June 10, 2011
God Caught Backing Multiple GOP Candidates for President -- Daily Intel

By: Dan Amira

God Caught Backing Multiple GOP Candidates for President

After a thorough investigation, Daily Intel has discovered that God is separately backing at least three different contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. Over the course of the past few months and even years, God has sent signs and direct messages to each of these candidates encouraging them to run, presumably without telling them that he supports other candidates as well.

Herman Cain: When Cain’s granddaughter was born in 1999, Cain says his first thought upon holding her was, “What do I do to make this a better world?” Cain told Christian radio host Bryan Fischer in January, “I know that that had to be God almighty sending that thought through my mind.” That’s the background for what happened twelve years later. While campaigning for president around December of 2010, Cain was feeling tired and discouraged when he received a direct sign from God that he must continue. This sign was delivered via God’s preferred method of communication, the text message:

Cain has also heard from God more directly, as he told a tea party rally in April:

Cain told the crowd about his battle with cancer in 2006, saying he’s been “totally cancer free” for the past five years.

"You want to know why? God said, ‘Not yet Herman,’" Cain told the crowd. "God said, ‘Not yet. I’ve got something else for you to do.’ And it might be to become the president of the United States of America."

Rick Santorum: But around the same time God was encouraging Herman Cain to run for president, he was also telling Rick Santorum to throw his hat in the race. As Karen Santorum told CBN’s David Brody in May about her husband’s decision to run for president, “It really boils down to God’s will. What is it that God wants? … We have prayed a lot about this decision, and we believe with all our hearts that this is what God wants.”

Michele Bachmann: Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann is all but certain to jump into the race soon, and when she does, it will signal that God has been quietly encouraging her to run for president as well. As Bachmann told World Net Daily in 2009, she would never run without God’s personal endorsement:

"If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it," she answered. "When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I’ve said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That’s really my standard.

"If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve," she concluded, "but if I am not called, I wouldn’t do it."

Bachmann recently confirmed that she has, indeed, “had that calling and that tugging on my heart.”

God hasn’t been universally generous with his support. He went out of his way to let Mike Huckabee know that he shouldn’t run for president, lest he take his focus off the much more important task of producing a series of conservative American history DVDs. And though God arranged for Sarah Palin to be chosen as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, there’s nothing to indicate that he backs her potential candidacy in 2012. Nevertheless, the fact that God has privately encouraged the candidacies of three different Republicans may cause voters to question whether, in reality, he really even has any preference at all.

God could not be reached for comment by press time, because, a spokesman says, he was helping a baseball player hit a game-winning home run, giving an old churchgoing lady the winning lottery numbers, making sure that a plane made it through the turbulence okay, helping someone survive a heart attack, and also, just for fun, creating a new animal that’s like a cross between a leopard and an alligator.

April 22, 2011
Love me some proportional representation.
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Love me some proportional representation.

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March 15, 2011
How the Internet Tried to Kill Me - NYTimes.com

WHEN I Googled myself last month, I was alarmed to find the following item, from a Wikia.com site on psychology, ranked fourth among the results:

Zick Rubin (1944-1997) was an American social psychologist.”

This was a little disconcerting. I really was born in 1944 and I really was an American social psychologist. Before I entered law school in midlife, I was a professor of psychology at Harvard and Brandeis and had written books in the field. But, to the very best of my knowledge, I wasn’t dead.

I knew that the report of my death could be bad for business, so I logged into Wikia.com and removed the “1997.” But when I checked a while later, I found the post had reverted to its prior form. I changed it again; again someone changed it back. Apparently the site had its doubts about some lawyer in Boston tinkering with the facts about American psychologists.

When I complained to Wikia.com, I got a prompt and friendly reply from its co-founder, Angela Beesley, sending me her “kind regards” and telling me that she had corrected the article. But when I checked a week later, the “1944-1997” had returned. So I e-mailed her again (subject line: “inaccurate report that I am dead”), and got the following explanation:

“My change to the page was reverted on the grounds that the info included in this article was sourced from Reber and Reber’s the Dictionary of Psychology, third edition, 2001. Is it possible the page is talking about a different Zick Rubin? The article is about a social psychologist.”

I didn’t doubt that the Dictionary of Psychology was a highly authoritative source, and yet I persisted in wondering why Reber — or, for that matter, Reber — would know more than I would about whether I was alive or dead.

The situation reminded me of my favorite children’s book — “The Bear That Wasn’t,” by Frank Tashlin — in which a factory is built around a bear while he is hibernating. When the bear wakes up, no one believes that he is a bear; everyone is certain that he is a malingering factory worker “who needs a shave and wears a fur coat.” The bear keeps protesting, “But I am a bear.” Ultimately, his confidence in his own identity as a bear is shattered.

So I should have known better than to write back to Ms. Beesley with: “I am the social psychologist.”

She didn’t respond.

Like “The Bear That Wasn’t,” I began to wonder whether the statement, “Zick Rubin (1944-1997) was an American social psychologist” might be correct after all. My last psychology textbook was published in 1993, and there wasn’t much evidence of me in the psychology world after that. Maybe I was too close to the situation, and Reber and Reber knew more about the matter than I did.

I thought I ought to look into it. I found that Reber and Reber’s book was now in its fourth edition, which was published in 2009 by Penguin Books. When my copy arrived from Amazon, I found a description of the “love scale” that I had once developed and a reference in the biographical section: “Rubin, Zick (1944-97), American social psychologist.”

Needless to say, I had to take this report seriously. This was not just some unreliable wiki, but a bona fide reference work by a respected publisher that has been around even longer than I have. And now that I had been made aware of my death 14 years ago, I began to feel some twinges, starting in my right elbow and extending to my fingertips.

As a media lawyer, I flirted with the idea of proving my existence by suing Penguin Books for defamation. But some quick research disabused me of that approach. According to the common law rule, I discovered, a false report of death is not on its own considered libelous. If Reber and Reber had reported that I had died in some particularly disreputable way, I might have a case. Without that, I was not only dead, but also out of luck.

Being quite incapacitated by now, I started to put my affairs in order. But just as I was about to take down my shingle, I got up the courage to check Google one more time. This time the item was in the No. 5 position, and it had — magically — been changed: “Zick Rubin (born 1944) is an American social psychologist.”

I took a huge breath and felt the air fill my chest. Wikia.com had made the gutsy call that I was a reliable source on my own existence. I was an American social psychologist once again.

Zick Rubin is a publishing and copyright lawyer.