Alas, No : I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, writing at The New Republic about Mike Huckabee's announcement that he will be entering the 2016 presidential race:

But the culture wars are over, and things did not shake out in evangelicals’ favor. As Professor Andrew Hartman writes in his new history of the culture wars, A War for the Soul of America, “Those who identified with the normative Americanism of the 1950s fought for its survival. But by the twenty-first century, memories of this lost world have faded. A growing majority of Americans now accept and even embrace what at the time seemed like a new nation. In this light, the late-twentieth-century culture wars should be understood as an adjustment period.” The last two decades of the twentieth century and the first few years of the twenty-first were, it now seems, a denial-like phase of adjustment. But that moment has passed. Evangelicals are now well aware of the situation America is in both legally and culturally, and are seeking only to be left to their own individual practices in the spaces they still hold.

It is to this constituency Huckabee will now turn for support. The trouble is that likely every single one of the GOP primary candidates will expound at length about the importance of religious liberty. And, unlike Huckabee, several of his competitors have actually spent the last several years enmeshed in governance, rather than running a Fox News talk show that’s the equivalent of a cross between “Howdy Doody” and “The 700 Club.” With the culture wars in the past, the inspirational evangelical attitude of the Bush era mostly faded, and no end to his recurring money troubles in sight, it’s unclear how Huckabee will distinguish himself as a top candidate even to the most ardent evangelical voters, or whether it will seem worthwhile to wealthy ministries to jeopardize their tax-exempt status to fund a candidate whose position on religious liberty matches that of every other Republican hopeful.

Evidently aware that he can no longer count on fundraising in sanctuaries, Huckabee has turned to shilling for bullshit diabetes cures on internet infomercials to bring in cash. This, too, is an old trick in the celebrity evangelical book: After notorious televangelist Jim Bakker was jailed for multiple counts of fraud, he returned to the airwives to hawk survivalist food kits for the apocalyptically minded. Celebrity evangelicals have always been good at making money, in part because of what they're willing to do for it. But the age of their outsized political influence seems to have ended.

The fact is that Huckabee is a candidate who has outlived his time. The days of just kings and their trusty prophets have passed, as has the era of TV pastors achieving influence beyond the (admittedly daunting) reach of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Evangelicals are frightened and angry and looking for the sort of president who will protect them from the onslaught of the world around them, which is still rapidly changing. Huckabee, with his folksy charm and church basement coffee-talk demeanor, was their preferred protector in 2008, and perhaps always will be. But he won't get anywhere near the White House.

I agree with Bruenig that Huckabee does not stand a chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination, much less the presidency. Candidates like him enter the race to keep their names in the news, and I suspect Huckabee's main goal here is to boost sales of his shitty books and maintain his viability as an actor on the right-wing TV, talk radio, and think tank circuit.

I do not share Bruenig's confidence, however, that "the culture wars are over." It is true that significant strides have been made on specific fronts (especially LGBT rights), and the demographics of the nation are beginning to shift social and political power away from its traditional white male holders. However, the ongoing resistance to abortion rights and gender, racial, and economic equality, as well as the ever-more-dire rhetoric issuing from the cultural Right makes me think it still has a fair amount of fight left in it. Furthermore, while I don't want to minimize or understate the importance of the gains made by social progressives, I suspect they probably represent the low-hanging fruit.

To put it another way, I tend to think the culture wars will get worse before they get better, and we may be in something of a calm before the storm. Huckabee's candidacy and his increasingly apocalyptic vision for the country's future are indicators of that trend.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  2. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  3. What's good for me must be good for you.
  4. The police state and its enablers
  5. A new Craw Kickstarter
  6. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  7. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  8. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  9. People are not resources.
  10. Chewie, we're home.
  11. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  12. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  13. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  14. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  15. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  16. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  17. Happy birthday, Merle!
  18. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  19. Bigots gonna bigot
  20. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  21. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  22. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  23. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  24. TV - *Bloodline*
  25. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  26. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  27. Why I like minimalist art.
  28. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  29. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  30. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  31. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  32. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  33. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  34. A new Aliens movie?
  35. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  36. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  37. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  38. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  39. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  40. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  41. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  42. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  43. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  44. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  45. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  46. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  47. Rand Paul is a kook.
  48. Due is a nice reminders app.
  49. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  50. Dan Burton, still a moron
  51. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  52. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  53. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  54. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  55. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  56. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  57. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  58. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  59. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  60. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  61. No, blogging is not dead.
  62. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  63. Scott Walker is terrible.
  64. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  65. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  66. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  67. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  68. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  69. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  70. Phrases that should be banned
  71. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  72. A novel twist in gameplay
  73. An entrepreneur in every pot
  74. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  75. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  76. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  77. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  78. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  79. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  80. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  81. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  82. So long, 2014.
  83. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  84. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  85. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  86. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  87. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  88. Flash photography
  89. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  90. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  91. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  92. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  93. Uber needs poor people.
  94. The problem with Radiolab
  95. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  96. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  97. The Star Wars teaser
  98. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  99. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  100. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  101. It's morning in America.
  102. My *Serial* think-piece
  103. Cod vacations
  104. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  105. Railing
  106. Found a sunny spot
  107. 1970s Legos
  108. DANZIG!
  109. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  110. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  111. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  112. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  113. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  114. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  115. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  116. A very helpful related search
  117. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  118. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  119. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  120. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  121. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  122. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  123. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  124. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  125. Dilbert is not funny.
  126. Pink Floyd
  127. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  128. Mobile friendly
  129. Dave Winer's Radio3
  130. Resistance to change
  131. That pope
  132. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  133. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  134. Your data-mining sucks.
  135. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  136. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  137. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  138. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  139. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  140. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  141. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  142. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  143. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  144. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  145. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  146. Massachusetts Republicans
  147. Birthright #1
  148. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  149. Kids these days
  150. *Aliens* documentary
  151. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  152. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  153. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  154. Jack Bruce
  155. You seem to have missed something.
  156. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  157. Meg & Mog
  158. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  159. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  160. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  161. Technological change vs. cultural change
  162. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  163. Sleater-Kinney
  164. BE AFRAID!
  165. Medium's on it, bro!
  166. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  167. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  168. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  169. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  170. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  171. A useful roadmap
  172. Not much longer now…
  173. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  174. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  175. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  176. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  177. Deliberately missing the point
  178. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  179. Freshman year of college is calling.
  180. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  181. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  182. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  183. What's the worst that could happen?
  184. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  185. Both sides do it.
  186. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  187. With friends like these…
  188. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  189. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  190. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  191. Hell #9438
  192. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  193. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  194. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  195. War forever
  196. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  198. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  199. Disconnecting pay from performance
