On the new-books rack at a nearby college library is one titled “Polyamory”. That’s the problem with being a progressive – you need resistance to keep moving forward. Progressives must necessarily have something to push against. Ten years ago they couldn’t gin up much resistance to polyamory. People either dismissed it as ridiculously unlikely, or wanted them to shut up about it for tactical reasons. Now that those tactical reasons are no longer operative, and now that it seems a good deal less unlikely, the progressives can start militating for it.
Maybe the next big cultural battle won’t be over polyamory, but it will be over something currently opposed by most people. It has to be. That’s what puts the “progress” in “progressive.”
“Several outbreaks of violence have marred the US Black Friday shopping frenzy, as bargain-hunters besieged malls across the US.”
Come on, people! We’re trying to maintain a civilization here! Let’s try and keep the frenzy non-violent.
Maybe thirty years from now people will simply form a mob, break down the door, and loot the Walmart. Then a thousand years after that when civilization has returned, black Friday will be a children’s holiday when they put on masks and merchants hand out candy and small toys. Instead of trick-or-treating on Halloween, kids will go door-busting on the next-to-last Friday in November.
“…the definition of tolerance has changed from accepting that lots of people have different views, some of which are wrong, to agreeing that all views are equally true.”
“I’m pretty sure if an old guy smoking a cigarette while buying stocks in oil companies and gun makers and bemoaning that it was a big mistake to let women learn to read was sitting on a plane next to a feminist on staff with Greenpeace, she would not defend his equally wise and welcomed alternative lifestyle to the flight attendant who was being intolerant for asking him to put out his cigarette.” — Intolerant tolerance, by Mark Driscoll
Hmm, I’m not so sure the notional Greenpeace lady would not defend the smoker. Her reaction would depend on details about the smoker that we don’t know, but I’m not so intolerant as to list those details here.
“Philip Rivers Is An Intense Weirdo,” someone said. He’s a professional football player, but that’s not the weird part. The weird part is he’s expecting his seventh child.
“Ah yes. How “intensely weird” it is for an NFL player to be having his seventh kid. Except that it isn’t weird at all for an NFL player to have his seventh kid. It’s only weird for an NFL player to have seven kids with his one wife.” — Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women
Weird, these times we live in.
“Every time my friend Jack goes to a carnival or fair, or anyplace really, that has a stand selling corndogs, he will buy one and eat it. Not because he necessarily wants one, or because he is hungry, but because when he was a kid a and his parents took him to the fair they would NOT buy him any corn dogs, on account of they cost money, you know. So now he has money and he can buy a corn dog anytime he likes, so he does.” — Theory of Fat #43
Really, it’s a wonder most of us get through life as well as we do.
Wesley J. Smith correctly observes that apes don’t have rights, humans have duties.
Joe Carter lists nine things you should know about the scopes monkey trial. Among them,
“The biology book that was used by Scopes was George William Hunter’s Civic Biology. Although a standard biology text, it included the author’s championing of eugenics and white supremacy, his contempt for people with disabilities, and his dislike of charity for the ‘inferior.’” — linked above
In 1925 eugenics was main-stream science, widely promoted by the best minds. Twenty years later it was malicious right-wing nonsense, and nobody had ever believed it.
Sixty-eight years ago today the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. One of the things that always strikes me is that the Empire of Japan, having had a city obliterated with one bomb, did not then surrender. They waited until after the U.S.S.R. declared war on Japan, and after the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki three days later. Then Emperor Hirohito ordered the military to accept the allies’ terms for peace. Even with that, some officers attempted a coup.