Dicta and marginalia

A wee bit of writer’s block so here’s some worthwhile transitional links as I try to move from the political/topical to getting a couple book reviews done.

  • Slate takes a look at South Dakota and J.A.I.L. In light of my last post on the connection between J.A.I.L. and abortion, I found it interesting that Slate reports, without attribution, that the J.A.I.L.ers “paid door-knockers to ask people if they were mad about Roe v. Wade.”
  • According to Mount Blogmore, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center is going to hold a rally in Rapid City Friday morning outside Stephanie Herseth’s office to urge her to support a resolution to create a committee to investigate the impeachment of Bush. Mount Blogmore also reports that Herseth says she opposes the resolution. Gee, why aren’t I surprised that she would support Bush (yet again)??
  • The New York Public Library has posted its list of 25 Books to Remember from 2005. (Via Conversational Reading).
  • Frank Herbert, the author of Dune and the subsequent series of books based on it, is one of the four 2006 inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.

Frank Herbert, Dune

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