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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-09 07:18
Subject: [links] Link salad knows it's hard to leave when you can't find the door
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Tags:books, culture, funny, links, mainspring, personal, politics, reviews
A reader reacts to Mainspring — They like it, and from my point of view, they nailed the religious framework of the book dead on.

It's only books 'n; shelves but I like it — Keith Richards on books. Yes, that Keith Richards. (Thanks to Jaws.)

1960's Coca Cola ad — Featuring Martian women, apparently. To think I was a product of that decade.

Fiscal Fantasies — Paul Krugman on conservative visions of the federal government. (Unsurprisingly inaccurate...) Money shot: The basic picture of the federal government you should have in mind is that it’s essentially a huge insurance company with an army.

A Confederacy of Dunces — More on the idiocy in Virginia. A law professor comments, using the Confederate Constitution as primary source. Oh yeah, actual history...

Hair Tonic And Alchemy — Ta-Nehisi Coates on false equivalency. This is a blog authored by a liberal. I believe in my side, but I don't believe in my side because I hate the word "conservative," or because I like the color blue. I believe in my side because, with some exceptions, its leadership doesn't believe in garnering votes by playing on racism, homophobia and superstition. Exactly the point I've been reaching for. Yes, both sides have a fringe. But the conservative fringe is in charge, while the liberal fringe is marginalized. If you're a conservative and that assertion makes you uncomfortable, too bad. The facts are biased against you, and all the false equivalency in the world won't ease your conscience.

Rep. Stupak to retire from House — I guess persecuting pregnant women from his seat in Congress wasn't as much fun as he thought. Now Stupak can devote his full attention to promoting forced pregnancies. Lucky Michigan.

Rep Senator John Kyl on the filibuster of judicial nominessI know some insist that we will someday want to block Democrat judges by filibuster. But I know my colleagues. I have heard them speak passionately, publicly and privately, about the injustice done to filibustered nominees. I think it highly unlikely that they will shift their views simply because the political worm has turned. At least, that's what he said during the Bush administration. Now? Not so much. The GOP: your party of principled consistency, thansk to the memory hole. WHatever Republicans believe today, they have always believed. Whatever different they believe tomorrow, they have always believed. Your Liberal Media will never tell you differently.

Creativity and FundamentalismIt seems fundamentalists avoid the psychological pain brought about by examining the outside world and tend not to allow themselves bouts of divergent reasoning. Interesting thesis. A bit too pat, perhaps, and certainly hits my own confirmation biases. (Thanks to goulo.)

The Triumph of Ideology — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the closing of the conservative mind. Contrast with the above item on Creativity and Fundamentalism. Read together, the two are fascinating.

?otD: Does your Maserati do 185?



4/9/2010
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, emotional distress)
Currently reading: [between books]

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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-04-09 21:29 (UTC)
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Jay, I think you left out a [sic] in the John Kyl quote after the word "Democrat."
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-04-10 04:34 (UTC)
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Kyl recent remark about filibuster in context (from transcript):

http://bemusedoutsider.livejournal.com/39207.html
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User: dsgood
Date: 2010-04-09 23:29 (UTC)
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Several alternate-history writers have had the Confederacy abolishing slavery not long after it won the Civil War.
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-04-10 04:32 (UTC)
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http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=mckinley+kantor+%22if+the+south+had+won+the+civil+war%22

I've forgotten how long it took them or why, but a good long piece by a good historian. The main difference iirc was that the north and south were reconciled with less damage than on our timeline.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-04-10 04:49 (UTC)
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/bemusedoutsider posting as anon so you can screen it if you wish/

I'm very tired, feel free to delete this if it sounds too controversial.

How high something goes in the hierarcyy, whether it is marginalized or goes to the top, is a very important point, imo.

Stirring racial hostility to get votes or win political points recently has gone as high as Dem Congressmen (Black Caucus, Majority Whip); Dems who say that all opposition to Obamacare is racially motivated; accusations of 'racism' against the Clintons; Mrs. Obama in 2007 saying that the only reason Blacks might not support Obama would be damage from slavery; Obama pre-emptively saying that McCain would say Obama did not look like the other presidents on the money; etc.

See Sean Wilentz http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.viewcustom&friendId=100046144&blogId=366349530&swapped=true

Iirc Wilentz had a shorter version of this called "Race Man" but I can't find it at the moment.
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