Twilight: Lying Liars Who Lie
In which Bella Swan is far, far more guilty of betrayal than anything Edmund Pevensie ever did.
Deconstruction: When Context Matters
When my mother or my friend or my lover tell me what atheism has done for them, or what wonders Tramadol has worked in their life, or how being a Libertarian has enriched their existence, it's an exchange of feelings between two people in a relationship, not a sales pitch. When a stranger says the same things, it's a shared intimacy that I don't want and which is being pushed on me against my will.
A crime story in the local paper brings back a sad memory and raises the question of why this person is even out on the street. (Trigger Warning: Death of a Child) Wow
Second: A chaotic posting schedule means I'm a few weeks behind and my posts have been all over the map. In no particular order: My response to Santorium's "battle against Satan" comment and why I'd vote for Satan any day; a look at a mythical Teabagger Paradise, where there are no labor unions, a non-complex income tax code, a weak IRS, no government involvement in anything other than defense, and most importantly, no Obama or Obamacare. Then, I once again found time to take on Rand's philosophy, pointing out yet more holes in it - and explained how "enlightened self-interest" is different from "rational egotism" and why Going Galt, the new popular fantasy among the rich kids according to the article, is little different from Going Gandalf. I also posted a video I found while stumbling through Tumblr; the video is of Mícheál Dainéal Ó hUiginn (Michael D. Higgins), the ninth and current president of Ireland, utterly demolishing a teabagger and it is absolutely amazing. I also found a really interesting web page, which takes a look at the practical applications of nanotechnology, and it's called Nano & Me.
Third: (Trigger Warning: Misogyny, some crude humor, language) There's not a lot of difference between Ignatius Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, with the exception that that Reilly is a more realistic character. I took a look at Rush's notpology, in regards to his character assassination and libel that he laid against Sandra Fluke, and mocked him for it. (Trigger Warning: Class warfare, Advocating Treating the Poor Like Animals, Language ) And then I got a chance to sink my teeth into a real piece of work; this is one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. Be forewarned; I have the "cluster F-bomb" tag because of this post, but the language is the least offensive thing. Brion McClanahan believes that the poor should be humiliated and have a scarlet "P" stamped on their forehead because they have the gall to ask for help. Oh, and he believes that voting is a privilege, to be take away when someone ends up on government assistance, and that welfare is against the Constitution.
Lastly, (Trigger Warning: Animal Uplifting) For my final post, I took another look at the morality and made a stronger moral argument in favor of; I argued first that there are two types of informed consent in emergency situations, and then took a look at whether or not the issue of consent was a red herring in the debate over uplifting morality.
Twilight: Women Behaving Badly
Lauren isn't ugly. It's right there in the manual: she's beautiful and blond and all the boys in school have dated her and vied for her attention. If the author turns that around and decides that, no, Lauren is totes ugly in this scene because she dares to needle the protagonist and if the narrative is first-person, this doesn't make Lauren seem ugly to the reader. It makes Bella seem rude and petty.
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Things you can do
These positions are inconsistent with women's equality and liberty. If women and other people with uteri are full and free citizens of this nation, then they must have the right to make decisions about their own bodies from a full spectrum of choice.
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