Amber sent me a link so some more Masculinist chest-beating over at someone named Jace’s weblog.

It’s the “Retrosexual Code”!  Oh, my! Instructions on how to “Act Like a Man!”

I responded in his comments, but let me reiterate here for good measure:

Odd that for all of the chestbeating, guns and killing people (or hunting) are mentioned three times each, along with personal appearance (clothes, grooming accessories, etc) mentioned a couple of times each…

In the meantime, there are zero mentions of 1. Going to work and holding a job, 2. raising one’s own children, 3. paying down all of your debts until there are none.

The two jobs of a man:  protection and providence.  Do it and shut up about it.

Methinks you ladies protest too much.  All of this shit is windowdressing to men who actually act like men.  This sounds like a bunch of office drones beating their chests and posturing.

Get over it.  You’re half the man your grandfather was, and a third the man his father was.  Publishing a list of Manly Man characteristics on your website is about three percent more effective at establishing masculine bonafides than wearing a “No Fear” t-shirt.

Color me unimpressed.

It might be time to take another look at that VHS copy of Blazing Saddles

They’re doing the Lord’s work over at the TPM café, keeping up with this stuff

Barack Obama’s efforts to reach out to evanglical Christians in preparation for his possible Presidential campaign is running into very stiff resistance from the Christian right. As the Chicago Tribune reported recently, Obama is set to attend a huge evangelical gathering in California on Dec. 1, at the invitation of megachurch Pastor Rick Warren, the evangelical superstar who wrote The Purpose-Driven Life. Analysts have interpreted Obama’s scheduled appearance as a sign he’s working much harder than Dems ordinarily do to win over Evangelicals.

But the appearance is now provoking an intense backlash from leaders of the Christian right. They are calling on Warren to disinvite Obama from the event because of his liberal positions, especially abortion rights — or as one of those leaders put it, Obama’s support of “the murder of babies in the womb.”

From Blazing Saddles:

Bart: Mornin’, ma’am. And isn’t it a lovely mornin’?
Elderly woman: Up yours nigger.

Blessed are the… something… wait wait… it’ll come to me…

On the heels of TRex’s rant about shockingly unchristian Christians comes this astonishing bit of irony:

A subdivision has withdrawn its threat of $25 daily fines against a homeowner who put a Christmas wreath shaped like a peace sign on the front of her home.

Homeowner Lisa Jensen told The Associated Press on Monday that the board of directors of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association had apologized, called the incident a misunderstanding and had withdrawn its request for the wreath’s removal.

Jensen was ordered to take the wreath down when some residents in her 200-home subdivision saw it as a protest of the Iraq war. Bob Kearns, president of the board, also said some saw it as a symbol of Satan.

Symbol of peace, symbol of satan… same thing, right?

OH, he meant symbol of STAN, the hippie down the street. That makes so much more sense.

David Horowitz, we’ve found your soul twin

From CNN:

Iran’s hard-line president urged students Tuesday to push for a purge of liberal and secular university teachers, another sign of his determination to strengthen Islamic fundamentalism in the country.

With his call echoing the rhetoric of the nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad appears determined to remake Iran by reviving the fundamentalist goals pursued under the republic’s late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Ahmadinejad’s call was not a surprise — since taking office a year ago, he also has moved to replace pragmatic veterans in the government and diplomatic corps with former military commanders and inexperienced religious hard-liners.

Iran still has strong moderate factions but Ahmadinejad’s administration also has launched crackdowns on independent journalists, Web sites and bloggers.

Speaking to a group of students Tuesday, Ahmadinejad called on them to pressure his administration to keep driving out moderate instructors, a process that began earlier this year.

Dozens of liberal university professors and teachers were sent into retirement this year after Ahmadinejad’s administration named the first cleric to head Tehran University, sparking strong protests from students.

Purging Universities of Liberal Faculty? Who ever HEARD of such a thing? Yet another indication that Ahmadinejad is an ideologue- an enemy of freedom of expression and academic inquiry! The man must be stopped!

When we do it here, it’s different!

You don’t say?

Is there a corresponding phrase to “in vino, veritas” for when crazy people start speaking the truth?

Like “in loco, veritas”? Latin scholars? Hello?

Katherine Harris, as her campaign is circling the drain, starts talking about the Republican agenda like it’s an open secret:

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is “a lie” and God and the nation’s founding fathers did not intend the country be “a nation of secular laws.”

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will “legislate sin,” including abortion and gay marriage.

Well, thanks for getting it out there in the open, you nutjob. At least now we know what’s going on in the addled pea brains of you and Jean Schmidt and that psycho Inhofe…

Yeah, but…

This first bit of Robert Reich’s essay about the future of Capitol Hill makes my heart sing….

…in the likely possibility they’ll win the 15 seats they need in November — for how to use their coming majority to showcase the Bush administration in all its lurid awfulness.

