John Oliver on Our Lady of Right Wing Nuttery

My son recently read “Anthem” in school. I have read one Ayn Rand work, “Philosophy, Who Needs It?” Having done so, I can’t help but wonder how a functioning adult who has endured her cartoonish fantasies could possibly recommend such tripe to anyone in good conscience.

I am reminded of one of my all-time favorite quotes from a blog post (Kung Fu Monkey aka John Rogers):

“– There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

More on the fire-breather herself, courtesy of John Oliver on Last Week Tonight:

I often wonder this myself.

A Simple Take on Abortion

Continually threatening certain rights helps certain people remember their place.


Bill Nye and Abortion (originally seen on Pharyngula)

A woman should know that she may have as much access to reproductive health care as the primary male in her life will allow.

Reproductive rights strongly resemble the Roberts Court’s handling of the Voting Rights Act. Alabama issues laws to require identification during voting, while simultaneously shutting down the sorts of places one could go to get identification. In predominantly black districts. The Roberts Court declared racism over. I didn’t read the majority opinion, but I’m sure the argument contained wording substantially similar to the following in meaning, “… I mean, come on, one of those people is even President.”

Frontrunners

Trump:

One who can’t be bothered to memorize canned answers for the most softball of questions posed by the “professional toady” class of “journalists” can’t be expected to successfully fulfill any function for which success has not been preordained through a monetary exchange.

Bush, III, (The Revenge?):

Surprisingly, though, “Jeb!” has managed to trip over his own tie midstride while walking down the well marked path to his eventual nomination. It’s rare to see a golden boy that looks so much like he’s about to stumble right off the primrose path and into the thorns.