January, 2006

The Real Message of the State of the Union Address: Cindy Sheehan Arrested Because of Her T-Shirt

By · Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 · 15 Comments »

I’m not watching the Torture President deliver his State of the Union pack o’ lies. Don’t need to see the chimp smirk and hear our Congress cheer every time the “Applause” sign lights up. But this, now — this is interesting: Cindy Sheehan, who was invited to attend the State of the Union address, was […]

Shaka, when the walls fell

By · Monday, January 30th, 2006 · 21 Comments »

So, Alito’s in. Over at firedoglake, they’re looking on the bright side, suggesting that the last-minute, netroots-driven support for a filibuster revealed some tipping point of exasperation in the populace. The theme is that we’re in a good position for the next round. ReddHedd says: Okay, so it’s obvious there is cloture today. It sucks. […]

Credulous Tool Takes on Straw Feminist

By · Monday, January 30th, 2006 · 5 Comments »

An evolutionary-psychology lovin’ tool named Neil Chethik is interviewed in Salon this week about his new book on men and marriage. He says he’s in favor of feminism, and I’m willing to believe that he means well. What astonished me about the interview is the bullshit this guy spouts about the feminist movement — under […]

Rose Porn

By · Sunday, January 29th, 2006 · 27 Comments »

I am in torment. My mailbox is being inundated with the spring gardening catalogs. See the picture at left? That’s from the new Jackson and Perkins catalog, and is a prime example of what’s known among connoisseurs as “rose porn.” It’s a saucy new floribunda called Black Cherry. It’s luscious, it’s heavenly, it’s no doubt […]

No, Reagan Did Not Win the Cold War

By · Saturday, January 28th, 2006 · 6 Comments »

John Lewis Gaddis has a new book out called The Cold War: A New History, in which he eulogizes Reagan as a visionary and the winner of the Cold War. Salon’s review of the book offers the following tidbit: When John Lewis Gaddis, a history professor and expert on the conflict, teaches Yale undergraduates about […]

More proof that pharmacists are just people who were too dumb to get into med school

By · Friday, January 27th, 2006 · 13 Comments »

There’s a wave of delusion sweeping over America’s pharmacists, leading them to believe that it is their appointed mission in life to regulate the reproductive lives of their customers in accordance with dimly understood 2,000-year-old Near Eastern literature. We’ve all heard about the godbag pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception and birth control […]

Plan 9 from Outer Wingnuttia

By · Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 · 8 Comments »

Oh, man. The Wingnut God really crossed the diamond with the pearl when he made this guy. No, not the guy in the picture — that’s Criswell! I’m referring to Andrew Longman, whose columns appear on RenewAmerica. He’s the Ed Wood of wingnuts: impassioned, incomprehensible, and unintentionally hilarious. In a piece called “You Can’t Fight […]

Mysterious Masked Shape Runs for Seat in Palestinian Parliament

By · Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 · 7 Comments »

JERUSALEM (The Age) — When Palestinians go to the polls tomorrow, it’s no surprise that many will be voting for the fundamentalist Hamas party. But what may be a surprise is that not all of the Hamas candidates are men. In a sign of growing liberalism in the Arab world, masked shapes are also on […]

Religions Evolve, Part 2: Islam

By · Monday, January 23rd, 2006 · 50 Comments »

In “Religions Evolve, Part 1,” I offered up 10 random truths about Christianity. In that post, I listed 10 well-accepted conclusions about Christianity that have emerged from the past two centuries of scholarship. Now I’ll try to do the same for Islam — except I’ve got 17 random truths, and the scholarship is more controversial. […]

Blogging for Bodily Integrity, as explained to the men in our audience

By · Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 · 29 Comments »

Today we’re observing the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that handed women power over our own bodies. This was a power white men had enjoyed since the founding of our republic, and one that black men had achieved legally (though not practically, of course) a hundred years before. You see, that’s […]