Thursday, June 08, 2006

1 Down, 25 To Go

Hurricane season weeks, that is. So far, so good. Unfortunately, we never have hurricanes in June. Alas.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

More on Marriage

Maybe it's the bourbon (tonight it's Woodford Reserve), but I just gotta shout out to AmericaBlog tonight. You gotta love this exchange.

Our Liberal Media

I don't mean our Liberal Media, as in what the Right (wrong) thinks of as the Liberal Media; I mean the media that truly tries to be liberal. There ain't much there, but AirAmerica tries. Problem is, I can't take it. I've tried listening, but at the risk of being smug, I don't think liberalism lends itself to political radio. Rush et al. succeed because their points are simple and dichotomous (a student of mine clued me in to the term manichean, which is a nice concept dealing with seeing the world in terms of dualism, much like W does). Franken et al., however, have to make subtler, deeper points, and that doesn't work as well on the radio. So I find myself getting frustrated with points their not making or with the minor details with which I take issue.

Still, there are some liberal oases out there. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are the obvious ones. Hell, even Letterman's become more progressive lately, despite his fratboy past. But my current hero is Keith Olbermann. Although I don't watch regularly (he competes with Stewart & Colbert), I try to slip over during commercials, or I catch clips on the web. Well, he's the shit. Here, he lambasts O'Lielly. Now, that may seem like an easy target, but his smugness presents a challenge, in a way. Here, he pummels Coulter, another potentially easy target, but one with such a rabid and demented fan base, that it's as though liberals are above sticking it to her.

Thanks, Keith, and you're the bomb, OGM.

Issues of the Day

I'm 100% in favor of gay marriage, and I'm 100% in favor of a cockfighting ban. There are people who feel 100% against both of those issues. They've been topical lately because people on both sides have pointed out that these may not be the most pressing issues facing us today, gay marriage on a national level, and cockfighting locally. I agree, but it's still tough to forget about the issues til we have the leisure time to cover them.

Cockfighting is stupid. Aside from that, its legalization reinforces for people the notion that animals are here for our amusement, however sick and twisted that amusement may be. We need to respect animals more, and this "heritage" crap makes that less likely. True, we're a joke to the rest of the country, but I can live with that. I'm against it because it's wrong, and there are victims to this avocation.

Gay marriage, on the other hand, has not victims (except the people who use it to get married--yuk yuk). There is no reason for people to oppose this except for their own narrow beliefs. I would like to see Michael Kinsley's idea get enacted where the state gets out of the marriage business altogether and lets religious folks take it over. They can allow any kind of marriage we want, and we can still protect people (or beings) that are not capable of making their wishes known or who are unable to make an adult decision. Either way, we need to eliminate the hypocrisy and either say people are equal or say they aren't.

Not much enlightening here, but they're hot button issues right now, I'm glad to see the "small gov't" party go down in flames on gay marriage. I only wish the "it's our heritage" yokels had suffered the same fate.