Funny for Funny’s Sake
The Recovering Baptistspeaks French. This just reminds me of how poor my Russian skills are. If I’m ever hanging out with a Russian three year old at a bar, just having us some pivo and vodka, we’ll have a lot to talk about. Otherwise, I’m pretty shit out of language skills.
I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish, just for Mack’ssake. Sadly, I realized that all the Spanish I know I learned from Sublime and Cypress Hill. So, yeah, I can say, “Mucho gusto, me llamo Bradley” and “Yo quero fumar.”
Sadly, my name is not Bradley and I don’t want to smoke, but if and when, baby, if and when…
Sean Braisted tells us how three out of ten Republican presidential candidates don’t believe in evolution.
Don’t believe the fossil records? Fine, just look at viruses; they evolve to counter-act new drug treatments. One of the difficulties with treating HIV/AIDS was that people would stop taking their drugs in the middle of a treatment, and the virus would evolve to adapt to the changes.
Thank you, Sean. Exactly. You want to run the country and you don’t believe in a basic fact–that things change and adapt to new circumstances?! Holy cow.
Right On, Dean Dad, Right On
My choice was to either excerpt the whole post and just add in a series of [holy shit] [me, too] [exactly] type bracketed comments or to just send you over there.
I’m going to opt for giving you a taste and then encouraging you to read the whole thing.
This was also a time when America took a breather between bouts of jingoism. For a while there, it was actually acceptable to question whether bombing brown people is always a good idea. In fact, I recall conversations in which it was asserted, with a straight face, that a real patriot fixes his ethical gaze on his own country. Some people believed – and I found them convincing – that if you really care about your country, that you bear witness to its failings,and tell the truth about them. Not in a superior way, but out of real concern. The idea was to protect the honorable parts of ourselves from our baser instincts. In a sense of the word that has been lost to history, it was truly – and honorably –conservative.
This post is so brilliant and moving and so thought-provoking to me that I wish I’d written it.
Break Your Heart
I don’t know if it’s just because I haven’t had my tv on as much as usual (though I don’t feel like I haven’t been watching TV), but, if not for blogs, I would have had NO idea that police were shooting rubber bullets into throngs of peaceable protesters in LA, no idea that they thought the best way to break up a crowd full of children was to turn their weapons on them.
I can understand why one might have to turn away in the face of that, but I just want to reiterate: If you hadn’t talked about it, I would have never known.
Magniloquence has a post about her feelings about the whole thing. Her account of one police officer’s take rings so true to me I about can’t stand it. I grew up believing that any time the police showed up, shit was going to rain down on everyone–guilty or innocent. But it still breaks my heart to see how many people are willing to just accept that the police are at war with most of the community.
I don’t know how to say it any clearer than that, but if you think the police, in general, are really into that “protect and serve” stuff, you must be naive or rich. The rest of us experience the police as a force for bringing uncontrolled chaos into any situation.
If we want real justice in this country, we somehow have to demilitarize our police force and reintegrate them back into the communities they serve. It’s got to be a lot harder to beat a seven year old when you coach that seven year old’s baseball team.
At least, I would hope so.
There are good guys and there are bad guys, but the amount of people who are actual enemies of the police (and thus the people they serve) are few and far between.
Treating demonstrators like your enemies is just unacceptable and there ought to be outrage. We have the right to peaceable assemble and petition the Government for a redress of our grievances.
If we’re willing to look the other way when the Government shoots at those petitioners, we have some problems, as a country with a Constitution, to put it mildly.