September 11th, 2008

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"News outlets are increasingly challenging false or questionable claims by the McCain campaign, whether it's the ad accusing Obama of supporting sex-ed for kindergartners (the Illinois legislation clearly describes 'age-appropriate' programs) or Palin's repeated boast that she stopped the Bridge to Nowhere (after she had supported it, and after Congress had effectively killed the specific earmark). The McCain camp has already accused the MSM of trying to 'destroy' the governor of Alaska. So any challenge to her record or her veracity can now be cast as the product of an oh-so-unfair press."

Five indisputable facts worth remembering today.

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Damn straight: "The bishops argued that preserving the right of gays and lesbians to marry would enhance the 'Christian values' of monogamy, love and commitment."

As a companion piece to their New Cult Canon series, the AV Club presents the Old Cult Canon.

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the power of the Republican myth

"Nearly 50 years ago, in The Burden of Southern History, the historian C. Vann Woodward argued that the South was profoundly different from the rest of America because it was the only part of the country that had lost a war: 'Southern history, unlike American... includes not only an overwhelming military defeat but long decades of defeat in the provinces of economic, social and political life.' Woodward believed that this heritage led Southerners to be more obsessed with the past than other Americans were - at its worst, in popular works like Gone With the Wind, there was a gagging nostalgia for a courtly antebellum South that never really existed.

"During the past 50 years, the rest of the country has caught up to the South in the nostalgia department. We lost a war in Vietnam; Iraq hasn't gone so well either. And there are two other developments that have cut into the sense of American perfection. The middle class has begun to lose altitude - there isn't the certainty anymore that our children will live better than we do. More important, the patina of cultural homogeneity that camouflaged 1950s suburbia has vanished. We have become more obviously multiracial. There are lifestyle choices that were nearly unimaginable in 1960 - the widespread use of the birth control pill, the legalization of abortion, the feminist and gay-rights revolutions, the breakdown of the two-parent family. With the advent of television, these changes became inescapable. They intruded upon the most traditional families in the smallest towns. The political impact was a conservative reaction of enormous vehemence."

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