LaVoy Finicum: Folk Hero Patriot, or Suicide By Cop?

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Ha -- If you root for neither team, both sets of fans will hate you.I said some time back I no longer consider myself a liberal, but rather a Rational Centrist. Certainly I've managed to piss off an ample number of liberal-trending people with my jaundiced view of modern feminism, and rejection of those liberal-heartstring-plucking outrage stories (Fort Lauderdale hates the homeless!, etc.) and memes constantly projected at us.But lately I seem to be equally good at pissing off certain … [Read more...]

Warriors Against Tyranny … or Not

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I've thought many times that there should be a Handbook of Sudden Fame and Riches, a little something that would provide needed guidance to child actors, lottery winners and overnight-sensation rock stars. The basic idea of the thing would be "Yeah, this is all great and stuff, but how do you handle it all so as to survive and be sane and successful LATER?"For child actors, one of the lessons would be "This isn't forever. Eventually you'll be less cute, less appealing to that fickle … [Read more...]

The Sly Accusation of Islamophobia

I think we're all making a big mistake in defining "Islamophobia" as "hates Muslims."OF COURSE it's wrong to hate people. But it's not wrong to have serious reservations about a religion, a philosophy or a culture. It's not wrong to judge IDEAS, and to find them wanting.Because there really are inferior cultures and beliefs, cultures that deserve to be hated and stamped out. I grew up in one of them -- a racist Southern culture which insisted that skin color should be the decider for … [Read more...]

Paris.

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There's a storm of media coverage happening, lots of talking heads talking. I'm waiting for information to accumulate, hoping to get some sense of the big picture.I do see the assholes are already blaming Obama for ... whatever. I'm sure there'll be plenty more of that tomorrow.But my initial reaction is ... Damn. Just damn. … [Read more...]

Starbucks, Part Deux: Chasing the Red Dot

Watch the video.The cats are you and I. The guy holding the laser is the media. The red dot is the Starbucks coffee cup story.I'm going to call them Red Dot Stories from now on.They don't mean anything. They're not significant in any way. And yet we still leap excitedly to follow and talk about them. Just like cats, we allow ourselves to be jerked around by that irresistible fascination with the red dot. … [Read more...]

Starbucks Cups: Yeah, Get Angry … Suckah!

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And so the annual "War on Christmas" begins -- the viral claptrap that comes out every year like Christmas lights, earlier and earlier. Here's this year's volley.A number of articles from mainstream news sites -- New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, New York Daily News -- say "some Christians" or "Christian evangelists" take exception to Starbucks' new plain red cups ... but they never actually name the "some Christians" they're talking about. Is it the Catholic Church in all its … [Read more...]


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