Saturday, November 22, 2008

Smorgasbord Saturday

Since it happens to be the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, I thought I'd link to a myriad of articles relevant today. I'm doubting that these will make it into my TDIH post that will go up later today. First, a great piece in the new issue of the Smithsonian magazine by Lance Morrow takes on the mystery of Mary Pinchot Meyer's death. [Link not currently available, should be available on Smithsonian website when updated.] Meyer was a personal friend of the Kennedys, more than a friend if you ask some, and the ex-wife of a CIA operative. Morrow tackles the story as he does all of his stories, with intrigue and historical accuracy. There was a documentary, rather gruesome if you ask me, on the Discovery Channel last Sunday. In case you missed it Discovery presented a fairly realistic analysis of the shots fired in Dallas forty-five years ago. Kudos to Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, for a job well done! Other Kennedy-related stories can be found here, here and here.

If there is anything that bothers me more than people who use the Bible to defend their political views, related or not, it is those who use their own interpretation of the Constitution to suit their religious arguments. Unfortunately, and it shouldn't come as a surprise, Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance does both. I'm not even going to dignify his latest with any real analysis.

There have been a few whoppers on the Letter to the Editor page of the Times-News this week. Usually I notice the same names cycling through, these two I didn't recognize. The first, in what I presume is an effort to support adoption (November is National Adoption Month), still makes the huge mistake of referring to adopted children and potential adoptees as "unwanted children." Seriously, the title reads, "Adoption can bless lives of unwanted children." Regardless of being part of the adoption system this country and many in it still refer to them as unwanted. Good Lord! The second letter, playing on the now realized fears of some very fringe members of our population, announces that we have elected a Socialist. I can't help but wonder what the editor of the Times-News is hoping to accomplish with the headings on these letters--assuming that the authors themselves didn't come up with the titles--fear and absurdity seem to have resulted.

If you are a fan of Idaho's Perry Swisher, as I am, one of his most recent articles in the Idaho State Journal deserves reading. Swisher expands on that now famous statement of Vice President elect Joe Biden about Dick Cheney being the most dangerous VP in American history. The nice thing about Swisher's articles that get sent to the ISJ blogs? Like other columnists who will remain nameless, he doesn't argue with those who submit comments for weeks on the internets.

It is now officially Thanksgiving break on the campus of Idaho State University. Having a whole week off from classes isn't much of a change for me, I've been on an extended break from academic productivity since long before by back surgery. Yesterday afternoon I certainly didn't feel the usual dread of having a full week to entertain myself! In fact, it felt like any other day, not the eve of a week's vacation. It won't be a vacation from work, really. A couple days, maybe. It won't be a vacation from school work, a semester's worth of homework awaits me. The only break I'll be getting is an entire week without physical therapy. You know, now that I think about it, vacation it is!!

Maybe someday I will write on Nebraska's safe haven law. Maybe someday pigs will fly. Until that day, last night's news included word that the Nebraska legislature had revised the age specifications in said law. Do all state legislatures roll over so quickly when they're feeling the heat?

A belated congratulations: Adam Graham, the conservative blogger and author of Adam's Blog, has been mentioned in the newly released book penned by former Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Having recently followed Wikipedia to a government website featuring my own writing, I appreciate the excitement in seeing your name and work in print. Adam and I haven't seen eye-to-eye on too many issues, the politics of Huckabee included, but as a fellow Idaho blogger, my congratulations go to him regardless.

In other blogger news, Sisyphus has an excellent post at 43rd State Blues that was also picked up by Huckleberries Online regarding the Idaho Statesman's recent take on news stories centered on racist statements and occurrences in the gem state. If you haven't done so already, please take a look.

No smorgasbord would be complete without a baseball update. This week's news? Mike Mussina is retiring. Yes, Moose is retiring at the top of his game. The tip-top.

Should you be lacking in reading material this fine Saturday and these links have not kept you busy enough, please take a look at the posts I've contributed over at Red State Rebels this week. And then, if you're still reading, plan to take a look at my Kennedy post later today, and you're still lacking entertainment, you need to get a life? Kidding, only kidding.

And don't forget the second installment of "Diminished In Morality" about Zeb Bell and abortion is coming tomorrow. Take a look at part one to gear up.

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