zombiecuddle replied to my post: On the Internet, no one can hear you cry. Fair point but I still think you should replace “a blog about politics, law, and religion” or whatever with “Squashed: some old man on the Internet.” Done. I’ve been losing my ongoing battle with age on a near-daily basis.
On the Internet, no one can hear you cry
I suppose that (or more generally, the lack of emotional feedback whenever we write something atrocious) is why we so often feel licensed to write horrible things about others without concern for how it will make them feel. Let’s stop doing that.
Are the Republicans coherent on foreign policy?
zachvaughn writes: Mike Green argues that the Republican candidates need to find their inner TR, by which he means they should not fall prey to a defeatist foreign policy tone, but should express foreign policy ideals which acknowledge a strong American leadership role. Green’s article is a little bit vague on exactly what constitutes “a defeatist foreign policy tone” and...
The History of Human Society
Property Rights vs. The State vs. A Story I just Made Up Whakahekeheke has written a thoughtful post and lengthy post about the centrality of property as a social institution through time. Like all grand arguments, it begins before written history and goes from there. I would like to discuss a trick he pulls at the beginning of his argument and encourage those of you who care about making...
Constructions of Race and the Other in Fantasy...
Jessica and a number of others have started a very interesting discussion about constructed cultures in HBOs adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. The basic academic background, for anybody not familiar with it, involves the critique of our tendency to portray other cultures (or genders, etc.) not as they are but as we envision them to be.[^2] We write stories about others...
Mladic, OBL and International Justice →
kohenari: Charli Carpenter raises an interesting point in her most recent LGM blog post, one that I brought up earlier today in a brief exchange with the Short Form Blog curators; she writes: What I find fascinating about the international reaction to his arrest is the importance of this man being brought to trial. At no point I am aware of during his years of hiding was it argued that he...
Activism, the internet, and trying to be less...
We bloggers have gotten awfully good at identifying problems. We’ve made a hobby of spotting the deficiencies in other people’s actions, words, and thoughts. We’re less good at solving those problems. This sometimes makes the internet an unpleasant place. (I’m certainly guilty of this unpleasantness at times.) To some extent, we’re limited by the medium. You can...
Anonymous asked: What do you think about the Philippine's RH Bill?
Consequences and the Auto Bailout
So, a progressive, a conservative, and a libertarian were talking about the GM bailout—and we found something we agreed on. Zach Vaughn still some reservations about the loans, despite the companies apparent ability to pay them all back and return to profitability. Logically Positive writes: Capitalism does not work unless there are losers in addition to winners. Using taxpayer money to...
Jasen Comstock writes: Your point is good, but your examples stink of hope. It has taken me some time, but I finally totally reject the Hegelian model of history- or that we would be capable or recognizing the direction of our historical path regardless and not simply look back and state, “see just as we said it would- happy everyone came around.” We are all political pundits…. The...
The Democratic Surge?
politicalprof writes: We are in a period of political oscillation, not party dominance. In 2002, Republicans imagined riding the post-9/11 wave to the “permanent Republican majority.” By 2004 Bush was reelected by the lowest margin of any president ever reelected; the Republicans lost the Congress in 2006. Democrats saw their 2006-08 surge melt away in the midterms of 2010—especially at the...
And for the first time since November, the idea that Democrats might have a shot...– Politico, reacting to the Democrats special election victory in a traditionally conservative New York district. Apparently I didn’t get the memo on the Democrats previously bad chances of winning back the house. I was pretty sure they already had a better-than-even chance of winning back the...
I talked to a cancer survivor today who could not find a job … because she was a cancer survivor. After all, what if she got sick again? We have a long way to go as a country. It’s not the way Republicans want us to go.
Reading the tea leaves from the NY-26 election
So … you can’t actually predict the future by reading tea leaves. It doesn’t work. It’s a made up thing. So is any claim that we can predict the political future by the outcome of the NY-26 election. Here’s what happened. NY-26 is one of those ultra conservative districts. The guy currently holding the seat resigned in beefy-picture related shame. Republican Jane...
Malice and Profit
I’m reading case law on intentional infliction of emotional distress. Generally, you can’t be sued for hurting somebody’s feelings, unless your “conduct was outrageous and extreme beyond all possible bounds of decency and was such that it can be considered as utterly intolerable in a civilized community” and the “emotional distress was serious and of such a...
Anonymous asked: Did you ever find any good conservative political writers on Tumblr?
Anonymous asked: What do you think about ROTC? Ideologically as a government program, and from a pragmatic "person who went through college and probably had to think about it at some point" perspective.
My newly formed millennialist sect lets you take...
(I can’t believe nobody’s thought of that of working this angle before.)
But yeah, the fire in my belly, it’s there. That’s kind of my problem - it’s...– Sarah Palin If you have a fire in your belly that is kind of a problem, you’re either mulling a Presidential run or stricken with a nasty stomach flu. If Palin is now in the race, things will get awfully interesting.
My plans for today involved a lot of rapture jokes. Barthel is making that awfully difficult. He writes: And so we joke about the rapture not because belief itself is ridiculous but because such certainty within faith is unfounded. The idea of a rapture you can put on your day-planner is a depressingly simplistic way to view both the world and the divine. God works in mysterious ways; God does...
"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor...
robot-heart-politics: So…I’m not really sure how we know the day and the hour. I think using a word like “know” is epistemologically problematic and problematically judgmental. Are you certain? Can you be certain? Does knowledge (gnosis) suggest an artificial barrier between those who have eaten of the fruit and those who have not eaten of the fruit? Regarding the rapture, I...
If this blog goes quiet this weekend ...
