Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Carnival Of The Liberals, #74

This edition of the Carnival of The Liberals was insane ~ not just because our times and politics are Crazy with a capital 'C' but because I had nearly 70 fabulous entries. Seriously.

They were so good I wish I could have just pasted 'em all in here, but rules being rules for a reason (like will you read them all?) I trimmed as best I could...

You may want to begin with a reality check on your own political views... In The Biology of Politics: Is It For Real? GrrlScientist (of Living the Scientific Life) poses a mind-blowing question: Do we have free will or are we "programmed" by our genes to be "defensive" in our political views?

Laugh yer ass off (then when the reality hits you, toss yer cookies) with Ron Britton's Rorschach Test posted at Bay of Fundie.

Greta Christina's The Obligatory Sarah Palin Column, or, Why I Don’t Care About A Pregnant 17 Year Old (posted at The Blowfish Blog) is already an Internet classic. Read it because years from now people will remember where they were when they read it ~ and ask you where you were. Don't look like a loser.

In It's time to pay your bar tab, sir..., The Whited Sepulchre asks a question oft upon my lips, "Why aren't people rioting in the streets?" Bonus points for the image (and a beer or whatnot if he'll get me one of those t-shirts!)

In Congratulations, Did You Pray Today?, Menstrual Poetry recounts her visit to the Bloomsburg Fair:
I was walking merrily along, minding my own business, trying to catch up with the rest of my family that had obviously grown tired of my collecting process by then, when all of a sudden I hear a woman’s voice squeal with delight “I see you have a rosary! Congratulations, did you pray today?” I, of course, stop and look around because by then my head has been down for far too long trying to organize everything I was carrying and who knows where this woman came from. So I look up from my loot and I am greeted with this middle-aged woman’s face, staring at me with a polite smile on her face and I look up a little more and see little baby fetuses among a table in the biggest pro-life tent I have ever seen in my life.
Is it enough to make you consider being an atheist? Then check out Daylight Atheism's A Voice in the Crowd for a "novel" approach to the movement.

Just who is actually harmed by the Administration's public lands funding cuts? The Birdist, aka Nicholas Lund, tells you in Arizona Park Fees Rise.

Two sides of the same coin:
Jeffrey Stingerstein's When Are People Going Realize that Gay Marriage IS a Civil Rights Battle? posted at Disillusioned Words


The Ridger's Heart. Cockles. Warmed. posted at The Greenbelt.
Helene Zemel exposes how health insurance companies are exploiting a loophole in HIPAA and using prescription use databases to exclude people from health insurance in Big Brother Is Watching Your Health Care at Health Plans Plus.

These guys swear in their posts and I like that; politics without passion is far too often a meaningless pile of crap and this stuff should make us all foul-mouthed. But you've been warned:
Montag's The Middle Class of Whatever posted at Stump Lane


Jason Buckley's Get Your Union Facts Straight posted at Washington Interns Gone Bad.
Can Idiot/Savant get an "Amen!" for None of their damn business at No Right Turn? I'll say it. "Amen!"
According to yesterday's Herald, an Auckland primary school is concerned that one of their teachers is moonlighting as a prostitute. They shouldn't be. Or rather, if it doesn't affect her work output or pose a conflict of interest (and there's no suggestion of either), then it is simply none of their damn business. Quite apart from the fact that prostitution is not a crime anymore, what goes on in the privacy of people's bedrooms between consenting adults is their own concern, and absolutely no business of their employer.
Since I can barely keep up with my local issues and (I hope) the majority of national issues, these bits from other places were, um, horrific to read.
Ames presents In Colorado, Where an Unconstitutional Constitution is Par for the Course, Life May Soon Begin at Conception posted at Submitted to a Candid World,

Lose your house, lose your vote posted at archy, and

Denise Dennis: Right-Wing Terror Film Delivered To Swing-State NY Times Readers posted at
Kudos for scaring me, kids.

Because Free Speech matters, this is the "last but certainly not least!" post: Yoo at at Stochastic Scribbles presents A downward trend for free speech.

That reminds me...

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The next Carnival of The Liberals will be October 8, 2008, at Clashing Culture; why not submit something?


Gadfly said...

I know it's not your blog's schtick/focus, but surely I wasn't the only submitter who entered a blog post about the financial bailout. I'm kind of disappointed, given that this is a massive issue which will probably affect both this presidential campaign and our futures more than future Supreme Court nominees or other issues.

And, Greta Christina's post wasn't "all that."

Gracie Passette said...

Good point on the financial bailout, Gadfly; let me address it.

You're right, there were plenty of posts submitted on the topic (I think it was 5 or 6) and to be honest, as I read and reread them, they all blurred together. Finding one or even two that really stood out was something I wasn't able to do.

Now, that *could* easily have to do with "me", but then this whole hosting business is rather subjective to begin with. I tried to be fair, even eschewing pals' posts that I personally adored to keep the list as short as I could.

But, and this certainly is subjective and about my personal beliefs, I firmly believe that this "bailout" is:

#1 yet another mess which could have, should have, been avoided if key elements had been addressed earlier,


#2 the fallout will be carried by those of "us" who never had the ability to invest thus to begin with ~ the very same who seem to have had little-to-no voice in the political process.

The bottom line: The current system don't care that we'll pay, they don't care that we cannot invest to begin with, & they don't care that we don't have a voice to address the issue(s).

New roads must be taken. I certainly don't think McCain can forge them; and I hope Obama will have the chance to do so...

So the issue to me isn't just about the bailout, it's symptomatic of systemic issues which I felt were addressed best in the totality of the posts selected.

But, again, this was my call as host; you may not agree with my choices ~ or my beliefs ~ but it was my call. And I have, at least, tried to acknowledge your concerns ~ which is more than we are currently receiving from our government.

With much affection,

PS Greta Christina's post was "all that". At least to me; and there you must again see my points on subjectivity.

Gracie Passette said...

Oh, and just to be clear...

Greta Christina's post may have been selected/adored for its relevancy to my "schtick" ~ but then, if you lived your life as a non-equal in society, you'd see how such issues of gender, sexuality, education and ethics (as covered in her post on Palin) cut to the very core our rights, including the right to exist.

If you'd like to hear more on this, I suggest you listen to my show tonight.

The Ridger, FCD said...

This carnival is so hard to put together - it comes down to what you think are the ten best. Thanks for the work - 70! - and the carnival.

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Greta Christina's blog (where she's linked me a couple of times) is capable of directing a stupendous amount of traffic to those that she smiles upon.

If she submits something to your site, it's a good idea to post it.