Now that the tragedy of Newtown has happened the guns, God, and family-values brigade is out in force. Why don't people think before they stand up in front of an entire press corps (or post semi-ridiculous Facebook memes)?
Having armed gunmen in place didn't help at Columbine, which had an armed guard, didn't help at Virginia Tech, which had its own police force, and didn't help at Fort Hood - which is an Army base for Pete's sake. And while I'm on the topic, putting God back in the schools may or may not have value. But it's sure as hell not the reason that Newtown happened. After all - priests and ministers of all persuasions have a long history of sexually abusing children in places of God. So really? Let's stop with all the knee-jerk platitudes and do some real critical thinking and rational discourse. There are solutions out there - we just have to be intelligent and engaged humans and get out there and find them.
We live in a big, diverse community, with messy problems. This is true of all societies, and those who have tried to apply simple solutions to messy problems
Many of my friends and family are Republicans (doesn't that sound alarmingly like "I have a black/gay/Mexican/athiest friend" LOL?). I say this to point out
Social safety net or no social safety net?
OK - please help me understand this.
- Tea-party leaning Republicans claim that providing Federal benefits to constituents
This little medical tidbit of insight flipped my stomach. Apparently, women have developed a biological response to protect us from sexual assault. A biological response. That means we've learned to anticipate rape at the level of our genome.
It's time for all lawmakers and wanna-be lawmakers to denounce Michelle Bachman's Muslim witch-hunt. After six people were murdered for being perceived to be Islamists in Wisconsin yesterday, and a mosque in Joplin burned to the ground today, it's time that our leaders take responsibility for their part in even tacitly supporting this most UnAmerican of behaviors. Any insanity in the name of "God" and "country" is still insanity - and we are no better for behaving violently for those reasons here than those we denounce for behaving violently for those reasons elsewhere.
Certainly we are all entitled to our own opinions. Even the most radicalized communist government can't take away the ideas in someone's head without collusion by that someone (though they can certainly deny them of access to information, but that's a different sort of discussion).
I know that some people are more critical than complimentary, but not most people. So why do we seem to be a culture constantly on the defensive? I suspect it's because we hear criticisms with biting clarity and we are less attuned to noticing the compliments. When we tune our radar to seek love, we find a lot more of it.
Why Global Drought Matters Locally
We didn't get our garden this year. For those of you who know me, that's a huge deal. But as week after week without rain
The problem with being stupid is that you can't even assess if the people you are hiring are smart - as evidenced by Palin not having a single writer or producer who could tell her what blood libel really is. The problem with massive ego is that you don't even know you're stupid.