… it either means the rapture has happened and you missed it or that I somehow got a life. Speaking purely in terms of probabilities, it’s most likely the rapture.
An Inconvenient Rapture
When I got the memo, I assumed the May 21, 2011 6:00 p.m. date was Eastern Standard Time. It turns out it’s 6 p.m. at the International Dateline, which is going to conflict with some standing Friday night commitments. I sent God a prayer asking him to reschedule for maybe some time in August. He’s usually pretty cool about that sort of thing. I think we’re a go for August...
Is your body rapture-ready?
Your suit looks great—but when you’re raptured out of it, there won’t be anything to hide the a bit of paunch. It’s time to hit the gym. And, since you’ll be showing up naked in front of all the saints and angels, you should do something about that back hair situation. It’s not to early to warm up your post-rapture game.
After years of war in Iraq, we’ve removed 100,000 American troops and ended our...– Barack Obama, May 19, 2011. If the July date is still being affirmed in major addresses this close to the deadline, I’m starting to believe it’s actually going to happen. We may actually be leaving Afghanistan.
Newt Gingrich Saves Freedom from the Lascivious...
Newt Gingrich’s Campaign released a rather shocking statement. The Atlantic has illustrated it. I think the statement really is the introduction to a collaborative work of fiction. I’ll start with Gingrich’s statement, add a section of my own, and invite you all to add a paragraph or two. If the story branches, so be it. The Literati is a Many Headed Hydra. The literati sent...
elijahlain asked: What are your thoughts about sin taxes?
Anonymous asked: Do you read financial books? What financial knowledge resources would you reccommend? Are you very verbally persuasive? What resources do you think one should check out to be a better public speaker?
Generally speaking, I don’t like recess appointments. The Senate should have a chance to confirm Presidential nominees—and if the Senate has issues with a particular nominee, they should be able to conduct whatever investigation is reasonably necessary. But at some point, recess appointments are necessary. If the Senate abdicates its authority, there is nothing wrong with a recess...
AZspot: A Book Lover's Survey →
azspot: Rachel Held Evans: Can you name… A book you threw across the room in anger A book in which you underlined nearly every sentence. A book you were surprised to love. A book you can’t wait to read. My answers: Threw across the room: Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert Bork…. I believe I literally threw John Eldridge’s Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a...
In case you didn't notice from the previous post,... →
zombiecuddle asked: Really glad to have a strong tea-party blog on my dashboard. There really aren't nearly enough extreme libertarian views expressed on Tumblr (OR THE INTERNET FOR THAT MATTER!!) so it's really brave what you do. Keep fighting the good fight. Ron Paul '12.
waskommenmag asked: Do you know of any religion/theology blogs on tumblr worth following?
We have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but the self-determination...– Barack Obama (via thepoliticalnotebook) This is a shift from or previous realpolitik approach to the Middle East. We’re still interested in stability—but our understanding of our “national interests” have been expanded to include promoting things we value as well as...
waitingforbrodot-deactivated201 asked: I realize it isn't your job to locate missing persons, but I think I've seen you dialog with correlationstonone, and I was wondering: where the hell did that guy wander off to?
Anonymous asked: Finally! A conservative blog. I was getting tired of being flooded with liberal garbage all over my dash. It seems like all there is on tumblr, maybe even the internet nowadays, are damn liberals. I'm glad to find a conservative blog though
heartlyserious asked: Squashed, I don't know if this question is relevant to your blog, but if it is, where do you think sexism originated?
heartlyserious asked: Hi Squashed! Would you mind telling us which blogs you follow? Seems like an interesting list out there!
More on Food
Apparently I angered a few people (“everyone”) with my post arguing that processed food was not actually cheaper than unprocessed foods. It appears that this makes me an “elitist.”1 Or it least it means I’m a serious let down to that portion of the blogosphere tasked with ensuring purity of language. While I’d generally try not to get involved in other...
Joe the Plumber's Imaginary Expectations →
In fact, Joe’s real name was Samuel Wurzelbacher, and he was not a licensed plumber. He had no plumbing business, and was in no financial position to buy one. Aspirations aside, he was in debt and owed the state substantial back taxes. In other words, the real Samuel Wurzelbacher was precisely the sort of citizen who would have benefited most from Obama’s proposed policies. Yet the...
Earlier, I criticized Greater than Lapsed’s1 generalization about Christianity in response to a stupid political attack Fred Thompson made. I wrote: Dude, Greater than Lapsed, we just had like a four day long discussion on religion, values, and why we believe what we believe. I try to avoid the “Atheists are smug assholes” rhetoric. If I slip up, this is why. Greater than Lapsed...
Does it cost more to eat healthfully?
Recently, I have seen seen quite a few people claim that eating a healthful, balanced diet is only possible for the economically privileged. If this is true, the proponents of this claim suggest, perhaps discussion of nutrition and health is an inherently classist discussion. The claim isn’t true. A balanced and healthful diet is eminently achievable on a limited budget. As with challenge...
What's Newt's Game?
dantheconservative: Is he staking out the middle? He’s criticizing Ryan’s Medicare plan—which is going to distinguish him from the serious deficit hawks. Perhaps he wants to be the old school Republican in the race? It may also calm the nerves of a lot of worried old people. Maybe Newt is just playing to his demographic. Gingrich is like a pair of foxes with their tails tied together,...
Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms... →
it’s easy to forget that one of the most important things a President does is appoint competent regulators and set the regulatory tones. The Bush Administration took the stance that government regulation is inherently incompetent and thus regulators should stay out of the way as much as possible. Not surprisingly, this led to a lot of incompetent regulation. The Obama administration has...