Monthly Archives: August 2015

Morning Treats

misty morning

I love my unhurried mornings here on the farm. As much as I groan when I am called from bed by the cat, or dogs, the ducks honking to get out, or inevitably my personal need for the little room, once I am up the magic seems to work its way over the loud chorus of achy back and stiff joints.

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Inspection- Of Voting Rights, Guns and an Old Friend

by Ken Carman

 A friend from back in the dinosaur days and I were yakking on FaceCrack, debating to a certain extent, about gun rights and how intrusive the state can, or should, be. More specifically: the left v. the right, who is intrusive, and who isn’t. Dean’s position was that it was pretty much always the left, or “the ‘extreme’ left.”
 Of course, knowing me so well, dear readers, you know I didn’t counter with examples from the “extreme” right, right?
 Chuckle.
  I always love that phrase, “extreme left,” Ken writes with a sardonic flare, having grown up as a conservative in the 60s and seen, and argued with, real “extreme” leftists, like one named Susan who did a coup d’etat in History class one day, or far more to the point: the bombings, the massive marches, robberies, so many flag burnings, Kent State…
  OK, I admit: the Susan example was more what an “extreme” leftist might do, if Susan had had something more dangerous than a water pistol, though these days we wonder if she might have been shot, or dragged away by Homeland to some place portrayed by supporters of such as no worse than a Tickle Feather Torture Chamber.
 Still, to my point: the use of “extreme left” these days sometimes seems, if nothing else, quantitatively blind, historically hyperbolic and all too convenient for those wishing to frighten others with some mostly mythical, always evil, army predominately made of straw.
  No, Dean, I’m not specifically referring to you, he who is approximately as old as moi’. Read more

Who’s the REAL Troublemaker in the Middle East?

Medea Benjamin's picture

Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran.

In the first GOP debate alone, Scott Walker promised that he’d tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency. Carly Fiorina blamed the countryfor “most of the evil that is going on in the Middle East.” Mike Huckabee vowed to topple the “terrorist Iranian regime and defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.”

Oddly, when the candidates complain about the “evil forces of radical Islam” or trouble in the Middle East, they never seem to mention Saudi Arabia.

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Right-Wing Reactionaries Try to Take Over the Future Through Science Fiction

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If you think America’s culture wars are only taking place over such hot-button issues of health care, gay rights, abortion, and/or religious freedom, think again. Unbeknownst to those of us who are neither regular readers of speculative fiction nor follow it in the blogosphere, for a short time awhile back it looked like the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) might fall into the hands of an ultra-conservative culture warrior. It didn’t. However, culture war battles – particularly as related to gender and social justice issues – have found a new front; the prestigious Hugo Awards.

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