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October 31, 2003
On the other hand

If Republicans keep making stupid remarks out loud, the Dems may have to start sending them thank-you gifts for the votes the Left will garner.

And, reading the invaluable Avedon Carol, I'm reminded once again of how peculiar it is to me that Conservatives fear sex more than death.

I'm not much of a joiner, or I might join Feminists Against Censorship myself. Having read, and seen, a fair amount of the stuff for one reason and another, I can attest that what this country really needs is better porn, not necessarily no porn.

Anyhow, what is it with people who refuse to acknowledge that thousands of years' worth of attempts at repression have completely failed to eradicate humanity's interest in doin' the deed and that, just maybe, it's time to stop pretending it's not a lot of fun?

Porn isn't competition for women, most porn doesn't promote brutality toward women (okay, we're talking middle-of-the-road vanilla porn here. I'm aware of the existence of...more exotic interests but I don't care to try and define "good" porn and "bad" porn right now) and it's not some outbreak that's symptomatic of the decline of modern civilization.

Okay. Let's move on.

Read Sebastian coming at the question of Conservatives and race from the Right.

Daniel Drezner has some sane and calming thoughts on the 'scandal' of big political donors getting lucrative government contracts.

And Andrew Olmstead has a short post that gives us what should be an obvious truth. Instead of screaming, liar, liar and debating semantic nuances, we really need to focus on the issues. Unfortunately, as most of us know, this doesn't pass muster with the vast body of USofA voters who seem to retain only the sensationalist sound-bites they hear on the evening news.

Via Elayne, check out Lipson's LEGOŽ Escher structure.

Unsurprisingly I don't often agree with Stephen's politics, but I always check out his recipes and today's looks very good, indeed. I wonder if I cook it on a grill? I have another week to go on this stupid diet and nothing fried, not even in a wok, is permissible right now.

(By the way, I am Atrios, okay?)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:36 AM


Slightly off topic here but why is it that the blatant censorship against the CBS Reagan series doesn't seem to interest American bloggers? Are you so used to this sort of thing that nobody can be bothered any more?

Even if the film would be bad, wrong and misleading the producers and broadcasters should be taken to task after the fact and not before it.

Or is my comment like "swearing in the church" as we say over here in "old" Europe? But some bloggers have been mildly critical even of Mother Theresa whom I should have thought were at least as sacrosanct as S:t Ronald ;-)

Posted by: Bengt O. at November 2, 2003 04:14 AM

It's called, "screaming before you're hurt" and, yes, the idea that people will protest somethingn they've never seen and know little about is very common here in the USofA.

On the other hand, understand that "insiders" know a lot more about the content of something like this than the general public does. So if the Right is yelling, there's probably not a good depiction of Reagan in the show and they know it. Also, check out this or this for ideas on what the Right might have to be worried about in an honest story about the Reagan Administration.

Posted by: Anne at November 3, 2003 09:53 AM