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In perfect harmony

According to some recent reports, Glenn Beck, self-described super troll, has expressed remorse over the Godwin-themed clown show that enriched him.  I don’t believe him.  Here’s his reaction to the multilingual and multicultural Coca-Cola ad during last Sunday’s Super Bowl: … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Godwins

“Godwin’s Blog” ought to exist (probably does actually).  If it did, hardly an hour would go by without something to write about.  Here’s novelist Danielle Steel’s ex-husband’s letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal comparing criticism of income … Continue reading

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The ad hitlerum manqué

The Nevada Coalition for the Protection of Marriage is my nomination for the first Glenn Beck Award for WTF Analogies.  Just as Glenn Beck recently argued that science education advocate Bill Nye is like the Catholic Church in his rejection … Continue reading

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Thunderbolt and lightning, Very, very frightening me.

Here is Glenn Beck, as self-described rodeo clown, i.e., troll, on Bill Nye the Science Guy’s advocacy of scientific literacy: . . . .Or Bill Nye the Science Guy, who said teaching creationism is just dangerous and not appropriate for … Continue reading

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You can’t do what Jesus can do

Kevin O’Leary, co-host of the “Lang and O’Leary Exchange” on Canadian television, has an interesting argument for why it’s good that the richest 85 families control the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people.   From Talking … Continue reading

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Look for the helpers

Disagreements are scary things sometimes: people yelling, accusing, abusing.  What to do? I recommend turning to Mr.Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. … Continue reading

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Outrageous, egregious, preposterous

I’ve long maintained that there is a fallacy gap between right and left.  Major right-leaning pundits (Will, Krauthammer, Brooks, and the legions of Am Spec bloggers) far exceed left-leaning pundits (Krugman, E.J.Dionne, and who else is there?) in basic philosophy 101-style … Continue reading

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Replace and defend

A follow up on David Brooks’ piece on the inadvisability of marijuana legalization.  Perhaps you’ll recall that Brooks told a very personal tale of his own adolescent adventure with marijuana.  TL;DR: marijuana should remain illegal (also because of nature and … Continue reading

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David Brooks has taken it easy for all of us sinners

John Holbo at Crooked Timber reads David Brooks’ recent column on marijuana and has a request we’ve had for a long time: Why is this interesting? I’ve said it before, and this column is a good example.In US politics, the conservative … Continue reading

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3:AM Magazine

3:AM Magazine has an interview with our own Scott Aikin.  Get it here.  A sample: 3:AM: Your new book is about the social nature and political significance of argument. You see argument as any attempt to think things through, talk things over or … Continue reading

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