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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-21 04:09
Subject: [links] Link salad has a busy Friday
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My short story "Skinhorse Goes to Mars" is live at Escape Pod — I'm quite enamored of their content rating.

Last Drink Bird Head comes to town — A cool flash collection, with many fine authors including my own self.

A question of freedom — Ta-Nehisi Coates on R. Dwayne Betts' very difficult path to writing. How hard have you worked to be a writer?

Pension Office: 1918 — Wish my personal library looked like that.

This Day in Actual Communist and Real Nazi History — In case, you know, you think liberals are Communists and/or Nazis. From The Edge of the American West.

The more things change — Tom Tomorrow with a link to an editorial expressing skepticism about the need for the presidents proposed health care reform, and confidence that capitalism and American ingenuity will eventually take care of any problems our health care system might have. From 1949. Yep, that worked out well.

An Officer's Experience in Our Christian Military — Think carefully about this one. Especially if you are conservative or a Christian.

?otD: Huh?

Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 227.0
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-08-21 15:31 (UTC)
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My reaction to the officer's experience was twofold:

First--oh shit, I suspect that my big brother knows more about this than he'll ever tell me (even if he'd talk to me about it these days, though he has surprised me of late he's still an actively evangelical former Army Colonel).

Second reaction--the commenter who pulled out the Catholic card is onto something. I don't play it as much as DH (who's a non-practicing Missouri Synod Lutheran and teases me about being a bead-jiggler), but I've found it's the fastest way to get rid of Mormon, Jehovah's Witness and fundamentalist door-knockers. As for persistent proselytizers on the street, either they recoil or we get into a quick discussion which usually ends with my wry comment pointing out that by Catholic lights, they're still heretics.

I have some other thoughts on the subject, but it's probably best said over on my own blog.
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