Well, nothing published yesterday and no photo today. Sometimes I have to work on my side jobs--making a living and tending to the people in my life. They don't understand that I've got a blog to get out and deadlines to meet. If I'm not careful, some ambitious whipper-snapper like Andrew Sullivan will blow right by me and take all of my readers with him.
Speaking of Andrew Sullivan, at the top of his front page there is a post about bombings at the opening of the Out Games in Copenhagen. Is it reasonable to assume that the perpetrators are Muslims or skinheads? Maybe. It could also be the work of freelance hooligans. Sullivan wrote just a few days ago about some P-town locals beating the tar out of a friend of his shortly after the friend left a bar to walk home.
That, by the way, is what the term "gay bashing" means. It refers to literally beating someone up because they're gay. Regrettably, the word "bashing" has been co-opted by a subset of Christians who describe any verbal denigration of Christians or Christianity as "Christian bashing."
I don't believe that the sliding of meaning is accidental in this case.
A few years ago, when people like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly began to routinely refer to criticism of Christians as "Christian bashing," they fully intended to suggest moral equivalence between verbal criticism of Christians and (sometimes fatal) beatings of gays. It is a despicable comparison. There is neither legal nor moral equivalence between gay bashing and so-called Christian bashing. Moreover, this is exactly the sort of nonsense that invites the very ridicule that is falsely labeled as Christian bashing.
Brayton on Gates
As the furor over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates has grown, I have repeatedly offered one simple opinion: it is no more illegal to yell at and insult a police officer than it is to yell at or insult any other citizen. The mere fact that they have the power to arrest you does not mean they can legitimately arrest you for doing something that is legal if done to anyone else. That's why I don't really care what Gates may have said to the cop at his house.
Brayton goes on to quote from a relevant legal opinion written by conservative federal jurist Alex Kozinski. There is nothing equivocal about this: insulting, swearing at or otherwise raving critically at a cop is legally protected speech--it is not disturbing the peace. Inflicting narcissistic injury on a police officer or anyone else is not a crime in America. Even Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News fame agrees on this.
Okay, time for your Dutch uncle to go back to his room so that Dr. X can reclaim his blog and finish this posting.
I'm actually writing from a local cafe. Today, Bill Savage (an elder brother of Dan) is holding office hours at a nearby table--a summer class, I guess. Bill is an English professor at NU and an expert in many things including, but not limited to, baseball and Chicago writers.
Loads of interesting people frequent this place. It's a great spot to work on reports (or the blog) or have a good conversation with someone who knows much more than I know about some interesting subject. There is almost always someone here who writes guest editorials for the Times, or someone who has appeared on Nightline, Charlie Rose or some PBS program. Garry Wills was a regular here for years, but he moved down the street to a Starbucks.
Yes, I am name-dropping. I was thinking I might turn this blog into a Kup's column or a Sneedlings (Page Six in New York-ese). I read that Gawker has become a money machine, but I'm afraid we don't see the right kind of celebrity around this cafe. Now, there is a bar down the road where I once shot some 8-ball with John Cusack. Sister Joan was there, too. She seemed a bit sulky that evening, but I still don't think that's the kind of scandalous material required for a money-making, celebrity gossip blog.
Well, we're just about out of free time here, so I bid you farewell.
Kathleen Parker with some grown up thoughts about Gates and Crowley--why it matters, why we're still talking about it and why a round of beers is the right thing to do.