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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-18 04:33
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Which came first, the chicken or the duck? [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Some fairly entertaining and informative comments on eggs over there, especially on the LJ side.

squirrel_monkey on female friends — Thought provoking, to say the least.

Scrivener's Error is on a roll with his link sausages today — Litterachoor and healthcare, both.

Integrations Under FireThe Edge of the American West on the history of racial and gender integration in the military. The parallels to Don't Ask, Don't Tell are painfully obvious, much as the parallels between interracial marriage and gay marriage are. Bigotry is bigotry, however much it's guised in a principled religious or political stance.

Texas public schools required to teach Bible this year — Ah, my ancestral home, leading the charge back to the Dark Ages. Why does anyone of faith think government mandates are a good idea? Their beliefs are only a demographic shift away from marginalization without the protections that secularism gives to religion. (Thanks to danjite.)

Lying about healthcare — GOP Representative Roy Blunt lies about Canadian and UK healthcare, is indifferent to facts. Just like GOP Senator Charles Grassley's "pull the plug on grandma" crack, which was widely reported, and which he now (much more quietly) admits he knew was false at the time. They lie to the headlines to advance their agenda, and experience no negative consequences for it, as the media does little fact checking and no followup. To my conservative friends: is this how you want your principles advanced?

Where are the limits?Talking Points Memo on bringing guns to political events, especially presidential events.

?otD: Why was the egg a gentleman?

Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 224.4
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine

Originally published at jlake.com.

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dinogrl: Roswell
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-08-18 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: ?otD
Because he was Johnathan Winters.
For reference: http://www.tvacres.com/aliens_mearth.htm
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User: daveraines
Date: 2009-08-18 19:45 (UTC)
Subject: Bible... required?
If this were planned and executed in good faith, and if the bill had passed without amendments (which e.g. made it a required class instead of elective), there is a slight possibility it might have been a good thing. (How's that for lukewarm support?)

The Bible is a lynchpin of Western culture, including literature. So it seems reasonable to teach something about it. Heck, if the reader doesn't know the Bible, a whole layer of meaning disappears from _Mainspring_!

The quicksand comes because the bill requires "objective teaching" - but there's no funding for figuring out what that means, & monitoring it so it happens. Also, with each district setting up its own plan, there's potential for abuse. (That is, proselytizing.)

I'm intending, one of these days, to write a little monograph called "The Bible as Science?, Fiction, and Fantasy: What SF Writers Can Learn From a Top Bestseller." I wonder if I could teach that class in Texas? (The downside: it would be teaching IN TEXAS.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-18 20:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Bible... required?
And I am all about Bible study. Have done a fair amount of it myself over the years, for various reasons — being heavily (over)churched quite young, attending missionary schools, college lit clases, etc. I'm just not all about the quicksand you cite, plus the clearly implied and intended endorsement.

(Unless, of course, mandatory objective teaching of Quran, and the Baghavita, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, etc. are on the menu as well. Then it becomes cultural heritage.)
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