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Friday, March 10, 2006

The Pie Strategy 

Ogged is guest blogging over at Kevin Drum's. His response to news that American views of Muslims are getting even worse? The Pie Strategy.
Americans are totally down with baking some pie and sizing up the neighbors. Instead of the "vast majority of Muslims are law-abiding..." crap that we hear from liberals, let's hear "We're all scared of each other, let's have pie!" I'm totally serious about this. That's the kind of thing that people respond to, and the kind of thing that might actually make a difference.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ann Richards 

Via E-air. Ann Richards has been diagnosed with cancer. This is really sad news to me.

I have a lot of respect for that woman. She is the embodiment of the best Texas has to offer. Unembellished, even gruff individualism made palatable by undeniable empathy and wisdom.

She was the speaker at my better half's graduation ceremony in December and she's still got it. Hopefully she won't lose her voice over this, that would be a tragedy because it's a voice that still needs to be heard.

Iraq and Vietnam 

I remember in the immediate aftermath of "shock and awe" - just after the war started - having one very memorable conversation. I was eating dinner with my parents at their house in Houston. Also at dinner were a couple whom I have known all my life. Friends of the family since before I was born who had a son my age who was like a brother to me. I'll call them Mr. and Mrs. V.

The conversation turned to the war, as most did around that time. I found myself, for a change in Houston, in a majority. My mother and Mrs. V were pretty much on my side, thinking the war was a bad idea. They weren't vocal, though, so most of the conversation consisted of me arguing with Mr. V and the women at the table chiming in with a little encouragement for me every now and then. My dad mostly challenged me, but not very vocally, either.

It was civil, and both sides were willing to at least take the other seriously and evaluate opposing arguments with respect. Until I compared Iraq to Vietnam. Then it all broke down and we had to change the subject - I'm still not sure if even my team was willing to go down that road with me.

I don't really communicate with Mr. V that often. I mean, we get along and I like speaking to him when I see him at, say, his son's wedding. But I wouldn't think to call him really...or at least not until I read this. I think I might send it his way.

UPDATE:

Patrick responds in comments:
The kicker is, both of you probably view Vietnam as a bad thing, but for completely different reasons.

I imagine you wouldn't have supported our involvement in the war to begin with, and he probably didn't agree with the way it was handled.
I'm glad he said this because I was not arguing the morality of the war, but the strategic necessity and approach to the war. It was along these lines that I compared it with Vietnam. Click the link and you'll find an article by a military man and former head of the NSA doing the same thing.

Married to a Dolphin 

Strange. Via Kos.
"I'm the happiest girl on earth," the bride was quoted as saying. "I made a dream come true. And I am not a pervert."
The inevitable result of permitting gay marriage rears its ugly head in Israel, of all places.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New State Logo 


Stolen from here.

Monday, March 06, 2006

33/50 

That's what I just scored on a practice MPRE.

I think I'm with Wings on this one.

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