  200. Hosting my own stuff
  201. All Ebola, all the time
  202. The kids these days
  203. Laboratories of democracy!
  204. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  205. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  206. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  207. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  208. The new phone is here.
  209. Crap Architecture
  210. iPhone Parking Lot
  211. Starting Proust
  212. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  213. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  214. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  215. The Apple tech press is weird.
  216. VHS v. Betamax
  217. The answer is always "n + 1".
  218. Conservative intellectuals
  219. Zappos is creepy.
  220. Your phone is not the problem.
  221. Deconstruction
  222. Inspirational
  223. Process improvement
  224. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  225. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  226. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  227. Complicated things are complicated.
  228. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  229. That technology thing you like
  230. Priorities, people
  231. WAR!
  232. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  233. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  234. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  235. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  236. 42
  237. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  238. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  239. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  240. Trying out Beats Music
  241. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  242. The synthetic unity of experience
  243. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  244. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  245. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  246. State of the Union predictions
  247. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  248. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  249. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  250. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  251. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  252. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  253. Thinking before you write
  254. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  255. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  256. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  257. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  258. Hate the show, not the venue.
  259. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  260. FUD As a Service
  261. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  262. Crippling injuries build character.
  263. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  264. Saving bookstores
  265. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  266. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  267. Internet activism
  268. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  269. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  270. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  271. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  272. Your tax dollars at work
  273. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  274. Holacracy
  275. Yes, people really do still blog.
  276. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  277. Duck Dynasty
  278. No one cares about your private cloud.
  279. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  280. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  281. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  282. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  283. Money is speech
  284. Clearly
  285. Parking
  286. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  287. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  288. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  289. Unhelpful advice
  290. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  291. People don't scale
  292. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  293. Movies that scared me
  294. Epistemology
  295. Bespoke
  296. Califone, *Stitches*
  297. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  298. We want INFORMATION!
  299. Passive-aggressive politeness
  300. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  301. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  302. Google cars
  303. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  304. Really, DC? REALLY?
  305. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  306. Suspension of disbelief
  307. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  308. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  309. Personal experience v. policy
  310. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  311. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  312. The Washington Post and AWS
  313. St. Patrick’s Day
  314. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  315. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  316. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  317. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  318. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  319. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  320. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  321. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  322. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  323. Meetings
  324. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  325. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  326. Time-tracking
  327. Prophecy
  328. More guns
  329. Guns
  330. Bold Leadership
  331. Hanlon's Razor
  332. That legacy stuff
  333. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  334. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  335. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  336. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  337. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  338. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  339. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  340. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  341. That Kant was a smart guy.
  342. Petraeus
  343. The World War Z trailer
  344. You should have bicycles
  345. The technorati fallacy
  346. One of my favorite types of requests
  347. The Lucasfilm thing
  348. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  349. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  350. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  351. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  352. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  353. Undecided voters
  354. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  355. Found a new philosophy podcast
  356. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  357. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  358. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  359. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  360. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  361. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  362. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  363. Safety nets
  364. So, the Romney thing
  365. Your data-mining sucks
  366. Started watching Homeland
  367. The Clint Eastwood thing
  368. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  369. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  370. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  371. The Lance Armstrong thing
  372. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  373. A lot of Can
  374. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  375. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  376. Writing apps
  377. Distorted markets
  378., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  379. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  380. A bit more on the HBO thing
  381. OS upgrades
  382. Or I could just go listen to the album
  383. Monster Movie Week!
  384. As goes Sparrow...
  385. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  386. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  387. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  388. Nope, advertising just sucks
  389. Reading
  390. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  391. Who needs it!
  392. Advantage, Mutt
  393. Do you want the answer, or not?
  394. ACA coverage and systems failure
  395. To-do lists
  396. So long, Weather Underground
  397. Checked baggage
  398. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  399. From the $2 bins at the record store
  400. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  401. The HBO thing
  402. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  403. Not exactly random, but good listening
  404. The Dark Knight... meh
  405. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  406. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  407. Memorial Day
  408. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  409. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  410. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  411. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  412. Experimenting with Pelican
  413. Readlists
  414. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  415. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  416. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  417. War Hazard Eliminated!
  418. Unintended Consequences
  419. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  420. You’re playing their game
  421. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  422. Breitbart
  423. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  424. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  425. A bit more on The Shining
