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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-05 05:19
Subject: [links] Link salad leans on a thing or two
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Tags:books, culture, healthcare, links, personal, politics, publishing, reviews, writing
The Business Rusch: Midlist Writers (Changing Times Part 11) — Kris Rusch with some detailed comments on the fate of midlist writers in trade publishing these days. I see myself in this mirror, unfortunately. (Thanks to daveraines.)

George W. Bush and the Question of Authorship — An interesting squib about the art and theory of book reviews.

Adventures of the mind — Skepchick on the serendipity of travel and a slice of cultural history and medical weirdness. (Thanks to lt260.)

SMBC on tolerance — This cracked me up, hard. And is often the case with SMBC, the mouseover is a scream, too.

Get Fuzzy on muppets, squid and the race card — Yeah, it's that strange.

Reagan gave Medicare the Tea Party Treatment — Coz, you know, conservatives have been right every time about creeping socialism. Kind of like how Christianists have been right every time about the date of the Rapture. Come to think of it, exactly that right.

Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination — More conservative thought leadership from a strict constructionist who believes the Constitution says whatever he wants it to say, but not what anyone else wants it to say.

Rep. Darrell Issa's wild accusations are hurtful - to his own reputationREP. DARRELL ISSA (R-Calif.), incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says he misspoke when he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." Rather, Mr. Issa now says, Mr. Obama has merely presided over "one of the most corrupt administrations." Yeah, I can see that. Cooking intelligence to start a trillion dollar war of choice against a country that didn't attack us. Burning a CIA agent for political gain. Torturing prisoners against US and international law. Writing crooked contracts to a company in which the Vice President has a substantial financial stake. Yes, those Democrats are definitely bad news.

The Tea Party and Foreign Policy — A conservative analysis of the tension between strict constitutionalism and aggressive globalism.

?otD: No matter where you go, uh, where are you?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (2,500 words on book one of Sunpsin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 250.6
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar; My Teenage Werewolf
A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey through the Thicket of Adolescence
by Lauren Kessler

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User: jordan179
Date: 2011-01-05 19:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Your argument would be relevant if "modern women" were something new and not considered to be "women" by the late 18th-century definition. But human genders haven't changed in any such manner: "modern women" are simply women who happen to be alive right now: there is no fundamental difference qua "womanhood" between Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Brittany Spears. (Though the former two were notably more intelligent.

Note that the 2nd Amendment refers to "arms," not to a specific type of "firearms" nor even to "firearms" exclusively. If we enforced the 2nd Amendment completely, it would logically include swords and nuclear missiles. Whether or not this interpretation would be desirable is a matter for another debate.

I would point out to you that interpreting the Constitution in a "broad" and "flexible" manner might not be entirely to the advantage of women. To take the obvious example, what would happen if we decided that the 1st Amendment (freedom of religion) superseded "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" where the treatment of women by Muslims was concerned? This is more than an academic worry, as something very similar has happened in Europe, which lacks a meaningful Constitution, and hence suffers all the disadvantages of "flexible" interpretation.
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