Voice in the Wind: Does Julia Even Have Free Will?

Calabah isn’t just arranging Julia’s next marriage. Calabah is arranging for Julia to marry a man she has to know is abusive. Calabah has know Caius for a long time. She and Caius have been lovers. Remember her comment to Caius that “what excites you doesn’t excite me”? She knows.

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What the GOP’s “Listening to America” Poll Reveals about the Republican Party

You can learn a lot about an organization from the questions it asks in polls—in this case, we’re talking about the Republican Party. The GOP is conducting an online poll they’re calling “Listening to America”—a poll that also gives us a snapshot of the Republican Party’s current goals, viewpoints, and priorities.

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The New Face of Racism in “Colorblind” America

I grew up hearing two things about race—first, that my (white) community was “colorblind” and did not see race, and second, that black people who succeeded and achieve likely did so only because of affirmative action. Even my parents told me that color did not matter, that we did not “see” race, my father simultaneously disparaged a black colleague, insisting that she was incompetent and had surely only got the job because of affirmative action.

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Texas’ SB 3 and the Death of Small Government Conservatism

The entire point of section (b) of Texas’ Senate Bill 3 is to limit the autonomy and self-governance of local governments and school districts. Senate Bill 3 is not about local control or small government; it is about curbing local control and expanding the reach and invasiveness of the state legislature.

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Is the Ark Encounter For-Profit or Non-Profit? It Depends on the Taxes.

As a teen, I listened to Ken Ham speak, read Answers magazine, and visited the Creation Museum. I was a huge fan of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization that shaped my understanding of both science and the Bible. At some point I came to the conclusion that young earth creationism was pseudoscience. That realization was painful, but it’s only one part of my disillusion.

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Lesbian Duplex 130: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post.

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Saturday Link Love: Guns, Sex, and Gender

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Voice in the Wind: Bitten at Both Ends

Phoebe agrees to suggest that Decimus shorten Julia’s mourning time, and Marcus suggests that Phoebe place certain limits on who Julia can associate with. In theory, Marcus stands up for Julia, but in practice, he’s just as interested in putting limits on her as Decimus and Phoebe—just different limits.

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No, Complaints Do Not Typically Get Officers Fired

Jihad Watch insists that a non-Muslim officer would have been fired if they had, like him, had three complaints lodged against them in two years. Um, no. That is not how this works. Officers are very rarely even disciplined over a complaint, much less fired—and that is the problem.

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The Creationist Giraffe

I was fascinated by this nerve when I first learned about it in college. This was never mentioned in any of the creationist literature I had read. Creationist literature holds up creatures like the giraffe to point to “evidence for design” while leaving out evidence for poor design.

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