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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-31 07:24
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Water Wheel at Columbia Springs turns back yearsReplica installed at environmental education center is a legacy to lumbering.

New Aircraft Flies Without Wings or Helicopter Blades

Metal on the Plains of Mars

The Giant Drill Underneath Park Avenue

Unraveling the Mystery of Murderous MindsPrison psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple asks why we feel compelled to understand monsters like Anders Breivik, but no need to explain others' righteous behavior.

McCain erupts: Conservatives are lying to America — And already he's walking it back.

Evangelicals Without Blowhards — Yeah, well. A lot of those mild-mannered, big-hearted Evangelicals have gone along with the Christianist political agenda for years, enabling the madness in name of one or two single issues. Being an enabler of political poison isn't much better than being a perpetrator.

Tempest in a Tea PartyConsider what the towel-snapping Tea Party crazies have already accomplished. They've changed the entire discussion. They've neutralized the White House. They've whipped their leadership into submission. They've taken taxes and revenues off the table. They've withered the stock and bond markets. They've made journalists speak to them as though they're John Calhoun and Alexander Hamilton.

?otD: Whilom?



7/31/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 224.6
Currently reading: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald

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User: swan_tower
Date: 2011-07-31 21:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, well. A lot of those mild-mannered, big-hearted Evangelicals have gone along with the Christianist political agenda for years, enabling the madness in name of one or two single issues. Being an enabler of political poison isn't much better than being a perpetrator.

This strikes me as the kind of general, unfounded statement you would decry from the other direction. Can you name for me a specific large group of mild-mannered, big-hearted evangelicals who have gone along with this agenda? I could go into the archives of Slacktivist and name for you several such large groups who oppose that agenda -- but they don't get the media attention that the blowhards do, with the result that they're invisible to us, and we tend to lump them in with the squeaky shrieking wheels of prejudice.

Me, I think the ones who go along with it aren't the kind I would class with Stott. There are a lot of passive, unmotivated people out there, and they're definitely enablers; but I'm not going to call them "big-hearted." Rather small, in fact.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-07-31 22:12 (UTC)
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Well, for a specific example, moderate Cathloics and middle of the road Evangelicals who were reliable single issue voters on abortion in the past three decades despite their reservations about the Republican social and economic agendas. I saw a lot of this in the 18 years I lived in Texas.

Edited at 2011-07-31 10:15 pm (UTC)
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User: dinogrl
Date: 2011-08-01 19:40 (UTC)
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Dear me, North Dakota? I'd have a mind to find that actionable if I were you! Oh the horrors!
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