The Battle of Bad Ideas, or, Bay of Pig-Heads

The Battle of Bad Ideas, or, Bay of Pig-Heads

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Nov

2011

It is in Ezekiel, near the beginning of God's crazy-old-man period, when he admits that he deliberately gave his followers stupid ideas and made them follow intentionally bogus rules just to make them miserable and remind them who was really in charge.  For all their talk of abortion, homosexuality, and other ancient bugab ...
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The Fatal Difference

The Fatal Difference

21

Nov

2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement drags on, and law enforcement agencies make the foolish but predictable decision to respond to its persistence with violence, a fundamental contradiction begins to make itself known in our political lives.It has always been a basic assumption of even the most partisan political disagreemen ...
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Lot or Not?

Lot or Not?

15

Nov

2011

Now, before we get too far into this, let me clarify something:  I am not arguing that the lottery is, in and of itself, a good investment.  The odds, as everyone should be aware, are extraordinary remote, and the argument that it is a kind of regressive taxation on the poor is a hard one to answer.But here's the thing:  ...
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My Hat, My Cain, Jeeves

My Hat, My Cain, Jeeves

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Nov

2011

It's not that I feel sorry for Herman Cain.  I don't.  He is, after all, a heartless rich asshole who couldn't care less about people like you an me, an intellectual flea who only has one idea and a bad one at that, and very possibly a serial sexual abuser.  But he is also the latest in a long line of dolts who learned t ...
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Poisoned Airports Give You So Much More

Poisoned Airports Give You So Much More

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Nov

2011

I made a fake Muslimgauze song out of found sound tidbits from FreeSound UK.  I think you'll agree it's pretty good, if you ignore its total lack of rhythmic coherence and song structure.01 Jamila Fear of Flying  ...
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Buy It if You Want to Stay Healthy

Buy It if You Want to Stay Healthy

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Nov

2011

Hey, cats and kittens!  My new book, If You Like the Sopranos, is out today!  Your local bookstore is just waiting for you to stop by and pick up a copy; you can also order it online from, among other places, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and the publisher, Limelight Editions.  Get it at once:  here's why.1.  I ...
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