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Evans: The president is right - War is not a game

Clay Evans is a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera. (He used to be an editor, but writes only sporadically these days.) And in my opinion he is a great voice of reason on many issues.


Now we hear that Israel is prepared to take matters into its own hands and attack several nuclear facilities in Iran, amplified by American politicians eager to seem "tough." Netanyahu's government and many Americans are convinced that the big dog of the Persian Gulf (for that we can thank the ill-advised war in Iraq) is pursuing nuclear weapons.

President Obama said Monday that the United States "will always have Israel's back." At the same time, he has criticized all the cheap belligerence emanating from GOP presidential candidates and Israeli hawks. On Tuesday, he rightly called out the Republican war hounds for not taking war seriously enough.

"This is not a game," the president said.

No, it's not. But it's all to easy for many Americans to treat it as if it is. The media is generally more than happy to aid and abet that thinking.



Yeah, but...

I was all set to agree with this post, but then I went and read the whole article. And I'm sorry, but very little of what is referenced really rises to the level of "misogyny."

For instance:

"Matthews has wondered aloud whether Sarah Palin is even “capable of thinking” and has called Bachmann a “balloon head” and said she was “lucky we still don’t have literacy tests out there.” Democratic strategist Jehmu Greene, who is the former president of the Women’s Media Center, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in 2011 that Matthews
“is a bully, and his favorite target is women.” So why does he still have a show? What if his favorite target was Jews? Or African-Americans?"

Now, everything here might be insulting, but it's certainly not misogyny. Any of those descriptions could apply to any man in the race for president, and actually does apply to many of them. Just like several people pointed out that "batshit crazy" applies equally well to Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann.

I want to root out misogyny as well as the next woman, but I want to reserve my energy for the gross offenders like Limbaugh (and, arguably, some of the crap that is mentioned in this article, but only some) but I also want to make sure that I'm not just tilting at insulting windmills.

Another point: In the article, in almost every example she offers she admits that the left-winger who committed the offense came back and apologized. Now, I've heard apologies from Olbermann and Schulz (I don't watch Tweety anymore, and read Matt Taibbi only occasionally) and they are always more heartfelt and sincere than the milquetoast excuse for an "apology" offered by Rush--on a Saturday...on his website...after three days of relentless accusations...because he was losing advertisers. Olbermann especially, I think when he gets called out for it, he truly does regret having done it. Just like our brothers and husbands, sometimes guys just need a gentle reminder. Rush, on the other hand, needs to be pounded over the head with revenue-loss.

So...I do not disagree with the general nature of this column, but I will go on record here as believing whole heartedly that the true misogyny is alive and well and going strong on the right, and trying to die a quiet death on the left.

My 15-yr-old son gets it...even if Rush doesn't.

This morning, recovering from a nasty cold, he sat on the couch and chatted with me for over an hour. At one point he kind of launched into something that I could tell he had been thinking about for a while, probably since he started hearing his father and me discuss what an asshole Rush is. It went something like this:

"Here's what I don't understand. Women--even in America--if they have a lot of sex they're considered a slut or something equally bad. But there's no equivalent 'bad' reputation for a guy. In fact guys are pretty much EXPECTED to go out and have a bunch of sex with women, and if you don't you're some kind of wimp or you're gay or something. But even I can see that the math doesn't work. If girls are told not to have sex or they're a slut, then how does that help guys (read "me" get laid? Why aren't we telling women that they should go out and have just as much sex as men...or at least that it's okay?"

Now, I'm paraphrasing, but only a little. And he barely looked at me through a lot of this because he knows that I know that he's a virgin--albeit a virgin with raging male hormones who sneaks peaks of naked women on the internet.

Still, I could see his frustration about the whole Rush Limbaugh mess from a purely--ahem--logical perspective.

I just wrote both of my senators and my congressman...

asking them to try to remove Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces radio.

I made a specific point about service men and WOMEN having to hear his vile crap while giving of their lives and talents so generously.

"He kept us safe!"

Remember when W was running in '04, and one of the main pillars of his campaign was that "He kept us safe?" We here at DU were mostly disgusted with the claim because, of course, he did NOT keep us safe. He presided over the greatest loss of civilian lives due to a hostile act in our nation's history. But the Right never let the facts stand in the way of a good campaign slogan.

Well, now we have a president who has not only "kept us safe," but has made the greatest strides in responding to 9/11 since...well...9/11.

But will the Right admit that "He has kept us safe?" Of course not. We get crickets. Nada.

Just gotta love the hypocrisy.

Denver court decision in education suit says Colorado is underfunding schools by billions

In a ruling that could have multi-billion dollar consequences for Colorado's budget, a Denver judge ruled the state's school funding system is not "thorough and uniform" as mandated by the state constitution.

The state's school funding system "is not rationally related to the mandate to establish and maintain a thorough and uniform system of free public schools," District Judge Sheila Rappaport said in her 183-page ruling in which she called the system "unconscionable."


My book on how the states got their names...

Sorry if you've seen this before, but I'm pretty sure I've never posted anything about it to this forum on DU.

My book is entitled "U.S. State Names: The Stories of How Our States Were Named". It's 511 pages with a lot of maps and illustrations. It tells the story of each state name--not just the etymology, but the story of how it came to be applied to particular region on the planet.

If you have a history buff on your Christmas list, this makes a great gift (Just sayin'.)

The website is http://www.MountainStormPress.com

Also, I've just recently put individual states' stories up for sale as ebooks on the iTunes store. (Sorry, the whole book isn't available digitally just yet.)

Please forgive me if this post is inappropriate. I will be happy to move it or remove it there is a problem.
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