Posted by Brad @ 5:01 pm on November 30th 2011

Wars in Iran and Pakistan?

I know I haven’t been following world events to closely this fall, but it sure seems like it. From Israel hitting Iranian nuclear sites to us killing 30 or so Pakistani soldiers for two hours. Hell, I’m even pretty sure I heard we invaded Australia last month.

Posted by Brad @ 11:21 am on November 30th 2011

Great Moments in Local Governance

Tomorrow, San Fransisco’s new statute designed to ban happy meals goes into effect. The law specifically bans restaurants from including toys with meals of more than 600 calories that lack agreed-upon amounts of fruits and vegetables. The idea, obviously, is to de-incentive the eating of Happy Meals for the sake of the toys.

Now, you can already buy a Happy Meal toy from a McDonald’s without purchasing the meal – costs about $2.15. And, actually, a lot of toys do get sold that way. And with the San Fransisco law, in essence, that’s the only way you can do it, buying both the meal and the toy separate (for $4.00 or whatever and $2.15).

So McDonald’s in San Fransisco have announced that they are now selling the toy for only ten cents. But only if you have also purchaseed a Happy Meal. And they will no longer sell their toys without the purchase of a toy-less Happy Meal.

So, if you want a Happy Meal toy in San Fransisco – but nowhere else – you have buy the food.

Result: The incentivization of eating Happy Meals for the sake of the toys.

For the record, when legislative nannying and private sector profit-seeking engage in a battle of wits, it is always – always – profit-seeking that is smarter.

Posted by Brad @ 10:38 am on November 29th 2011

Missing E.T.’s Call

Andrew put up a quote from an article I had read yesterday, on why, though there is a strong possibility that intelligent life is out there somewhere, we have not yet heard from it. Chris Wilson:

It’s perfectly possible that our fantasy civilization would be 500 years ahead of us—but no more likely than its being 500 years behind us, or one billion years behind, or awaiting us one billion years in the future. The universe is about 13 billion years old, and Earth’s arrival on the scene 4.5 billion years ago did not occur at some divine moment of planet formation. It’s possible that this other, Earth-like planet was at one point dotted with thriving alien cities, that it sustained an intelligent species for millions of years, but that life there winked out at around the same time we humans were working out the kinks in having opposable thumbs. If so, our neighbor’s dying signals would have passed us by millennia before we could invent the radio dishes to capture them.

I sent Andrew an email, and in the spirit of blogging more I should post these musings now and then rather than confining them to email discussions:


Andrew,

I think my favorite explanation for this comes in a spoken word song that the singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey (who should be way more famous than he is) did on a recent album of his called Letters from a Flying Machine. Anyway, the piece is called “Vlad the Astrophysicist,” and it’s the same basic point Wilson makes, done a lot more poetically.

It’s interesting, because we humans have such a hard time internalizing the vastness of space and time. It’s that vastness that makes it reasonably certain that intelligent species’ besides our own have existed, do exist, and will exist in the future. But it’s that same vastness that will, in all likelihood, forever keep us from them. All we will ever have…is each is other.

The good news is that there is enough wonder, frustration and grace in the connection between even just two of us, to be inexhaustible for even an enter civilization’s worth of curiosity.

Brad

Posted by Rojas @ 7:27 pm on November 28th 2011

How to be a Free Speech Hero

1. Be a high school student in a wealthy Kansas City suburb. Attend a school-sponsored event at which you meet the Governor of Kansas. Smile and nod at his meaningless remarks on Why Government Involvement Is Good.

2. Subsequently impress your friends with a tweet on how you told off said Governor to his face for his unwise policies.

3. Wait for the foolish staff of said Governor to report your tweet to the administrators of the program, who pass the tweet on to your school administration, who demand you write a letter of apology.

4. Complain long and loud in every media forum available about the attempts of the Governor to censor public criticism and ruin your future.

5. Accept gubernatorial apology and the thanks of a grateful nation.

You know, I’ve got all kinds of respect for people who “speak truth to power”. But I do rather insist that the people I praise for sticking it to the man actually, you know, CONFRONT those in authority, as opposed to making snarky remarks behind their backs and then playing the martyr when called out.

None of which absolves the Brownback staffer in question for being a dumbass, of course; it takes a special kind of idiocy to pick a public fight with a teenage girl and then LOSE it.

Posted by Brad @ 3:42 pm on November 28th 2011

Do I Honestly Have to Start Taking Newt Gingrich Seriously as a Candidate for President? Really?

Because man, that sucks if I do. But he just might be the last Not Romney standing when the votes start getting cast.

I’m still holding out hope for a Jon Huntsman surge (who, btw, I think I will likely vote for at this point).

Anyway, can somebody closely monitor this whole Newt situation and alert me when it becomes irrefutable that I ought to be paying attention to Newt Fing Gingrich and the possible political implications of his candidacy? Because I really don’t want to waste the brain space until I absolutely have to.

Posted by Brad @ 12:05 pm on November 28th 2011

The Whiteness of Occupy Wall Street

In my continued bemused and bitter catalog of how the media treats Occupy Wall Street versus how they have treated the Tea Party, it’s worth passing on—after reams and reams of coverage about how white the Tea Party is—the single news story on the subject as it pertains to OWS. Namely, a sleepy report that points out that blacks make up only 1.6% of OWS (by comparison, it’s something like 6% for the Tea Party, although it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison in terms of how they determine it)(apropos of nothing, but it’s also interesting that OWS protesters are far more likely to be employed and have a college education than Tea Party protesters).

This post is pretty over the top, but I agree with the money quote:

Black failure to attend right wing demonstrations appears to be a mysterious matter demanding detailed investigation, but there is nothing to discuss when they shun left wing ones. Moreover, a relative absence of Black faces in right wing crowds clearly demonstrates the racism of both the protesters and their ideas, while an absence of Black faces in left wing crowds means — absolutely nothing.

And, I think, rightly so – but as the author points out, that’s a benefit of the doubt not afforded conservative economic backlashes, where the overwhelming tendency is to play “find the racist/Christianist angle!”, even if in so doing you’re missing the forest for the trees.

Posted by Brad @ 11:07 am on November 28th 2011

Barney Frank to Retire

One of the most iconic contemporary Democratic figures. Frank is an interesting guy for me. He is good on a lot of things, but he never put much force behind it. He is also bad on a lot of things, and those always seem to be the things he puts actual work into.

Incidentally, if it comes to pass, Maxine Waters will be the ranking Democratic on the House Financial Services Committee, so I’m sure Ron Paul will be sorry to seem him go.

Posted by Brad @ 9:38 am on November 28th 2011

Gary Johnson to the LP?

Makes sense.

Posted by Rojas @ 10:18 pm on November 26th 2011

Revenge of the Turkeys

What did you do over Thanksgiving break? This charming fellow reengineered a particularly lethal strain of H5N1 Bird Flu to be easily communicable among humans. Here’s the lede:

A virus with the potential to kill up to half the world’s population has been made in a lab. Now academics and bioterrorism experts are arguing over whether to publish the recipe, and whether the research should have been done in the first place.

Yeah. That might be worth considering.

Posted by Rojas @ 11:29 am on November 22nd 2011

Why do intellectuals oppose capitalism?

An old Robert Nozick essay addresses the question.

Posted by Brad @ 3:08 pm on November 17th 2011

Headline of the Day

Mike Riggs:

Occupy Wall Street Response Suddenly Causes Middle Class White People to See Law Enforcement In New Light

Police militarization and the unchecked power of the state is not at the root of OWS. But the debate has shifted somewhat from what OWS should be able to take away from Wall Street, to what the State should not be able to take away from OWS. This is good. Negative rights are good, and they are crumbling.

Which is why I’d encourage all of you in OWS (sorry, been doing a lot of that lately) to think about the politicians you elect, and all the ways you’ve helped increase the size and scope of the state because you couldn’t imagine it shoving a boot up your white, well-behaved ass.

Not a new thought – I’ve been having it a lot in relation to OWS – but well put just the same. And one of the things that excites me most about OWS.

Posted by Brad @ 12:38 pm on November 16th 2011

The Best Thing Written About the Occupy Wall Street Generation

Comes from Cracked.

Seriously, read it.

Posted by Brad @ 2:00 pm on November 15th 2011

Tom Coburn Co-opts Occupy Wall Street

I’ve been on record as saying Republicans need to get more of a bee in their bonnet about crony capitalism, rather than using it as a mere aside caveat before launching into full throated defenses of all things capitalist(ic) or corporate. The truth is, in defending the status quo of health care in America, for instance, you are not, in fact, defending a free market. Same for the financial sector. I understand the impulse – you don’t want to gin up feelings that almost invariably lead to an impulse to over-regulate (which winds up making the problem worse not better) – but at the same time it would be nice for Republicans to recognize that, yes, income inequality is an issue, and yes, there is a role government can play in that. Namely, by making it stop play favorites and leverage power for money to the powerful, which is what government does best. This is, after all, a purely free market position, and it’s even didactic in a way, getting liberals on board and making them realize that the enemy is us.

Anyway, Tom Coburn releases a report on “Welfare for the Wealthy”, and it’s good. More please.

Posted by Brad @ 10:57 am on November 15th 2011

Music Video of the Week, featuring

I’m not a fan of this song. It’s alright, but in general, while my musical tastes run the entire gambit of style and genre, one niche I just can’t get into is the contemporary R&B slow jam. Anything of the sort from, say, 1979, with very very few exceptions, just don’t do anything for me. I find myself totally bored by them. This one’s okay, but still, not really my bag.

However, this song gets regular YouTube play from me for one singular reason – it’s got perhaps the sickest, most ferocious guest rap of any joint, ever. Nicki Minaj just tears this shit up. I listen to this song about once a week, and always skip to 2:30, and then replay it several times.

Trey Songz – Bottoms Up, featuring Nicki Minaj (2:30)

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Posted by Brad @ 3:05 pm on November 14th 2011

That’s Some Damn Fine Protestin’ There, Lou

Just out of curiosity, if Tea Party protests had descended into rapes, shootings, filthy encampments, and losing all sympathy with pretty much every municipal constituency anywhere, how many stories do you think we’d have seen about this being reflective of the conservative ideology somehow?

I’ve been pretty sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street despite (even because of) its grab-assness, but at some point somebody has to figure out that changes in this country occurs at the ballot box – not at the grass lot across from the capital building at 2 AM on a Tuesday.

Next up, another story that, were it on the right, would have liberals every shouting to the hilters about astroturf.

The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers’ International Union of North America will partner with Occupy Wall Street for “We are the 99 percent” rallies on Thursday. Liberal groups like MoveOn.org and the American Dream Movement plan to participate.

Many of the events, union officials said, will be focused on urging lawmakers to pass more federal funding for infrastructure.

Posted by Brad @ 2:21 pm on November 14th 2011

Anxiously Awaiting the Fred Karger Boomlet

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and start loving Buddy Roemer.

Donald Trump. Michelle Bachmann. Rick Perry. Herman Cain. Now, Newt Gingrich. The lesson? if you are not Mitt Romney, and just hang out long enough, you too will at some point become the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President*.

*Offer only valid if you’re appropriately crazy, but not, like, libertarian-crazy.

Seriously though, this does make me wonder if Jon Huntsman might start getting a serious second look once voters realize that, despite a completely unearned reputation as the GOP’s “idea man”, Newt Gingrich is, in fact, just as crazy and dumb as Bachmann, Perry, and Cain. And I understand why Paul/Johnson will probably never get serious consideration. But Huntsman? It wouldn’t surprise me at all if, come election day, he outperforms his polling five or six fold. Still hemming and hawing about whether I vote Paul or Huntsman myself, btw.

Posted by Cameron @ 9:03 pm on November 12th 2011

Reason 35 to buy a generator

Despite the fact that the referendum didn’t pass, the following letter to the editor in the November 5th issue of The Economist got a smile out of me:

SIR – I was delighted to read your article about the effort in Mississippi to pass a state constitutional amendment to recognise embryos as people from the moment of fertilisation (“A person already?”, October 8th). My wife and I have been considering IVF to address our lack of success in conceiving a child. Mississippi’s proposed amendment gives us even more reason to pursue this treatment, and to move to Mississippi.

After the procedure we will insist on taking custody of any extra embryos that result from IVF—it is our right as parents after all. Once safely in our home we plan to keep them in a freezer in our basement and list them as child dependents for tax purposes, thus giving us a tax deduction. To protect the lives of our children in case of a power outage we will buy a backup generator. Anything less would be bad parenting.

Benjamin Iwai
St Louis, Missouri

Posted by Brad @ 12:12 pm on November 10th 2011

A Brief Note on Reax to Last Night’s Republican Debate…

No, not the Perry thing – which I seem to be the only person on earth who saw it and didn’t think it was a big deal (I didn’t watch it live).

