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Trump & Republican Party Today

August 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Trump brings together aggression and narcissism with a kind of militant ignorance which can be harmless or even amusing in the make believe world of reality TV or New York real estate but becomes positively dangerous on a national and global stage, thrashing about like a hose spewing fire. As Will Saletan memorably put it, the GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord. On his own Trump is simply a bracing case study in abnormal psychology. But he didn’t shoot to within reach of the most powerful office in the world by happenstance. He is the product of a political and cultural breakdown on the American right, a swaggering reductio ad absurdum of every breach and breakdown and violation of extra-statutory norms we’ve seen over the last two or three decades.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/making-sense-of-the-conflagration

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American Sharia

July 30th, 2016 Comments off

This is from the Republican platform:

We are the party of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration sets forth the fundamental precepts of American government: That God bestows certain inalienable rights on every individual, thus producing human equality; that government exists first and foremost to protect those inalienable rights; that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights; and that if God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail; that there is a moral law recognized as “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”; and that American government is to operate with the consent of the governed.

This is almost a perfect description of sharia law I’ve read — it’s just Allah missing, replaced by God. Here’s a passage from the Constitution of Iran:

•    1.the One God (as stated in the phrase “There is no god except Allah”), His exclusive sovereignty and the right to legislate, and the necessity of submission to His commands;
•    2.Divine revelation and its fundamental role in setting forth the laws;…

 

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Hanlon’s Razor

June 20th, 2016 Comments off

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

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A Crime Against America

June 6th, 2016 Comments off

Trump’s success thus far appears, it is true, to contradict this but the other, greater, more important truth is that his candidacy is much worse than a mere blunder; it is a kind of crime against the idea of America itself. A refutation of the ideas that, in their better moments, built the United States. Those ideas, those ideals, have often been compromised or otherwise corrupted but they still, at some fundamental level, meant something. Trump spits on all of that. No more Emma Lazarus here. Nhttp://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/every-honest-and-decent-person-must-hope-hillary-clinton-wins-this-presidential-election/o more shining city on a hill. No more anything.

The Spectator

 

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Guns

May 21st, 2016 Comments off

The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership

Guns are more likely to do harm than good.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/defensive-gun-ownership-myth-114262?o=0

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Correlation vs Causation

April 11th, 2016 Comments off

Correlation does not imply causation” is a phrase used in statistics to emphasize that a correlation between two variables does not imply that one causes the other. Many statistical tests calculate correlation between variables.

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Adam Smith Triumphant Still

April 10th, 2016 Comments off

“Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”

–Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

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Oops! Here We Go Again

April 1st, 2016 Comments off

SC Secessionist Party to raise Confederate flag at State House in July

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/#storylink=cpy
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Neat Metamorphosis Tricks Department

March 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Teen charged with attempted murder after turning self into Richland County Sheriff

The State, Columbia, SC

 

 

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Voter Fraud and Fairies

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

“Voter fraud is rampant” — it’s the hoariest claim of proponents of voter-ID laws, and the most untrue. As the evidence has shown over and over and over and over and over, there is no voter-impersonation fraud — the only type of fraud that such laws purport to combat.

In 2014, Justin Levitt, an election-law scholar at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, catalogued every instance of voter-impersonation fraud he could find in any election since 2000 — not just prosecutions, but even vaguely credible allegations. He found 31 — over a period in which Americans cast about 1 billion votes in federal, state and local elections.

NYTimes

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