Check this out. I've recently discovered BlogsNow.com, because visitors to my 'bunny' blog have come from there. It's a cool online tool.
Here's what the guy who designed the program says about it,
" Every sixty seconds BlogsNow generates a new list of topics. Reflecting what weblogs are talking about right now. BlogsNow will show you trends and breaking news faster than any other tool. Please credit BlogsNow if you blog about links you found here.Click here for news about BlogsNow in my weblog.Andreas Wacker · firstname.lastname@example.org "
Here are links (found in BlogsNow) to a few articles I found interesting:
TIME.com: Pattern of Abuse -- Page 1
The Porn of War
Capitol Hill Blue: Dangers of a Drunk Dubya
ABC News: School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents
CNN.com - Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game - Sep 21, 2005
President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger
The Left Coaster: Top Republican Tells Post: Laura Has Taken Away Bush's Swagger
Regarding that last link, is there maybe a little misogyny going on here? The president's men are blaming his wife? Yes, let's blame Laura Bush, and suggest she's castrated her husband, rather than acknowledge the reality that this administration has done incredible damage to this country without any help from the First Lady. It's not her fault that we, citizens of the USA, have been lied to by her husband and his cronies from the beginning of the first term. It is not her fault that everything her husband has touched has turned out badly for this country.
On another note, I'd like to know if there is a Pat Robertson Watch, some kind of organization that keeps an eye on the over-the-top things he says on his 700 Club, things that could very easily be heard by his followers as a reason for violence against glbt folks in this country. He tries to act so innocent in what he says, but the messages are there. Anyone who listens to him and believes the things he says could easily commit violence, at the least emotional violence, against their own family members or against neighbors or coworkers or strangers.
PR is quoted in mainstream media. He is a friend of the Bush administration. He revels in his protected free speech rights. Last night, I happened across his show. They were talking about hate crimes legislation. They put such a spin on it that they totally distorted the intent of that kind of legislation.
PR brought out a woman who repeatedly said that hate crimes legislation treats one crime victim as more important than another. And, they both kept circling around that lie. They kept presenting it as a situation where someone just happens to be the victim of a crime (PR said something like "if I say homosexuality is wrong, and someone in my congregation happens to get into a fight with someone who turns out to be a homosexual ...").
I am sure that the people who listen to these 'preachers' and 'teachers' who pretend they are speaking for God, at least the ones who think for themselves and look at what's really going on, can see that hate crime legislation is to protect people from attacks against them because of their race or gender or sexual orientation. They left that part out entirely.
Another lie they wove into it all was that sexual orientation is something that can be changed. They said you can't change your race or your gender, but you can change your sexual orientation. I'm not even sure they said both race and gender cannot be changed. Their focus was on saying that sexual orientation can be changed, so why should those people be protected from crime more than anyone else. They completely skirted the reality that the legislation is to protect people who are attacted because of who they are. It was as if they were saying, "They aren't supposed to be that way. They can change. So, why should they be protected from violent crimes?"
Likewise, I am sure that those who choose to think for themselves also can see that gay couples who live in long-term, committed relationships are no threat to them or to their marriages. How could a solid, committed relationship between a man and a woman be affected in any way by the solid, committed relationship of any other couple?
I'd be interested to know how many marriages and divorces have been obtained by the people who decided to throw that girl out of their private school because she has two moms who have been together for 22 years. And, I'd be interested to know how many of their faculty they'd have to fire if they applied their 'morality' rules to faculty. Actually, I'm NOT interested at all in their personal dramas. I just think it's hypocritical, unChristian, and just plain wrong to do what they did. (ABC News: School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents)
update: I just read this over at huffingtonpost.com, commentary about the kid who was thrown out of school for having lesbian parents. It's worth reading. The comments that follow are pretty interesting, too.