Friday, June 16, 2006

Riddle me this...

You know what I've never been able to figure out? How is it that wingnuts are so opposed to abortion but okay with killing. I mean, we know that no true Christian or right wing republican would ever get an abortion, right? Surely they have enough control over their women folk to make sure they don't get one. And it's okay to advocate for the murder of liberals because they're in league with Islamofascists (just wtf does that word mean, anyway?). So why not just allow all the liberals to get their abortions, thus reducing the number of potential tree hugging, dirt worshipping, homosexual marriage loving traitors? I believe they really haven't thought this through yet.

Unlesss......nah, it couldn't be.....well, maybe.....maybe it's because the liberals they think of most are over-educated white folks and since they feel like they're losing the ethnicity race, we have to find a way to prevent the white women from controlling their reproductivity (yes, I made that word up. so what?). If they could actually be forced to breed, then maybe the brown people wouldn't take over in 10 years or so. I think there was a book about that, but I've never read it.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Thoughts on Marriage

Or, more appropriately, on why politicians feel the need to tromp on the idea of two loving people commiting to a partnership that's protected by law. That's the issue they aren't discussing, of course. They don't want gay couples to have equal protection under the law. If we do that, folks might start thinking that your sexual orientation doesn't define you every waking moment of the day. Instead of seeing a gay couple, we might see the lawyer and the landscaper who own the house down the block. We might see the dedicated parents who suffer through the screeching of the 6th grade band with that same rictus smile we all put on while our eardrums bleed. There's community in that sort of trauma. Can't have people reacting to each other according to whether or not we have ideas or beliefs or dreams in common. Much better to categorize us according to who we want to shag.

And that leads us to divisions. If fundamentalists can successfully divide people by sexual orientation, then they can move on to dividing by gender. And religion. And whatever other category they decide should be used to create a subset one can label "Other." The divisions on party lines provided a model for how this should be done. It required co-opting the media to pound out the message that the two sides are radically different to the point where there cannot be agreement. Repeating that idea for a couple of years ingrained it in those who were listening, and while a good number of us are skeptical about "news," a large portion of media consumers are not. Or, if they are, they are skeptical in a way that the media has informed them they should be. Hence, the "liberal bias" to newspapers that no liberal can actually find.

Activist judges decided that people of different races could get married. Most of the people were not in favor of that at the time. Other activist judges decided that married women could own property without their husbands. Judges are not supposed to focus on the will of the people. They are supposed to interpret the law. Sometimes, the people are wrong and need a push to see that. We are a nation of laws. Politicians should be ashamed to propose making discrimination legal again. If they are not, we should make them ashamed. These folks are actively working on that, and while I am not always in agreement with them, I support this initiative.

Yeah, this glosses the surface and is covered better by bigger bloggers than I. Doesn't stop the whole shebang from pissing me off.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Worth a thousand words....

First Lady Laura Bush counts the days until she can remove her tracking device and finally be free....

Photo by: REUTERS/Lee Celano (UNITED STATES)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Where art thou, common sense?

While Western diplomats at the meeting were unwilling to accept a link between Western military intervention and Islamic radicalism, he says, it remains one widely believed across the Muslim world. BBC News

And here's the doesn't really matter whether or not western diplomats are willing to accept the link. It exists in the minds of millions of people and therefore must be addressed. Denial is not going to work in this situation and, in fact, will make things worse. Diplomats can believe whatever they damned well please, but their job, as I understand it, involves taking into consideration that the folks they are dealing with are quite likely to have a different view of things. If that wasn't the case, we wouldn't need diplomats, so unless they want to believe themselves out of jobs, it might behoove them to start figuring out a way to find a middle ground. Funny thing about middle ground - no one likes it but quite often it is seen as acceptable simply because it is not what the other side wanted, either.

I'd give a whole lot for some middle ground right here at home, but I'm not holding my breath because blue isn't my color...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Well, I built this particular room and then failed to return to it. Not unlike me, really. I think it needs to change focus. My wonkishness needs an outlet. Or maybe my photos do. Or something, anything. The amazing thing is that I remembered the password. I will ruminate on the best use of this blog and get back to it. Not like I've told anyone it was here, so no pressure.