I read this a couple of times. It was late and I was sure I had missed the thrust. Conservative James Wigderson begins with a fable about Zeus and frogs, then writes an entertaining tale of a group of shop owners who want government bosses replaced. They meet the new boss, worse than the old boss. Certain details are obscure. What did the old boss do wrong? What did the new boss promise? What did the new boss do that was worse? It's quite entertaining, though. James is really that good.
PZ Myers, writing for Pharyngula, is pretty upset about a bill here in Missouri mandating that "intelligent design" be taught as part of school curriculum. I suppose my beliefs could be characterized as a sort of hybrid, mutant form of intelligent design. But it does give me the willies that my religious beliefs might be taught as science in any classroom funded by taxpayers or where attendance is a matter of law. My beliefs are not science.
Rumproast hears from a conservative activist in Idaho that insurance companies are kind of like the victims of the holocaust. I guess we could see it as an expansion of Mitt Romney's "Corporations are people too, my friend."
It's hard to imagine how it must feel to be a parent of a child lost in Newtown. Michael John Scott of Mad Mike's America looks into an incident of heckling that may not be heckling as a father speaks out in a public meeting. Facts and video are provided and we are asked to decide for ourselves.
News Corpse watches as Fox News creates another story out of thin air. Seems the University of Chicago is going to tear down a small building where Ronald Reagan lived for a short time as a little kid. The university is also trying to get Obama to consider letting them host his eventual presidential library. If there is ever an overflow, it might be possible that some visitors to the library, the one the school hopes Obama might consider letting them host, could find their way over to park in the parking lot that hasn't been built yet. So Fox News is abuzz with the permutation of the speculation that has Obama tearing down the Reagan boyhood home to build parking for his library on the smoldering remains. Conservatives are furious at Obama for the plan, that is not a plan, that he has no part in, that has nothing to do with the Obama Library, that may or may not be built there. It's a multi-degree of separation sort of story that primes the perpetual Republican outrage machine.
Tommy Christopher of Mediaite reports on conservative attacks against, of all people Gabby Giffords the Congressional representative who had to resign after her miracle survival when a gunman put a bullet into her brain. She spoke movingly and haltingly before a hearing on gun safety, and is now ridiculed by some conservatives who maintain she couldn't possibly have come up with her own words.
I wish I knew how he does it so I could do it. Vincent of A wayfarer's notes combines Plato's philosophy of a plane of existence in which the perfect form of each idea exists, combines it with algebra in a variable substitution, then pretty much contrasts all of it with lilacs he notices growing in the mud. Fascinating.
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Utah has a low unemployment rate, considering the state of the national economy, has been ranked the best state for business for several years now and has a considerably lower cost of living and taxation.
The fact that California is governed primarily by progressives and Utah is governed by conservatives was not necessarily my main point.
The fact that Californian's are leaving their state because of its failed liberal policies and then wish to recreate them here in Utah is what upsets me. The foolishness of them not being able to see what they did, and then the desire to do it again here is flat out asinine.
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