I don’t have time to write about it right now but here’s a letter someone else wrote to Rick Warren about the first talks with the presidential candidates. I won’t say it exactly speaks for me but maybe this will be a good reminder for me to write more on it later.
Also I’m going to fully answer every question Warren asked of both the candidates in an upcoming post.
To be clear, I’m pretty disgusted that both parties have been pandering to the religious, but I’m especially disappointed that the DNC seems to have disenfranchised the non-religious. The Democratic Party wasn’t terrific on my issues before, but at least they didn’t act like the Republicans. Until now.
Expect to see a lot of write-in votes for Paris Hilton this year.
Yeah I remember having this internal argument, a lot, as a child.
Maybe rather than just bitching about the crazies who run our country, and who try to run the world, and who are mostly succeeding to our detriment, I should occasionally say something about what good we can do for the world.
Installment number one: Donate money to protect free speech
Yes, they have them.
No, they don’t create evidence/thories/results that refute the age of the Universe.
Strangely, they sometimes admit it.
Apparently yesterday was fiftieth anniversary of the American publication of Nabokov’s Lolita.
I say hooray for beautifully written love stories that scare the shit out of people!
Not that I have any trouble with commenters at all on this blog (not enough traffic I guess), I think I’ll adopt this commenter policy, because it says all the right things.
My favorite part
4. Freedom of Speech: This blog is for my freedom of speech, and mine only. I delete comments that irritate me for more than a few seconds because it is not worth my time to be irritated at assholes on the Internet. This does not curtail your freedom of speech because I am not the U.S. Government. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee assholes a platform on my blog.
That, my friends, is the correct answer to the question of “Free Speech” on the interwebs.
It’s awfully sad that the people who would be best served by reading (and taking to heart) this particular article in the New York Times are exactly the ones who are least likely to read the Times at all.
I’m getting really sick of the “liberal” vs. “conservative” media, where people refuse to consume each other’s media because of ideological disagreement. It’s a weird, stratified world we’re building.
And Evolution is real, people!
I’m very fortunate to be married to a woman who, in spite of her upbringing in a fundamentalist cult, has grown up and mostly out of closed-mindedness. We now agree, for example, that (when we can afford to) we will obtain every single commonly “challenged book” and be sure they find prominent placement on each our our children’s age-appropriate shelves.
Found today a good letter from a librarian to a patron who had asked for a book to be “reconsidered”.
This particular case seems to me like another example of a parent trying to control what their child reads in order that the child not ask uncomfortable questions.
I ask “what the hell else are books good for?”
And yes, we will probably be buying “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding”.