Friday, April 01, 2005

Friday Blogaround 

April Fools Day, eh? Well, let's see what foolishness -- or not -- The Liberal Coalition is covering this week.

  • All Facts and Opinions celebrates a small step towards equality in Maryland.
  • archy finds more gun nutsery.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof looks at life upon the wicked stage.
  • blogAmY sees the next wave of intolerance.
  • bloggg has a fun personality test. (Oh, hey...scroll down to her previous posting...)
  • Chris reviews Countdown to Infinite Crisis.
  • Andante reads That Book.
  • Corrente gets ready for the summer tour.
  • Dohiyi Mir hits The Hammer.
  • Echidne gets back to fundamentals.
  • edwardpig on the crisis of malnutrition in Iraq.
  • The Gamer's Nook remembers the Dead of '73.
  • Happy Furry details the level of foolery.
  • iddybud profiles Jon Stewart.
  • Kick the Leftist is getting ready to exit the stage.
  • Make Me a Commentator reads Pat Sajak's blog. No, really...he has one.
  • Musing's musings on phundamentalist pharmacists.
  • Pen-Elayne wraps up Estrogen Month.
  • Respectful of Otters cites a great treatise on "life" and "freedom."
  • Rick's Cafe on the WMD report.
  • Rook's Rant on James Wolcott.
  • rubber hose on just what the Fourteenth Amendment meant.
  • Scrutiny Hooligans on the neo-cons planning ahead.
  • Sooner Thought on owing your life.
  • Speedkill on effective protest.
  • Steve Gilliard goes after Wonkette.
  • T. Rex lists more reasons why we shouldn't have gone to Iraq.
  • First Draft serves pie.
  • I hope everything's all right over at The Fulcrum.
  • The Invisible Library ponders civilization.
  • The Yellow Doggerel Democrat offers some doggerel for the day.
  • Trish Wilson tells a charming story of being in control.
  • Wanda makes her wishes clear.
  • In Search of Telford has a series of architectural quizzes.

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Kicking the Legs Out From Under Civilization 

    You never heard much talk about the Enemies of Civilization before 9/11. That is one of the few things that the WTC disaster did change. It's all we hear about now. The Enemies of Western Civilization (EOWC) supposedly crouch in caves, polishing their homemade explosives, plotting to blow up our churches and unravel the cables on the Brooklyn Bridge, just because they have no churches or Brooklyn Bridges of their own. That's a vivid picture, isn't it? The dirty, brown skinned fellow with the weird language and the hard to pronounce name, huddled in a cave. The problem is, he's not really the Enemy of Civilization. Sure, Bin laden, the Taliban and all the other bogeymen we call Al Quida don't like Western Civilization so much. but they love, love, love Muslim culture, even if they are willing, in their fanaticism, to undermine it with their explosive expressions of devotion.

    No, the real enemies of civilization have been with us for a lot longer than the last four years. They've been around for more than a thousand years. I'm not talking about the Commie Jew Pinko Atheist Terrorist scapegoats of the last hundred years or so. I'm talking about the proud, upstanding Enemies of Civilization. The men in fancy suits and elaborate robes, with rings on their fingers and desolate minds filled with vapourous notions. About Good and Evil. About the Culture of Life (so long as it isn't living on their land).

    What's gotten me in this mood is the news that President Kill Again has nominated yet another fox to guard the hen house of Western Civilization. This is another example of Bush's disturbing attitude towards every institution that might even clear a throat and mutter week objections concerning his agenda: find the most vocal enemy of a cause and put them in charge of it. Need to fill some vacant Judicial seats? Load them with naked theocrats. Got a UN ambassadorship that needs a warm body? How about a dude who thinks the UN building in New York could stand to loose a few floors. Got a gross incompetent advising you on National Security? Why not promote them!

    Read the Rest at the Invisible Library