– Did you know that Austin has a drive-in theater? It’s pretty cool, and they’re trying to raise money to make some improvements.
– Top 10 Silly but Awesome Products That Make Life Easier – there’s some neat stuff in there!
– Republicans Finally Admit Why They Really Hate Obamacare – I did think it was interesting how a lot of arguments against Obamacare were essentially “it won’t work”. Now that it seems to be working, the arguments are more of the form “I don’t think the government should be doing this” – which, to be clear, is a perfectly valid argument! But now we’re getting to the crux of the matter…
– Hobby Lobby Is Only the Beginning – good editorial from the New York Times. For those who thought this would only apply to contraception, see: Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order. From a comment I posted on Facebook:
It is a tricky case. I think that some of the unhappiness with the decision from the liberal side (myself included 🙂 ) comes from two places:
1) It seems to me that the argument that a business shouldn’t be forced to “support” things that are against their religion could apply to lots of other things. What about hiring LGBT people – isn’t that supporting a sinful lifestyle? Or serving interracial couples?
2) to me, “being forced to spend money on something” doesn’t rise to the level of “supporting” it. My tax dollars go to support lots of things that I don’t like, but I don’t get to pick and choose what programs my money funds. I understand this isn’t directly equivalent to the Hobby Lobby case, but it rubs me the wrong way.
Anyway, like I said, it’s tricky and I realize there are good arguments on the other side too…
– Two players from the Japanese national soccer team try to score against 55 kids – pretty interesting to watch! I also enjoyed the comments from the linked article about how good professional sportsters are, even if they look terrible by comparison to other professionals.
– This is a good sign how long I’ve been holding on to links, but: Tim Howard saving things!
– Masters of Love – I’ve read one of John Gottman’s books, but a refresher on what seems to make relationships work is always nice!