  426. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  427. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  428. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  429. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  430. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  431. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  432. Ip Man
  433. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  434. Bogeyman
  435. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  436. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  437. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  438. BASIC
  439. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  440. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  441. My power is beyond your understanding!
  442. Out-stupiding the TSA
  443. I see what you did there
  444. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  445. That "15 albums" thing
  446. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  447. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  448. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  449. That's an interesting definition you have there
  450. James Cameron v. the philistines
  451. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  452. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  453. Whither censure?
  454. Stealing TV, Part II
  455. OCTOBER?!
  456. Chasing boogeymen
  457. Nice vetting job, folks
  458. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  459. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  460. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  461. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  462. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  463. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  464. Supporting the freedom-haters
  465. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  466. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  467. Music update - February 2006
  468. The Corporation
  469. Watching TV without having TV
  470. Google strikes again (2006)
  471. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  472. Touchy subject
  473. Take my ports. Please.
  474. NUTS!
  475. One year older than I was at this time last year
  476. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  477. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  478. Lewis Black
  479. Uhhhhhhh...
  480. The Yes Men
  481. And again, my apologies
  482. I did it for you, Damien
  484. The site may be slow today
  485. Electronic mediocrity
  486. Maybe they are better off...
  487. Angry Dick strikes again
  488. Capote
  489. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  490. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  491. Wherein Pete despairs
  492. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  493. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  494. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  495. Hide your puppies
  496. I like VoIP
  497. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  498. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  499. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  500. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  501. The hearings are on.
  502. Apples and oranges
  503. And in somewhat less serious news...
  504. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  505. War in name only
  506. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  507. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  508. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  509. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  510. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  511. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  513. Flirting with the dark side
  514. Countdown to a big waste of time
  515. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  516. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  517. Weekend music update
  518. The New York Times finally throws down
  519. Today’s project
  520. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  521. The broken record continues to spin
  522. Long time, no music
  523. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  524. At least someone is putting up a fight
  525. More legal contortions
  526. More on Iran
  527. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  528. Only 20 more hours to go
  529. Original intent
  530. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  531. You say Alito, I say whatever
  532. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  533. I don’t want to live with the bears
  534. Quick TV update
  535. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  536. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  537. Reading too much into The West Wing
  538. A question, sir...
  539. Blogging about blogging
  540. A few changes
  541. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  542. Year-end music round-up
  543. Again with the wire-tapping
  544. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  545. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  546. I’m genuinely shocked
  547. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  548. Angry Dick
  549. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  550. Sorry for the delay
  551. The time grows near
  552. Site news - October 2005
  553. Quote of the Day
  554. Serenity
  555. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  556. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  557. Forensic Show #23
  558. It’s TV time again
  559. Nothing to see here
  560. Going from bad to worse to...
  561. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  562. Google Talk
  563. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  564. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  565. Voting != Democracy
  566. He’s not lying
  567. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  568. The perfect album?
  569. Movies, movies, movies
  570. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  571. A bit of background
  572. Leaving, on a jet plane
  573. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  574. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  575. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  576. Again with this story
  577. Music update - July 2005
  579. Whither Rove?
  580. How quaint.
  581. Intellects vast and cool...
  582. and... They’re off!
  583. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  584. I’m back
  585. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  586. Thank you, FARK
  587. ZOMBIES!
  588. On second thought...
  589. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  590. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  591. So it actually didn’t suck
  592. More on the filibuster debate
  593. YES!!
  594. Going nuclear/constitutional
  595. Worth a listen?
  596. Music update - May 2005)
  597. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  598. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  599. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  600. More on taxes
  601. Happy April 15th
  602. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  603. Long live the Death Tax
  604. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  605. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  606. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  607. METAL!!!
  608. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  609. This is the coolest thing EVER
  610. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  611. April Fools Day
  612. Groundhog Day, Part II
  613. The devil movies always get me.
  614. IM Annoyances
  615. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  616. What the hell?
  617. I suggest we start a pool...
  618. Drill, drill, drill!
  619. This is getting out of hand.
  620. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  621. the gates... THE GATES!!
  622. More “indecency”
  623. And again...
  624. Where have I heard this before?
  625. Anybody want gmail?
  626. Dirty, dirty titties
  627. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  628. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  629. One man’s Conservative...
  630. Google strikes again! (2005)
  631. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  632. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  633. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  634. Argh, I say.
  635. A rose is a rose.
  636. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  637. Sorry...
  638. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  639. Amusement
  640. The bottom-end of 2004
  641. How Bush Won
  642. New Music
  643. Foolishness
  644. Good news, I think...
  645. The first of many, I’m sure...
  646. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  647. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  648. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  649. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  650. Site news - November 2004
  651. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  652. More good web radio
  653. Another post-election site
  654. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  655. Sorry, everybody
  656. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  657. Apologies
  658. Nonsense
  659. Some new music
  660. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  661. The music is back online
  662. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  663. Odds and Ends
  664. SCIENCE!
  665. Making a bad situation worse
  666. Derrida, Part II
  667. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  668. The Faith-Based Presidency
  669. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  670. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  671. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.