Frontier Former Editor

August 26, 2007

Nothing like letting the worms come out after a good rain . . . .

Wandering through the Washington Post, I found an interesting little crop of op-ed and news pieces on my favorite fat, slimy bastard, Karl Rove. Consider the source of each one . . . .

Grover Norquist

Robert Novak

Eugene Robinson

Post editorial

Harold Meyerson

 Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear

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August 18, 2007

Clash of cultures

Filed under: cool stuff, dead celebrity sweepstakes, guitar heroes, music, Not-so satanic verses, old times — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:14 pm

One of the classic obituary moments I recall was when Joe Strummer died. The duty editor that evening in the newsroom where I was working observed that Strummer had finally answered the musical question: should I stay or should I go?

In that vein, let’s degenerate the faithful . . .

or go here until I can get WordPress to do my bidding . . . .

July 3, 2007

And Padma’s back on the market!

Filed under: calamari, May-December, Not-so satanic verses, octopi, Salman Rushdie, Satanic verses — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:17 am

NEW YORK – The three-year marriage of Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi has ended, their publicists said Monday. “Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage,” his representative, Jin Auh, said in a statement. “He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time.”

So, go back and see why two out of two octopi are celebrating the news (courtesy of Rain).

 The bad part is, except for the baldness, I don’t look all that different from Salman . . . .

May 6, 2007

Appropriate reading for a Sunday . . .

I’ll admit rather readily that I’m an agnostic. I do believe that there is some central phenomenon that dictates how the world goes ’round, so to speak, but I’m not ready to accept that the Bible – such as it is – or the Torah or the Koran or the Book of Mormon or whatever ‘holy’ book  you choose is the explanation of it all. I certainly don’t accept baptism, transubstantiation, or any other religious or mystical rite as anything more than tradition, and I’ve seen religion cause more hate and discontent in my time than any single other cause.

Do you need a fairy tale to justify being a good, decent person?

Enjoy a little Christopher Hitchens while I struggle through Oracle homework . . .

April 13, 2007

Whether you’re a believer, agnostic or athiest, how can you argue against this?

Filed under: be all you can be, humanism, Not-so satanic verses, philosophy, Vonnegut — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:20 pm

Kurt Vonnegut,  09-22-03, via Rain

 “Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which we have any real familiarity, which is our community.”

May 5, 2006

Just a slight clarification to the previous night’s entry.

Filed under: humanism, Not-so satanic verses, religion — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:38 pm

I’m not against religion, although I’m a pleasantly maladjusted agnostic.

What I am against is the attempt in recent decades for a right leaning segment of American Christianity to co-opt this country into a theocracy in all but name.

I’m tired of a religious hucksterism practiced by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. I’m tired of religious intolerance regardless of whether it’s practiced by Muslim, Christian or any other faith or sect.

While the religious right in this country goes on about how this was a nation founded upon a Christian God (with the obligatory self-serving equivalent ‘and on the god of our Jewish friends’) they also show a strong ignorance or intentional dismissal of Thomas Jefferson’s classic Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom. If you haven’t read it, it makes far more sense than some of the stuff that passes for intellectual political discussion these days.

I am, however, in favor of the people of this country being able to observe their own faith or creed under a basic set of rights. Civil responsibility and morality flow from the recognition that we all have those rights, not from a government telling us that they know best even as they trample those rights and ignore their own responsibility and accountability to us.

April 5, 2006

I shudder to think what would have happened with an Electric Light Orchestra mp3 . . .

Filed under: homeland security, music, Not-so satanic verses, societal niceties — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:24 pm

‘Playing The Clash made me a terror suspect’ from dailymail.co.uk

A mobile phone salesman was hauled off a plane and questioned for three hours as a terror suspect – because he listened to songs by The Clash and Led Zeppelin.

Harraj Mann, 24, played the punk anthem London Calling and classic rock track Immigrant Song in a taxi before a flight to London.

The lyrics to both tracks made the driver fear his passenger was a terrorist.

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