Culture-war diaries

Culture-war diaries March 19, 2013

I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.”

“That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and for all Americans.”

“It appears to be just like Promise Keepers, except with beer drinkers and free rulers for measuring things.”

“Jesus called men to preach the gospel, not be stubborn jackasses.”

“The entire plan can be summed up in the words ‘vote Republican.’

“All the resurrection movies use the Bible as source material, but ours will rely more on special effects. … We’ll even show heaven and hell and see what’s going on there.”

“It’s baffling that a government entity thought it was acceptable to take sides on religion and tell people what theological information they can and can’t access.”

No one can have a right to deprive others of their important liberty as a prophylactic means of protecting his own.”

“Barton was familiar enough with the text that he must have read it …” and then deliberately, consciously lied about it. … Barton rakes in millions, has the moral compass of a cockroach, and wants us to believe he has God’™s direct email address.”

This is a government institution, not a secular institution.”

And there are armed gangs roaming around neighborhoods.”

“It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party.”

“There is a lot of rhetoric in the conservative movement about reaching out the mestizo demographic, or reaching out to the homosexuals and blacks. Our question: why not reach out to whites?

“There’s just too much denial, bad faith and comedy there under high pressure for the center to hold. And you can’t tempt the gods of farce on such an epic scale and not have a blow up.”

“He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics – including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our president.”

“All of this is to say don’t be ridiculous, of course Mark Burnett and Roma Downey aren’t trying to say Barack Obama is the Devil, they are just saying all black people are the Devil!

“You opened your heart wide to me — you made me more than a Pastor/Rescuer — you made me your friend your confidant, your beloved.”

“Went to BJU from ’85-’89. Never heard one word about abuse. Only psychos feel ‘abused.'”


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  • I saw the casting of Samson as black to be an attempt to draw a connection to the miscegenation fights in the US, fights, BTW, that most of the people fawning over the show were on the WRONG side of.

  • You must have missed S.M Stirling’s Baen series about the Draka – early 90s or late 80s? They were pure racist war porn.

  • The_L1985

    I like this. I must read this.

  • J_Enigma32

    Oh, i know it’s dystopian. It was designed to be dystopian; the genre is hard science fiction + superhero + dystopian lit, but when you read through it, there are parts that feel downright post-apocalyptic. For instance; just about every building is abandoned and collapsing, or abandoned and falling in on itself. People are struggling to survive, and society either stopped existing or exists at a distance, since it costs so much and nobody can afford it.

  • J_Enigma32

    Thanks! :)

    The genre is a weird mix of hard science fiction + superhero + dystopian lit. The post-apocalyptic influences are a result of me basing the setting largely off of where I live, the Rust Belt, and following libertarian thought processes through to completion (I’m disappointed there aren’t many libertarian dystopias. Maybe it’s because not enough people take it seriously).

    It occurs to me I didn’t specify the time period – reading the novel gives the impression that it’s set in an especially dark 1990s or even 1980s (except for a handful of seemingly anachronistic elements – androids and televisions you paint on walls rather than set on floors are the two biggest). There’s very little mention of computers, cellphones, or other things that we would consider “basics” today, and there’s no discussion of social networking (Renee talks about why she isn’t involved in social networking in some of the earlier drafts for the second book; she was bullied to the point she gave it all up and never looked back), and everything feels old, used, and decayed. The actual year it’s set in is 2041, but it feels modern era (even past era, at some points).

    Good luck on your own writing. It’s a satisfying feeling to know you published something :-)

  • J_Enigma32
  • J_Enigma32

    Another thing – when you publish, if you selfpublish through Lulu like I did, you’ll find that that you don’t get a lot of profits from the dead tree versions of the books. The lionshare of profits come from the ebooks, which don’t cost the company anything to make and open the door for you make something like 50% of the total sales profit.

    I’d avoid anything to do with the new Hydra imprint, though. If you don’t already follow him, John Scalzi discusses a lot about publishing in the industry, so he’s a good source to go to in seeing what is good and what isn’t. Good luck!

  • I read one of those (Drakon, I think it was, with a Draka travelling to a 20th century alternate universe – that is, alternate from the Draka’s timeline, and closer to our own). It was pretty clear the Draka were the bad guys, not the heroes.

  • *Nods* I’ve been following Scalzi after noticing his own publishing. eBook format was where I figured I’d start, although I’ll start doing deep research when it actually looks like it’s going to get done. XD

    It’s kind of excessively ambitious for a first endeavor, but I’m currently sitting on 38,000 words and I’d say I’m maybe 25% of the way done if I decide to cut it short. It’s a labor of love, though. If I didn’t write, I would quickly start going completely mad.

  • Nick Gotts

    Samson the suicide terrorist you mean?

  • arcseconds

    Good candidate for a visit by Frederick Douglass this September, perhaps.