I wanted to cross-post this yesterday, but got completely caught up in open houses and then people over for the Oscars…sigh. I wonder how James Franco feels today.
I bet, sadly, not good.
Anyway, this is another post from my friend Ted Hayes on the pro-life/choice false dichotomy. Excerpt:
Most of the other efforts to date of these holier-than-thous have been to wage war against women, particularly in the area of abortion. They can depend on their very ill-informed base’s jumping up and down with glee if they fuel the culture war and attack women and the LGBT community. Since their last foray into the fight against any form of equality for gays ended with repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” they have now turned their “guns” toward a woman’s right to choose.
It’s an excellent read- and don’t forget to post comments in favor of Ted’s becoming a regular contributor to Bilerico!
Full text here.
If you want to understand the numb-hearted libertarian movement- and the money behind it, you could do worse than read Jane Mayer’s August 2010 article in the New Yorker. Excerpt:
In Washington, (David) Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.
With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.
It’s fascinating stuff. Read the rest here.
This is getting fun! I’m getting some hot tips and hysterical photos. First up from World Of Wonder:
Send yours in to me at Dgsma@hotmail.com and put “Sunday Signs” in the subject line.
Fascinating analysis and reasoning from Duganz over at 4&20 Blackbirds:
I’m intentionally referencing the original title of Steig Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” because it is the most upfront and real statement about the west. We – Europe, Canada, and the US – are societies that hate women. Yes, we let them vote, work and dress as they see fit, but that doesn’t mean we love – or even like – women.
Don’t believe me? Read on.
You are wrong about me.
Taking my measure with quick glances.
Pretending you own my story and telling it
With short, ugly words.
The light in my eyes
A stranger to your own, because you
Can’t seem to look long enough to
Recognize yourself- or anybody else, there.
But you know me- even though
You pretend to be completely
Alienated by the audacity
Of my words- which,
Upon second glance
Are held quietly in place
By the light in my eyes
And the spark in my soul
That refuse to bend to
The ugliness you profess to be beautiful.
And you wail at the injustice
and the abomination
and the economy.
And I mourn the loss of your sight-
That I am wrong about you, too.
~D Gregory Smith
According to Wulfgar it is. I missed this when I was fighting with my internets the past two days. Still so worth reading.
But, simply put, the Montana online right is getting to the point that even I can’t read them any more. That’s a sad admission coming on a sad afternoon after many such sad afternoons. It’s also very true. The same old lies, the same old ignorance. It’s kinda pointless.
…It’s pretty obvious at this point that the Montana GOP doesn’t give a flying shit about jobs, or Montana, or even a balanced budget. And the only thing coming from the Montana “Dextra” is the sad soft whine that these people should be more what they want and less what they don’t want.
Oh, yes, he did.
Read the rest here.
“Day of Dialogue” from Focus on the Family is not What Jesus Would Do. This is a call to action for Christian youth to target GLBT youth with a “God has a better plan for you” message. I’m all for a God loves you conversation, but not a conversation that directly targets the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in our society–the GLBT youth.
…and Kathy’s not amused.
Read her excellent take (backed up with scripture quotes!) here.
Persons with HIV often take statins to combat high cholesterol levels caused by taking certain HIV Meds, but a new study suggests statins could benefit HIV+ persons by lowering inflammation and calming the immune system.
It may be a low cost way to lower the damaging effects of HIV in the human body. Read it here.