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Two sides to the story? Nah.

04/14/2011

Here’s a quasi-cute and pretty amusing 90-second video featuring two squabbling babies, courtesy of Americans for Peace Now.

Let me say that I’m feeling grateful for this laugh.  First, it captures with perfection some real life conversations I’ve had, both in tone & volume. Second, a laugh – no matter how cheap – is always good after a rough few weeks in truth-land.

To wit: Senator Jon Kyl, in an official statement — You don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. When it was pointed out to the Senator’s staff that abortion only accounts for 3% of PP services, they declared that IT WASN’T MEANT TO BE A FACTUAL STATEMENT. Oh, that explains it.

To wit: The bruha-ha over Richard Goldstone (if you haven’t a clue about what I speak, just skip to the next point). Couple of weeks ago, Goldstone had an op-ed in the Washington Post admitting that if had access to information from the Israeli military (which they refused to provide, oh by the way) about the 2008-09 Gaza war, he would not have suggested that Israel intentionally targeted civilians as a matter of policy. Immediately, the spinning began. We’re 100% innocent of any wrong-doing! Forget about the white phosphorus! The 750 civilians killed! The 3500 homes destroyed! We’re better than those bastards in Hamas! (Point taken on this last piece: Hamas does deliberately target civilians as a matter of policy and that, as far as I can tell, is a war crime.) So many words used on constructing a new version of the “truth” and so little spent on getting at the facts, the cold hard facts.

To wit: Donald Trump. He’s running for president. I’d like to talk about his hair, but he’s talk talk talking about President Obama’s foreign birth. Check out his latest claim about Obama’s grandmother. It scored him points in the recent polls of likely Republican voters.

To wit: Here in bucolic Indiana, the state Legislature is considering a bill requiring abortion providers to tell women that “the baby” (not the fetus) is a viable, living being, that life begins at conception, and that scientific evidence reveals the unborn child will likely experience significant pain during the abortion at or before 20 weeks of pregnancy. They took out the requirement that doctors tell women that abortion causes higher rates of infertility and breast cancer (neither of which, by the by, is true; but then, the rest of it is wildly subjective as well).

To wit: The redistricting of Indiana, which will result in Democratic voters being disenfranchised no matter where they live (except, perhaps, Indianapolis). Our socialist town of Bloomington will be split in 3 for purposes of voting, thus ensuring that those who see a different truth than the Republican redistricters will have no voice.

Okay, I’m done. And vaguely depressed. And not looking forward to the demonstrations on April 15th proclaiming opposition to all taxes (as if schools & roads & food inspection will all drop from the sky free of charge). Which brings me back to our widespread inability to stick to the truth when it’s inconvenient (sorry, Al) or avoid making up stuff at the drop of a hat or hold opposing viewpoints with respect or admit that we’re operating on belief & not fact. Myself included, though not as obviously as the above.

Ah, that cute video. I’m going to watch it again.

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