May 23, 2010

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

I haven't followed the Texas textbook controversy very closely, but I find it interestingly absurd that people are debating whether we should include American exceptionalism in the curriculum.  What makes me snicker is the thought of Asian countries; to my knowledge, there is no debate in Japan over whether Japan is the greatest country to exist.  Nor in Korea, nor in China.  The idea that we are fighting over whether we should teach our children that the USA is #1 strikes me as funny, in a sad way.

If the debate in Texas were over the divine origins of American exceptionalism, that is whether the Founding Fathers were divinely inspired to embark on this American experiment or not, it would make more sense to me.  But I find it depressing that we're arguing over whether we should teach our children that the origins of our country were special, that unlike other countries around the world the US is not based on ethnicity or culture but on a unique idea that anyone can ascribe to.

The US is exceptional in that regard.  And no, Pres Obama, not in the same way that Greeks are.

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May 19, 2010

EVERYBODY DRAW MUHAMMAD DAY

I know it's awful, but that's not the point.  The point is that it's a generic depiction of Muhammad and I'm participating in today because I think it's important.  Let us not be cowed.

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TINGLE

I admit, I kinda got a tingle up my leg to see Rand Paul had won...

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May 14, 2010

RAW MILK

CVG sent me a link about the banning of raw milk.  Personally, I've never even given raw milk a thought, but I do care deeply about the Constitution.  And the umbrella of "interstate commerce" is really out of hand these days.

I love how all these little issues are cropping up to test the 10th Amendment lately, and they range from rightwing nutjob issues like the made-in-Montana guns to flaming lefty causes like medicinal marijuana or raw milk.

We're all being encroached on by the federal government, left and right.  Let the hippies drink their raw milk, for pete's sake.

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May 13, 2010

SMART PEOPLE

A great blog post via Amritas: The Smart People Crowd

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May 08, 2010

THE MOTHER'S BURDEN

My present for my first Mother's Day was that my husband would take over feeding our daughter during the night while I sleep.  In the guest bedroom, with earplugs in, to guarantee that I sleep through the whole night.  I have been looking forward to this for two weeks, and there have been times recently that I would've done anything to not have to get up during the night to take care of a crying baby.  I have been exhausted again of late and have been getting really excited about my first night free from responsibility.

Yet when I put her down to sleep tonight, I cried.  I will miss her during the night.

Such is the mother's burden.

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