In case you didn’t realize, November is National Novel Writing Month! Basically, you have the first to the 30th to write a 50,000 word novel. No more than that, and it’s a fantastic exercise in your creative writing. Write something, turn it in, see how it goes! Hell, you may even win something. I’m considering writing something too, sorta a humorous spy novel of sorts that’s been tossing around for a long time.

In other news, let’s clear up a few things, especially related to the O’Donnell and Coons debate. I’m not from Delaware nor am I voting there, but I really think we need to put a stop to this incredible disinformation campaign that the tea party types are so very fond of. First off, we have actual footage of her saying that she she dabbled in witchcraft. First off, let me say that I really don’t give a shit – Wicca is one of the more peaceful types of religions out there, if you even really want to call it a religion. It’s much more peaceful and personal focused than both Christianity and Islam, I’ll say that for sure. However, she says that she did dabble in it and did try it – in reality, I find that refreshing, because it means when she was younger she used her mind and experienced things in the world, and rejected what didn’t fit with her beliefs. It wouldn’t be so bad if she just admitted it and said that it didn’t fit. Instead, she has sorta hemmed and hawed, and been pretty damn dishonest as far as I see it.

However, it gets worse. She has gone and tried to twist what her opponent has said in the worst possible way. Just as her issue above is in black and white, so is the actual wording that Coons put out there. This all stems around what they say is him calling himself a “bearded Marxist”. Yep, they distill it down into just that. However, let’s look at what was really said, in the context of a trip to Kenya that he was taking as a college student. He wrote this in the opinion column for May 23rd, 1985 in The Amherst Student, his college newspaper at the time:

I spent the spring of my junior year in Africa on the St. Lawrence Kenya Study Program. Going to Kenya was one of the few real decisions I have made; my friends, family, and professors all advised against it, but I went anyway. My friends now joke that something about Kenya, maybe the strange diet, or the tropical sun, changed my personality; Africa to them seems a catalytic converter that takes in clean-shaven, clear-thinking Americans and sends back bearded Marxists.

The point that others ignore is that I was ready to change. Experiences at Amherst my first two years made me skeptical and uncomfortable with Republicanism, enough so that I wanted to see the Third World for myself to get some perspective on my beliefs.

The bolded parts are mine – this is what the Conservative side has decided to put forward as true. Of course, they snipped even a lot of that out, sticking instead with the “Bearded Marxists” part near the end, and lumping that in with the title of the story, which was “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist”. I guess in some insane leap of logic that could be twisted together to seem to sound as if “HEY HE’S A FUCKING MARXIST!”

So, in essence, what I want to get at again is that people need to independently verify things for themselves. This shit on the media just isn’t completely true, and needs to be researched. Do yourself a favor and learn the whole side of a story, it makes you that more intelligent when you try to discuss it with someone who actually does give a damn.

Colbert wants you to fact check your sources!