Hey y’all. Ash and I are going to have a late dinner at The Marvin later. Because it’s our new favorite spot. It’s a really cool place and I love that I knew that BEFORE I MOVED to DC. Psychic. Come see us if you care to. We’re fun.
So, I keep coming back to something: it seems to me that there’s a really big difference in the two political ideologies floating around at the moment (I know. More politics. It’ll dissipate as I process four more years of — well, the past four years…). I think it’s tremendously telling that republicans are retrenching and taking responsibility for what happened with their recent big loss. What did they do wrong? What do they do to fix it? Not a whole bunch of blame game stuff going around. Just a lot of this kind of thing. Worth a really close read. A bit here:
Many assume that the Great Conversation depended on the sort of open mind only secularism can provide. As Kronman puts it: “Every religion insists, at the end of the day, that there is only one right answer to the question of life’s meaning,” thus rendering the pluralism of the Great Conversation impossible. I would contend the opposite: only the existence of a God in whose image we are created can support the notion of moral truth at all. It was always Judeo-Christianity, and that alone, that made the Great Conversation possible. Pera understands this intellectually, but cannot really plunk for faith. And therein lies the problem. The triumph of science, the comfort of Western life, and a sophisticated elite virulently hostile to religion have all contributed to an intellectual atmosphere of unbelief—a sense that atheism should be the default mode of reasonable, thinking people. That is a mere prejudice and needs to be answered in the culture, not with Bible-thumping literalism and small-minded judgmentalism—nor with banal happy-talk optimism—but by sound argument made publicly, unabashedly, and without fear. John Adams and the other Founders were right about this: an irreligious people cannot be free. Liberty lives in the palace of moral truth, and you can’t build that palace on the empty air.
Other political things: One thing floating around is that the mainstream media is somehow the only legitimate news source because their guy — who they’ve been protecting and shilling for — won. Well that’s just lazy talk. That’s like saying North Korean billboards celebrating Kim Jong-un are legitimate because he “won” his ascendency. Propaganda is propaganda. Even if it works. Anyway, this guy kinda deals with that idea. And it’s a silly one. On a related note: have you seen that Rachel Maddow clip floating around? Never mind that Iran fired on one of our drones, that the market is tanking due to lack of confidence, that 40+ companies are already announcing massive layoffs. She’s TOTALLY right. Good thing, as the coach says, no one watches MSNBC…
Speaking of sore winners, the big boss had a nice post on this strange phenomenon occurring where people are STILL hateful of Mitt Romney (A Decent Man). Good grief people. You won. Let it go.
And really, thank God for Saxby Chambliss.
This came out before the election. And it’s true.
This image is floating around on Facebook:
The funny thing is that the kids who post this were just jumping up and down about Obama’s re-election. Who do you think defunded NASA?
Young single women played a huge role in this election. This made me tremendously sad. Because I’m pretty sure that without a robust economy the issue of purchasing anything — be it condoms or an abortion — becomes moot.
Or just too close to you in dance class in general because look here, I’m 5’8″ and have long arms and legs and MOVE through a combination. So do not stand there like a brick wall or dance in my space. Seriously. I’m pretty nice but that’s a quick stinkeye and maybe an inadvertent hand on your back and possibly a pique across your face.
Speaking of dance, thank you again Ali P. Also, look forward to seeing you again at UGA game watching now that you’re all up in the hood and all…
To those who continue to believe that math is pure and incorruptible. A bit:
But the crap that Silver took from a lot of conservatives being held up as evidence of the supposed mass delusion and anti-empiricism of the Right makes little sense. I think a lot of conservatives with humanities degrees (myself included) instinctively thought that all the decimal places were too cute by half – just like a lot of liberals with humanities degrees instinctively thought every additional decimal place meant MOAR SCIENCE. (Aside: This is a longstanding bugaboo of mine. The “I Swear to Science!” and “Science Bless You! Haha Lolz” crowd are often in the same epistemic position vis-à-vis statements they take on bald authority as are cult members. The fact that journalists writing dire warnings about global warming, or activists campaigning against intelligent design could learn about long-term climate modeling or the mechanisms of natural selection if they wanted to doesn’t change the fact most of them don’t.)
Next project. New Christmas cookie tradition to go along with the mocha cocoa?
The puppy plan keeps growing…
And, just because I’ve been listening to this album for the last two days, here’s some good stuff from the vault.