Thursday, January 15, 2009
It seems that the site has attracted the attention of a host of highly motivated but woefully misinformed individuals. I would hope that the incoming administration has enough sense to recognise crack pot theories when they see them. But since we're talking about politicians and their cronies why don't some of y'all reading this go on over and take a look see. He's your president after all.
Update: After reading through some more of the proposals and the comments on them I am reminded of a small child stomping its foot and pouting demanding, "I want what I want and I want it now!"
Monday, January 12, 2009
German Minorities Still Fight To Be Seen, HeardI always found it amusing when someone popped up in a blog discussion somewhere to claim that Europe was so much better than the US with regard to race relations. Perhaps now we can lay that particular misconception to rest.
In Europe, Barack Obama's election as president of the United States was met with euphoria. But now, the continent is peering into the mirror, realizing there is little chance a member of one of its own minorities could reach such prominence any time soon.
Take Germany, for instance, where notions of national identity are still strictly linked to ethnicity. Nonwhite Germans are still fighting to overcome exclusion from mainstream society in many ways.
Friday, November 07, 2008
As I sat in the car getting all indignant on the behalf of fellow McCain voters I thought, so this racist stereotype of the south is what post racial means? I also thought, what he couldn't think of ANY reasons other than racism why someone wouldn't vote for Obama? Finally I thought, what would he make of me a black woman who didn't vote for Obama and never entertained any fantasies of doing so?
As Baldilocks points out, some people just don't know how to win gracefully. For any who are confused on why anyone would have chosen not to vote for Obama Baldilocks offers For the Progeny.
Lest you think Mr.Moyers is alone in his stereotyping of McCain voters consider this (hat tip Instapundit),
The South’s McCain Voters are Racists …
They are also uneducated, out of step with the rest of the country, to be pitied, isolated, suffering in the area of “jobs, education and development”, ideologically aligned with the old Confederacy, at odds with the values of the rest of the country, and are getting what they deserve because they won’t “… get with the right program.” Hat tip to Dan Cleary for making sure I was aware of this.
Or you could ask Dwight Lewis at The Tennessean. Lewis learned all this in a phone interview with “… David A. Bositis, senior political analyst for the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies …” He felt it true and significant enough to share it with all of us. The Tennessean evidently agreed with him. Why publish his lunacy otherwise?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
So the long awaited long dreaded day is finally here. Get out and vote already and put an end to possibly the longest presidential campaign in American history. I'll be heading out as soon as the boys leave for school. I don't want to hear about 2012, unless you're talking about the Olympics, until 2012.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
If I find more such sites I'll post them.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I have noticed a certain cognitive dissonance in the online autism community on the issue of abortion. For the most part it seems that abortion is okay unless the individual to be aborted was selected for termination based on their genetic profile. Armed with the knowledge that upwards of 90% of babies who test positive for Down Syndrome are aborted autistic advocates and advocates for autistic individuals rightly fear the development of prenatal tests to detect the potential for autism.
The post I linked to above generated the following comment that illustrates the conflict between wanting to protect the life and rights of the unborn autistic individual and wanting to continue abortion on demand:
...you've highlighted how the abortion issue flies smack dab into the eugenics debate. I have been struggling with this ever since my son was dx with autism, and since following the opinions of the [Autism] Hub's loudest anti-cure, anti-prenatal testing, anti-eugenics bloggers.
How can one argue against eugenics and anti-prenatal test (anti-cure), while at the same time continue to support abortion (pro-choice is the PC term)?
I am sensing the same confusion in political and autism/special ed/disability blogs. The same "what if rape/incest" is a tired, old (and I'd predict rare) argument.
As a *modern* woman, I used to vote solely on the abortion issue alone (Supreme Court appointees). Now, as a mother, I cannot bring myself to support the Dem party.
I'm with you on McCain/Palin and switched my voter registration this week.
I'm not so conflicted. Abortion has always been the worst possible choice in my view. This is why Sarah Palin has so much appeal. She could have quietly aborted her child like so many women do but she didn't. That's a powerful message about the worth of a human life to her and the people who influenced her.
In a related post ABFH notes that over turning Roe v Wade wouldn't put a stop to abortions particularly those of individuals with disabilities:
That leaves us with the question: If we can't put a stop to selective abortion by legislating it out of existence, how can we protect the next generation of autistic children from being routinely aborted? To find the answer, I believe we need to look at parents' reasons for choosing abortion when they are told their child will have a disability. Most parents who opt to abort are not selfish monsters who just don't want to be bothered with the child; rather, they agonize over the decision and then conclude that abortion is for the best because the child likely would never have an independent and fulfilling life.
And they're not just relying on outdated prejudices and stereotypes in thinking so. It is a fact that people with disabilities face many barriers to independent living in today's society—lack of community services and housing options, in particular, and widespread employment discrimination. These are issues that can be addressed effectively through the political process. When we remove the barriers and build a society in which all people are empowered to live as equal participants in the community, regardless of disability, the rationale for selective abortion disappears.
While we have different political bents on this we agree. Treating people of all abilities with equal respect and value is what we should be striving for.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
10:09 PM EDT
Oh Giuliani is being rough on Obama. He's got the crowd chanting, "Zero! Zero! Zero!" with regard to Obama's experience. That whole voting present business will be hard to dodge. "Change is not a destination just as hope is not a strategy." Ouch.
10:20 PM EDT
"If I were Biden I'd get that VP thing in writing!" Oh Giuliani is merciless!
10:27 PM EDT
That whole business about questioning whether Palin should be running for office instead of staying home with her kids is really going to bite Democrats in the butt judging by the crowd's reactions to Giuliani's comments on the matter.
All in all I'd say that Giuliani really savaged Obama in his speech.
10:39 PM EDT
Palin promises a friend and advocate in the White House for special needs children and their families. Lord knows we could use one.
10:43 PM EDT
The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? The lipstick she says. I guess she's showing a bit of the pit bull side tonight.
10:56 PM EDT
Palin breaking on Obama. "Turn back the waters and heal the planet." My goodness, this is going to be an interesting campaign with Palin in the mix.
How is America going to be better off with an added tax burden on the economy, she asks. How indeed?
11:09 PM EDT
There you have it folks. Palin's not running from whatever fight that the Democrats want to bring. How long is this standing ovation going to go? Was McCain supposed to show up tonight?
11:17 PM EDT
Cute kid moment of the night: Palin's youngest daughter fixing her little brother's hair in time honoured fashion, a bit of spit on the palm of her hand. Sophia would do that to Jewel in a heart beat.
Got this over at Michell Malkin's site. Now I need to get some sleep before the baby wakes up again (of course she fell asleep shortly after I gave up on getting any sleep).
Friday, August 29, 2008
Diane Rehm just confirmed that Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be McCain's Vice Presidential pick. I'll post the audio when it becomes available (here you go). Maybe this election season will be interesting after all. I wonder what the debates are going to be like.
A lot of people are asking who Sarah Palin is. For those of us who have been following the election this year she is a pretty good pick for vice president for the GOP.
(Hat tip Instapundit.)