Letter to a nice guy

Yeah, it’s The Onion. But it also happens to be more brutally honest than anything any Nice Guy is ever going to hear from his Best Female Friend:

I really like you. I do. You’re so nice, and sweet, and you listen to all my problems and respond with the appropriate compliments. But, well, I don’t really see a relationship in our future. It would be terrible if we let sex destroy this great friendship we have where I get everything I want and you get nothing you want.

Now, I’m not a Nice Guy so this sort of thing has never bothered me. And I’m not saying the Be Great Friends approach can’t ever work for a guy, as I’ve seen it work. Of course, I’ve seen it work precisely one time. It only took three years… and the seduction significantly outlasted the actual relationship.

Faux elections

Thomas Friedman explains why the Iranian elections are fake:

Iran’s ruling mullahs were always ruthless. But they disguised it a bit with faux elections. I say faux elections because while the regime may have counted the votes accurately, it tightly controlled who could run. The choices were dark black and light black.

Yes, this is completely different in the United States, where we have a wide range of candidates from across the political spectrum. When one considers the huge ideological gap that separated Barack Obama from John McCain in the last presidential election, how can one help but be grateful for the electoral freedom enjoyed by the American people?