Easter Weekend Open Thread

 

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  1. Voyageur says:

    It has been well more than a half century since I took the Easter story literally.  Yet for many of my friends, like Mike Bowman, it continues to symbolise a faith in brotherhood and sisterhood that will some day unite a world torn apart by war, greed, hatred, racism, ignorance and, of course, the designated hitter rule.

    I won’t live to see it and two millenia after the brutal events this holiday commemorates, it seems unlikely any of this broken and flawed race of man ever will.  But amid the mud and gore of our daily existence there continue to be men and women who reach out to heal, to cure, to bind the wounds, feed the hungry and make our dogs happy.

    No, they aren’t perfect.  But on the whole their faith ennobles them, softens their anger and strengthens their love.

    So I wish all those who find succor in the Easter story a glorious holiday, a quiet family day and a renewed commitment to their vision of a better world.

    Dominus vobiscum

    Et cum spiritu tuo

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Happy Easter Weekend V (and to all of you). I humbly appreciate your kind words.  Whatever our galactic fate may be I’m so happy to be an occupant on this spinning speck of dust with all of you (and still open to the idea that *od is not a gun totin’ white man who speaks English) 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      From early in my life, I was pretty agnostic to the variations in tales of Passover & Easter events of earlier eras:  two or more millenniums ago, in a place half the world away, observed by people who spoke and wrote different languages, and actively believed in by minorities of the world’s people.  The various forms of distance created connections that made little sense to me (Easter dinner, featuring a ham? and elaborate baking stressing yeast’s effects on dough?)

      Much more important was the celebrations in my lifetime — connecting with family and friends, sharing in a feast, and recalling those no longer with us and the hope to see them again.

      Whatever and however you may be celebrating this time of year, may you all find full measures of joy.

       

    • tim-tam says:

      Wish you were always this mawkish. May the Spirit Cum on you too.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      A tale of two Presidents. The #RadicalLeft?  You mean like the #OriginalJesus? (not the manufactured, gun-totin’, white, prosperity Jesus)
       
      I swear to *od there are just two beavers chewing on a log inside the Monarch of Whore-a-Lago’s brain.

  2. skeptical citizen says:

    Russia's "unpredictable consequences" comment = Cyberattacks, IMHO

  3. Denise Spencer says:

    Theocratic Fascism

    Republican groomers are denying medical treatment to trans children for their condition. Republicans are denying children the care that science, the child, doctors, and the parents say they need. Republican groomers think no child should receive medical care until they are 18 which would permanently harm the child for the rest of their lives. It's only trans care they want to ban. Republicans still think a child with a broken arm is old enough to get treatment for that condition. Just not the conditions that republicans have decided to demonize to murder our children for their theocratic fascism and hate just to appeal to their bigoted voters. Republicans are destroying children's lives to get votes to groom them for hate.
    All as republicans push child marriage for 12 year olds. As republicans force teens to give birth to a republicans rapist sperm. As republicans push children to be tried as adults. Then children are old enough according to republican fascist.
    As republicans take the rights of others why would anyone respect theirs. 
     

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    Hi all;

    Personal favor. I'm going to D.C. in June and it occurred to me I always hit the same 10 or so monuments, museums, etc. So… outside of the regulars, any suggestions on what I should go see?

    I have no interest in art (I do like the American History and Air & Space museums).

    Also, any recommendations for good steak restaurants there?

    thanks – dave

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    As regulars here know I tend to take an optimistic view of the future. And we do see things improving usually over the medium term and always over the long term.

    But I am seriously worried about where this country is headed now. This article, We Are Living in the Age of Civil War, lays out the peril very well. Our danger is not that we retrench on rights for women, people of color, LGBT+, etc.

    Our danger is we lose our democracy which would eliminate the ability to win future elections and then improve things. Living through 8 years of Bush/Cheney, living with a very conservative and extremely activist Supreme Court, living with the limits of what progressive legislation can get passed in an evenly divided country – those are the costs of a democracy.