Imagine an endless parade of witnesses offering shocking details of Abu Graib, Guantanamo, torture camps, Cheney’s secret energy task force, payoffs to Halliburton, rigged electronic voting booths, Katrina, Valerie Plame, CIA failures, Defense Department usurpations, Iraq’s descent into civil war, and other coverups, deceptions, data manipulations, silencings, suppressions of science, crass incompetencies, outright corruption. Out of all of these hearings, he said, would comes a bill of particulars so damning that every 2008 Democratic candidate running for everything from Indianapolis city council to U.S. president will be swept into office on a rip tide of public outrage.

SWEET! Heads rolling in the hallways! Aisles slick with the blood of the guilty! War Crimes Trials in the Hague! Let’s dig up Tom DeLay’s corpse and put him on trial, too!

Reich proposes some common sense, nuts and bolts solutions to getting the country back on track, which is the real battle we have in front of us. It’s going to take a 21st Century version of the New Deal to fix the mess Bush has wrought:

I told him House Dems should use the two years instead to lay the groundwork for a new Democratic agenda. Bring in expert witnesses. Put new ideas on table. Frame the central issues boldly. Don’t get caught up in arid policy-wonkdom.

For example, instead of framing basic economic question as whether to roll back Bush’s tax cuts, make it how to recreate good jobs at good wages and rebuild the middle class. Consider ideas for doing this through trade policy, industrial policy, antitrust, publicly-financed research and development, and stronger trade unions.

Instead of framing central foreign-policy question as whether we should have invaded Iraq, make it how to partition Iraq into Shiite, Suni, and Kurdish zones while America gets out. Focus the national security debate on how to control loose nukes and fissile material, and secure American ports. Open direct negotiations with North Korea and Iran.

On energy and the environment, they should offer ideas for developing new non-fossil based energy industries in America, and how to ratify a realistic Kyoto accord.

See, this is probably good government, and not a bad plan….

but god, I’d miss seeing the look on Bush’s face as he was dragged into the dock at the Hague. *sigh*

Cooler heads will prevail, god willing. Still….

If it ducks like a quack….

John Avrosis, who we sort of have an on again, off again thing with… y’know, one day he’s on point for civil liberties and then the next day he’s being fairly insensitive about women and the use of language to reinforce patriarchy, but wev…. it’s all good in the lefty hood….

ANYWAY, John has some thoughts on this guy who “cures” teh ghey, and the story that was on CNN last night.

If you read the ex-gay literature, their OWN literature, and I’ve read most of it doing research, they tell you outright that you will NOT become heterosexual from these treatments. You very likely won’t even be really sexually attracted to women, and you most certainly won’t stop being attracted to men 100%. The goal isn’t to become heterosexual, it’s to become closer to Jesus. Seriously, that’s what they say.

And while being closer to Jesus is a very nice thing, I’m sure, it has nothing to do with “curing” homosexuality. a “cured” homosexual is a heterosexual. And the fact that these folks are avoiding those words and responses tells you the entire story.

It’s just very sad.

Well, sad and very deeply creepy.

Oh, thank goodness…

The Ninja threat at UGA has been contained.

ATF agents are always on alert for anything suspicious — including ninjas.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents, on campus Tuesday for Project Safe Neighborhoods training, detained a “suspicious individual” near the Georgia Center, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.

Jeremiah Ransom, a sophomore from Macon, was leaving a Wesley Foundation pirate vs. ninja event when he was detained.

“Seeing someone with something across the face, from a federal standpoint — that’s not right,” McLemore said, explaining why agents believed something to be amiss.

Make sure you face the telescreen, Winston.

::Update:: I feel compelled to point out that it’s fortunate that the ATF wasn’t on campus last week for ‘Al Qaeda vs. Hezbollah Day’ because that would have been a fucking MESS….

It’s not like it went away

As the sun went down one Sunday, a couple of weeks ago, eponymous and I were kicked back in my living room watching our weekend disappear.

Reverend Al Sharpton was on the radio. Since 2005 was such an unprecedented year for the masks (or, the hoods, as it were) to fall off, what with the racist freakout that was media coverage of the Katrina Disaster, we gave Reverend Al our undivided attention. He said something I really liked:

“Our problem has changed, but only slightly,” (I paraphrase) “We, as black people in America no longer have to worry about Jim Crow. We have to worry about James Crow, Jr, Esquire.”

From Digby at Firedoglake:

Lee Atwater discussed the GOP’s dilemma way back in 1980:

‘’You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

‘’And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.”’

You take the Corporate Media’s disproportionate condemnation of Cynthia McKinney vs. the lukewarm outrage over Accused Felon Tom DeLay, it’s hard to ignore which buttons are being pushed.

You should go read all of Digby’s excellent entry. He nails it.