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Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 31 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Happy New Year’s Eve, my darlings. If I wasn’t at work, we’d do something a little special for the last Happy Hour of 2008, but as it is, we’ll just have to content ourselves with the usual parade of idiocy. For a change, let’s start out with a little …

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Dec 31 2008

I’ve Gots ‘Splaining To Do

Regulars to the cantina have probably noticed a rather abrupt falling off in volume lately. There’s a reason for that. I’ve just been too busy to ‘splain. Writing fiction again, you see. My Christmas tradition for these many years has been to shut out the rest of the world and put the extra day or …

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Dec 31 2008

Pardon Me – Your Logical Fallacy is Flapping in the Wind

I don’t usually filch from PZ because I figure most of you have already been over to Pharyngula, but this little gem of a logical fallacy needs to be set like a solitaire. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Rep. Mark Souder: I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society …

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Dec 31 2008

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Biting Israel’s Butt

You’d think that Bush’s Global War on Terror having turned in to the greatest single recruiting tool for al Qaeda would’ve given other world leaders a bit of a clue. Alas, stupidity knows no borders: Benjamin Netanyahu was on CNN today saying “We’ll have to bring down the Hamas regime.” And how’s that going, Ben? …

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Dec 30 2008

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards VIII: To Boldly Go

The HMS Elitist Bastard leaves the high seas for deep space over at Submitted to a Candid World. Captain Ames helms the ship as we explore strange new worlds, seek out ignorance, and then blast it into oblivion with phasers set to “vaporize.” The only question remaining unanswered: how good is Ames at the Picard …

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Dec 30 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. If there wasn’t so much Con stupidity happening today, I’d highlight Blagojevich’s supreme fucknuttery. As it is, should you want to have fun laughing at his expense, see here and here. I have some Con bottoms to spank. Allow me to start with John Bolton, who is one of …

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Dec 30 2008

A Bloody, Horrible Mess

I’ve wanted to blog on Gaza, but it’s impossible to know where to begin. I have sympathies on both sides: I don’t expect Israel to just absorb missiles without responding, but I don’t expect Palestinians to blithely accept being starved, either. It’s one of those tragedies with no clear right or wrong, no spotless heroes, …

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Dec 30 2008

Playing Into Terrorists’ Hands

I’ve had Thoughts over the past several years. I’d see some group do something outrageously evil, I’d watch leaders get all vengeance-minded on their asses, and I’d think, “That’s exactly what the terrorists wanted you to do, dumbshit.” It appears I’m not the only person who’s been having such thoughts: As Stirling pointed out earlier …

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Dec 30 2008

The Long View Myth Gets Smacked Down

I love Digby. She’s got a special gift for absolutely eviscerating stupid wingnut fantasies: Condi Rice and Laura Bush are insisting that the administration will be vindicated by history for all the wonderful work it has done around the world. Rice, especially, is intent upon making the case that if the world gets better some …

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Dec 29 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Bush’s priorities: In an effort to “prevent Palestinians from attacking towns in southern Israel” with rockets, Israel today undertook its third day of offensive military airstrikes in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, raising the death toll to more than 300. The Palestinian casualty numbers have been described as the …

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