Thursday, July 17, 2008

Netroots Nation In Second Life

It's free.

It's fun.

And you can dance your little political hearts out.
Don't miss Netroots Nation in Second Life.


Come on down, fractured little Democratic Party, come on down to Netroots Nation in SL, listen, talk, interact.

Nice big virtual tent, grounded in civil political passion. Please come -- I'm especially extending an invitation to my sublime fellow pumatopians. Let's work on things out while we tango and swing, virtually speaking. Because why not, eh?



READ THIS PIECE BY MELISSA McEWAN ALL THE WAY TO THE END PLEASE OR THE DEMIURGE WILL KILL OFF UNITY PONY.

My favorite paragraph includes her pointing out that
nothing is quite so effective as using Roe v. Wade as This Issue, thusly reframing the argument from "Vote for the Democrat to get what you want" to "Vote for the Democrat to not lose what you've got."

It's a nasty little bit of blackmail, which fails utterly to take into consideration that the veiled threat of losing legal abortion because of one's uncompromising belief in one's own equality and autonomy is so bitterly ironic that it would be laughable if it were not so profoundly sad.

Instead of demonstrations of commitment to protecting Roe as one among many commitments to the basic feminist principle of women's equality, we are meant instead to be motivated by menace and intimidation.

We're supposed to gleefully hop on board with people who ominously warn that failure to do so will evoke tragedy by our own hands -- and, if we succumb, we find that even asking for basic respect, for sexist words and images and behaviors to not be used, is considered too much, an impertinence.

Yes. What she said.


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(Previously at NBFH: BLUDGEON ME NOT WITH ROVE V. WADE)

4 comments:

Sen. John McCain said...

You've won me over.

Sen. John McCain said...

Whoops. I'm patriotboy. Not McCain. Damn blogger software. Signing it as McCain changes the comment completely, so read "patrotboy" when you see "McCain." Uh, on second thought, don't do that, but you know what I mean.

No Blood for Hubris said...

w00t!

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Off-topic, kinda (but kinda not):

Reuters: Clinton Vows To Fight "Insulting" (B)US(H)Abortion Plan (letters in parentheses added by me):

The former Democratic presidential candidate joined family planning groups to condemn the proposal that defines abortion to include contraception such as birth control pills and intrauterine devices.

It would cut off federal funds to hospitals and states where medical providers are obligated to offer legal abortion and contraception to women.


Wow. Welcome to Walgreens Nation.

The neocons just never stop trying to shove America back to the Dark Ages, do they? I know we can count on Teh Messiah (King Change Version) to vote "present" on Bush's plan. Thank goodness someone's taking an active role against this...

Also off-topic: why is it that Phil Gramm calling us a "nation of whiners" is so outrageous, but calling a block of voters "typical bitter gun-huggin', fundy-freak white people" is considered merely speaking honestly and truthfully?

Oh, wait, silly me. I know the answer. Derp-a-derrrr.