12 Oct 2010

Have white people lost their minds? YOUBETCHA!!!

 Concerning the Village Voice article http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-09-29/news/white-america-has-lost-its-mind/  Thank you, Mr. Thrasher, for making my day. It never ceases to amaze me that people waste time listening to “Dr.” Laura, Glenn Beck, Rush-the-addict, Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Lielly, and the rest of the pompous fools speak out of their nether parts. I am

04 Apr 2010

End-times theology, why it matters, and its connection to Prop 8 and other anti-gay legislation

Apocalyptism and violence go hand in hand in a conservative Protestant end-times theological trend “post-tribulation rapture”. Conservative Southern Baptist, neo-Pentecostal, non-denominational, and conservative subsets of mainline Protestanism (eg, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) adopted an end-times interpretation in which the Antichrist would come and bring a time of worldwide war and

17 Dec 2009

“The Family”, Warren, and Ugandan politicians

Museveni, Kagame, and the hitherto obscure Ugandan member of parliament sponsoring the anti-gay bill as a member's bill, network with U.S. Christian Right politicians through the rather loosely organized and until recently sub rosa U.S. Christian Right group “The Family”. See Jeff Sharlet's book The Family for history, www.talk2action.org for

07 Sep 2009

Walk in someone else’s shoes – is gentrification fueling resentment of LGBTs?

That old and tired “Black vs. GLBT” theme keeps coming up – most recently in the discussion of Alvin's “From “outside agitator” …” diary, bringing up a sh*t-stirring anti-gay black bishop Jackson (senior pastor of a congregation) in Wash. DC. White people like me tend to assume that religious interpretation

20 Jan 2009

The Episcopal Church’s politics re: status of LGBTs since 2003 and Bishop Gene Robinson’s election

This is background material in response to some comments on the “Bishop Robinson at Inauguration” threads. A late 1970s bylaw indicates that gender, orientation are not to be considered in eligibility for seminary and for ordination, but a separate bylaw specifies that sexual activity should be conducted within the bounds

23 Sep 2008

Ask ordinary Republicans “Are YOU better off than you were 8 years ago?”

Democratic political junkies often try to counter Republican campaign lies and misdirection with real information. WRONG TACTIC. Most ordinary conservatives, of the “authoritarian follower” psychological type, can’t process information that hasn’t been preprocessed by the Authorities they fancy – unless that information directly affects them. So CHALLENGE them to look

18 Sep 2008

Aging brain – personal and medical reflections

First, the personal: In some ways I am not as quick as I was, and I am only 52! I know that I have more lapses in areas that always gave me problems: -connecting faces with names for people you haven't seen or thought about for a while (high school

10 Sep 2008

Science policy questions that I would like to ask McCain/Palin

Science policy is important for the USA's standing in the world and the USA's future economy. Here's five questions for either Palin or McCain. Questions 1, 2, 3A/3B, 4 address general problems in science policy. Question 5 is specifically for Palin, though McCain would flub his way through it in

21 Aug 2008

Why Limbaugh matters – he encourages rudeness and discourages thinking

A commenter in the Limbaugh post thread thought that there was no point discussing the crudities of Limbaugh's broadcasts, since he isn't a candidate. I wish to point out that elections are not the only things of importance. Quality of information and discussion affect civic life.  Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, and

06 Aug 2008

One more “Family Values” politician indicted for sex crime

http://www.stltoday.com/stltod… “State rep charged with assaulting teen By Tony Messenger POST-DISPATCH JEFFERSON CITY BUREAU 08/06/2008 Copyright 2008, St. Louis Post-Dispatch JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri state Rep. Scott Muschany, R-Frontenac, was indicted today in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this