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Month: September, 2012

Why I might vote for Obama

This.  This right here.  Even though I have issues with Obama’s administration, many of whose problems with civil liberties and the justice system have been documented by Ed Brayton and others, the excesses that would be made possible by a more conservative Supreme Court scare me enough to vote Democratic rather than for somebody whose views actually parallel mine (like Jill Stein).


Birthday reading

My mother-in-law (doubtless tipped off by my wife) just gave me The Ancestor’s Tale, The Blind Watchmaker, and The Greatest Show On Earth, all by Richard Dawkins.  That should keep me off the streets for a bit.  I actually haven’t read any of Dawkins’s books before — any suggestions on order?

Happy Anniversary!

So apparently today is the one-year anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Shame we no longer have a military because of all the gayness that has infested it.  It’s sure been a lot harder to defend the nation against those invading Chinese and Mexicans with no army, and now that the Air Force is gone, Canadian cropdusters violate our airspace with impunity.

Irrationality kills again



I have a Facebook “friend” (really someone I know casually) who periodically undergoes a convulsion and posts a sequence of claims, or more accurately images or links presenting claims, of how evil and awful and socialist and communist and muslim Barack Obama is.  It’s all copied and pasted from somewhere else, along the lines of “I’ll take the MORMON over the MORON,” and it really all boils down to “GRRR OBAMA BAD GRRR!!1!”  Bumper sticker political analysis.

She was really one of the inspirations for starting this blog.  There are genuinely people out there who believe that there’s a war on Christianity!  If I survive the coming week I may analyze one or two of her links to see if there’s anything substantive there at all.  (And if I don’t, carry on the good fight!)

Here we go again!

Argh!  Now people are dying in Libya… over a film.  A stupid movie.  Because of religion.

I can’t think of anything more to say about this than has already been said.  Christopher Hitchens was right, religion really does poison everything.

Radio silence (maybe)

Helping to run an anime con this weekend, and a roller derby tournament next weekend.  Posting may be slow.

September 11 commemoration

I remember September 11, 2001, very well — even though, as with the Challenger disaster, I have intentionally never watched footage of the towers’ collapse.  (It’s been impossible to avoid still images of both events.)  I support the decision to have today’s ceremonies at the Trade Center site exclude speeches by politicians.  One relatives’ group said “Banning the governors of New York and New Jersey from speaking is the ultimate political decision,” which… yeah, it’s a political decision, but hardly the ultimate political decision, and it’s in the direction of de-escalating rather than escalating.

Now when can we get rid of the PATRIOT Act?

More on “Atheism+”

Crommunist, who does not apply the A+ label to himself, nevertheless has a good explication of it.

I rather like his take on it as not something you are, but something you do.  So I’m just gonna say what I’m gonna say anyway, and let the labels fall where they may.

I know when I’m licked

Forgive me, blogosphere, for I have sinned — I let myself get engaged in a political discussion on Facebook.  Once I realized I was talking to a brick wall, though, I disengaged.

I couldn’t resist.  Faced with a big image of John Wayne, dressed as a cowboy, in front of an American flag, labeled ‘Now Just Why In The HELL Do I Have To Press “1” For English???’… I had to reply, ‘Because of “E Pluribus Unum.”‘  But the discussion quickly went into the rabbit hole of a “solitary group” being provided “special dispensation” because they’re too “lazy” to learn English.  I wasn’t going to change any minds, so I bailed.  There’s not much you can do in the face of such dyed-in-the-wool xenophobia.  I’m impressed that another one of their Facebook friends stuck it out in the discussion, though.

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