Gone for now, folks

I haven’t posted in weeks, and I finally put my finger on why.

I’m preaching to the choir, and while that can be satisfying in its way, it isn’t enough.

I appreciate those folk who came to visit, and to participate in the community. Thanks so much for that.

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“Marco Rubio es un pañuelo rosa!”

Let Montgomery Burns explain it all to you:


Great Internet Truth #7

If anything preserves true representative government anywhere in this world during the 21st century, it will be transparency in the media and in government enforced by use of the internet.

From the Sunlight Foundation:


We know that at the heart of the open, transparent government we seek is ‘open’ government data that is available online and in real-time.

Government information should be as accessible to us as information about the weather, sports scores or knowing what’s going on in the stock market — and we need it to be this way so we can both hold government accountable and create new enterprise with what is made available to us.

Read the essay. It’s well worth your time.

It’s four years from 2016, and he’s already stepped in it

One of the young bucks in the wingnut bullpen, Senator Marco Rubio, gets an early start on his 2016 debacle with a GQ interview:

How old do you think the Earth is?

I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all…

(Emphasis mine.)

So, in less than one question’s answer, Rubio has

  • sidestepped the question in order to talk about what he wants to talk about
  • ignored mountains of verifiable scientific facts
  • paid homage to his billionaire conservative controllers donors
  • backed the notion of teaching creationism in science classes
  • shuffled off any responsibility for the non-answer he gave

Oh, aside from his wife, Rubio’s best friend is  Jim DeMint.

Did Rubio and Rmoney change bodies sometime over the weekend? And would you want someone who’s not qualified to read a high-school geology text running your country?

“…and now, the *rest* of the story.”

As Paul Harvey reminded us, there is always several sides to a story.

The anti-union waterheads are cartwheeling over their notion that the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union brought about the demise of Hostess Bakeries.

Before they get too excited, however, they need a little history lesson:

As a side note, Saputo of Canada owns several of the Hostess labels. We might just see Ho-Ho smugglers before long.

Wanna know where your Catholic tithes go?

Look no further.

Per NOM Exposed, the Roman Catholic Church and its minions in the Knights of Columbus spent $2 million to discriminate against your gay friends and neighbors. NOM itself, who gets great big checks from the Church, spent another $5 million.

That’s 7 million of your donated dollars,  American Catholics. This money should have been spent on the charities and worthy causes for which it was intended. Instead it was spent by a gang of homophobic haters who are supposedly looking after your spiritual well-being. As if.

American Catholics, why are you putting up with this? Are you afraid of the Church and what it might do…

…like this? (Here’s a hint, Lennon. It’s not just the priest — it’s the whole goddam Church.)

UPDATE 16 November: And then there’s legal defense of repeat pedophiles in Australia:

…at least two Catholic orders have continued to fund the legal defences of some of their religious members as they went to trial for the second, third and even fourth time for the sexual abuse of children.
This includes the funding of multiple appeals, hiring top barristers who charge thousands of dollars a day, and hiring private investigators.

What I did during my break from blog writing

I haven’t written on this blog since November 2. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

  1. On Tuesday 11/6, the 2012 U.S. election cycle is over (Боже мой!), and I was happy to see the end of it. Obama won (yay!), the attempt to codify “traditional marriage” in our state’s constitution was defeated (yayyay!), and it would seem that billionaire conservative donors didn’t make much headway. (Every candidate funded by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS was defeated.)
  2. On Thursday 11/8, we went to pick up our crockpot from the Shoreview office for Minnesotans United for All Families. The Spouse and the Horsemen (her boys) all worked like dogs on this campaign; we were all determined that legal discrimination against gays was not to be borne — certainly not in any state we live in! Now we’re all thinking about how to get the anti-gay-marriage law repealed and make Minnesota the 11th American jurisdiction to recognize true marriage equality.
  3. On Saturday 11/10, I took a tumble going down a steep and slippery hill, got my foot turned under me, and ended up with a very badly dislocated foot (the talus bone of my left foot was rotated 30° to the outside). I also got three cracks at the end of my tibia. Reduction took care of the dislocation, and surgery next week will deal with the cracks. Horseman #4’s reaction to watching the reduction was “Cool!”

What cool things have you folks been up to lately?