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One of those days. . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:04 pm - August 20, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Movies/Film & TV

Last night before bed, I outlined a few posts I wanted to write today, only one related to politics, the others related to dating, putting things in perspective and how a bad movie can put you in a foul mood (might have used that last one to talk a bit about the 1983 Scarface remake, a film which exulted in violence and do little to show any positive examples of humanity).  (In many ways the opposite of the underrated 1932 original which didn’t show the gruesome death scenes, just moved the camera away from the scene and let you hear the shot.)

Anyway, had wanted to build upon the two posts I did get up this afternoon, perhaps as soon as this evening (Pacific Time), but most likely (if at all) tomorrow.

Just a lot of little things hit this afternoon, along with various complications (mostly minor, but generally inconvenient).  Does seem that whenever I resolve to slow down my blogging or, in this case, work on some “thought” pieces nearer and dearer to my heart, some issue or issues come up about which our readers expect us to blog.

Will do my best to get back to regular blogging as soon as is feasible.

Death threats against gay lefty blogger

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:06 pm - August 20, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging

It’s nearly four years since I’ve stopped reading gay left hate bloggers, those who express their disagreement with gay conservatives by twisting words, leveling insults and engaging in name-calling.  I just don’t have the time of the day to waste on their bile.

Yet, even the worst of them — at least when I read them — never advocated or countenanced violence against us or other conservatives.  Today, I learned from some of my liberal Facebook friends that one such blogger has received death threats.  Hateful as his words may be, the First Amendment protects his freedom of speech.  The proper response is to call out his bile*, not to advocate his execution.

He should report these threats to local authorities who should move with dispatch to identify the perpetrators and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

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Todd Akin’s crazy, stupid statement on rape

When I first heard — or rather watched (was at the gym doing cardio) — the news about U.S Rep. (and current Missouri GOP Senate nominee) Todd Akin’s comments on rape, I had thought it was the CNN team drawing them out of context.

Later, I read what he had said and thought, “Wow, there is no spinning this.  It’s bizarre and wrong.”  I was grateful to see that no prominent Republicans had defended the Congressman and that many had criticized him, with some calling on him to withdraw from the Senate race.

Michelle Malkin pretty much sums up my thoughts in her post on the matter:

Over the weekend, GOP Rep. Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri — said some really, really stupid things. (Twitchy has comprehensive coverage. Click here and keep scrolling.)

There’s no sugar-coating or whitewashing this. It wasn’t a “gaffe.” It was ignorant, garbled nonsense. Asked about his views on abortion in the case of rape, he claimed that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The striking thing to note is how quickly multiple Republicans have come out to criticize one of their own for his crazy, stupid statement.  Democrats, it seems, circle the wagons and defend their own when they saw similar stupid and offensive things (see, e.g., Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Ma’am Boxer).

(More on this anon, as time allows.)