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Digest for July 31st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 31st from 16:18 to 17:14:

  • Joe Lauria: Unitarian Church Shooting is Terrorism – Even if this man hopefully acted alone it is chilling to all progressive people and groups, like the Unitarians. Are we free to express our views, indeed to allow our children to perform in a church play?
  • Wayne Besen: Messages That Lead To Murder – The far right's dirty little secret is that they depend on the threat of violence to retard the advancement of the GLBT movement. Without the fear of physical attack, the number of people who are out of the closet would quickly multiply. Gay couples would hold hands in every city in the nation. On each block, from San Francisco to San Antonio, gay and lesbian people would be visibly present.
  • Sara Whitman: Tennessee Shooting: When will the Right Wing Go on Trial? – When will we examine the right wing groups that create such hatred in our society? When will we put them on the stand and cross examine their lives, their homes, their parents? When will their hatred be abnormal?
  • RJ Eskow: A Murderer’s Bookshelf: Hannity, O’Reilly, and Savage On Killer’s Reading List – This evening we learn from the Knoxville News that officers entering the home of murder Jim Adkisson "found Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder by radio talk show host Michael Savage, Let Freedom Ring by talk show host Sean Hannity, and The O'Reilly Factor, by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly."
  • Booman Tribune ~ How To Make A Liberal-Hunter – Let me ask y'all a question. In all your blogreading or listening to Air America or watching Phil Donahue or Keith Olbermann on your teevee, have you have ever heard a Democrat or a liberal advocate the murder of a political opponent or the destruction of, say, the Colt Tower in San Francisco or the New York Times Building in Times Square? Have you ever heard any of these liberals talk about taking an opponent's life, freedom, or property without due process of law?
  • Did Right-Wing Shock Jocks Motivate Knoxville Killer? | PEEK | AlterNet – Hateful talk about one's enemies undermining the nation leads to hateful acts in response.
  • On the (New) “New Old Gay” Stereotype – So, are you New Gay or “New Old Gay? (Note: Apparently those are your only two choices.)
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the Internet | The Best Article Every day – Ah, the Internet: you use it every day for school, work or fun. In such a short period of time, the Net has grown into an essential every day thing that it’s hard to imagine life without it. Here are the 10 Things You Should Know About the Internet:
  • Box Turtle Bulletin » Relief Fund Set Up For Knoxville Churches – A relief fund has been set up by the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association as more than a hundred Unitarian Universalist congregations hold special services this week in memory of the shooting Sunday at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.
  • Box Turtle Bulletin » LaBarbera’s Incoherence on Hate Crimes – Besides, here’s a news flash for LaBarbera. The FBI is already investigating this as a hate crime. Why? According to Stacie Bohanan, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Knoxville division, “Anytime someone uses force to obstruct another person in the free exercise of their religious beliefs, that becomes a violation of the federal civil rights statutes.”
  • Religion, Babies Help Fuel Gay Nup Decisions / Queerty – Social conservatives will no doubt use this as evidence of some gay plan to usurp organized religion and erect some evil alternative.
  • Open Left:: People Who Are Different Suck – The title of this post is the crystallized distillation of the Republican message: people who are different suck. And, whether we like to admit it or not, this has actually been the primary dynamic of American politics for several decades.
  • God’s Politics – Jim Wallis blog, faith blog, religion, christian, christianity, politics, values – This is the kind of tragedy that occurs when we adopt war rhetoric, turning our fellow Americans into enemies. Both sides have effectively demonized the opposition, laying blame for our problems at others' feet. Would it "kill" talk radio announcers to tone down their tenor for the sake of the common good? Could they sacrifice a few ratings points by refusing to serve the red meat their most radicalized listeners relish? Can we discipline ourselves to change the channel when the scapegoating begins?
  • God’s Politics – Jim Wallis blog, faith blog, religion, christian, christianity, politics, values – It is appropriate, because ultimately it was government policies that were both complicit in and directly responsible for this great inhumanity and injustice. Nobody alive in America today participated in slavery, many have no ancestors who did, and large numbers of families came to this land only after slavery was officially abolished — but all white Americans have benefited from the poisonous legacy of slavery and discrimination.
  • Feministe » Your class is in your skin: What are your experiences? – I grew up a poor kid, surrounded mostly by other poor kids and a bunch of lower-middle-class kids. These kids got acne just as much as the upper-class kids did — it’s hard to go through teenagehood and not explode into pimples at some point or another. But to most of these families, acne was an annoyance. It wasn’t a medical condition.
  • Dispatches from the Culture Wars: The “Satanic Ten Commandments” – Ah, but there's just one tiny little difference that Dice fails to mention: this monument is on private property. Doesn't have a damn thing to do with the government. It was commissioned by a private individual and built on property owned by a private trust that he set up. Guess what that means? It means you don't get to remove it no matter how much you'd like to.
  • Under New Proposals, Some Rape Victims Wouldn’t Get Emergency Contraception | Reproductive Justice and Gender | AlterNet – Conservatives are proposing a federal rule that would go so far as to allow providers to deny rape victims emergency contraception.
  • 8 Great Anti-Hacks to Fundamentally Change Your Life | Zen Habits – 1. Embrace Your Inner Dilettante, be Flaky, and Denounce the Cult of Permanence. After college graduation, we’re allowed a couple years of experimental wiggle room. And when those years are oven we’re supposed to semi-permanently stay put. We’re supposed to stop vagabonding through life. We’re supposed to sit down and shut up.
  • Why Bandwidth Is the Oil of the Information Economy – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com – Just as the industrial revolution depended on oil and other energy sources, the information revolution is fueled by bandwidth. If we aren’t careful, we’re going to repeat the history of the oil industry by creating a bandwidth cartel.

One Comment

  1. Lesbians are like bumblebees. When toxins are present, bees are the first to die. When lesbians can be open with each other in public, the society is healthy. When a society is toxic, lesbians are the first to go into hiding.

    I like this analogy better than the canary-in-the-coalmine…

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