October 11th, 2006


And people wonder why I think the GOP is nuts

"Voters should oust congressional Republican leaders because U.S. foreign policy is delaying the second coming of Jesus Christ, according to a evangelical preacher trying to influence closely contested political races." -- Conservative activist K.A. Paul quoted in yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to the Associated Press, Hastert met with this guy yesterday.

Why would the Speaker of the House want to talk to this lunatic? K.A. Paul faked his own leper colony, for pity's sake.

(I picked this up from TPM Muckraker, btw.)

A brief moment of clarity

I didn't think I'd need to say this, but given a few recent comments, I think I'll feel better for having done so.

My various political posts are not about elucidating some novel political or social theories. I don't think I'm inventing anything new at all. Just articulating my feelings and my passions in public, to stand up for (and in some cases, simply figure out) what I believe in. I think many of us (myself included) are quick to self-label, and in self-labelling, elide the details of what those positions entail. I'm trying to work through what my beliefs mean, to me, and to the people around me. Including, quite explicitly, those with whom I disagree, and those who disagree with me.

I'm also trying to reconcile my passion with my underlying drive towards reasonableness. When I found myself wondering whether I should make the recent abortion post, and it's upcoming follow-on, I realized I was subsuming my passion. Which runs counter to this entire exercise in political speech on my part.

So maybe this is a baby ur-manifesto, I dunno. Just attempting to take responsibilty for my own beliefs.

Stemwinder update 2006-10-11

Squeaked in my 2,500 words today. On the other hand, I had logistical stuff to do, the_child to pick up from a playdate and take to dinner, then an hour and a half at The Office picking out her new skateboard rig which is her big birthday present. (She turns 9 on 10/22.) Then various demonstrations of same. So a well-spent day, even if not so much of it was writing. (That, and a few professions of ignorance...)

Speaking of professions of ignorance

Every time I think I know what I'm doing in this business, something comes along and reminds me what a noob I am. This cropped up today, when I queried the ever-patient casacorona to doublecheck Tor's expectations of how I should handle my copy edit. Turns out that despite a clear cover letter, I still misunderstood several things, things which while in retrospect pass beyond the borders of the obvious were by definition not obvious to me before querying.

I like being secure enough in myself to simply say sometimes "I don't know," or "I don't understand." (Though in this case it was more along the lines of "Here's what I think I know, please tell me where I'm wrong.") I have no shortage of opinions, to be sure, more than enough opinions to stock an asshole factory in truth, but opinions are not facts.

So I professed ignorance, received information, and have learned something. While hopefully not causing trouble on the Mainspring CEM.