In this weekend of giving thanks, thank fate that you don't live in Ukraine. Note this column in this morning's Washington Post entitled "The New Iron Curtain." And give thanks for our recent Senate election, which suffered only a few glitches and for which 80% of people cast a vote. On democracy, note this post from earlier this year. And note this post about how democracy is enhanced by blogs. And see this post about why there is concern about the Argus Leader distorting the democratic process. And pray the impending elections in Taiwan and Iraq turn out well.