Just want to link to some things before the rush of the holidays.
A Croation prison camp may be reopened as a fantasy prison camp for wannabe political prisoners
. By the AP's Eugene Brcic in SFGate. Courtesy of Andrew: "Local officials have expressed interest but say they are unsure how well a vacation from hell will sell. "How avant-garde or realistic this idea is remains to be further analyzed," said the head of the district's tourism office, Alen Andreskic. Modric insisted he would offer gluttons for punishment only as much as they could take -- with plenty of expert supervision. "Weaker inmates would carry out light toil, while fitter inmates would 'kill themselves' with work in the sun during the day and spend the night in solitary confinement," Modric said.
"Of course, unlike real prisoners, nobody would be tortured."
When Words Hide The Truth
, On Political Language, by Don Watson, from The Age, courtesy of Scott. "Stalin was not the first tyrant to be so feared that those around him preferred to imitate even his malapropisms than give him any reason to think they were not in awe of his authority."
Great Salon first person essay
on the need for Democrats to reach out to the religious, by the talented writer ZZ Packer. Link Courtesy of Brian G. "Religious Democrats don't run the party. They don't tend to be high-profile strategists or spokespeople. But there are a lot more of them than the party elite realize -- and they are uniquely positioned to roll back the raging Red sea. These people know how to talk to the folks in the Red states and swing states for a simple reason: more often than not, they live in them.
From TheParticipant's Joe Stange: Radio Station in a Suitcase
From Matt at the Snarkmarket, information
about "Paul Rusesabagina, a Kigali hotel owner whose derring-do saved hundreds from the slaughter [in Rwanda]."
And, just for the hell of it, a story about dolphins
saving a family of lifeguards from a great white shark.