In today's NY Times Book Review, Robert E. Lee is quoted as saying, "It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it." Is it a coincidence that the people that rush us into wars never served and that the people that have a more nuanced approach to war all did? I think not. Check this website for a list of prominent Republicans and Democrats who served our country and who didn't. It is terribly depressing.
If you have HBO and you haven't watched "Last Letters Home", you really should. Of course, many people are criticizing the inappropriateness of airing the show during war time. God forbid the American public should be able to see the pain of the families who have lost loved ones. The NY Times also published many last letters from soldiers last week.
As always, Middle Musings sums up the hypocrisy quite nicely. Read her 11-11 entry. Wisdom Weasel also brings up some good points in this entry.
And then read this scary article from yesterday's NY Times about how the same-sex marriage ban has divided the town of Granville, Ohio. I think that the quote below from Marla Krak sums up the way a lot of people feel in this country and it blows me away.
For members of the more conservative religious community, the passage of Issue 1 was met with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that their faith-oriented beliefs were shared by many. Some saw it as an important corrective to what they perceived as the news media's "normalizing" of gay relationships.
"Many Democrats I know are fearful about the economy, but I feel that if you go back to the basics, things will fix themselves," said Marla Krak, a mother of three who said she believed that homosexuality was a choice.
Who needs The Onion when you've got people like Marla Krak? So there we have it: No sodomy = good economy!