In trying to hit command/A to capture an URL for blogging, I mistakenly hit command/Q, quit my browser and lost a lengthy but boring post.
At least, I’m telling myself it was boring, to justify my refusal to try to recreate it now. Here’s the short version: Snow, birdwatching, errands, writing, an upcoming photo project, bloggage.
I’ll just do the bloggage, then:
Greg Beato does a great job with Nathan Greene, a Christian artist, here. A wonderful read, and not what you’d think.
If you’ve ever endured a miscarriage, this lengthy but readable WashPost piece on the best research on the topic is worth your time. News flash: As many as half of all sperm/egg unions are miscarried.
Finally, is anyone on the NYT op-ed page dumber than David Brooks? I mean, he makes Maureen Dowd look sharp as a stiletto. Especially in this piece on the death of family-based civilization in…separate checking accounts.
That said, I thought this post explicating it hits the nail on the head: This is not a column meant to persuade those who aren’t already convinced that the American family is in serious peril. It is a column meant to persuade those who are convinced. It is meant to persuade them that their fears are justified and that this is just another sign that things are getting worse so they better elect more Republicans if theywant to save the family as a fundamental American institution.
Brooks’ surface point is vacuous at best, but his underlying message plays right to fear that reside in the heart of the Republican base. And by openly mocking it we are playing into the stereotype that liberals don’t understand the danger that is right in front of them.
Liberals need to understand that this kind of mockery is really just self-congratulatory back-slapping (“Ha! Look at the foolish Bobos and their foolish concerns! Good thing we aren’t so foolish!”). It does nothing to reverse the political trend of this country. It may, in fact, make it worse.
So should we take the concern about separate checking accounts seriously? No. But should we take the deeper, underlying concerns seriously? Most definitely!
So I guess it should keep my mouth shut.
And finally, a great Lance post. On the movies. And, as usual, on lots of other things, too.