The other, other, other white meat.

Delicious.

Om nom nom nom.

Horsemeat: it’s what’s for dinner if you live in Europe at the moment.  This means that for the most part it’s “out of sight, out of mind” for most Americans, or the butt of dog food and glue factory jokes, but then something happened the other day that raised my hackles.

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The death of common sense.

I once took a campaign contribution THIS big!

Look at all the fucks I give for your freedoms.

I hate the fact that my primary source is the New York Post, but credit where it’s due: while we were all out and about enjoying our weekend, the Post‘s Brad Hamilton and Susan Edelman broke a news story about how New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pushed forward with the latest phase of his plan to strip the right to make basic decisions from New Yorkers.

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Pointing the finger.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

I had a long discussion yesterday with some friends over Facebook about the nature of public discourse in America and how it seems to devolve into nothing but name-calling and finger-pointing.  Just about everyone agreed that the proclivity for degenerating into the equivalent of two groups of chimpanzees flinging their own excrement at each other is something that is encouraged by not just our political system but also the 24 hour news cycle as evidenced by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, where the vitriol flows like ambrosia and the sneering condescension is so thick you could cut it with a doorstop. Continue reading