December, 2008

Homophobia: bad! Racism: bad! Sexism: eh

By · Monday, December 29th, 2008 · 33 Comments »

Rick Warren is a homophobe who considers gay marriage the moral equivalent of incest or child abuse, and believes it should be banned by law. Rick Warren is also a sexist who believes that God created women as men’s natural inferiors, and that a proper Christian wife is an obedient servant to her husband. Guess […]

Pope’s Christmas message to the world: people and rainforests both threatened by excessive logging

By · Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 · 15 Comments »

Some things are so ridiculous that they defy ridicule. Such is the case with the latest message from Christ’s Vicar on earth. Which is just as well, because I’m too busy right now to do it justice with a proper post. I will say that the folks expressing outrage over this are missing the point. […]

The Master of Passive-Aggression

By · Friday, December 19th, 2008 · 78 Comments »

(Guest Post by Nina M.) To be perfectly blunt, I thought I’d burned out on being offended by Obama’s rhetoric sometime in October. I didn’t even raise an eyebrow this morning when I saw the news about Rick Warren preaching at the inauguration. But this latest item has gotten stuck in my craw. HuffPo –- […]

Yet another insult to women: Obama chooses a sexist pastor for his Inaugural

By · Thursday, December 18th, 2008 · 22 Comments »

(Originally published at The New Agenda.) An almost all-male Cabinet. A speechwriter who thinks sexual assault is funny. A senior advisor who’s on record with his belief that innate inferiority, not discrimination, is what’s keeping women back. And now, with another twist of the knife, President-elect Obama has invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation […]

Remembering Watergate

By · Thursday, December 11th, 2008 · 59 Comments »

There are a billion posts out there on the Chicago story, and I certainly don’t have any special information to share. (Though I do recommend this post by that guy with the funny name, since it seems his parsing sub-routine is very much like my parsing sub-routine.) What I keep thinking about is the late […]

It’s the system, stupid

By · Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 · 77 Comments »

James Carville is upset with The New Agenda. “This New Agenda crowd need to get a new agenda, a new agenda of women that are losing their jobs, a new agenda of battered women and women that are victims of sex discrimination and not this kind of silliness,” he says. This kind of silliness, of […]

I want to be an alpaca

By · Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 · 22 Comments »

I’ve moved on from wanting to have an alpaca to wanting to be an alpaca. Don’t they look happy? Wouldn’t you like to be a fuzzy adorable creature with legs about three times too long for your body and a neck about four times too long, and two little toes on each foot and an […]

Help wanted: Guerilla fighter for women’s rights

By · Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 · 12 Comments »

If you live in the D.C. area and you’re willing to lay it on the line for women’s rights, Lynette Long has a job for you: I am starting a new group of women warriors, gorilla girls, female fighters…I want twenty-five women who are willing to fight beside me for women’s rights. Women who are […]

Christmas comes but four or five times a year

By · Friday, December 5th, 2008 · 80 Comments »

Depending on what you count as Christmas. Today is the eve of St. Nicholas Day, a big deal in some European countries. Then there’s December 25, the birth of Sol Invictus Mithras Jesus. There’s Boxing Day, which isn’t really Christmas but might as well be, seeing how the Brits carry on about it. There’s Three […]

Sorry, I got swallowed by a whale

By · Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 · 70 Comments »

It was a rough three days, but now I’m back. Covered in stomach juices, it’s true, and far wiser about the digestive tracts of cetaceans than I ever expected to be. By the way, have you ever read the Book of Jonah? Really read it, in modern translation? It’s a comedy. A pretty good one, […]