May 9th, 2010

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[links] Link salad sings never never on a Sunday

Open vs. Closed: Google Takes on Amazon and Apple in e-Books — More on the eBook wars.

Science fiction and me — An interesting essay touching on futurism, gender and skin color in SF. (Via james_nicoll here.)

Second Gay Escort Claims Sexual Encounter With George Rekers — As shelly_rae said to me, when will he be returning to Uganda for his execution? I suspect that the usual conservative rubric of "consequences for thee but not for me" applies here in full force. They are all about principled consistency, after all.

Here’s The Official Catalogue Of Sins, From The Family Research Council — Oddly, I don't remember any of these in my readings of the Bible. Even more oddly, most of these are things the conservative movement already does with happy enthusiasm. I especially like "Greedily seek entitlements & largess of big government despite cost to children". Does this means all good Christians will be giving up Social Security, Medicare, the home mortgage interest deduction and farm supports? Or does "greedily" only apply to entitlements for non-Christians, especially brown-skinned Catholics?

The Tea Party Tries to Outrun Race — Right. Like me trying to outrun being a white male.

On Illegal People...and Forgetful Ones: Reflections on Race, Nation and Immigration — History, and the new Arizona law.

?otD: What would you add to the FRC's list of sins? I'm thinking bigotry disguised as piety, myself.



5/9/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo)
Body movement: Forthcoming brief suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (infusion day)
Currently (re)reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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[cancer] Infusion session nine, day two

Yesterday was largely a day of nothing. Which was good. the_child's lacrosse team lost, though she played well. She went shopping with calendula_witch at a thrift store. shelly_rae went on a long bike ride. I sat in my chair all day, half stoned, falling asleep about the time jkoke showed up.

Another quiet day today, though I rather wish my lower GI would wake up. Feast or famine down there. Off the pump in the early afternoon, methinks.

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[poll] What sort of Christian Nation should Sarah Palin's America be?

Poll #1562135 Sarah Palin's Christian Nation

Sarah Palin says "Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They're quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it's pretty simple." Terrific, sounds simple to me. What kind of Christian nation would you like America to be?

Totally old school. Multiple wives, executing our children, selling our neighbors into the slavery, the whole Dr. Laura riff on following Old Testament law. After all, God hates shrimp and so should we.
24(32.0%)
Maronites, because nothing says "America" like Eastern Rite Christianity.
1(1.3%)
Mormons. The 19th Century kind with plural marriages and fake Indian massacres, because they were true patriots.
3(4.0%)
Deists. Many of the Founders were Deists, and Original Intent is so important to conservatives. Plus we'd get slavery back, because that was totally Christian back then.
15(20.0%)
Amish, so we can party like it's 1499.
11(14.7%)
Catholic, becuase their version of the Ten Commandments is so much better than the Protestant version.
4(5.3%)
Church of Christ, so we can take Bible literally as God intended it, except for the parts we don't like such as Jesus turning water into wine at Wedding at Cana because drinking wine is sinful even if it was Christ's first miracle.
5(6.7%)
Something else I'll explain in comments, like how the 30 Years War was such an awesome example of how simple Christian government can be.
12(16.0%)


Pretty darned simple, ain't it? You betcha! :: wink ::