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Joe Biden Wishes that Republicans followed their Leaders like Sheep

“There isn’t a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.” — Vice President Joseph [...]

George Washington Was Wrong (Religiosity, Felicity and Prosperity)

The following declaration issues forth from the Baptist church in South Somerville, Maine:

George Washington never actually said these exact words in 1789 or at any other time. What Washington actually said, in his 1789 Inaugural Address, was this:

“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country [...]

Debbie Schlussel Declares that Pete Seeger Has Gone to Hell and was the “Halal” Muslim Type. Moral High Ground?

Debbie Schlussel on Pete Seeger’s death:

It’s yet more proof of Billy Joel’s trademark song, “Only the Good Die Young,” as Pete Seeger is dead at age 94…. The only surprise for me about this stale refugee from the folk/hippie/yippie crowd is that he did not convert to Islam. He was definitely a halal granola [...]

New Frontier in Weather Science Emerges, Thanks to Anti-Gay Politico?

A tip of the pen to Fred Clark for bringing my attention to the hubbub surrounding the recent declaration by UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician David Silvester that massive flooding in the UK was a direct consequence of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

Reaction to this claim includes the usual outrage, [...]

Cabalicious Sex Plans

The traditional, divinely-endorsed form of marriage that we all can agree upon is the union between a man and a woman, just in order to make babies – this is what right activists say, at least. But then, reality confronts their vision of a unified, restrictive marriage state. The majority of Americans actually support the [...]

Good Mourning

Memento mori. Do what you can in the time that remains.

Cheap Gray Paste

My son Noah was given an assignment today in his eighth grade Family & Consumer Science class. He tells the story:

We had to draw a stick figure and list next to it the qualities of the best employee. Instead of writing the qualities I was supposed to write, like ‘is hard-working, organized, works well [...]

Gosh-Darned Racist Corporate America

There we go reifying arbitrary distinctions again. If you look closely, it’s all different shades of brown.

Roosevelt the Ass

This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]

Cheating Cheaters and the Cheaters who Cheat Them

Now that it’s possible to complete an entire college degree online, and with the rise of for-profit “universities” that don’t bother to proctor online exams, dozens of websites are offering to do absolutely all the classwork for lazy, incompetent and morally damaged students. Why study at all when you can lay down $800 to have [...]

Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

Which will you believe?

Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:

Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events [...]