And South Carolina joins the list.
Language Liberalism Freethought Birds
Verbing Weirds Language only if you're expecting it to work in a simple way. This is a special case of the more general truth that Language Weirds.
Only when a republic's life is in danger should a man uphold his government when it is in the wrong. There is no other time.
The church says Earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence in a shadow than the church.
If we can't find Heaven, there are always bluejays.
And South Carolina joins the list.
Over at Contrary Brin, David Brin looks at the election and asks:
Recall that the GOP controlled Congress for TWELVE years, from 1995 to 2007 and for the last six of those, they controlled every branch and lever of the US government, from presidency to courts to Congress and so on. What did they do with that perfect and complete lock on power? Did they take control of our borders? Solve the “entitlements crisis?” Balance budgets? Deregulate reviled agencies? Offer a plan for health care reform? Can you recall anything they actually did, during those years? Other than deregulate banks and Wall Street?It's an interesting read, particularly when he starts trying to look for hope.
The writer asks:
It “went through the windshield”… by accident? By magic? Why this use of the passive voice?Sigh.
DVD: Blithe Spirit, from the "David Lean directs Noel Coward" set. A Touch of Cloth, a very funny British takedown of cop shows - John Hannah as the weary detective with a troubled past and Suranne Jones as his new, ambitious sergeant.
It's amazing to me how differently the different brands - or even sub-brands - of throat lozenges work. Ludens is the best, and the orange-flavored ones are better than the cherry...
Re Bruce Springsteen's singing "Fortunate Son" at that big Veterans Day concert HBO put on, from The American Conservative:
The song is not an “anti-war screed”; it is a song protesting the unfairness of the draft, and how the burden of war-fighting fell disproportionately on members of the working class who were not in college, and couldn’t get, say, five Vietnam War draft deferments, like some former vice presidents we could name. In that sense, performing that song last night was perfectly legitimate, even laudatory.Absolutely spot on. And so is this, from the same place:
Even if it were an anti-war screed, so what? The lyrics are written in the voice of someone who stands to be sent to Vietnam because of his class. It criticizes those who mouth patriotism, but who don’t want to send their sons off to die in a war they support. I think it was and is a perfectly valid and appropriate song to play at a concert meant to honor veterans. After all, they served. It is not critical of them, but actually defends them.
Fortunate Son is not “anti-military.” It is anti-elite. It is anti-politician. It is anti-Washington.There are all too many people in this country who seem to believe that supporting the troops means cheering the wars. It's good to see that not everyone on the right believes this.
And yes, it is antiwar.
War is bad. This should not be a controversial statement. Most people of any ideology should be able to agree that even when war is necessary, it is a necessary evil. In 1946, General Dwight Eisenhower delivered an antiwar screed of his own: “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
Was Ike antimilitary? He was certainly antiwar.
War is brutal, futile, and stupid. Eisenhower saw battle firsthand. In “Fortunate Son,” John Fogerty asks why middle- and lower-class Americans are forced to see war up close while the political elite gets to keep a safe distance.
“Fortunate Son” is antiwar precisely because it is pro-military. It advocates for regular Americans who fight wars and against elites who make them.