August 28th, 2009

Rock Star

today's sermon

Baby got a Nobel prize
Given for the perfect crime
Baby got an alibi
Baby got eight more lives

Baby got a satellite
Baby got second sight
Baby got a master plan
A foolproof master plan

Baby got purple hair
Baby got a secret lair
Baby got an army there
I ain't ever seen baby scared


Reaganism, torture, and bat love songs

"Call me naive, but I actually hoped that the failure of Reaganism in practice would kill it. It turns out, however, to be a zombie doctrine: even though it should be dead, it keeps on coming. Let's talk for a moment about why the age of Reagan should be over."

* Must read: five important revelations from the CIA inspector general report.
* "No consequence of the crisis alarms top regulators more than having banks that were already 'too big to fail' grow even larger and more interconnected."
* Corruption's grip on Iraqi security.
* On the ground with Michael Yon, reporting from the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
* When you can't win the health care battle with facts, you resort to fear.
* Behind Cheney's jihad.
* "Male free-tailed bats sing intricate and complex 'love songs' to woo prospective female mates."
* Chris Sims with another tale of Silver Age madness starring Jimmy Olsen.


On a sexual world

Another great read from Greta Chrstina. Excerpt:
"I would like us to treat sexuality - and differences in sexualities - much the same way we treat music.

"We have a basic acceptance of the idea that different people like different kinds of music. We may strongly dislike the music other people like. We may even make some unfair personal judgments about the kind of person who likes, say, opera, or country, or rap music, or Barry Manilow. But as long as people aren't forcing their music on us, we accept - even if grudgingly - their basic right to listen to whatever music they like.

"I'd like to see us do the same with different sexual tastes. If people are personally grossed out by homosexuality, or SM, or furries, or whatever, I certainly would recognize their right to their gross-out. I just want people to see their gross-outs as an aesthetic judgment and not a moral one."

Check out the rest here.