From the daily archives: Monday, November 26, 2007

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The myth of rampant random murders

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One of the common memes I read on pro-gun websites is the overwhelming need to protect one’s self and family from violent home invaders intent on killing you and your family.

Well, in New York City – population 8 million – they are on track to have fewer than 500 homicides, and if trends hold just seventy homicides perpetrated by those unknown to the victim. That’s a measly 14% of all homicides that would qualify as “random acts of violence”, and it means that 0.000875% of NYC citizens were murdered by a random attack this year. What’s more, you […]

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Putin’s soul: black

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George Bush, after meeting Vladimir Putin in 2001:

I was able to get a sense of his soul, a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.

But this weekend…

The OSCE’s election monitoring unit announced earlier this month that it would not attend Russia’s election, saying Moscow had refused to provide visas to its staff.

Mr Putin said the boycott decision “was taken on the recommendation of the American state department”.

“The aim is to discredit the elections, but they won’t achieve their goal,” he said.

“We will certainly take this into account […]

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Maybe I *am* an Islamofascist

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I spent a good portion of my free time last week playing Assassin’s Creed on my Xbox 360. Fun game. Interestingly, you play as an Islamic assassin named Altair, and you assassinate Templars (and non-Christians working with Templars) in 1191AD (during the Third Crusade). Assassination targets include prominent historical figures that died during the Third Crusades (including Robert de Sable, leader of the Templars at the time). I found the game quite enjoyable.

However – as is often the case in real life – the politics of the game are more complicated than they might appear. I […]

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It looks like the Republican candidates have run out of conservative christian endorsements and they are now looking for endorsements from some more colorful characters…

Yesterday Mike Huckabee picked up the ever-important pro wrestler endorsement from former pro wrestler “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Sometimes called “The Dirtiest Player in the Game”, Flair’s signature illegal moves included the Eye poke, Low blow, Thumb to the eye and Testicular claw.

Flair has been accused of steroid and alcohol abuse and his 2nd ex-wife said he “allegedly slapped, kicked, choked, and bit her.”

Earlier in the […]

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