Politics – wlw3 http://wlw3.com The latest posts from Bill's Head Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:47:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 58983675 Occupy Wall Street protesters should pay more attention to the ballot box http://www.economist.com/node/21531481 http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-protesters-should-pay-more-attention-to-the-ballot-box.html#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:11:52 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=1091 To bring about real change in a real democracy you also have to do real politics. It just takes work—and enough people who think like you.

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Recent Lexington column in The Economist on the problem of getting from “protest” to “movement,” and why the current protests are not likely to succeed at that. Lexington notes that “to bring about real change in a real democracy you also have to do real politics. It just takes work—and enough people who think like you.” Also at The Economist, The Democracy in America blog makes some similar points and includes this:

It is likely that few of the protesters have actually taken part in the more mundane aspects of the system they’d like to take down—for example, only 24% of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2010 mid-term elections.

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How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans/8521/ http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/08/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans.html#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:08:33 +0000 http://www.wlw3.com/?p=503 How our political system has become a war between Republicans and Democrats, to the detriment of democracy. “Ours is a system focused not on collective problem-solving but on a struggle for power between two private organizations.”

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How our political system has become a war between Republicans and Democrats, to the detriment of democracy. “Ours is a system focused not on collective problem-solving but on a struggle for power between two private organizations.”

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Rock Paper Scissors, 2011 Style http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/rock-paper-scissors-2011-style/ http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/08/rock-paper-scissors-2011-style.html#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2011 13:09:44 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=584 “For generations, this children’s game has helped settle some profound conflicts. So I’ve created a few additional hand gestures that might be helpful for our representatives in Washington.”

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“For generations, this children’s game has helped settle some profound conflicts. So I’ve created a few additional hand gestures that might be helpful for our representatives in Washington.”

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Crashing the Tea Party http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/opinion/crashing-the-tea-party.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/08/crashing-the-tea-party.html#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:11:05 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=586 Maybe there’s hope: On everything but the size of government, Tea Party supporters are increasingly out of step with most Americans, even many Republicans

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Maybe there’s hope: On everything but the size of government, Tea Party supporters are increasingly out of step with most Americans, even many Republicans

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Why have the Apostles behind Rick Perry’s prayer rally been invisible to most Americans? http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/8/11/1448/56498 http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/08/why-have-the-apostles-behind-rick-perrys-prayer-rally-been-invisible-to-most-americans.html#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2011 03:44:26 +0000 http://www.wlw3.com/?p=524 Examination of Rick Perry's links to the New Apostolic Reformation movement.

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Examination of Rick Perry’s links to the New Apostolic Reformation movement.

Imagine if Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer rally had been an all-day procession of Roman Catholic priests, or perhaps pastors from the Southern Baptist Convention. The sectarianism would have been obvious. It wasn’t, at least to most people, because Americans are not familiar with the New Apostolic Reformation

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The Transformation of Michele Bachmann http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/15/110815fa_fact_lizza?printable=true&currentPage=all http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2011/08/the-transformation-of-michele-bachmann.html#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:13:07 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=589 How can this country be considering Michele Bachmann as a serious presidential candidate? It’s absurd. “Michele Bachmann’s world view has been shaped by institutions and people unfamiliar to most Americans.”

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How can this country be considering Michele Bachmann as a serious presidential candidate? It’s absurd. “Michele Bachmann’s world view has been shaped by institutions and people unfamiliar to most Americans.”

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Book Burning http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2010/09/book-burning.html http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2010/09/book-burning.html#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:49:51 +0000 http://ws1/thoughts/2010/09/book-burning.html A cartoon

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Flames consuming Bible, Bullfinch's Mythology, Dianetics, Qur'an

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Latest liberal conspiracy: relativity http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/conservapedia_founder_takes_on_the_notorious_liber.php http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2010/08/latest-liberal-conspiracy-relativity.html#respond Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:23:14 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=1306 Yep: “The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.” Apparently the home-school crowd thinks relativity and relativism are the same thing just because they sound similar.

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Yep: “The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.” Apparently the home-school crowd thinks relativity and relativism are the same thing just because they sound similar.

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Canada’s creationist science minister http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/article320476.ece http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2009/03/canadas-creationist-science-minister.html#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2009 01:07:59 +0000 http://wlw3.com/?p=1295 This is the sort of science minister George W. Bush could be proud of: a creationist chiropractor. Asked whether he believes in evolution, he replied that, “I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.”

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This is the sort of science minister George W. Bush could be proud of: a creationist chiropractor. Asked whether he believes in evolution, he replied that, “I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.”

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RIP Kuja: Bill Frist’s Gorilla Soulmate Dead at 23 http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2006/07/rip-kuja-bill-frists-gorilla-soulmate-dead-at-23.html http://wlw3.com/thoughts/2006/07/rip-kuja-bill-frists-gorilla-soulmate-dead-at-23.html#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2006 23:26:00 +0000 http://ws1/thoughts/2006/07/rip-kuja-bill-frists-gorilla-soulmate-dead-at-23.html In May, in–I’m sorry, Laura, I’m sure you’re a very nice person but I have to say it—one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever seen in The Washington Post (well, outside the Sports, Sunday Source, and Religion sections), we learned that when he’s not busy offering unqualified opinions on brain-dead women, Bill [...]

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Kuja In May, in–I’m sorry, Laura, I’m sure you’re a very nice person but I have to say it—one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever seen in The Washington Post (well, outside the Sports, Sunday Source, and Religion sections), we learned that when he’s not busy offering unqualified opinions on brain-dead women, Bill Frist likes to perform surgery on gorillas at the National Zoo.

An excerpt to give you an idea of the awfulness of the writing and of the inanity of Frist’s pronouncements:

“This is home,” Frist said through his mask. “Where I spent 12 hours a day for 20 years.” [Bill’s note: this? right here? with the gorillas? Wait: I thought you did people!] Frist spent so much time in the hospital in Tennessee that when he came home to his wife and three sons he felt like an intruder.

He pressed his stethoscope to the gorilla’s chest and narrowed his eyes. Kuja, a silverback patriarch, was breathing isofluorine. He was the Senate majority leader of the gorillas, who negotiated disputes, back-slapped the ape boys and owned exclusive mating rights with the females [Bill’s note: WTF?!]. When Kuja started to stir, a veterinarian injected more anesthesia. One backhanded swipe could break Frist’s neck [Bill’s note: if only!].

Frist listened to the heart; the gorilla’s lub-dub sounded human. “When you’re this close, you feel this kind of oneness with them,” Frist said. The stink of ape sweat and gorilla testosterone soaked his hair and clothes. “Gorillas, people, men. You look at the people here, a symphonic flow of people pitching in. It’s the oneness of humanity.”

People and men? “Symphonic flow”? Are the gorillas part of the oneness of humanity, with the people and the men, or are they separate? Wait! The gorilla’s heart sounded human?! It’s a life! A sacred life! We need equal rights for gorilla fetuses!

Well, I could go on and on and on, but you don’t need me to because you can read the original article yourself and make your own jokes. But on Saturday (Canada Day!), Kuja died. No word on whether Frist was involved in this procedure.

Sorry, Kuja. It’s too bad you couldn’t have been known for something more dignified, instead of as a part of this bizarre political circus piece.


For more ridicule of the original story, see Wonkette and Hominid Views, or just go to Google and read until you can’t see through the tears of laughter any more.

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