culture wars

Broadly, conservatism vs progressives / social liberties vs authoritarianism / social justice vs elitist marginalisation.

Hepburn and Mephistopheles

…is the title of an essay, actually an obituary, that I came across while searching out some images of the estimable hoyden-about-town Katherine Hepburn. Oh. My. Spag. Just read the caption in the obituary for this photo below, which is… Read More ›

Boycotting the Devine boo-hiss M.

Fuck Miranda Devine. I will no longer read or link to any column the shrill harpy writes. To understand why she has finally reached my fuck-off threshold, read this smack-down of her recent column on Cyclone Larry victims.(hat-tip to Crikey!)… Read More ›

Babies, black dogs and benefits

Well now, isn’t this study an interesting bookend with the New Zealand study that caused a press stir a few months ago when it showed a correlation between mental illness and abortion of pregnancy. An Australian study has shown that… Read More ›

Get Up, yer whingers

Thanks to Susoz, I now know we have an Australian netroots progressive activism group a la MoveOn.org in the States, which is Get Up! MoveOn did some credible work in fundraising and lobbying at the last US election. It will… Read More ›

Tragedy of the Closet

There’s been a lot of ink and electrons devoted to Brokeback Mountain, but here’s what I think is the best review (major plot spoilers alert)- An Affair to Remember from the New York Review of Books’ Daniel Mendelsohn, pointing out… Read More ›

417 – this is sport?

There’s a lot that can be said about the Cheney shooting incident, but this is the one point that just keeps on making me say “huh?” The quail that Cheney’s party were shooting were pen raised, with no natural survival… Read More ›

So, am I a prophet?

Having blogged aboutabortionrightsrather a lot,I’m glad that Tony Abbott no longer has veto power over the importation of RU486. Back in November, I blogged that I doubted the Australian Parliament voting for a more pro-choice position on RU486 against John… Read More ›

Be vewwy vewwy qwiet…

Keep up to date with Firedoglake – pretty much live-blogging the unfolding Cheney croney-shoot scandal. Image from Firedoglake For extra-chewy goodness, Amanda at Pandagon argues persuasively against another blogger’s premise that conservativism is about limited government.