It is my pleasure to be hosting this edition of the Carnival of the Liberals. This is my first time hosting this carnival; it’s been both fun and an awesome responsibility to select from the nearly 50 great entries submitted.
Political Bullying, Denial, & Other Errors Of Note:
GrrlScientist does more than share Thoughts on Poverty in America; she’s got hardcore facts too.
I’m A Pundit Too announces that Congress Opens Self To Law Suit Over Oil Prices ~ according to the post’s poll, readers think it’s a good legal action.
Woman Gives Birth Under Torture: Homeland Security Hell, a chilling report by Thinkbridge.
SocraticGadfly says, “Pelosi voted for FISA revisal after knowing THIS?” My question is: “What’s going to be done about it?”
McCain’s Adultery: Where is the Media?, that’s what Atheist Revolution (and I) want to know.
Submitted To A Candid World’s The Evangelical Re-Invention of John McCain, and the Sad Paradox of Fundamentalist Family Values:
When a “pro-family” position requires one to sacrifice the best interests of the child at the altar of the Old Testament’s outdated Levitical morality, “family values” cease to be about the family, and become solely about the politics.
At The Republic of T it’s even more personal ~ but well debated and equally well-documented: Believing in Our Families.
Religion & Beliefs:
Greg Laden tries to call for 24 hours of silence “as a show of respect for the all those who have suffered at the hands religious zealots around the world and throughout history.”
What Is Wrong With Mercy Ministries? Jeffrey Stingerstein at Disillusioned Words will tell you:
Christianity is an oxymoron in that way. On the one hand, it exalts weakness: the meek shall inherit the earth while the Kingdom of Heaven will belong to the poor. On the other hand this is just bait for the predator to trap its prey.
At Bay of Fundie, Reality Denialism and the Limits of Belief:
I have identified two factors at play here. I call them the Technical Limit of Belief (TLB) and the Social Limit of Belief (SLB). When you cross both lines, you have a reality denier.
Rights & Responsibilities:
Human rights; you can curtail them, but you still won’t be free of terrorism. The proof is in Terrorism in a police state, at Stochastic Scribbles.
Bound, Not Gagged reports on the Decriminalize Prostitution Initiative on the San Francisco Ballot.
In Hate Speech vs Hate Crime Jason of Washington Interns Gone Bad takes heat for not believing in the lone gunman/nut theory. Echidne Of The Snakes covers the same incident from the point of view of Responsibility.
Toe-to-toe, blow-by-blow coverage of the McCain Healthcare Policy Scam Spam at Home Of The Brave.
Humor & Satire:
One of my favorite areas… Laugh ’til you hurt; laugh because you hurt.
It all may be funny, but Tangled Up In Blue Guy tells us why It’s No Joke.
Virtually everyone’s talked about Barry Blitt’s Obama New Yorker cover ~ I may be the only exception in this case of folks ~ including liberals ~ not understanding satire. Even if you think you’ve heard it all, read it all, give A Humorist’s Lament (Covering The New Yorker Cover Brouhaha In Verse) ~ a very funny & creative ode by Mad Kane, who apparently waxes thus on many current events. And if that doesn’t inspire a grin, there’s Joel Stein’s How to make fun of Barack Obama at Against Obama.
Vintage Blasphemy for the Creationists in the Crowd, a must see by GrrlScientist.
Allen at The Whited Sepulchre says, “Brent Rinehart’s Comic Book – I need a copy”.
(See also Ethan Persoff’s George Wallace asks: Is Brent Rinehart an EP.TC Reader? — or just a natural born stylistic plagiarist?)
I didn’t know how else to categorize this one… So how about Honorable Mention:
That long and winding road, by Object Dart.
Talk The Talk & Walk The Walk:
Tonight on Cult of Gracie radio, I’ll be talking about some of these very issues; so if they matter to you, listen live and/or call in at 1 (646) 200-3136.
Get ready for the next carnival at Submitted to a Candid World. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of the liberals using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival home page.
UPDATE, 8/5/08: Oops, I forgot to mention that I’ll be hosting another edition of the Carnival of the Liberals on September 24th at the XXBN blog ~ so don’t forget to submit to me, err, the carnival, then.