Archives for: June 2012, 09
Slant Right's John Houk is ticked off at a judicial decision prohibiting the outing of gay kids who formed a club. Included is a rant against what the Bible calls an abomination, and a dictionary definition of the word "abomination." Oddly enough, John is not referring to the eating of lobsters and crabs which is covered by passage after passage in Leviticus. Rather, his preoccupation is homosexuality. You have to wonder about his fascination with the sexual orientation of others. But whatever fantasies get John through the dark lonely hours of his restless nights are up to him, I guess, regardless of whether they weird some of us out.
Ryan at Secular Ethics continues the debate that he and T. Paine began at FairAndUNbalanced.com while he was helping us out with a series of thoughtful contributions. He examines how excess turns the rational into rationalization and transforms freedom into self-serving anarchy.
T. Paine is a friend and an occasional contributor here even when he is not debating with our Ryan. It's kind of entertaining to see both friends in a contest of ideas. At Saving Common Sense, T. Paine has fun with elected delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic convention being required to produce photo IDs to get into the hall. After all, isn't it a bit of a double standard, since many of us don't much care for requirements intended to block voting rights? Actually, if delegates are licensed drivers, they'll get in. If not, they'll be provided with credentials. Not the equivalent of efforts by Republicans to keep minorities, young people, and the elderly from casting ballots in order to prevent non-existent voter fraud. Dumb idea in Massachusetts for its symbolic value, however. The temptation of false equivalence is irresistible to those motivated enough to cloud an issue.
Peter Lake, writing from Mad Mike's America, considers Florida Governor Rick Scott's campaign to shut out voters from ... you know ... voting and discovers a mystical connection from a half century ago with another governor into denying basic rights.
Scott Walker won Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday and James Wigderson is still break-dancing on the sidewalk outside his palatial home in Waukesha, with a little help from Jon Stewart via video. Okay, I made up the part about Waukesha. And I made up the part about break dancing. And I made up the part about the palatial home. Still, James seems very happy.
At Rumproast, Vixen Strangely ponders yet another instance of Governor Romney saying what he knows to be flatly untrue. In this case its a direct quote from a book accusing President Obama of sabotaging the economy on purpose to get health care passed. The author of the book chases Romney around, telling eveyone who will listen that it isn't true, that the book doesn't say that, that he never said that, in print or out. But the candidate keeps repeating the false quote.
The Heathen Republican was quite taken years ago with The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It is the basis for Heathen's offer of advice for President Obama. It is a remarkable book, a trip into the darkest part of the human soul by a latter day Machiavelli, teaching readers how to mislead, disarm, and destroy the opposition. Amazing insight, kind of like Paul's epiphany on the road to Damascus, discovering that The Heathen Republican once read a book.
Nancy Hanks at The Hankster brings mixed reactions to the impact of independent voters in Calfornia's new election system. Well, they did have an impact.
- Debra Dickerson is back (Yay-y-y-y!!!). She finds a commencement address about pursuing professional dreams, a speech that blows her mind. What is more mind bending is her introductory rant about unintentionally revealing peeks across the racial and economic divide.