The Electric Commentary

Thursday, November 17, 2005

For your afternoon enjoyment

1. Tin-foil helmets actually help the government read your thoughts.

2. Think this country was founded as a "Christian nation?" Ever read the Treaty of Tripoli? Here's the first phrase:

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion;

Read more, along with some commentary, here.

3. Virginia Postrel has a slew of new posts up. Just keep scrolling.

4. Ann Althouse notes that the far right is doing everything it can (albeit unintentionally) to ensure that Sam Alito is not confirmed.

5. Chicago might ban 40s.

6. Here's L&N Liner Chris on the newest Harry Potter movie. Here's Ebert. I'm actually going to see a sneak preview tonight and I'll have a review in the morning.


  • There is a looooooot of contention in discourse over the Treaty of Tripoli. Have fun with the fundies, but don't say that you weren't warned.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 10:57 PM  

  • Note to any "fundies."

    Everything that I know about the Treaty of Tripoli I learned by reading the linked post, and Rashid makes a good point. I overstated the conclusion that can be drawn from that post. The MR guys only note, correctly I think, that there is no way such an document could be passed in today's America. However, their are a lot of scenarios that I can imagine in 1790 that would have Christians signing that treaty in droves, and that don't have anything to say about America's founding.

    I do, independent of this post, think that America is not founded on Christian Principles, except where they overlap with reason. But that's a topic for a different day.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 8:56 AM  

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