Parenting: Harder Once You Actually Do It — Andrew Wheeler on parenting. I was amused by this.
Throwing Horses: 1900 — Shorpy with a photograph that I really don’t understand.
What should have been Headlines in the Corporate Media: Today’s Best of the Blogosphere — Juan Cole with an interesting, and sobering, roundup of things you probably didn’t hear on the morning news.
Rights Collide as Town Clerk Sidesteps Role in Gay Marriages — As a public employee, she has obligations that aren’t magically obliterated by her religiously endorsed personal bigotry.
Refusing to Kill Daughter, Pakistani Family Defies Tradition, Draws Anger — Another reason I am a staunch atheist is disgust at the behaviors which can be privileged by religion. Islamic ‘honor killings’ rank very, very high on the list of reasons I’ll have no truck with the Abrahamic God.
Erasing false balance: the right is more antiscience than the left — Which, fundamentally, is what comes of endorsing the idiocy of evolution denial while trolling for votes. (Yet another reason I’m an atheist, btw; the degree to which religious belief privileges wilful ignorance.) I am not saying that anyone who calls themself a Republican is antiscience. I am saying the leaders of the party and their mouthpieces are, and Chris does a good job of showing that this is now the mainstream thrust of the party. If you are a conservative person who is pro-science, it is up to you to talk to your leaders about this issue.
Michael Reagan: Dad might have lost 2012 primary — Funny stuff. Except the part where Mike smokes crack and says his dad was the greatest president of our lifetimes.
The 21st Century Another American Century? Don’t Bet on It — Note the key events cited in this post as undermining American power and credibility, and which gang of patriots presided over them.
Anti-Antichristianity influences politics — Slactivist Fred Clark on the widespread Christianist lunacy in Republican politics.
Charisma Isn’t Enough — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Chris Christie and Jon Hunstman. I especially liked his closer: I won’t discount the importance of a candidate’s visceral appeal, but I would point out that the things that conservatives may find viscerally appealing in politicians also tend to be the things that make them politically toxic to many others.
?otD: Ever had chemo?
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee