Another Murder

31 05 2009

Another abortion doctor was murdered. I know that the vast majority of Christians find this as apalling and awful as I do, and so I say to you “Be loud. Be angry. Tell people about this. Call for the investigation.” Don’t allow extremists to hijack your religion by remaining silent.


I heart you

30 05 2009

To go along with my other new “my generation is extra special” post, I present to you a refutation of the “your generation has no human contact” silliness in the form of a conversation between me and a sock puppet representing the collective elder generations:

Sock Puppet: You kids these days with your text messaging and online chat and facebook, you’s got no contact with other people!

Me: Uh…not really.

El Puppet Loco: You don’t know how to talk to people face to face or be friendly or respectful or…

Me: Actually most of what we’ve failed to learn how to do is be cold, formal, and unfriendly.

Sock “I rant” Puppet: No no no you can’t deal with people!

Me: Yeah…no.

Sir Failsalot: *head explodes*

I have all my well reasoned, intellectual rebuttles of that line of silliness as well, but why bother when a simple little article like that so thoroughly and hilariously demolishes the silliness?

The New Liberals Or, Who Killed the Republican Party?

30 05 2009

As almost every politically aware American will tell you, the Republican party is in rather dire straits. They appear out of touch, out of date, and a whole host of other “outs” as well.  There are many reasons for this, but I think that one of the biggest ones, or at least the one that is most likely to seal their fate and prevent them from returning is the growth of the new liberals.

Who or what do I mean by “the new liberals?” Why, just what it says: the newest additions to politics, the young.

I wasn’t around for past generations’ youth, so perhaps it seems this way only due to my skewed impression, but I think that on a very fundamental level my generation’s politics are different from past generations. We to a large extent take for granted that everyone is equal. It really doesn’t occur to many of my generation that it even could be otherwise. The inequality of the past is shocking and horrifying to us, but also bizarre. It doesn’t make sense to us in a way that, to older generations, it probably does. We can’t see why people ever thought that way, or how they could have. This is why, I think, the young so overwhelmingly support gay rights: because why wouldn’t we?

Today, those daughters of the revolution…often roll their eyes at their mothers’ generation for making “such a big deal” out of gender issues. They can afford to roll those eyes, of course, because of the dragonslaying their mothers and grandmothers did. -Dale McGowan at The Meming of Life

To most of my generation, equality doesn’t seem like a big deal. It just is, and how could it be any other way? Why make a big deal out of the obvious and unchangeable? Females are just as good as males; blacks are no worse than whites; gays are just like the rest of us. How could they not? They’re people, right? It never occurs to many of us to think otherwise. If you’re making such a big deal out of tiny perceived inequalities, it seems to many, you must be a little bit silly, because everyone knows females are just as good as males, so tiny little things probably aren’t real, right?

The same to a lesser extent goes for other parts of liberalism. My generation just assumes, for instance, that you should be able to speak freely. It being otherwise isn’t even considered. At the borders of freedom of expression, with things like Skokie, it’s stretched a little bit sure, because it’s not a well considered position, but more of us than you might think fall on the freedom side even in such cases. And the very fact that it’s often not a well considered position reinforces my point: many of my generation don’t even have to think about it to believe in such freedoms.

This is what killed, or at least sealed the fate, of the Republican party as we know it. They are not getting new voters. They are hemorraging voters in all age groups, certainly, but the flow of new voters is almost entirely to the Democrats. This is not through the often over-the-top activism seen in my generation. Quite the opposite; this is through the passive, automatic liberalism of much of my generation, where conservatism isn’t really even an option that one could consider because it’s so incomprehensible. Who killed the Republican party? Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, Fredrick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and all the others who slew dragons so that, some day, their children’s children could not imagine how we could be anything but equal.

Music 3!

23 05 2009

So, 3rd music post now. 😀

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long (or really even read and listened to the other music posts) this needs no explaining. If you’re new, as you’ll quickly find, I’m best described as odd, and that has some less than wonderful repercussions for how I can relate to most other people. And when I find someone who gets it, it’s pretty damn awesome.

Nothing deep to say here, I just love the song, and that means I’m making you listen to it =P

If you haven’t listened to Born to Run before, shame on you. SHAME! You must now listen to the Boss for hours straight.

And finally, the outrageously awesome Here Comes the Sun!

Michael Steele does it again, AGAIN

21 05 2009

Michael Steele now thinks that the GOP can recover lost ground by framing gay marriage as a financial problem.

“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”

Mr. Steele, for the sake of your party, you need to stop talking. Actually, scrap that. Keep talking. Please, Mr. Steele, talk loudly and frequently.

(More Michael Steele related hilarity in the AP article)

Michael Steele does it again

19 05 2009

The Republican Party finds itself the minority party in America for the first time in more than 15 years. I’ll be the first to admit it has taken some adjustment. Republicans have engaged in some healthy soul-searching since Election Day, trying to come to grips with our minority status and debating the best way forward as we point out our differences with the Democrats and chart our return to the majority.

That is why I believe America needs the Republican Party now more than ever before. We may be America’s minority party at the moment, but Republicans represent the views and concerns of a majority of Americans.

The phrase “not clear on the concept” comes to mind.

More Music!

18 05 2009

More music for your enjoyment 😀

Starting off, a somewhat lesser known Coldplay song. It’s somewhat in the vein of Kingdom Come, but lighter. Definitely one of their better songs in my opinion, so I think it’s worth a listen.

Next, another one that I think sort of ties into how a lot of gifted kids (and probably adults) feel.

“I’m not crazy,” seems to be something that the gifted think and say a lot. And “it makes me think there must be something wrong with me, out of all the hours thinking somehow I’ve lost my mind” fits that too. The having to defend who you are as being OK and being weird and different and special (to my completely biased opinion of my friends =) ) as OK.

This one’s just a really nice song to listen to. Not much to say really, that I can think of.

And I’ll leave you with a song from the (I think) very underrated Pink Floyd album, Division Bell

EDIT: Actually, on second thought, I’ll leave you with a different amazing song: