Numerous links by the numbers

Cracked: “8 Gratuitously Violent Horror Movie Scenes (from the Bible)” Juan Cole: “Top 10 Myths about the Arab Spring of 2011” Zompist: “10 policies supported by every Republican presidential candidate in 2012” (via AZspot) David Badash: “Top 10 ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal Lies That Never Came True” Think Progress: “Rick Santorum’s Top 10 Most [Read More…]

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Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Dr. Seuss

Kevin Drum discusses the matter of Ron Paul in an exchange with Daniel Larison. The back-and-forth began with Drum’s post “Crackpots Do Not Make Good Messengers,” which I’m going to quote at length because his whole point is that this list of complaints is not short: Ron Paul is not a charming oddball with a [Read More…]

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Duverger, Kushner, Bonhoeffer

A brief reminder: Duverger’s law. That’s how it works. Candidate A vs. Candidate B. Party A vs. Party B. Moral purity and moral perfection will not be on the ballot. Those seeking moral purity and moral perfection pleasure themselves by imagining that theirs is a superior ethical responsibility. But this is delusional — an embrace [Read More…]

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Three kinds of falsehoods: Innocence, interest and intrigue

If I make a false statement, your response — and your evaluation of me — will depend, in part, on the nature of the statement in question. I’m speaking here of false statements about matters of fact, instances in which the evidence all points to an undeniable conclusion — false statements that are falsifiable, that [Read More…]

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The blackbirds of Beebe and other omens

Once again the New Year begins with hundreds of dead blackbirds on the ground in Beebe, Ark. Just like last year, “Bible prophecy scholars” have weighed in, reminding us of the prominent role that Beebe, Ark., plays in the biblical book of Hosea. But I’m reminded, instead, of Ani DiFranco’s “Independence Day“: and there was [Read More…]

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Guinness beef stew open thread

Usually there’s pie. But this is not pie. This is Guinness beef stew. What happened was that I thought, for a bit of variety, maybe we could go with shepherd’s pie. The shepherd’s pie looked pretty good. But then the same thing happened that happens every time I’m thinking that the shepherd’s pie looks pretty [Read More…]

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Say anything to take us out of this gloom

Here’s Amanda Marcotte on “Why the Iowa Caucus Is About Abortion“: If the Iowa caucus was regarded in the light it deserves — as a reflection of what Christian right extremists are thinking right now, instead of as a predictor of larger trends — it could be incredibly useful. It would be nice, for instance, [Read More…]

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Do you want a big rock or a small rock?

Do you want a big rock or a small rock? You have to pick one or the other. A huge, heavy, substantial, unbreakable hunk of granite? Or a tiny, buoyant, crumbly piece of pumice? Which one do you want? I’m assuming you know what the rock is for. The question would be silly — utterly [Read More…]

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