Saturday, August 18, 2012

I'm Ready

How I Unwittingly Infiltrated the Boy’s Club & Why It’s Time for a New Wave of Atheism | Blag Hag: "If you’re ready for this new wave of atheism, now is the time to speak up. Say that you’re ready. Vocally support organizations and individuals that are already doing it right. Vocally criticize the inappropriate and hateful behavior so the victims of such actions know you’re on their side. Demand that your organizations and clubs evolve, or start your own if they refuse. "

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On Wedding Nights for Virgins

The wedding night has become a thing of legend and myth for chaste Evangelical men. — The Good Men Project:
"The wedding night has become a thing of legend and myth for chaste Evangelical men. Allegedly, saving sex for marriage means that God blesses the couple with a wild night of carnal ecstasy. Angels will gather ‘round the bed, empowering a lengthy night of sexual pleasure performed in the sight of God Almighty. Erotic acrobatics and a buffet of orgasms await the abstinent groom after he whisks his beloved across the threshold of the honeymoon suite. The couple might settle down around four a.m. Then they’ll wake up four hours later, have another sex festival, order brunch from room service, and start all over again. I’ve heard ministers tell engaged couples not to spend their honeymoon anywhere too exciting, because they will spend all their time in the bedroom.  
If this happened to you, congratulations. Then again, it probably means that someone told you that getting married makes it okay to use Ecstasy and cocaine, too."

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On Consent - Yes This post is about Sex

Is Anal Sex The New Dealbreaker? — The Good Men Project: "**To be clear, “you said that you don’t want to because anal sex hurts, but it doesn’t hurt if you go slow and use lots of lube, which we will, and if it ever hurts just say so and we’ll stop immediately” is good consent. “Please baby, just once, for me?” is not."

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On Fighting Back

Daily Kos: Boo-effing-hoo, for the bully Mitt Romney: "Romney won the Republican primaries by vastly outspending his opponents, and going overwhelmingly negative against them, which is what one does when one can't go overwhelmingly positive about oneself, because oneself is a petty, boorish ass. But Mitt isn't used to anyone being able to fight back. He isn't used to having to abide by accepted standards of behavior. This is all so painful and ugly. You people should just hand Mitt the keys to the White House. Since Versailles isn't available. "

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On The Turing Test

Computational Complexity: Is the Turing Test Still Interesting?: "In a couple of years it will be clear that computers easily pass the Turing test. It will be another milestone, like beating humans at Chess and Jeopardy. The computers won't be any more intelligent by passing the test but they will be more useful. And I'll take useful over intelligent any day. "

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Obama On Romney's Tax Plan

President Obama Throws Down The Gauntlet in New Hampshire | Crooks and Liars: "Governor’s Romney tax plan - this is not my analysis now - this is the analysis of independent folks who analyze tax plans for a living. That’s what they do. Their analysis showed that Governor Romney's tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of $2,000. Not to reduce the deficit, not to grow jobs, not to invest in education, but to give another tax cut to folks like him. "

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About Voter Fraud

Who Can Vote? - A News21 2012 National Project: "Two thousand cases of election fraud that could have been prevented by voter ID laws? Actually, no. The cases reported to News21 from all the public-records requests cover a dozen different kinds of election illegalities and irregularities. Only one of those categories — impersonation of another voter at a voting place — involves the kind of fraud that Election Day voter ID laws could prevent. And only 10 such cases over more than a decade were reported to News21 by election officials and prosecutors across the country. During that time, 146 million Americans were registered to vote."

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Stanton Friedman On Flying Saucers

A film by a friend and former classmate, Paul Kimball.

More on that Social Contract Thing

David Simon | Mitt Romney paid taxes at a rate of at least 13 percent. And he’s proud to say so.: "Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit."

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Compassionate Conservatism

Forbes On Fox Panelist: "Why Can't We Make Someone Feel Embarrassed" For Being On Welfare?

Because that would make you a heartless asshole?

Hank Williams Jr. Really is an Asshole

Hank Williams Jr. brings country hits and political jabs to the fair | Metromix Des Moines: "“We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!” "

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The New Jersey Miracle

N.J. Tax Revenues Lower Than Anticipated « CBS Philly: "Pair that with an unemployment rate not seen in 35 years and Randall believes the state needs a major shot in the arm to improve the lingering perception that New Jersey is not a business-friendly state. "

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Why Are these people treated seriously?

Anti-Obama Navy SEAL leader: I’m a Birther | The Cable:
 ""I have to admit that I'm a Birther," said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. "If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is.""

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Tom Morello on Paul Ryan

One of Ryan's 'Favorite' Bands Rages Against Class War | Crooks and Liars:
 "Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions.You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that "Those people are undeserving. They're . . . lesser." Some of these guys on the extreme right are more cynical than Paul Ryan, but he seems to really believe in this stuff. This unbridled rage against those who have the least is a cornerstone of the Romney-Ryan ticket."

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Greg Sargent on The Romney Campaign

Romney advisers confirm it: We’re running a `just trust me’ campaign - The Plum Line - The Washington Post:
"The campaign thinks sharing details about what he’d actually do as president would be politically suicidal."
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I don't have the words to express my feelings on this.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ayn Rand on Ronald Reagan

“I urge you, as emphatically as I can, not to support the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. I urge you not to work for or advocate his nomination, and not to vote for him. My reasons are as follows: Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word—i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor (which, philosophically, is as untenable a position as one could choose—see Fred Kinnan in Atlas Shrugged, pp. 541-2). This description applies in various degrees to most Republican politicians, but most of them preserve some respect for the rights of the individual. Mr. Reagan does not: he opposes the right to abortion.”

Blind squirrel finds a nut.