First They Came for the Homosexuals

Disclaimer: The links below include both pictures and video depicting hateful, horrible violence taken against a gay Russian teenager and a transgender Russian woman by other Russians. Many of you are likely to find the images very disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. Russian Transgender Woman Beaten In Public Park Caught On Tape (GRAPHIC VIDEO) (Huffington Post) Russian neo-Nazis  torture gay teenager they tricked into meeting them as part of online scam (Daily Mail) One of the traps that many Americans fall into — and I…

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.musecast Episode 12: Reading Confessions

I’ve made oblique references to book series outside of my normal reading preferences in my Twitter these past few months. I figured it was time to come out with what those series were, what I got out of them, and my problems with them. The things I do to help me market my novel … .musecast Episode 12: Reading Confessions Link list for Episode 12: My Olander Park photos from 2013.05.16 My GoodReads profile My Amazon.com wishlist (I still need that Flip camera)

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Murdering a Dying Wish

Mike DeWine promises to “lead the fight” against dying man’s last wish (Plunderbund.com) Most (okay, all) of the time it feels like there’s too much demonization in politics. Portraying your opponents as not just incorrect or misguided, but evil, can be a good way to gin up support in your base and raise money and make headlines, but it’s usually harmful to public discourse and efforts to find actual solutions to problems. There’s a very large part of the public that’s susceptible to this kind of…

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A Most Dangerous Game

Mike Lee: Republicans Will Shut Down Government To Block Obamacare (Huffington Post) I usually don’t get too in-depth with the taxonomies of rhetoric with my students — unless you’re going to study rhetoric professionally, it’s really of little use — but I try to make a point of mentioning the problems with what are known as “arguments of definition.” That’s an argument where the parties involved cannot even agree just what is being argued about. I usually mention this in reference to debates about abortion;…

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No Justice

I was about to start recording audio for a new .musecast last night when the first tweets about George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin hit my timeline. It was in the wake of my first real interest in politics — the 2 Live Crew obscenity trials — that I witnessed the nationwide riots in 1992 after the first criminal trial of the police officers who beat Rodney King resulted in acquittals. I was too young to really appreciate the…

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