Count this hybrid driver and cyclist as someone who agrees that we should pay in proportion to our road use--though the devil is in the details on how one would combine a hybrid gas/mileage tax; hybrid gas usage varies quite a bit with driving habits. Yes, hybrid drivers are, on the whole better off than those who don't (Just look at the cost of a hybrid). And electric cars make the most sense at present as a household's supplemental car. Finally, if cyclists paid road-use taxes, we might get a little more respect than we do now (though I'm not holding my breath).
Whatever else Davis has done in his life, in this case he's being generous. My own church has welcomed as members guys on Death Row who have committed crimes that turned my stomach, but I supported the welcome. You know what Brown did once; do you know what he is now? Really, Betsy, this is beneath you.
Wow--The Bitter Southerner is new to me. Thanks for the link.
Nice--but wasn't he *German* Catholic?
What I find bemusing about the adulation of Forrest is that it seems to have risen in direct inverse ratio to the fading apotheosis of Robert E. Lee. When I was growing up it was Lee, the Virginia gentleman, the reluctant Rebel, the apostle of postbellum reconciliation, who was the "quintessential Confederate." The Lee cult still runs strong in Virginia, but as Tony Horwitz pointed out in *Confederates in the Attic,* Forrest has been coming on strong in recent years among neo-Confederates.
And, BTW, John, what's the point of reproducing Tate's "Ode"? I've frankly always read it as a devastating critique of the whole Lost Cause tradition, with its worship of futility.
Not to mention the fact that the nation was forged before the Second Great Awakening took place; apparently those deistic Founders didn't have anything to do with it. Or perhaps Fowler's referring to the *First* Great Awakening? Lord knows.
I'd point out that same-sex marriage is *not* about "sexual freedom" anyway; it's precisely about sexual restraint, just as opposite-gender marriage is. The most prominent advocates of same-sex marriage (people like, say, Andrew Sullivan) in fact advocate it on *conservative* grounds: that it grounds sexual relations in mutual commitment rather than pursuing free-floating promiscuity. It's just as "monogamous" (literally, for women) as heterosexual marriage.
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