[the palaverist]

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

[i love my india]

This video from India's Got Talent, passed on by a Facebook friend, is a great example of what I find so compelling about India: the passionate mix of high and low, sacred and profane, beautiful and silly, devout and camp, until you're completely unable to tell which is which.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

[pensioner schoolgirls]

North Korea retains its title as purveyor of the world's weirdest insults.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

[not a christian country]

There is a kind of meme among conservatives that America is a Christian nation — that the founders were Christian, that the Constitution is based on Christian principles, that sort of things. And so I thought it was interesting to discover that in our treaty with Tripoli, passed unanimously by the Senate in 1797, Article 11 expressly states that "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."


Now, this isn't a note written by Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. It's merely the expressed views of a unanimity of senators at a time when they could personally recall exactly what the foundation of our country was about.

America has, from its foundation, embraced religious freedom. This is just one more example of how basic that idea was to the founding generation.

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[revivifying the palaverist]

It has been brought to my attention that I did in fact once have faithful readers, and that they're kind of disappointed that this blog has slowed to the point of nothingness.

So I came rattling back around in here and found that the place had grown a bit musty. For one thing, my about page still had me working at the South Korean Mission to the UN, a habit I gave up back in January of 2008. And the picture was in need of an upgrade. I'm much cagier now.

I've also decided to embrace modern technology — blogs are so early aughts! — by creating a Facebook page where you can become a fan and pick up the feed for this blog. (The Palaverist shall not, however, tweet.)

More than any of that, however, is a renewed interest in actually producing some content. So enough of this meta-content! On to the other kind ...

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