October 29th, 2008


Opie, Andy, Richie, and the Fonz say: vote for Obama!

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Jane Smiley on the election

Jane Smiley at HuffingtonPost about the election and why Senator Obama is leading in the polls.

This is a fairly extreme article, and folks may find it too much so. You've been warned. FWIW, I agree with much of what Smiley says.

Here's my favorite bit:
If we look at our two candidates, the differences between them are stark. John McCain, who was raised by and accepts the authoritarian model, is evidently never at peace. He is hot-headed, erratic, and has been remarkably cruel. He claims to have principles, but his principles change every time he loses his cool. The more he is pushed, the more it becomes evident that he lives by his own selfish desires -- for money, for power, for women. He's is a classic avoider, who can't even answer the simplest question -- if something "unpleasant" comes up, he changes the subject. Barack Obama rarely changes the subject, because he is fully capable of looking at an issue and considering it. He seems to have been reared in a non-authoritarian household, by a loving mother and loving grandparents. He thinks that the world is a rational place that can be understood and modified. His own family seems happy and loving. Right wingers think he is shallow, but he isn't shallow -- he's well-adjusted. And we've had two whole years to poke him and prod him and discover this. Obama has grown through campaigning because he has learned from it. McCain gets ever smaller and more weird as he campaigns because he doesn't understand what is happening to him. When we choose between these two men, we are choosing between two worlds -- the world of ignorance, fear, manipulation, and cruelty, and the world of rational investigation, weighing of options, and planning.
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courtesy terri_osborne and dozens of others....

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

I'm not in a heterosexual marriage right now, but I was in one for eight years, and I'll be in another one starting next year, so I think that counts.

And the notion that gay marriage "threatens" heterosexual marriage is, quite frankly, stupid and pathetic, and anyone who believes that is full of horse manure of the smelliest order. This is bigotry, pure and simple. Anyone who objects on religious grounds is also full of that same horse manure, unless they also don't mix wools and linens, believe in the death penalty for adulterers, and keep kosher. Oh and, if they're men, always wear hats. If not, they're cherry-picking the parts of the Book of Leviticus that suit their pre-existing prejudices. That, folks, is bigotry, and to call it anything else is to let the bigotry win.
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