Guest Blog: Lauren Beukes on Writing the Other — Good for her. I sure hope Lauren fares well with making this point, as talking about this is decidedly playing with fire.
At and Around the Con: A Guide for Horrifying Baboons — nihilistic_kid is wise.
Savoring — Ta-Nehisi Coates on reading.
Problem Competition: Who is Worse Off? — Amy Sundberg with more on problems.
Flashback post: “What’s the score?” — Slacktivist Fred Clark with a (re)post on Terry Schiavo and "red facts" vs "blue facts", still very much germane to the current political and media discourse.
Guns at home more likely to be used stupidly than in self-defense — Also, this just in, water is wet. Yes, Sparky, your theoretical defense of essential liberties is still more important than the 14,000 or so gun deaths per year. In four decades of gun ownership over half a million people will be killed so you can sleep more soundly at night! The Constitution says so.
After-birthers running through the fever swamps — And that belief lies in their fundamental, bedrock definition of what constitutes a Real American -- a white, Christian conservative. There's no way they will ever be able to reconcile the idea that a black Democrat could legitimately represent a majority the American people. Clearly, they will rewrite history and the constitution if they have to in order to make that case.
Birth Certificate just Jim Crow all Over Again — The strong link between birtherism and the Jim Crow states. No racism here, nope, nosirree Bob. I'm pretty sure that birtherism would also map well to evolution denialism, which just reinforces my long-held point about how legitimizing magical thinking just leads to more magical thinking. Gosh, realworld consequences to conservative delusions?
?otD: What's your sign?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea