Daily Hilarity: Bill Maher On The Founding Fathers Vs. The Tea Party

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Sickening Hypocrisy: Tweets Wishing Violent Death Upon Sarah Palin

A tip for ending cycles of immorality: never let your moral condemnations themselves be morally condemnable. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Indifference To The Facts Of The Case

Ross Douthat argues that normally an attempted political assassination would have political benefits for the party of the target because of a “rally-round-the-flag” effect but that the left is squandering any of that potential good will with its reaction: violence against elected officials tends to benefit whichever party seems to be targeted —except in cases [Read More...]

Sullivan Sums Up Palin

I cannot resist reproducing Andrew Sullivan’s post in full, since it so well encapsulates my response to Palin’s speech this morning: The leader of the GOP base has told us a lot today. She has told us two things. She can see absolutely nothing awry in the inflammatory and violent rhetoric she and others have deployed [Read More...]

Denouncing Political Rhetoric Which Is Indistinguishable From The Manifestos Of Paranoid Madmen

Jon Stewart’s remarks about Tucson two nights ago were poignant, conciliatory, honest, humble, and insightful: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Here he hits the nail on the head: I do think it is a worthwhile goal not to conflate our political opponents with enemies, if for [Read More...]

Sarah Speaks

Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Pope’s Weaselly Excuses For Church Child Abuse In The ’70s

On Christmas, the Pope Benedict XVI tried, pathetically, to minimize the Church’s responsibility for the pedophilia scandals: Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s. In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, [Read More...]

A Compendium Of Important Links About Tucson And About Political Rhetoric

There is a wealth of stuff out there worth boning up on. This story explains that Giffords is not the only of Palin’s crosshaired candidates to receive vandalism or death threats. Here is a timeline of two and a half years of disturbing, political, gun related statements and behavior coming from the right wing. Bryce [Read More...]

Moral Luck, Sarah Palin, And The “Targeting” Of Gabrielle Giffords

Contrary to first impressions, it does not seem at this point that Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and nineteen other people was directly inspired by the Tea Party movement or by Sarah Palin. What has dribbled out so far about Loughner’s ideas seems closest to anarchism in ideology and there are amateur diagnoses [Read More...]


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