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Conservativeface

I’ve encountered a fair number of people who do not understand satire (some of them here).  For them, satire is just a sneaky way of straw manning someone–only to say “I’m kidding, jeez” at the end of it, as if … Continue reading

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Million-dollar man

Students of Critical Thinking 101 know (or ought to know) that not all instances of the tu quoque are fallacious.  After all, someone’s hypocrisy on an issue is relevant insofar as it reveals that her proposal is insincere or too … Continue reading

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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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Salarywoman

As we’ve argued here many times before, not all charges of hypocrisy are logically vicious.  Someone’s hypocrisy might be evidence that her view is too difficult to enact (like Newt Gingrich’s conception of traditional marriage) or, more importantly, that she’s logically incompetent.  Here is … Continue reading

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Dig if you will a picture

From TPM here an obvious point to all of you I'm sure, but it bears repeating over and over again: Imagine for a moment a different kind of investigation. What sort of security failures were involved in letting a US Ambassador get … Continue reading

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Precise, clear, passionate, and false.

A commenter (John Small Berries) asked if we were going to comment on the Republican National Convention.  The answer is no.  So here's a comment on the RNC.  Ripped from the headlines this morning (via Eschaton via TPM), here is the following exchange between … Continue reading

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