Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It's Biased, Funny, and Worth Thinking About

I've said it before, I'll say it again: "Another War-on-Terror Blog" is not a political blog. I do, however, have very well-defined ideas about what is and is not reasonable behavior and decision-making.

I ran into a post on another blog last night that gave me a much-needed laugh. The blog itself is very biased, and makes generalizations about the Democratic Party that may not be valid.

Just the same, "21 WAYS TO BE A GOOD DEMOCRAT" describes a sort of person that I recognized, mostly from my college days and my sojourn in San Francisco. You'll probably recognize the all-too-accurate definition of the typical dedicated liberal, too: unless you hold such views yourself.

Aside from the entertainment value, that post is a good reminder - to everyone - that assumptions should be reviewed and assessed once in a while. Particularly one's own.

  • "You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.
  • "You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.
  • "You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding.
  • "You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's.
  • "You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but loony activists who have never been outside of San Francisco do.
  • "You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
  • "You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
  • "You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, and A.G. Bell.
  • "You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
  • "You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
  • "You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right wing conspiracy.
"Ready to vote???"

That "Ready to vote???" is a mildly-scary reminder that Americans will be selecting leaders this November: including a president.

democrat=socialist (December 30, 2007)

The blog has changed its URL recently, but the blogger apparently intends to maintain the old posts as a sort of legacy blog. New URL:

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.