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October 14, 2005
Friday Fun!

Fun With Fundamentalists

Children of Same-Sex Couples Do as Well as Other Children

Oct. 13, 2005 (Washington) — An analysis of multiple studies of 500 households shows that rearing children in a same-sex household does not affect the their self-esteem, gender identity, or emotional health, a Boston researcher reported.

Now let's all sit back and watch the wingers' heads explode.

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Fun With Politics

My only problem with Eve's plea is the one you probably already expect.

Those of you who consider yourselves "Democrats" should stop referring to the Democratic party as "you" and start thinking of it as "us." Do something. Something more than sitting at that keyboard. Write a check, write a letter, attend a meeting.

Remember the rule. Never send a check without a letter. If you have four 'hot-button' issues, write four checks, and four separate letters. Even if the checks are only $5 each.

Because a politician is not your servant, before he's elected to public office, if you're not paying him.

Fun With...Delusions?

News Flash: George Bush? Is weird.

Less than two months before invading Iraq, George W. Bush fretted that his war plans could be disrupted if United Nations weapons inspectors succeeded in gaining Saddam Hussein’s full cooperation, possibly leaving Bush “looking weak,”....
Got it? Bush threatened to kill the guy if he didn't cooperate so...if the guy cooperated, that would make Bush weak.

With the U.N. inspectors coming up empty and other U.S. claims about Iraq’s WMD falling apart, Bush ditched the idea of seeking a second U.N. resolution authorizing use of military force. Instead, Bush began to pressure the U.N. inspectors to leave Iraq and Blix’s team prepared to withdraw.

“Although the inspection organization was now operating at full strength and Iraq seemed determined to give it prompt access everywhere, the United States appeared as determined to replace our inspection force with an invasion army,” Blix wrote in his memoir, Disarming Iraq.

Some of us were warning about this all along, weren't we? And it gets better:

On July 14, 2003, less than four months after the invasion, Bush said about Hussein, “we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.”

I always think of lying as a tactic that has limited usefulness. Other people, I notice, use it with careless abandon as though the idea that they might be called on their lies is inconceivable.

I'm sure there's some kind of word for people who live in a fantasy world that way, but the precise term escapes my memory at the moment.

Begin: Fun With Google

antisocial personality disorder: a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings

I was actually looking for "antisocial" which is defined as follows:

hostile to or disruptive of normal standards of social behavior; "criminal behavior or conduct that violates the rights of other individuals is antisocial"; "crimes...and other asocial behavior...."

End: Fun With Google

Now what was that word for someone who lives in an alternate reality where the consequences of his behavior never fall on his own shoulders?


By the way, Supreme Court Watch has info up on Harriet Meirs. I haven't had a chance to read it yet myself, I'm always behind on my reading list, but they're usually a good source.

Fun With Numbers

Pew has new polls up. One bit I (naturally) found interesting:

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say Bush's policies and decisions have made the federal budget deficit worse, compared with just 6% who believe his policies have had a positive impact, and 21% who say they have made the deficit neither better nor worse. Solid majorities also say that Bush's policies have negatively affected the nation's economy (57%) and the gap between rich and poor (57%). While tax reduction has been a centerpiece of Bush's presidency, nearly twice as many say his policies have made the tax system worse than say they have made the system better (40% vs. 22%). National security is the only issue mentioned on which a clear plurality (47%) says Bush's policies have made things better.

Note: A "plurality" is not the same thing as a "majority." It just meant that that answer got more votes than any single other answer. "Worse" (30%) and "no effect" (21%) got a combined 51% and, amusingly enough, illustrate that for all Junior's codpiece stuffing, strutting, and posing, 21% of those polled think he's irrelevant. That's a lot like...weak, isn't it?

Also note that when you pass "national security" and "morality" (a bare 53% approval) on one poll, even Republican approval of the Bush Administration's policies and legislation drops drastically.

Fun With Religion

On a lighter note, in an earlier comment, Jonathan Dresner (of Cliopatria) made a reference to something I wrote and Yom Kippur.

I didn't really get the reference at the moment but now I understand either that my post smelled bad or I'm a dead chicken.

I'm fairly certain it's a Jewish thing. And a compliment.

Fairly certain.

(Just kidding you, Jonathan)

(Hey,everyone, if they changed the picture before you got there, it's not my fault! They don't provide links to the front-page photos and blurbs on CJR.

It was a guy waving a dead chicken over a girl's head in a Yom Kippur ritual, and Jonathan will, I'm sure, understand. The rest of you can quit picking on me.)

Posted by AnneZook at 03:07 PM


International Swing-a-Chicken Day!

Not only do I understand, I've got citations:

The picture's gone already, but if anyone's still not getting it, look under Kapparot (or if you really want a picture, kapparot) and according to my Shulchan Aruch,

Men select roosters and women select hens, while a prengant woman takes both a rooster and a hen; a rooster is taken because the child might be male.... By no means should we imagine that the fowl atones for us, but we should reflect that what is done to the fowl [ed it's killed before it's flung about] should properly be done to us because of our sins. ... It is customary to throw out the intestines of the fowl, the liver and the kidneys, on the roof or in the court, where the birds may fetch it, because it is fitting to take pity on living creatures [ed except chickens, apparently] on that day, so that pity may be shown to us from Heaven.
I've never belonged to a synagogue which practiced this, though casting sins (bread, rocks, evil thoughts) into flowing waters is something that we've usually managed.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at October 14, 2005 08:02 PM

Judaism is a fascinating blend of ancient superstition and common sense.


Posted by: Anne at October 19, 2005 09:48 AM