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Mary Sues and literary fiction — With a few casual swipes at genre fiction on the way.

Blogging, Now and Then — Eighteenth century bloggers? Via Scrivener’s Error, who nicked it in turn from Making Light.

Fight Night: 1897 — Aboard the USS Oregon.

Over the Hedge with a novel take on zombies

How religion has let society down — Religion, morality and sex. This weird, obsessive-compulsive fixation on sex will have to end before any religious institution can really become the moral authority they all claim to be. (Thanks to .)

Tax Day Tea Party 2010 — Tea Partiers in their own words. The stupid, it burns. Twelve minutes of people angrily confusing their largely ill-informed opinions with facts. (For example, on the subject of the level of personal income taxation, and the tax cut embedded in the stimulus package.) A lot people, when asked factual questions by the interviewer said, “I don’t believe it.” That, in a nutshell is confusing your opinions with facts — a favorite conservative past time strongly encouraged by their political leadership and media dominance. My favorite was the guy near the end who said FOX wasn’t biased because it presented conservative viewpoints. (Via .)

Spouting off for the Tea Party“He says some things that are definitely inflammatory, but I think the comments of one person are just that, and don’t reflect the feelings of the whole group,’: said Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican party. Isn’t that what’s said about virtually every Tea Party member who speaks up or carry a sign? “Well, yes, that was a little crazy but it’s not what the group stands for.” How can entire movement be unrepresentative of itself? They want the emotional charge and media shock value of extremism, but they’re just as desperate to be seen as the voice of mainstream America. “Mainstream” being the 20% or so of Americans who are Palinites and dead-enders and nutbags, and who agree with them. Tea Party motto: Bring the me the blindly opinionated, the bigoted and the ill-formed, yearning to be angry.

They’re Already Being Fooled Again — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the Tea Party. I don’t doubt that the objections of most Tea Partiers are genuine and many of them were and are principled opponents of the policies they now decry when they happened earlier during a Republican administration. It’s just that most of those principled opponents were probably never Republicans, or they ceased being Republicans because of their objections. Partisan identification explains a large part of the pro-Palin sentiment, but it still cannot excuse the foolish enthusiasm for yet another deeply flawed Republican politician. The problem with not letting facts influence your political views that you’re incapable of recognizing when you’re being fooled by someone who speaks to your emotions but doesn’t have the facts to back them up. The key to understanding the Tea Party isn’t listening to what they say about themselves, it’s listening what they say to themselves.

?otD: Coffee, tea or bathtub gin?


4/22/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (family disruption)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (scale is out of batteries)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: The Truth by Terry Pratchett

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