From the “Oh NOW They Tell Me” files …
I wish I could say I was surprised, but I can’t. However, reading such vile destructive garbage disgusts me on a whole new level:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…
I agree with the author of the above article that one reason we love zombie apocalypse stories is that we want to be the survivor – the one to make it through all the rotten flesh and brain appetizers. I would also argue, though, that zombies represent our fear of our baser instincts – the instincts we have to just eat (perhaps not brains, but whatever). Zombies care about one thing – feeding – and nothing else. We fear becoming these base animals and that fear excites us. Oh how it excites us.
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.
- John Cheever
This latest bill to require an unnecessary and invasive procedure of women when they exercise their right to receive an abortion – even when they have been raped – as well as the very ridiculous rhetoric surrounding the defense of these bills has caused me to believe one thing very strongly. This latest wave of misogynistic legislation on the state and national level is going to cost the Republicans big time in the next election. Do they realize that women make up about one-half of the voting public?
How ignorant can they get? Answer: VERY.
Winder, a Republican from Boise, responded to those concerns by raising the question of whether women understand when they have been raped.
“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this,” Winder said on the Senate floor. “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”
Unfortunately, this Winder guy is not alone in his extraordinarily ignorant statement. The GOP is rife with ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?) just like him.
We can only hope that the Democrats get their shit together – including Obama – and HAMMER the Republican candidates with this nonsense. If they don’t, they deserve to lose to a party of ignoramuses/ignorami.
Spring Break Gets Tamer as World Watches Online via NYTimes
This article from the New York Times explores how social networking and all its privacy-invading glory is making Spring Breakers think twice about all the crazy stuff they might do. There’s a lot of talk about the Internet and privacy in the realm of worry about Big Brother (or Big Corporation) spying on us and using our information. But, this article explores what many might think are the benefits of this invasion of privacy. It’s the Internet-as-Superego or Internet-as-Panopticon. I wonder which actually is a more accurate metaphor.
The Way We Read Now via NYTimes
An exploration of what electronic devices work for what kinds of texts. Mostly humorous (the line about reading Franzen on a Kindle is pretty hilarious).
Beholding Holden via LitKicks
Some interesting paintings and thoughts about the characters of The Catcher in the Rye.
Russia’s Leader Proposes a New Canon via NYTimes
Will 1984 make the list?
Okay, so it’s really only one video I can’t stop watching right now. This TED Talk about the “single story” centers on what stories get told about what peoples and how when a single story gets told about a group of people those people are robbed of their dignity.