But reading around today, I find myself interested in the brief mentions of Ron Paul. At the Corner alone, reaction to him was unanimous, and in every single case was an aside, but one in which the commentators find themselves surprise.

–Ron Paul sounds so good sometimes. He was excellent on subsidies for higher education. Seriously. He also betrayed a hint of Burkean gradualism that I didn’t know he had in him. Audit the Fed then end it? Phase out higher-ed subsidies with tax credits? Slowly devolve Medicaid to the state? His more rabid fans will probably be disappointed.

Ron Paul – When he talks about cutting $1 trillion, he gets my heart going! And he’s surely right about inflation, FWIW.

I find myself increasingly charmed by old Ron Paul.

Ron Paul, standing next to Perry, helpfully suggested that Perry might really want to shut down five. But Paul wasn’t given an opportunity to say which five they should be. As profoundly as I disagree with Paul’s unrealistic approach to foreign policy, in this debate, which did not touch on foreign policy, his forceful defense of free markets and limited government were compelling.

I think this might have been Ron Paul’s best debate. No foreign policy. And now I’d really like to hear him lecture some Occupy Wall Street kids about responsibility.

Those quotes included K-Low, Rich Lowry, et al. People whom, last cycle, were demanding he be ridden out of the party on a rail.

What’s ironic about it is, of course, that Paul is saying absolutely nothing new – he never says anything new. But against the backdrop of Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, and Gingrich? He’s become the intellectual elder statesmen for even mainstream Republican intelligensia.

Posted by Rojas @ 2:08 pm on November 9th 2011

Shaker Aamer

Locked up at Guantanamo, in the absence of evidence, in 2001. Cleared for release by the Bush Administration in 2007. Still rotting at Gitmo.

Posted by Brad @ 11:13 am on November 9th 2011

Presidential Candidate Dungeon and Dragon Character Sheets

Adam’s been too busy to much follow this year’s presidential election. This should help him bone up.

Posted by Rojas @ 10:13 am on November 9th 2011

New frontiers in the imperial executive

Some would argue that the executive branch ought to be immune from prying legislative eyes where the performance of its constitutional duties are concerned–for instance, in the maintenance of covert military operations. But in a democracy, one would think, it is fairly obvious that the financing of private business using taxpayer dollars would be a LEGISLATIVE function if, indeed, it happens at all.

Obvious to everyone except the Obama administration, which now seems ready to block a legislative probe into the failure of Soylandra on the grounds that the White House’s internal communications on the matter are protected by “executive privilege.”

If the President declines to be held accountable for the failure of projects the financing for which is provided by the public, then the legislature ought to withdraw that funding. But of course, if they did that, it would be “Republican obstructionism”, wouldn’t it?

Posted by Brad @ 10:58 am on November 8th 2011

Another Good One-Off Blog Comment…

From Butler Schaffer at LewRockwell.com, responding to a post about a columnist decrying that the Nanny State is the only thing keeping us from a Mad Max dystopia (see also: Ron Paul’s debate answer on the health care question and the widespread read that what he meant is we should let people who can’t pay die).

I am reminded of a talk given by Frank Chodorov many decades ago. Chodorov was being very critical of government welfare programs in general, and was asked by a listener: “But what will happen to sick, elderly people?” Chodorov replied: “They’ll be left to die in the streets the way they used to.” The listener retorted: “When did that ever take place?,” to which Chodorov answered: “Exactly.”

Posted by Brad @ 10:52 am on November 8th 2011

My Insensitivity Campaign Continues

Maybe there’s a lot to say about the Cain allegations. But this post by Rich Lowry at the Corner made me laugh.

Cain Allegations Get Truly Explosive

According to this report, he stuck a few women with the bill for wine at dinner, then sent them a gospel CD.

And, via David Weigel, here’s an entry in his Annals of Bad Book Titles.

