every sense of the word. This moment is not just historical but crucial to us here in the Middle East.

This is a win for all of us, not just America.

This is a win for civil rights and justice.

For all the pessimists out there, allow us to enjoy this moment. If you learned anything from this campaign, you would learn that it starts with hope — not cynicism. And hope is what I have right now, for America and the Middle East.

We can do it, and this time, we can be sure that we can do it together.

I haven’t said this in a really long time, but I am loving America right now.


Mashrabeya, Egypt (

Only time would tell if Obama is real, or just too good to be true!

Sometimes, it is not enough to have a Big Dream. What matters is to have enough strength to resist the pressures to give up a Big Dream!

Land and People, Lebanon (

My take on this is that he is the president of the United States, and not Barack Obama. That said, I would really like to hope for change. After all, Obama showed that change was possible: he himself changed from a supporter of Palestinian rights into a man who believes that Jerusalem is the historic capital of Israel. He also changed during his campaign from “No Iraq war for me please, I’m trying to quit” into “All right I’ll have some, but a tiny piece please.”


But the question that really interests me is about the relationship between Obama and the true center of world power, Kapital. There was an awful lot of money in Obama’s campaign … A great chunk must have come from carefully planned investments by C.E.O.’s and multinationals. Will Obama be able to confront the mega-corporations? Does he want to? The poor and the colored population of the world, including that of the U.S., is the one that suffers most from malnutrition and hunger and food insecurity. We know now that mega-corporations, pushing for more profit at any cost, are responsible for most of the damage. Will Obama do something about that? Does he want to? Can he?

An Arab Woman Blues, Iraq (


I also said that Obama will strike a deal with Ahmadinejad on Iraq and in particular southern Iraq.

And lo and behold, the vice president for the booma Obama is none other than J. Biden. J. Biden, the Zionist, is an ardent supporter of the partition of Iraq into three statelets. No wonder Maliki & Co. were also backing the booma along with Iran. I also know that Iran had generously contributed to the Obama campaign.

… I shall not congratulate you on your 44th president. He will simply finish off what the other Zionists had started — the final partition of my country.

To hell with all of you and all of your presidents.

Neurotic Iraqi Wife, Iraq (

For me, this is not just about history, this is about someone who was able to bring down the very people that broke my country. It’s a great punch to the very people that destroyed the individual Iraqi. And that to me is an enough victory.

I will only have to say to Mr. Obama, don’t let us down.

There’s a lot of hope, but also a lot of well-earned bitterness and cynicism.  I think the reality is probably going to be somewhere in the middle.  I don’t think Obama will stray outside the bounds of our historical Middle East foreign policy, but he also won’t be nearly as callous or malevolent towards Arabs and Muslims as his predecessor.

It won’t be The Dawning Of A Brand New Day in American foreign policy, but at least we won’t be trying to rule by fear and gratuitous violence.  Who knows, we might even stop bombing weddings.

November 8th, 2008 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Elections,Foreign Policy,Iran,Iraq,Obama,War

Mundane B&W Philly Photoblogging

Just some ordinary stuff such as you might find walking around any city.
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Well, okay, I’m not entirely sure what this is. It looks like one side of a balancing scale, maybe.

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Railing shadow on the steps.

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Cellar doors!

Bear with me, I was still searching for my mojo…

November 8th, 2008 at 07:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging


Technically, they’re ordinary lab mice, but the wonder drug makes them uber:

Eat more than you should. Stay skinny. Run twice as far. Those are the big claims coming from a new drug study from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass. This latest study clears the way for human clinical trials of SRT1720, often touted as an “anti-aging pill.”

SRT1720 activates the same receptor as the much-discussed resveratrol, the chemical in red wine that may slow some effects of aging. Both resveratrol and SRT1720 are being tested as a way to treat type-two diabetes first, and possibly other age-related diseases, later.


After 15 weeks of eating the high-calorie diet, the control mice gained significant weight. The mice taking 500 mg of the drug, however, gained no weight. The cholesterol levels of the mice on the drug also improved.

The animals’ exercise habits were also recorded. Mice without SRT1720 ran for roughly half a mile. Mice given 100 mg ran roughly seven-tenths of a mile. And mice on 500 mg of SRT1720 were able to run a full mile, twice the distance of untreated mice.


The new study echoes results published earlier in Nature with resveratrol, the chemical in red wine that led to much discussion about the “French paradox,” the seeming ability of French people to eat high-calorie meals, with a glass of red wine, and remain thin. (To get the levels in the study, a person would have to drink dozens of bottles a day.)

SRT1720 is about 1,000 times more powerful that resveratrol, say the researchers. The two chemicals are not related structurally, but both influence the same chemical pathway in the body — in particular, a type of receptor called SIRT1.


The SIRT1 receptor is also activated during caloric restriction diets, which have been shown to lengthen life span in multiple animal models, and during exercise.

Um, hey, if they need any subjects for human trials…

November 8th, 2008 at 02:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

Belated Friday Quote And Cat Blogging

Damn, I completely forgot about this yesterday.  Anyway, this week’s quote is from the NYT’s review of Soul Men, starring Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson:

To say that the chief pleasure of “Soul Men” is watching these two men swear at each other is in no way to sell it short.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s insane cats:


(h/t shadowy and mysterious Codename V.)

November 8th, 2008 at 12:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Wankers Of The Month

Apparently the First Amendment says that it’s okay for churches to involve themselves in politics, but it’s an unconstitutional infringement of their rights to free speech and worship to protest against them when they do.

And, of course, it’s totally okay to deprive gay people of their right to marry.

So, yeah, they basically commit a constitutional atrocity, and now they’re whining because the people that they’ve so grieviously wronged are protesting against them (and possibly boycotting the state of Utah)?  The churches really think that they’re the unfairly injured party here?  Really?

November 8th, 2008 at 09:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Elections,Politics,Religion,Teh Gay,Wankers

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