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Brad Parr cannot understand why Republicans can get away with claiming that morons like Bush make great presidents because they appeal and can relate to ordinary Americans, but decry “empathy” towards such normal Americans from Supreme Court justices.

I genuinely adore Brad.

Collapsible Thinking: Tradition and the Slippery Slope

Collapsible thinking is my term for arguments so ludicrous they collapse under their own weight, without the need to refute them with studies and research and evidence.  Our opponents do lots of collapsible thinking.  Here’s one of my favorites, phrased nicely by a commenter on a conservative website:

If the traditional definition of marriage is changed [...]

More Craziness from Republican Platforms

Those crazy state Republicans officials are at it again. The Montana GOP platform says:

We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

So much wrong with this. You can’t “keep” something illegal that isn’t illegal.  The US Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws, [...]

A Matter of Semantics, Really

There’s such a tiny difference between, “We are luscious,” and “We are lushes.”

Heterosexuals in Our Swimming Pools

Today Will and I placed an order for brand new pool equipment.  I’ve waited for this day for seven years.  But now I have to cancel the order.  I found this on the wholesaler’s website:

My name is Andres [redacted].  My wife, Sandy, and I established Pool & Electrical Products, (PEP), in 1998.

That’s sickening.  Why [...]

With Reporters Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

Thought crime alert!  Thought crime alert!  The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island tried to make bigotry illegal.  According to the Providence Journal, Governor Carcieri just vetoed a bill that would

Add “bigotry and bias” against people based on their “gender identity” to the state’s official list of hate crimes, which, as [Gov. [...]

Collapsible Thinking

I’ve coined a new term, “collapsible thinking,” to describe arguments so bizarre that you don’t need to bring in facts, evidence, or research to debunk them.  They collapse on their own, under the weight of their own nonsense.

Here’s the first entry in the series:

EVERY CIVILIZATION THAT HAS ACCEPTED HOMOSEXUALITY AS NORMAL HAS FAILED.

I pulled that [...]

I've Always Been This Annoying

Some people don’t believe me when I tell just what an extreme nerd I was growing up (and still am, to be frank).  Today I was winnowing out a file drawer and found this evaluationtmy first-grade teacher wrote to my parents.

Well — finally Bobby remembers to raise his hand to talk.  I was so pleased [...]

Thomas Paine

A few quotes from Thomas Paine’s The Crisis, written in the early years of Revolutionary War.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only [...]

Maggie: Gay Marriage Will Destroy American Civilization

File this under “Before they were famous…”

Maggie Gallagher has worked hard to perfect a reasonable, sad-but-sweet persona. I guess in 2003 she wasn’t as worried about hiding her extreme views.

Winning the gay-marriage debate may be hard, but to those of us who witnessed the fall of Communism, despair is inexcusable and irresponsible. Losing this battle [...]