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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-16 06:44
Subject: [links] Link salad manages to find Sunday on a map
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Tags:funny, links, personal, politics, portland, process, writing
Sherwood Smith asks about beginnings and openings in fiction — With good link.

Cyanide and Happiness on Portland hipsters

Clobberin' time — Slacktivist with an interesting roundup on religion and culture.

"If every person in the world was like Sarah Palin... — Um. Wow. Um. Even by the admittedly low standards of the GOP, the party that brought you Jim Bunning and Michele Bachmann, this is so appallingly stupid it doesn't even manage to be funny.

Tea Party demands Tennessee school curriculum erase minority experienceThe material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” Conservative thought leadership: destroying American education, one child at a time.

?otD: What is never, never on a Sunday?




1/16/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,000 new words on Sunspin, along with revisions to opening section)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar

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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-01-16 16:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow...The Tennessee demand goes to the heart of what I see not only in "conservatism" in general but the so-called Tea Party in particular: the unease leading to sheer frustrated fury against anything which discomfits their world-view (often with themselves at the center with all things simply arranged for their benefit). So all criticism of the Founders is "made up"?

This, like the Texas BoE "standards" seem guaranteed to perpetuate the TP and its brand of confused anger as a new generation finds reality at odds with what they think the world is like.

(oh yes, yesterday- Captain Nemo all the way.)

Also just read your piece in Cthulhu's Reign. Nicely done. An interesting blend so far. It made me wonder how an entry for the "Machine of Death" anthology would have turned out. :-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-16 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for the kind words.
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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2011-01-16 17:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know what I always find disconcerting? Meeting the people who actually think that way. It doesn't happen often. Even most of the conservatives I know are fairly centrist sorts with whom I can find plenty of common ground or at least with whom I can argue productively. But there's one fellow I know, a history professor of recent acquaintance . . . and the stuff in that piece about the Tennessee demand? That sounds just like him. He can talk forever about the founding fathers, the Federalist papers, major wars America's been involved in . . . but to him, the biggest racial problem in American education is the way the "fundamentals" of our history are losing classroom time to units on the experiences of people of color in this country. To him, popular portrayals of history should always be sure to emphasize "who the good guys in history are supposed to be" (because history is about good guys and bad guys, right?), and should minimize or cut any mentions of American atrocities, because we shouldn't be distracted from the "main themes" of American history. His belief in American exceptionalism is so strong that it's impossible to have a conversation about America with him without it getting almost farcical. It's been an illuminating but deeply unnerving experience getting to know this guy, not least because it's simply impossible to make common ground with him. No matter how tactful I try to be, how I approach the subject, the second I try to discuss problems with America -- currently or historically -- he immediately jumps onto the defensive and starts going on about how popular it's become to hate America, the sloppy work of the current wave of revisionist historians with an axe to grind, about the horrors of political correctness, or whichever comfortable rant best fits the topic at hand. I haven't yet found a way to actually engage with him on any uncomfortable topic. Even a mention by a third party of Mel Gibson's recent outburst triggered the defenses, so I got to hear all about how liberals in Hollywood would get away with whatever Gibson does, and somehow the real reason people are upset with Gibson is that they want to degrade and insult the Christians who appreciated Gibson's movie. Or something like that.

Ahem. Sorry for going on. It's been an educative but unsettling experience getting to know someone who actually and deeply believes this stuff, is what I'm trying to say.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-01-16 18:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's got to be one of the stupidest political quotes I've ever heard since Marie Antoinette was wrongfully accused of saying "Let them eat cake".
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-01-16 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: What is never, never on a Sunday?

Sex.
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Amanda
User: cissa
Date: 2011-01-19 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I really liked Slacktivist's take on the Tn ruling against teaching the "minority". Zimm, indeed!
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