Three Power of Story Stories . . .

5 05 2011

to help JJ celebrate this National Day of Reason:

1) You’ve seen this picture.
“It is an image unimaginable 30 years ago. . .”

Now see three reasons it’s worth not only a thousand words but worth more than every history textbook in Texas, and then some.

(If you saw the evangelical Christianist self-styled as an authentic history expert on Jon Stewart last night, you’ll know what I mean. If not, watch this.)

Update – the Jon Stewart interview moved one author to action, reports the Friendly Atheist. She decided to give away for free download her book, Liars for Jesus:

The whole thing is just infuriating. Barton goes on and on (and on), talking over Stewart, saying that Christianity is under attack. Stewart calls him out on it. Barton changes the subject, cherrypicks court cases to prove some obscure point, and acts like he’s victorious. . . .

She’s going to give away her book for free in the hope that the truth can spread.
. . .So download it, read it, spread it, and help put a dent into Barton’s influence. Better yet, buy it if you can so future volumes can be published.

2) THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! Only reason will beat it back into the Dark Ages. (Do we need a presidentially commanded special ops strike force of REASON?)

3) Edge dot org has an intriguing new conversation up on “The Argumentative Theory.”

Edge is the perfect place for some Day of Reason reading:

EDGE
To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.

Read first, feel the sudden warmth of human cognition exciting your synapses, then talk later.
I’ll be here. 🙂

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8 responses

5 05 2011
JJ

I was just now comparing this photo to my two favorites from his first 100 days, both of which were movie-fanciful, evoking Mary Poppins and kids in the 1950s Back to the Future-style, if your imagination works like mine.

5 05 2011
JJ

Another analysis of the situation room photo, by WaPo this time:
Breaking down the Situation Room

Here is a tour of everything you need to know about the action in the photo and the specs of the room — from its gadgetry, to its cultural representations on TV and film, to its interior design — from our in-house experts. . .

The food is all very easy to eat. Nothing requires a utensil, or much concentration, unless the shrimp included tails. Had the first lady walked into the room, no one would have felt obliged to hide what they were eating; the turkey and shrimp would have met her approval. As for the potato chips and soda … hey, everything in moderation.

Couldn’t White House chefs Sam Kass or Cristeta Comerford or even the Navy Mess whip up some MREs for the group? For starters, the Mess is typically dark on Sunday. Also, “if it’s that quiet” a meeting, says Palena chef Frank Ruta, who cooked at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. from 1979 till 1991, “they might not want to involve many other people.”

6 05 2011
Lynne

I read this morning that Hillary admitted she may have just been stifling a cough. 🙂

6 05 2011
JJ

I saw that too — but maybe it’s to cover the truth, that she was hacking up a shrimp tail. 😉

7 05 2011
Nance Confer

A help in battling the evil in your item #2?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/education/07immig.html?_r=1

May 6, 2011
U.S. Warns Schools Against Checking Immigration Status
By KIRK SEMPLE

Federal officials issued a memorandum to the nation’s school districts on Friday saying it was against the law for education officials to seek information that might reveal the immigration status of children applying for enrollment.

Civil liberties advocates and others have complained in recent months that many school districts are seeking children’s immigration papers as a prerequisite for enrollment. Some state and local officials have also considered bills to require prospective students to reveal their citizenship or immigration status.

“We have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status,” said the memo, from Justice and Education Department officials. “These practices contravene federal law.”

The letter cited a 1982 Supreme Court decision that recognized the right of all children, regardless of immigration status, to attend public school as long as they met the age and residency requirements set by state law.

. . .

7 05 2011
JJ

Woot! Thanks, Nance. 😀

9 05 2011
JJ

Here’s a twist of religion/reason I wasn’t expecting, on Story Number One:
Hillary Clinton (and other woman) Removed From Photo By Newspaper

12 05 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Joe Barton’s ascertion sounds a lot like Ecuemenical Mob Rule. Barton is operating almost exclusively from the high seat of Christian White Male privilege. He has never had to be a true minority in any sense of the word. I can cite several real world cases where civil rights, specifically the First Freedoms of citizens were violated, some to the degree that death occured. Many lost livelihoods, and had to go to court just to get the bullying to stop.

There are some groups of Christians out there, who feel totally justified in bullying others into [in the very least] paying lipservice to Christianity if not forced conformity by the sword.

The reason we have had so many challenges to “Christian Supremacy” is due to overt Christian Supremacism.

Did Barton miss the religious nuttiness at the United States Air Force Academy? And the huge study conducted after the fact that showed a clear case of institutional discrimination against all Non-Christians?

He must be unaware of the teenager Tempest Smith who killed herself after being mercilessly bullied by Christian classmates for being of a different religion, while a school administration stood by and did nothing.

The National Day of Prayer that has basically become a GOP/Christian Supremacist fund raiser while openly, overtly excluding all other faiths to the point that Interfaith groups starting holding their own observances. Observances which at least in Oklahoma, the NDP folks tried to block access to permits and the state capital steps themselves.

Basically not to put too fine a point on it, but Barton is talking out his behind.

The things I have personally witnessed over the years in this vein, I wouldn’t wish on anyone, not even the wrong-headed Christians in question who have such an incredibly toxic sense of entitlement due to their religious identity.

And no, there is no Litmus Test and there shouldn’t be. If Barton wants to live in a theocracy, let him go live in Iran. Because a theocracy is simply the baby step before a Monarchy.

All monarchies are based on either a lineage that claims divine blood or connections to a priesthood. We left King George the III and I say good riddance.

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