Posted by Brad @ 9:58 am on November 8th 2011

What the Case for Obama Doesn’t Say

Like me, Conor Friedersdorf senses in liberals and a centrists a perplexing reflex to cast the Obama presidency in a light not of his own making. I spent a lot of time from 2002-2006 in the trenches with the “new” progressives, those activated by the excesses of the Bush administration and, like the Tea Party later, bent not only towards that partisan fight, but also towards holding their own party leaders and standard-bearers more accountable and for trying to ignite a healthy sense of dissent and counter-cw that had been lost following 911 and was brought back, albeit after it was most needed, largely through their efforts. I, likewise, was in the trenches with them again in the McCain-Obama battle, which was, at its core, a question of whether to keep walking on our path, or to change course. I, like them, was elated that America made the (at the time) correct decision to do the latter. And while I think the Occupy Wall Street movement is myopic in its picking of targets and limp in its sense of how it can make a difference, I greatly appreciate their energy and lack of cynicism (or, perhaps, their applied cynicism, which is the same thing).

So like Friedersdorf, I remain utterly perplexed at all the battles, previously joined by these same liberals and progressives, which are now being ceded entirely.

These are the sorts of treatments that permit well-educated Obama supporters to evade certain uncomfortable truths, like the fact that the president to whom they’ll give campaign contributions and votes violated the War Powers Resolution when he invaded Libya; that in doing so he undermined the Office of Legal Counsel, weakening a prudential restraint on executive power; that from the outset he misled Congress and the public about the likely duration of the conflict; that the humanitarian impulse alleged to prompt the intervention somehow evaporated when destitute refugees from that war were drowning in the Mediterranean.

In saying that Obama has “awakened to the miserable realities of Pakistan and Iran,” Remnick elides an undeclared drone war that is destabilizing a nuclear power, the horrific humanitarian and strategic costs of which Jane Mayer documents at length in The New Yorker; “Obama is responsible for an aggressive assault on Al Qaeda, including the killing of bin Laden, in Pakistan, and of Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen,” Remnick writes, never hinting that al-Awlaki was an American citizen killed by a president asserting the unchecked write to put people on an assassination list that requires no due process or judicial review, and that the administration justifies with legal reasoning that it refuses to make public. “He has drawn down forces in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Remnick writes, obscuring the fact that there are many more troops in Afghanistan than when Obama took office, and that in Iraq he has merely stuck to the timetable for withdrawal established by the Bush Administration, after unsuccessfully lobbying the government of Iraq to permit US troops to stay longer — instead, he plans to increase the presence of American troops elsewhere in the Persian Gulf, and to leave in Iraq a huge presence of State Department employees and private security.

Klein’s piece relies heavily on the reality that, for all his hope and change rhetoric, Obama was constrained in dealing with the economic crisis when he took office. Quite right. Only unjustifiable extrapolation permits Klein to reach the larger conclusion that GOP opposition and a bad economy explain his broken promises. Had Klein tried to come up with a control group to test his hypothesis, he might’ve looked to the policies over which Obama has substantial or complete control. Is Obama’s war on whistleblowers, also documented in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, something that Republicans and a bad economy forced on him? Are they responsible for the White House’s utter failure to deliver anything like the transparency that Obama promised, and its abuse of the state secrets privilege? How does the economy explain the escalation of the drug war and federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal, or the Department of Homeland Security’s escalation of security theater to the point that Americans are being groped and undergoing naked scans in airports?

But this, alas, is what tribal partisanship gets you (as well as the old standby of trotting out polarizing hot button issues solely for the sake of breaking voters into camps (and not for the sake of actual substantial policy-making)). The more that elections rest on splitting finer and finer hairs, the more the rest of the head goes untouched.

Posted by Rojas @ 12:05 pm on November 4th 2011

Gwar vs. Death Itself

I like Gwar. I don’t mean that I enjoy them in a hipsterish, ironic sense. I don’t mean that I find their stage show entertaining, although that is absolutely and emphatically the case. I mean that I actually enjoy and appreciate them as musicians. I listen to them in my car and at the gym. I will defend “America Must Be Destroyed” as one of the best albums of its decade on grounds of actual artistic merit. At their best, their grasp of the music of language—of alliteration, assonance, euphony, and other poetic concepts—is unequalled in pop music.
And, of course, I like it when they do this:

I first picked up the band in the mid-1980s, just prior to their arrival as a cult phenomenon via exposure on MTV; at the time I viewed them as nothing more than a hilarious satire of metal excess. At some point I became an actual fan. I’m not sure how it happened or why. I can defend it but I don’t especially care to try. And make no mistake, there’s times when they disappoint me; at times they are pretty clearly going through the motions in order to produce content (both “We Kill Everything” and their latest, “Bloody Pit of Horror” would qualify), and the stuff that they themselves seem to be proudest of is often really broad political material that reflects an unusually juvenile socialist mindset. But that’s a flyspeck in the face of the sort of creative energy that it takes to produce an operatic sound-collage like “Immortal Corruptor” while simultaneously engaging in a stage battle with eight robot penguins and a twenty foot paper-machie Tyrannosaurus Rex.

