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Via Juanita Jean.


I’m not big fan of Amanda Marcotte. I think that she often sacrifices truth to polemic. My scrupulous efforts to remain neutral in these electrons should indicate the degree to which she tickles my skeptic bone.

Nevertheless, I think she is on to something in her attempt to make sense of the embrace by Rand Paul, self-styled sort of glibertarian, of the right-wing religious politics of pervy preoccupation with the sex lives of others. Here’s a bit from her piece at TPM:

In their pure, ideological forms, libertarianism and Christian conservatism do seem at odds. In theory, libertarians should have a hands-off approach when it comes to social issues, not wanting to tread on the individual’s right to get gay-married or have an abortion if he or she wants. In practice, however, many so-called libertarians like Paul are just as rabidly anti-choice and anti-gay rights as their conservative Christian brethren. But politics is often more about optics than policy, and Paul is struggling to gain the trust of evangelicals whose enthusiasm for bringing the government boot down on the neck of gays and women understandably makes them wary of the word “libertarian.”

This problem is made all the more difficult by the fact that Paul is still running a campaign trying to convince younger voters that he’s out to protect their civil liberties, a message that’s hard to convey when you’re simultaneously pandering to religious right voters who want said liberties stripped from gays and women. Paul’s attempts to thread that needle have been largely incoherent, telling religious-right audiences that he’s totally on their side and then turning around and telling others that he doesn’t see attacking abortion or gay rights as a priority.

Then there’s the other, simpler explanation, the one I favor:

A “Libertarian” is a Republican who’s ashamed to admit it.


Rick Perry saying

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Via Job’s Anger.


The Bangor Daily News spotlights the hypocrisy of those who would unleash the hate-full in the name of tolerance. A snippet:

Oddly, Mike Lee, R-Utah, frequently uses the word “tolerance” when talking about the bill he sponsored.

“Our country,” he told NPR in a recent interview, “was founded on a proud tradition of religious freedom and tolerance.”

That freedom, however, meant that Americans were free from a state-established religion. As a result, no one religious view is favored over another, nor should one be forced upon citizens with different beliefs.

Worse, tolerance, in Lee’s view, only goes in one direction. Religious institutions, including colleges and universities that receive federal funding, should be allowed to refuse to hire those who don’t follow their beliefs. Those institutions, however, don’t have to tolerate those whose beliefs and lifestyles don’t conform to their world view.

Read the rest.


Listen to KCEA.

You’ll be glad you did.


The polite inspect the merchandise.

Apparently there was a bullet in the chamber that struck Selena Lewis, 16, of Maiden, in the chest, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s office. The girl died en route to the hospital or shortly after she arrived.

She had traveled to a home at 2818 Rocky Ford Road near Newton on Sunday with two 21-year-olds, one of them a friend. Lewis had recently met the driver, Clayton Webb Jr. He was interested in buying the rifle and was looking it over when it fired. Lewis was taking a picture of it.

The device appears to be capable of performing its primary function, as the young lady is now deceased.


Shirley MacLaine:

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.


From Facing South (full article at the link):

One claim that’s been circulating among Confederate apologists in recent weeks would have us believe that Congress passed a law in 1958 giving Confederate veterans status under law equal to U.S. veterans.


But in fact, the law does not do what Confederate apologists say it does. It certainly does not “pardon” Confederate veterans, nor does not generally give them status “equal to” U.S. veterans.

It’s ironic that the same folks who decry the evul fedrul guvmint would claim its sanction.


And said bruisin’ forthcame.


Editing audio in audacity

I have another podcast up at Hacker Public Radio.

Now it’s your turn.


If you look back at the photographs I’ve posted, you will see a number of pictures of bumbledy bees.

I haven’t posted any this summer because we have seen hardly any bumbledy bees.


A new Dickensian tale, in which Artful Dodger gives up the streets and the gangs, gets a three-piece suit, and becomes a banker.


Leonard Pitts, Jr., plays trump on Republicans’ hypocrisy on “war heroes.” A snippet:

So Trump deserves every bit of scorn his party has heaped upon him. He deserved to have Jeb Bush call his remark “slanderous” and Rick Perry to call it “offensive.” He deserved Rick Santorum’s tweet that “McCain is an American hero,” and the Republican National Committee’s statement that “there is no place in our party or our country” for such remarks. In a word, he deserved condemnation.

But the people who slandered John Kerry deserved it, too. The secretary of state is also a war hero, period, full stop. If that term doesn’t fit a wounded man who braved enemy fire to fish another man out of a river, then it doesn’t fit anyone. Yet in 2004 when then-Sen. Kerry ran for president and a shadowy Republican-allied group mocked that heroism and baselessly called Kerry a liar, the GOP had a different response.

Jeb Bush wrote a letter praising those who questioned Kerry’s heroism. Perry declined to condemn them. “I think that there’s a lot of questions,” he said. Santorum said Kerry “brought this upon himself” by emphasizing his military service. And Republicans went to their convention sporting small purple bandages in mockery of Kerry’s Purple Heart.

Donald Trump is the Republican id unfiltered.


Still speaking in code after all these years.


Our neighbors in the great white north are known for being polite.

A 39-year-old man remains in serious but stable condition after being shot while asleep in a camper at Speedway 660 in Geary.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday, during the races that happen most Saturdays at Speedway 660.

RCMP believe the bullet came from the property beside the Speedway’s campground where people were target practicing.


Mark Twain:

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.



It’s a Republican thing.


An ex-cop, now a law professor, weighs in at TPM (emphasis in the original):

As a former police officer, and now as a legal scholar who studies policing, I know the law is not a moral compass. An officer’s actions can be entirely lawful, and yet fail to meet the high standards that we should expect from our law enforcement professionals, our community guardians. When we focus on whether the police acted lawfully, we are missing the chance to ask whether they acted appropriately. As I watch the dash camera video of the traffic stop, I can’t help but think of the distinction between lawful policing and rightful policing.

Read the rest and understand why Sheriff Andy would not have given this Barney Fife the bullet.


Camp-fired girl:

When my first daughter was born, my mother told me that my life was going to change — that my emotional weather would no longer be dictated by my own moods, but by my daughter’s. “You’re only ever as happy as your unhappiest child,” she said.

If my girls become mothers themselves, I’ll tell them the same thing, with an important addition. “You’re only ever as happy as your unhappiest child,” I will say. “So do not send your unhappiest child to sleep-away camp with an unlimited texting plan.”

Follow the link for the text of the texts.