Sports, Still as Stupid as Ever

Why can’t Jason Collins find an NBA job? (sfgate.com) Deadspin raises the blacklisting question about Chris Kluwe (blogs.citypages.com) I won’t deny feeling quite a bit of pleasure earlier this year when NBA player Jason Collins, shortly after his season was over, came out in Sports Illustrated as a homosexual. Coming on the heels of the military finally allowing non-heterosexuals to serve openly (and the colossal non-story integration was, with only two chaplains resigning in protest instead of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers predicted by the…

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The Senate Needs Zero People Like Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz: ‘We Need 100 More Like Jesse Helms’ In The Senate (Huffington Post) One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging so much in recent weeks is because I’ve found myself in a double bind when it comes to writing about politics. I get tired of all the vile and irrelevant rhetoric that passes for political discourse in America these days, and when I have the opportunity to create respectful and meaningful dialogue between people with opposing points of view — like in the…

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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 … [Season 1 of the .musecast is currently offline due to blip.tv shutting down. Episodes will be reposted when circumstances permit me to do so. – Sean] Link list for Episode…

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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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