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I plan to jump back on this site after I get the holidays are behind us. I’ve recently been entrenched with the aforementioned “War and Peace,” and now, I’m reading a book titled, “Nixon’s Piano,” in which Kenneth O’Reilly traces the track record of each United States president on the topic of race and how few presidents moved race relations and civil rights forward. Rather, the large majority either did all they could to ignore the problem, thus passing the buck to successors or used blacks and other minorities to secure the Southern vote. Of course, numerous early presidents from Washington to Adams to Jefferson knew the peculiar institution was unsustainable in the long run but again, deferred to later generations to actually enact meaningful change. Reluctantly, Lincoln was the man that conclusively ended slavery, but what he couldn’t end was racism, and blacks and other groups would wait another century-plus before Martin Luther King Jr., and other members of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement finally broke the chains of segregation and Jim Crow.
It’s an enticing read, and I would like to read O’Reilly’s other book on race, “Racial Matters: The FBIs Secret File on Black America” in the future.
Needless to say, I typically either spend the bulk of my free time writing and researching for this site or reading and/or playing video games like the 33-year-old teenager that I am.
That said, and in the spirit of annual, year-ending “Best of …” lists, here are 20 of what I consider to be my top blog posts for 2010. In no particular order:
- Jan. 13 — Haitians condemned — classy, Robertson: In light of another natural disaster, Robertson toes the Jerry Falwell line of thinking and blames people, not natural forces, for the Haiti earthquake. God 55, Humans 0.
- Feb. 25 — Talk radio echo chamber claptrap: Michael Savage gets it wrong … again.
- March 21 — Historic legislation well on its way: The most sweeping health reform bill in nearly half a century passes without a single Republican vote. Thirty-two million formerly uninsured patients will be able to get themselves checked out. Insurance companies can no longer deny sick people because of preexisting conditions. Republicans still looking for some kind of human pulse.
- March 17 — In response to Tea, Coffee parties, Kool-Aid Party emerges: In the great spirit of The Onion, I penned this faux-news piece about the newest beverage-inspired political parties. Hopefully, I can do more of this type of thing in the future.
- May 15th — 12-year-old deftly covering Lady Gaga; pop and nothingness: Greyson Chance puts some feeling behind an otherwise lifeless pop song.
- May 10th — Dave Matthews, philosophy and the GrooGrux King: The Dave Matthews Band had something to say about life and death in their latest album, a tribute to their fallen comrade, LeRoi Moore.
- June 19th — Federal suit against Arizona forthcoming: Arizona attempts to skirt federal immigration law, and the Constitution couldn’t be clearer on the matter.
- July 16th — Some reflections from New England: Thoughts from the road during my summer trip to Boston, New York and Connecticut. I will possibly have at least two similar posts next year because of an extra week of vacation.
- July 28th — Federal judge makes ruling on Arizona bill: As it turns out, a federal judge has the ability to read the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
- Aug. 26th — Movie review: ‘Doubt‘: I don’t review movies very often, but this was one of the more interesting films I’ve seen this year. The movie explores the (special?) relationship between a Catholic priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and a schoolboy.
- Aug. 11th — Response to Apologetics IV: miracles: This is one in a series on a Christian apologetic book I read a few months ago. It’s dubbed as a handy guide for Christians to be able to thwart arguments against the Christian faith. It supplies most or all of the stock arguments for faith. I, in turn, thwart some of its more intricate “proofs.”
Sept. 1 — Open letter on problem of evil, my response: A college philosophy graduate pens an open letter to Christians regarding the problem of evil. I reply.
- Sept. 11 — NYC: two towers down but still in the game: Reflections on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
- Sept. 24th — Colbert: ‘I like talking about people who don’t have any power’: In one of the more fascinating moments on Capitol Hill, comic Stephen Colbert breaks character during a hearing on immigrant labor conditions after spending a day in the fields himself.
- Oct. 6 — More battles over textbook curriculum: Texas Board of Education’s conservative spin on science curriculum.
- Oct. 11 — Apologetics VII: immortality and consciousness: Another in the apologetics series.
- Oct. 13 — Apologetics VIII: heaven, hell, free will: And another.
- Oct. 30 — Mark Levin: ‘Trust me.’ Sure.: More nonsense from another neocon radio host.
- Nov. 30 — Vick: flying high amid, in spite of critics: Having clawed himself out of the public doghouse, the Eagles quarterback may be Super Bowl bound.
- Dec. 7 — Noah’s Ark, the 21st century version: Theme park creators take it to a biblical level.
Hastings, Neb. — In a bold move, and in continuing with beverage-inspired movements sweeping the country, a grassroots body of concerned residents has begun meeting across the country as part of The Kool-Aid Party, which touts itself as a colorful and fruit-filled alternative to the blander, and oftentimes, sugarless Tea and Coffee parties.
Dubbed the Party of Cool, The Kool-Aid Party met for the first time this Saturday in homes across the country in groups of five or six.
“The Tea and Coffee parties are sugarless alternatives, bro,” said 19-year-old Mark Windsor. “We’re the real deal. The government and Lipton and Starbucks have gone too far.”
Party supporters typically met for about 10 minutes in some 2,500 residences to sip the sweet nectar of Kool-Aid and talk about their dismay for government spending gone wild.
The Kool-Aid Man, apparently equally disgruntled by wasteful government spending and the sudden upsurge of coffee and tea consumption, crashed through the dining room wall of one supporters’ home here in Hastings, screaming, “Oh yeah! Kool-Aid to the rescue!”
“Like, man, you know, I’ve always been about promoting having fun and drinking tasty beverages,” the Kool-Aid Man said as he brushed off chunks of brick from his blue jean shorts. “But, you know, like, this is about more than just promoting drinks at this point. The Kool-Aid Man has had enough of government intervention into my fans’ lives. It’s time to stand up and break walls and be cool to one another … you know what I mean, bro, like, governmentally?”
Sally Gunter, who owns the Hastings home with her husband John, said she was encouraged by Kool-Aid Man’s enthusiasm, but wondered how she was going to afford rebuilding her wall.
“I mean, my husband was laid off last Tuesday, so we’re kind of in a rut,” Gunter said. “I work at a local school here in town, but that’s only going to pay the immediate bills. That’s one reason why we wanted to get involved. The economy is in such bad shape; we felt like we needed to find our voice. But it gets pretty cold here in Hastings at night.”
Kool-Aid Man didn’t seem to have immediate answers for the Gunter family.
“Oh yeah! I can get them some of that free Kool-Aid nectar, but about the wall, oh man!” Kool-Aid Man said, as he scratched his glass handle in bewilderment. “The commercial producers always paid for the property damage.”