Archives for: May 2012, 05
Black holes are where reality as we think about it ends. Kind of like the GOP. Okay that was a cheap shot. In Mad Mike's America, Chris Buescher acknowledges the complexity of explaining the point where common sense ends, kind of like the Republican Party. Okay, that was a low blow. He then goes on to use standard English to make it all almost comprehensible. At least as comprehensible as anyplace could be where light can't get out and time goes backward. Kinf of like ... you know.
Three famous pundits argue about whether opposition to gay marriage is a key indicator of anti-gay bigotry. One of the three, Tommy Christopher of Mediaite, takes the obvious position: duh, of course!! And Tommy is right. Along the way, he mentions related topics: President Obama's evolving position, and the Romney campaign's more creationist reaction to right wing sputtering. They fired a gay guy.
Chuck Thinks Right chronicles a silly and sad episode involving an anti-bullying activist who attacks the Bible and those Christian students who walked out as he spoke. Dan Savage has since apologized, probably because of Chuck's disapproval.
The Heathen Republican writes about the death of bin Laden. His point is that he sees no point to all the talk about bin laden. Nothing to see here folks. Let's move on. A tired-of-people-talking-about-what-I'm-talking-about piece can be amusing.
Yesterday I posted my own reaction to the bin Laden exchanges, an examination of the out-of-context quoting of Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign. I suggested that the context actually made Governor Romney look worse, and reflected an important policy difference. I sent an advance copy to several writers whom I respect. Slant Right's John Houk graciously re-posts my argument with his own partial rebuttal. He does include a bit of a slam at us liberal types for our lack of respect for the troops defending our right to verbally attack them. I just hope our family's young Marine in Afghanistan doesn't discover I have been doing such a thing. My thanks to John Houk for his generous posting of my effort and his rebuttal. That was nice, John.
Ryan at Secular Ethics examines the philosophy of utilitarianism from several perspectives. Greatest good for the greatest number multiplied out quantitatively. Thought-provoking, as usual. Ryan's virtual classes are kind of like real classrooms, except Ryan's are more fun. Which may make them a better fit within a utilitarian philosophy.
Nancy Hanks at The Hankster promotes a talk by Lenora Fulani on over-taxed, underserved poor and working class people who are excluded from the American political process. Nancy's focus is on those who choose not to join a political party. We might also consider newer restrictions designed to prevent non-drivers (bus riders, the elderly, students) from voting at all.
James Wigderson covers a visit to Wisconsin by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Lots of video. He mentions apparent media bias and also the "fight with President Barack Obama about mandatory abortion coverage by insurance providers." No mention of contraception, which is what the fight is actually about. Interesting illustration of media-based spin.
- Jack Jodell, friend of the working blogger, at THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST, uses brief quotes from wise figures through the ages as a response to conservative talking points.