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Like Vampires

One of the myths surrounding vampires is that they can’t see their reflection in a mirror.    I’ve come to the belief that there’s a certain “vampiric” nature with conservatives, at least when it comes to seeing their reflection.   I started thinking about this while reading an article about Laurel County in Kentucky.

In southeastern Kentucky, hardship and need seem to spring forth from the cracks and crevices of the lush green rolling hills; they line the dulcet tones of the people who matter-of-factly recount their struggles to stay afloat. For the last half-century, the conundrum of calcified, generational poverty has stumped policymakers, with the luckless denizens of Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains one of its most enduring symbols.

I’ve seen the same story repeated in many of the rural areas where I’ve lived.   Jobs are few and far between, with those that are there often paying substandard wages.  People struggle to “get by,” and the young leave for better opportunities elsewhere.   Sad?  Yes.  But here’s the thing:  They’re also often represented by … Republicans.

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Miscellaneous Thoughts On Recent News

Bob Cesca has a great post up about the right-wing politicians and pundits, and their relation to Las Vegas shootings and the Atlanta courthouse shooting.

Did they really believe they could talk like this for so long and at such an urgent fever-pitch, encouraging armed revolution and Second Amendment solutions, and believe that no one would act upon the nonstop join-or-die hype? It’s not just Alex Jones, either. We’re also told by our elected leaders — those we’ve tasked with passing laws and safeguarding our liberty — that we should take up arms against domestic enemies.

To judge by their scramble to paint the shooters as “socialists” and to point the finger anywhere else but at themselves, the answer is “Yes, yes they did believe that.”

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Mid-Week Musing

As the long-term readers here are aware, I become scarce about this time of year, and remain that way until November.    My work takes me out into the field for the next several months, and my time, opportunity, and inclination to write blog posts takes a major hit.   A week from now, that cycle is going to start again.  Besides the usual workload, I am once again breaking in a new assistant, which means even less time.  Now, on to the other stuff.

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Politics 101 For The Left, Revisited

Milt Shook over at Please Cut The Crap has a great post up titled “10 Things All Progressives Should Understand for 2014 and Beyond.”   I strongly recommend reading it. It’s  common sense, pragmatic, and straightforward.   In that vein, I’m revamping a post that was part of a series back at the end of 2011, the “Politics for the Far Left” series.   I’m doing that not (just) because I’m lazy, but because I’m seeing many of the same … idiotic … statements reappearing that I saw back then that caused me to write it in the first place.  Continue reading

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Reality And Faith

As I’ve stated in the past, I’m a pragmatic liberal.  Some of that pragmatism comes from my experiences in various situations, while the rest of it comes from my background in science.   Get involved in enough projects that end up being of the “up to your ass in alligators” type, finding out that the plans you were given won’t work or don’t do what they were supposed to,  and you become a fan of “what works.”  From the sciences, it was the times spent coming up with a great hypothesis, only to have the actual experimental data totally destroy it.   The result is that I tend to be not quite cynical, but definitely willing to question things.  I want to see the data, and I want to see if or how something works.  If the data doesn’t back it up, or it’s not working, I’m willing to chuck it and go with something else.  The opposite to that is … faith.

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