From ThinkProgress: Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election.
Plus a funny:
“This is my picture can.”
I haven’t read P.Z. in a long time, but this is wonderful:
The premise of the article is that the Book of Mormon is written as a literary homage to Bunyan — now I’m no fan of that pious nonsense Bunyan wrote, but that is perhaps the most slanderous thing I’ve seen written about him. No, Joseph Smith was not consciously emulating Bunyan; Smith was a con man with no literary skill who was mimicking the style of 17th century English to tie his phony story to the religious authority of the King James Bible and yes, other religious authors of that era. It is not an “imaginative” book — it’s pure blithering hackwork that goes on and on, and is a blighted fusion of faux KJV and glossolalia. It is the work of a charlatan shouting into a hat.
I’ve read chunks of the Book of Mormon. It is crap. It’s more poorly written than the Twilight series, or even 50 Shades of Gray. If you’re looking for the primal source of American popular hack literature, there it is in the work of Joseph Smith, and his bad fantasy novel that would have died of contempt if he hadn’t used it to tap into American religious gullibility. It is to Bunyan and the religious literature of the times as Eye of Argon is to science fiction and fantasy literature — a badly written derivative.
Most religious are stupid, but the stupidity of Mormonism is truly spectacular. Its very existence offends me; it is too stupid for this world.
So far we haven’t lost power here in Virginia, thank bog. But DC is shut down, New York has been eaten by the ocean, New England is eroding, and there are blizzards to the west. Are you okay?
A couple of days ago the Daily Beast posted this epitaph: Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday in Decline and Struggling for Survival. Very interesting article. I hadn’t realized that the Obama team was so…hostile, I guess, to their own supporters in the netroots.
Also, is it possible for Markos Moulitsas to open his mouth without sounding like a condescending prick? Has that ever happened in the history of the world?
What Susie Madrak says in the article about traffic being down is totally true. The conversation has moved to Twitter, which I despise. At least the leftish conversation has moved to Twitter; I think the wingnuts are still tearing it up on their blogs, if Memeorandum is any indication.
No wonder they hired him at the Times. Does Nate Silver know any women? Has he ever met a woman?
In his article on the gender gap in the polls, he discusses the overwhelming trend of women preferring Democrats—which, flipped around, is really a case of women rejecting Republicans. The trend is entirely understandable, seeing as how the Republican Party has been on a march against women-as-humans for 40 years now. It’s in their party platform. They explicitly reject women’s rights at every turn, whether it’s the right to control our bodies, to earn a fair wage, to report a rape, even to get our prescriptions covered. They never miss.
I’m not saying the Democratic Party has been great, because we all know it hasn’t. But fundamental opposition to women’s rights is not a central plank of the Democratic Party. It is of the Republican Party.
So, seeing as how we’re human and all, it’s no surprise that women tend to be repelled by the party that is actively, openly, and explicitly working against our fundamental rights as citizens and as human beings.
But Nate Silver seems bemused:
The large gender gap comes despite the fact that men and women’s economic roles are becoming more equal — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represented 47 percent of the labor force as of September — and that women suffered at least as much as men in the recent economic downturn….
This suggests the gender gap instead has more to do with partisan ideology than with pocketbook voting; apart from their views on abortion, women also take more liberal stances than men on social issues ranging from same-sex marriage to gun control.
So wanting to be considered a full human being is “partisan ideology”? And it has nothing to do with my pocketbook?
FORT MYERS, Fla. — GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Thursday night poked fun at the Democratic argument that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”
“Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that,” Ryan told donors at a Naples fundraiser, according to Shushanna Walshe of ABC News.
I thought we were supposed to be compared to caterpillars, not left-handed Irishmen.
UPDATE: And this guy! More Junk Science: GOP Congressman Says Abortion Is Never Necessary To Save A Woman’s Life. I honestly don’t know how Tammy Duckworth can sit across the table from that guy without smacking him.
I tuned in for a bit but couldn’t stand listening to Romney. The real Reagan was insufferable enough, but this shitty robot imitation of Reagan is just maddening.
UPDATE: Actually, I tuned back in and watched. And followed it on Twitter. And later checked the highlights for what I’d missed (though I still haven’t seen all of it.)
And it turns out that I can retire from blogging, because Charles Pierce at Esquire has stolen my brain: America Has Now Met the Many Romneys, and America Knows They Can Get Their Asses Kicked: At the Debate. Fantastic post, and I think I agree with every word of it.
In other news: the collective noun for a group of women is “binder.” A pride of lions, a flock of geese, a herd of deer, a binder of women.
“We have two Catholic candidates, first time, on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. And, please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country…please talk personally about this, if you could.”
Because god knows what this country needs is more attention paid to how men feel about abortion.
This is what we call irony: Gary Bauer Attacks Sandra Fluke over Shooting of Pakistani Education Activist. Bauer is, of course, one of the most notorious misogynists on the Christianist ultra-right.
The Heritage Foundation has also joined the fun, using the horrible attack on Malala Yousafzai as an opportunity to argue that America is the best place ever for women. This is the same Heritage Foundation that vigorously opposes women’s rights across the board, from equal pay to contraception access. They also sponsor the kind of abstinence education that teaches that a girl who isn’t a virgin is like a cupcake that’s been passed around and licked. Very Talibanish of them.
From the Ms. blog comes this nauseating story of a nauseating T-shirt designed and sold by nauseating frat boys: When College Humor Just Isn’t Funny. The T-shirt features a nearly naked woman being roasted on a spit, accompanied by the cheery slogan, “Roasting Fat Ones Since 1847.”
This is the part of the article that I found most interesting (emphasis added):
The administration opted not to punish the individual students responsible for the shirt but rather to hold an unadvertised, effectively closed-door discussion with a handful of students and frat members. According to a friend of mine who was present, the boys-will-be-boys type comments made prior to the meeting (“we were just a bunch of drunk guys sitting around on a Friday night designing the shirt”) were replaced by apology (“we didn’t mean to offend anyone”)—and then some confusion and discussion over the real impact of the offensive “joke.”
Basically the guys defended themselves by saying they were drunk. But, as we all know, people say what they really think when they’re drunk. If you’re Mel Gibson, for example, you start talking about Jews and n*****s. The drunken lizard brain has no secrets.
It’s a bit scary to realize that the default position of college-age males in the United States in the 21st century is “kill those bitches.”