And all of this left me betwixt and between when, yesterday, the band’s lead guitarist (and best pure musician) died in his sleep on the tour bus. The public knew him as “Flattus Maximus”; beneath thirty pounds of rubber mask and spiked shoulderpads, he was a human being named Cory Smoot, though as fans we generally preferred to blind ourselves to that reality.

And I have no idea at what point it becomes reasonable to joke about this.

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Posted by Brad @ 10:33 am on November 4th 2011

Speaking of Bullying and Great Moments in Local Governance…

Michigan Dems move to create an anti-bullying law after a gay kid commits suicide after being bullied for being gay.

Senate Republicans add an amendment exempting bullying if it is due to “religious belief or moral convictions”

Amended bill passes.

Result: Bullying for religious or moral reasons is now legally protected in Michigan. The law that does so is named after the dead gay kid, so the next time a kid bullies a gay kid based on his moral conviction that God hates fags, he will be able to invoke “Matt’s Law” in his defense.

Ah, government.

Posted by Brad @ 10:28 am on November 4th 2011

Great Moments in Local Governance

The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed a law allowing visitors to the Wisconsin State Assembly to come to the viewing gallery armed, if they wish.

You know, there are solutions in search of problems. There are problems in search of solutions. This strikes me as a problem having found a problem.

Bonus: visitors to the Wisconsin State Assembly are NOT, however, allowed to bring cameras or protest signs. Just guns.

Posted by Brad @ 3:59 pm on November 3rd 2011

Music Video of the Week

Going to see Martin Sexton in Annapolis this weekend. Been listening to him for years; this’ll be my first chance to see him up close.

Martin Sexton – Women and Wine

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Posted by Brad @ 2:13 pm on November 3rd 2011

Quote of the Day

I almost wrote an addition to my “I Don’t Care About…” series that would have been “I Don’t Care About…Gay Bullying.” Ultimately, I didn’t have the balls, and I didn’t want to be mistaken for insensitive (and it wasn’t specifically in relation to “It Gets Better”, which I think is phenomenal and one of the best (and most appropriate) approaches to such a problem that I’ve ever seen). It was more the thought that…well hell, getting bullied is a reality for MOST kids, at one point or another, and I always distrust people who demand we treat behavior as being of a separate kind when it happens to different classes of people (even when, as is the case for gay kids, rates of suicide are much higher).

That, combined with my general feeling that we spend far too much effort, as a society, trying to throw warm blankets over people to protect them from all insensitivity and to imbue them with the idea that they are beautiful unique snowflakes who have the absolute right to not have people be assholes to them. Finally, there’s the general efficacy issue, both on the party of the bullies and the bullied. On the bullies – I am pretty sure the scolding of Lady Gaga is not going to cross their minds when they corner Billy on the playground and, if anything, parents and teachers really taking the whip to bullies who target a gay kid sends the message that gay kids are a people apart, which I’m not sure is a message you want to send if normalization is your goal. But more than anything, for the bullied. To me, those defenses are best built up internally, and every human is not a sum total of what happens to them, but rather a sum total of how they choose to respond (internally or externally) to those happenings. In the same way a brain given addictive chemicals will stop producing dopamine for itself, movements that take the focus off training up that internal process, and put it on trying to protect them from those external happenings, are usually useless at best and counterproductive at worst.

ANYWAY, I didn’t write that post, but Scott Thompson has a great quote at Pride Source that made me think about that post-not-written.

You’ve addressed bullying before, specifically how the It Gets Better campaign is basically a lie – it might not get better, you say. What would you tell bullied kids then?

Grow a pair. Here’s the thing: The world is not kind to us; it never really will be. The gay male is always going to be at the bottom. I believe the things that happened to me as a child scarred me terribly, and I wish somebody would have helped me with some of the things that happened. But you have to fight back. So much of these bullying campaigns are part of the trend that we were just talking about – the recasting of gay men as eternal victims and it’s like, fight back! Fathers should start teaching the boys how to punch. He does that to you, here’s what you do: You fucking punch him in the face.

Whole interview’s worth reading, actually.