This and that – open thread
Some things that came in the mailbag…
I think the advantage that progressives and Democrats have is that we have the facts on our side, and if we just speak as truthfully and as factually as we can, and if we are willing to tolerate ambiguity and dissent in our own camp, and if we’re willing to look critically at our ourselves, and reflect and remain open-minded to other points of view, over time, that’s where the American people are. I recognize that there are folks who think that view is naive, but that’s something I feel fairly strongly about.
* Jay at Lassiter Space updated me about that ridiculous Sony Black/White ad. The company pulled it. I guess the lightbulb came on over in the marketing department that it was a bad idea. Jay also has a really interesting post, “Black is beautiful, African American is not!” , something we’ve discussed here before. I use “black” — I don’t see A-A as accurate. both Jay and I perceive it to be a politically correct term for white folks (and some blacks) to feel culturally sensitive. It makes no sense – actress Charlize Theron was born in South Africa so, based on that definition, she’s African American.
Dahr has made several journeys into the country since the beginning of the war, each one more dangerous than the last. To read his dispatches from the past few years is to understand how the quality of life for the average Iraqi has deteriorated since the overthrow of Saddam. From his first journey into Iraq, which documented hope (as well as fear for the future), to his last, which chronicled despair, danger, and hopelessness, Jamail is one of the few independent reporters who has fearlessly walked into the den of the lion and come out a survivor. We are all richer in knowledge because of his efforts.
* Take a click over to Born Different, which illuminates facts and stats about the evidence that continues to mount that suggests sexual orientation has a strong biological component.
* Alyson M. points to the freakshow known as MonthlyCallForLife.com. The braindead forced birth advocate blogger thought a satire piece in The Onion (I’m Totally Psyched About This Abortion!) was a serious article. The dimbulbs living among us…after this dolt figures out the article wasn’t real, this is posted.
Do you see how they slip their agenda into a “satirical” piece? Oral contraceptives cause abortions too, just at an earlier stage than hospital abortions. Contraception is the direction of the pro-abortion movement, because they know America is waking up to the fact that abortion kills human beings and it should not have been decriminalized by the Supreme Court.
* News from Redbone Press…on Friday, July 14, 2006, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Spirited co-editors G. Winston James and Lisa C. Moore will be reading and signing at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St., room 312. New York City area contributors reading are: Alaric Wendell Blair, Mona de Vestel, Kenyon Farrow, Daniel Alexander Jones, Tawanna Sullivan, Linda Villarosa and Eva Yaa Asantewaa. This event is co-sponsored by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD).
* Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry has an interesting analysis of last week’s N.Y. marriage ruling up.
* And last, but not least, a big one year blogoversary to Kathy McMullen over at Birmingham Blues! She’s also a contributor these days over at a fellow B3 contributor’s home base, The Green Knight. In related news, Kate and I will be heading down to Birmingham this weekend — we’ll meet up with Kathy again for a cup of java and catching up (and trashing Roy Moore, lol).