On Politics

Plinky asked, “Where do you fall on the polit­i­cal spec­trum?” That depends on where you’re stand­ing. In Europe, I’d be con­sid­ered con­ser­v­a­tive, appar­ent­ly. In the U.S., I’m pro­gres­sive, so I’m con­sid­ered a flam­ing lib­er­al.  I agree with the lib­er­tar­i­ans on some issues, like gun con­trol (it means hit­ting what you aim at).  I also think that […]

The Hateful Tea Party, Its True Origins, and President Obama’s Accomplishments

I was chal­lenged in com­ments on a friend’s Face­book wall yes­ter­day “pro­vide us with a spe­cif­ic exam­ple of Tea Par­ty hate ful (sic) speach and some thing good that Pres­i­dent Oba­ma has done for our coun­try.” The com­menters there also claimed that “THE TEA PARTY HAS NO REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS” and seemed to be under […]

WTF? Georgia Senate Threatens to Secede!

Geor­gia Sen­ate threat­ens dis­man­tling of USA They real­ly did, by a vote of 43–1. On April 1, but it was­n’t an April Fool’s joke. The res­o­lu­tion goes on to endorse the the­o­ry that states have the right to abridge con­sti­tu­tion­al free­doms of reli­gion, press and speech. Accord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion, it is up to the states […]

GAH! Facebook request

If you have a Face­book account AND an under­stand­ing of the fact that “pro-choice” does­n’t mean, “Ohmigod! Lock up any­body who does­n’t want to have an abor­tion! Force every­one to pro­vide them! Spend ALL the gov­ern­men­t’s mon­ey on them!” would you pret­ty please help me try to get through to an old friend? Yes, I’m […]

Another Homegrown Terrorist, This Time in Tennessee

Police: Man Shot Church­go­ers Over Lib­er­al Views Knoxville, Tennessee—An unem­ployed man accused of open­ing fire with a shot­gun and killing two peo­ple at a Uni­tar­i­an church appar­ent­ly tar­get­ed the con­gre­ga­tion out of hatred for its sup­port of lib­er­al social poli­cies, police said Mon­day. That makes a lot of sense. This whack­job is unhap­py because he lost […]

TotD: Controlling the Public

Wag the Dog, any­one? There have always exist­ed three ways of keep­ing the peo­ple lov­ing and loy­al. One is to leave them alone, to trust them and not to inter­fere. This plan, how­ev­er, has very sel­dom been prac­tised, because the politi­cians regard the pub­lic as a cow to be milked, and some­thing must be done […]

They WANT to be repressed!

Some­body help me, please! I’m awash in a sea of stu­pid­i­ty. My human­i­ties class­mates are full of ideas like: “it isn’t real­ly that big of a deal unless you have some­thing to hide”—“it” being gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance. “…they won’t tar­get you or real­ly care about what you are doing unless you are doing some­thing wrong”—tell that to […]

David Mamet and Political Views

There’s an essay over at The Vil­lage Voice that you want to read before it goes away: “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Lib­er­al’ ” by David Mamet Here’s a brief excerpt. This is, to me, the syn­the­sis of this world­view with which I now found myself dis­en­chant­ed: that every­thing is always wrong. But in my […]

Red/Blue, Strict/Nurturing Families, and Inherited vs. Negotiated Commitments

I know that I read Red Fam­i­ly, Blue Fam­i­ly: Mak­ing sense of the val­ues issue by Doug Mud­er sev­er­al years ago. I clear­ly remem­ber post­ing a link to it in Suzette Haden Elgin’s blog and hav­ing her pick it up and pass it on enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly.  A friend post­ed a link to it again this week, […]

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