    But taking away people's ability to vote, gerrymandering representation at the state and federal level to give Republicans a disproportionate level of representation, a supreme court that backs nakedly partisan power grabs, a Senate that may well never allow a Democratic president to appoint justices.

    This would destroy our democracy. To a degree that an election can't fix it.

    • The realist says:

      I'm with you, Dave – very concerned. I try to imagine how those of us who care could implement a hugely widespread crash course on democracy vs. authoritarianism. How do we educate enough people about the dangers of where we're headed? It's not worth taking time to figure out who to blame. We just need to quickly figure out how to solve it – we need much higher percentages of people voting in every election and we need them to put at least a bit of effort into learning about the candidates and issues. But propaganda has proved to be far more successful than any well-meaning civic efforts. 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      The Civil War thesis broadly introduced by Barbara F. Walter highlights two consistent factors predicting civil war:

      To the task force’s great surprise, only two factors came up highly predictive. The first was whether a country’s government was an anocracy. Anocracies are governments that are neither fully democratic nor fully autocratic; they are something in between. You can think of them as partial democracies, illiberal democracies, or hybrid regimes. It is in anocracies that most civil wars occur.

      The second condition is ethnic factionalization. The anocracies that tend to go to war are the ones where citizens have organized themselves politically around identity rather than ideological positions. Their political parties are based on the ethnic, religious, or racial identity of their members, and they seek to rule at the exclusion and expense of others. Ethno-nationalism during times of partial democracy is a combustive mix.

      So, if you believe Walter, there ought to be a move to restore democracy … or eliminate it.  And we ought to do more to avoid parties based on ethnic, religious or racial identity.  Which would seem to recommend a greater effort to integrate political parties. 

      Or, you can look to other patterns of analysis:  one that appeared in a variety of debate rounds I judged a decade ago was centered on research by Håvard  Hegre and Nicholas Sambanis, with a variety of collaborators. Washington Post had an article mentioning them just before the 2020 election:  Americans hate each other. But we aren’t headed for civil war.:  “Hegre and Sambanis found that measures of opportunity like a small military establishment and rough terrain — which offers a base from which rebels can strike — had a much stronger and more consistent effect.”  There is little “rough terrain” that they US law enforcement cannot access and control.  Increasingly, if the state wants to find even a small group of people, they can be found, come under surveillance, probably can be infiltrated by law enforcement, and neutralized or eliminated before there is any chance of an extended campaign. And if there was extensive violence, I have little doubt the police and National Guard would easily have more than enough force to contain it.  And if needed, the US intelligence community and military has capabilities far beyond that.

      The only circumstance for civil war I can see would be a coup that was so unpopular that it split the military forces; and that seems farfetched to me.

  6. kwtree says:

    Did not see this coming. 

    Tucker Carlson’s mini-vid of mostly naked manly men doing manly things.

    I enjoyed it! I’m sure some of you will, too. But did anyone suspect that Tucker Carlson was, um…into this? Is this a peace offering to the LGBTQ community?

     

  7. ParkHill says:

    Tucker Carlson Urges Viewers To Irradiate Balls To Own The Libs

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson is set to premiere a brand-new documentary, “The End of Men,” which explores the slow death of rugged American manliness and the rugged manly man at the hands of Big Feminine, and the importance of tanning your testicles to prevent that from happening to you.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      There are some bridges that Eduardo Raphael just won't cross…

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Hunter may be experiencing some latent issues.

    • kwtree says:

      This could be the most public-spirited thing Tuckums has ever proposed! If his followers do irradiate their testicles, they probably won't reproduce. 

      • JohnInDenver says:

        According to several sources I read, the Tucker Carlson guest promoted

        Andrew McGovern, said, “If you want to optimize and take it [your testosterone] to another level, expose yourself to red light therapy”

        WebMD doesn't have anything specific on this treatment.  But it DOES offer hope:

        Another small study of patients with dementia found that when they wore a device that gives off near-infrared light to the skull and inside the nostril for 20-25 minutes daily for 12 weeks, they did better on memory and thinking tests.

        If we can hope for better thinking from the Tucker Carlson audience, I'd be for it.

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