Appalling results from a small study of college men highlight a public safety emergency

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First, let’s be clear — this is a single study from a single location with a tiny sample size. I mention this not as a criticism of the study, but because it’s something I’ve been repeating over and over to try to reassure myself that maybe the world isn’t as horrible as this study seems [Read More...]

Rich people have been pretending to be stupid for so long that they’ve actually become stupid

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This study from the Pew Research Center demonstrates that a majority of America’s wealthiest residents are appallingly lacking in not just compassion, but facts, education, intelligence and curiosity. Or, to put it more directly, this study shows that a majority of the wealthiest Americans are ignorant, stupid and dull. The wealthy are not simply hard-hearted. They’re thick-headed. [Read more...]

Please forgive me for the actions of extremists I have never met who commit acts of violence that I have never advocated

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I denounce this attack by a white, male Baptist, and I state unequivocally that we white male Baptists do not all believe in this kind of violent extremism. I beg you all not to condemn all of us for the actions of this lone member of our community, although of course I will understand if you decide that you must do so and will humbly accept whatever restrictions on our full participation in society that you see fit to impose. That’s only fair. [Read more...]

Cops behaving badly

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“Bad boys, bad boys / Whatcha gonna do? / Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” [Read more...]

Sanctuary

Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara as Quasimodo and Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939).

Are sacred spaces recognized as refuges because they are sacred? Or are they sacred because they are recognized as places of refuge? Are they able to stand against the Powers That Be because they are holy? Or are they holy because they stand against the Powers That Be? [Read more...]

The Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (again)

Pic snurched from knowyourmemes.com.

Opposition to the burning of kittens is not what sets the members of the AKBC apart from everyone else. What sets them apart is their strange belief that they are a special, beleaguered minority. What sets them apart is their refusal and/or inability to recognize that opposition to the burning of kittens is a unanimous, universally shared opinion. Apart from the AKBC, most people don’t feel a need to imagine or to pretend that there exists somewhere a vast Pro-Kitten-Burning Coalition that they must denounce as a demonstration of their moral superiority. [Read more...]

A ‘siege’ and a manhunt and the ongoing American ‘death cult’

The Daily Telegraph's special edition featured three factual errors in its front page headline.

This is not an unusual story. This precise form of deadly violence happens all the time in America. Every day, several times a day. American men kill American women. Every damn day. [Read more...]

Cleveland police say they’re opposed to justice, find it offensive. These boys are in the wrong line of work. Fire them all.

Photo via the Cleveland Browns

What the Cleveland police are saying, then, is that they are opposed to “Justice.” That’s a clear sign they’re in the wrong line of work. Specifically, the Cleveland police are going out of their way to make us all aware that they are opposed to “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.” I would hesitate to accuse them of such an ugly, defiantly unjust position, but this isn’t my opinion of them or anyone else’s evaluation or characterization of then: This is them, choosing voluntarily to inform us all, unambiguously, that they stand opposed to and are offended by “Justice.” [Read more...]


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