Tag Archives: nut-picking

Mixed nuts

  This post at Talking Points Memo is pretty much the essence of nut picking.  A taste: Republican politicians have tried to pay homage on Facebook to the late Nelson Mandela since his death on Thursday, but many of their … Continue reading

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Guns & Ammo

Dick Metcalf, an editor at Guns & Ammo of all places, argued in an editorial for the fairly obvious (well, at least to most people) claim that even constitutionally guaranteed rights–such the rights to freedom of religion and to a well-regulated … Continue reading

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Nut picking

Nut picking is a variety of straw man fallacy where one selects the looniest advocates of a position as representative of the best or the majority of the opposition.  Fear of nut picking often leads to iron manning–purposely ignoring the … Continue reading

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Daily Show on Nutpicking

Watch at this link for a fun back-and-forth between Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly on the argumentum ad Hitlerum.  TL;DR for O'Reilly, his Nazi invocation (about "the left") is just fine because his assistants found an anonymous commenter at a … Continue reading

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More nutpicking

Here's an almost definitional instance of nutpicking: 'NUTPICKING' HASN'T GONE AWAY…. I'd hoped we were past this. Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported news that a Muslim cab driver in New York City had been assaulted by a passenger simply because of his … Continue reading

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Nut Picking

I love meta commentary–that's why it's so much fun to read George Will and Charles Krauthammer–that's what they do: they make (usally wrong) observations on the logic of argument.  Well, at least someone is doing it.  For this reason I was glad … Continue reading

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Write trash

It's hard to have a conversation when some people don't follow the rules.  If your conversation is about, say, which things ought a rational person assent to, then indeed there are certain rules.  One can disagree about these rules, but … Continue reading

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