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The October Molly should go to…

With so many delightful and extensive conversation examples lately, this must be the perfect opportunity to mention that it is time to select the new Molly winner for October! Leave a comment here naming names of the people you like to read in the comments, and I’ll tally them up at the end of the weekend.

Since there is a wee bit of acrimony going on right now, I’ll remind everyone that this is to be a positive process — no howling against any nominee. If you think someone mentioned is just awful, please instead of trying to cast negative votes (I don’t count them), get behind someone you do like.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    October 19, 2007

    Ditto on the Cuttlefish nomination. Also, I’d like to voice a word of praise for AJ Milne and that wonderful sweater nightmare.

    Incidentally, Dan Gardner has a new column in the Ottawa Citizen which people ’round these parts might like. He’s the one who said, back in May,

    But a series of books doing quite well on bestseller lists — by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and, soon, Christopher Hitchens — argues it’s time to be a lot less deferential to faith, and I have to say I find it hard to disagree. After all, we live in a time when blowing children to bits is an increasingly popular form of worship, the most powerful man on earth thinks he’s got a hotline to God, and much of the electorate who gave that man his power would never consider replacing him with someone who does not believe the son of a carpenter who died 2,000 years ago sits in heaven advising presidents, fixing football games, and waiting for the day he will return to the Earth to brutally murder all unbelievers and erect a worldwide dictatorship.

    His new thesis:

    So it’s no surprise to learn that atheists can be perfectly decent people. They are human, after all.

  2. #2 Brownian
    October 19, 2007

    Dammit, I wasn’t finished my ‘Ode to Cuttlefish’ yet, PZ.

    Anyway, my vote this month is for Cuttlefish, because s/he’s a lyrical gangsta.
    My second vote is for Sastra, because s/he’s to a bad argument as a Ginsu is to shoes.
    My third vote is for Dustin, because what the world needs now/is clever sarcasm/sweet clever sarcasm.
    My fourth vote is for–wait. How many do I get?

  3. #3 Dave M
    October 19, 2007

    Sastra.

  4. #4 Sastra
    October 19, 2007

    I was going to nominate Cuttlefish even before I saw everyone else voting for Cuttlefish, too. His/her poems are not only funny, but s/he’s got a sense of rhythm Pope would envy (that’s Mr. Alexander, not Mr. Ratzenberger).

  5. #5 MikeM
    October 19, 2007

    First of all, it is hard for me to not cast a negative vote here. I just had to say that.

    However, it’s easy to vote for Brownian. He’s gotta be a scientist; he knows more than I do.

  6. #6 Texas Reader
    October 19, 2007

    Okay, cuttlefish seems to have it tied up hands, er, tentacles down. HOWEVER, I’d really like to see SASTRA honored some way because her/his post on why Coulter’s comment (about Jews needed to be perfected by becoming Christians) was not anti-semitic was excellent and made me change my mind.

    I RARELY read something that makes me change my mind on a philsophical point.

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 19, 2007

    Cuttlefish. (“The film clearly shows / That stupidity flows / Just a little bit faster than light.”)

    And AJ Milne.

    Yeah, I know, I’ve promised lots more people a nomination over the last month. Next time. :-)

    BTW, the nomination for Spaulding above fails to notice Spaulding’s assumption that geographic subpopulations of people are reproductively isolated or nearly so. That’s an error.

  8. #8 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 19, 2007

    Cuttlefish. (“The film clearly shows / That stupidity flows / Just a little bit faster than light.”)

    And AJ Milne.

    Yeah, I know, I’ve promised lots more people a nomination over the last month. Next time. :-)

    BTW, the nomination for Spaulding above fails to notice Spaulding’s assumption that geographic subpopulations of people are reproductively isolated or nearly so. That’s an error.

  9. #9 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 19, 2007

    Don’t Mollies go out in pairs, though?

    Torbjörn Larsson, Ichthyic, and I all got one alone.

  10. #10 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 19, 2007

    Don’t Mollies go out in pairs, though?

    Torbjörn Larsson, Ichthyic, and I all got one alone.

  11. #11 Rey Fox
    October 20, 2007

    Well, it’s as I said last time, if Cuttlefish is inducted, say goodbye to his poems. I believe he/she/it has his/her/its own blog anyway.

    That being said, since I’m sure they won’t win this month, I’ll give my votes to Sastra and Kagehi.

  12. #12 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    October 20, 2007

    windy and Sastra, I learn a lot from both, and have fun while doing it.

    I must admit that Cuttlefish and AJ Milne each has managed to tickle my fancy… or feet or whatever.

    Graculus, Steve Labonne and Dustin each deserves a Molly for constant high quality.

    (Christian Burnham too, but seeing he promised to stay away a few weeks perhaps this isn’t the time.)

  13. #13 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    October 20, 2007

    windy and Sastra, I learn a lot from both, and have fun while doing it.

    I must admit that Cuttlefish and AJ Milne each has managed to tickle my fancy… or feet or whatever.

    Graculus, Steve Labonne and Dustin each deserves a Molly for constant high quality.

    (Christian Burnham too, but seeing he promised to stay away a few weeks perhaps this isn’t the time.)

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