Thursday, January 26, 2012

What if the Government Ordered the Human Rights Campaign to Cover Conversion Therapy for Gays?

A thought experiment, thanks to TOTM.

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Hatefest? You decide

With regards to the March for Life

From LGF:

On his way to a religious fanatic anti-abortion hatefest, Sen. Rand Paul was detained today by TSA agents at Reagan National after a scanner went off, and he then refused a pat down.

And from AA:

Alveda King speaks of her abortion regret. She's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece. She doesn't celebrate her birthday--which is January 22nd too--except by being at the March For Life every year... Seriously, go watch her speak on this webpage.

Nothing more hateful and fanatical than talking about your regrets in life and how you wish others wouldn't make the same mistakes. I mean, they're practically burning witches at the stake down there.


I was against Reagan before I was for Reagan

Thank you Mr. Newt for my morning chuckle.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year


Corporations and Speech

So, to critics of Citizens United, I have a question: should those business entities have had a right to engage in SOPA/PIPA protests like they did? If so, what is the source of that right, and by what mechanism is it vindicated?


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Are humans herbivores?

Turns out, no.

I feel like I'm arguing that the Pope is Catholic. To clarify a point that eluded many who wrote me about this: the issue is not whether vegetarianism is healthier, better for the planet, etc., than the standard U.S. diet. I don't doubt it is. It's whether humans are naturally vegetarians.

Here it seems to me the best evidence is our history as a species.

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The best SOPA protest page in the universe

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

On my day without Wikipedia . . .

I finally set up a Tor relay node. Great fun, you get to help people in China evade secret police, and there is only a small possibility that the FBI will send a paramilitary unit to kill you. If you want a higher chance of paramilitary encounter, I would recommend an exit node. Or, you know, you can run one at a commercial facility, but that's no fun.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Importance of the Oxford comma

You don't want to be left with just JFK and Stalin.

Do note that the link is to Memebase.

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Santorum - all for killing scientists

Our country is not at war and the Iranian scientist who just got offed was not a combatant. He was a murder victim–which Santorum thinks is wonderful.


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Drug raids

An excuse for the government to kill the innocent!

Or, if you use marijuana, and have a small amount of marijuana in your home, you may get shot to death by police during a raid. In fact, marijuana is so dangerous that police may shoot you when they raid your home if they just think you may have it. And it goes without saying that marijuana is dangerous to your dog, who may get shot during a raid.

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SOPA in a nutshell

As Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian explained, PIPA and SOPA are “the equivalent of being angry and trying to take action against Ford just because a Mustang was used in a bank robbery.”

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Monday, January 09, 2012

I am not bewildered by chestnuts

And I do not know what this sentence means:

Apart from roasted chestnuts on the streets of New York City in the winter and a cameo appearance in Thanksgiving stuffing, Americans seem a little nonplussed about chestnuts, which have at times been a major source of sustenance here at home and abroad.


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Krugman declares self to be an idiot

Good thing no one keeps old newspapers or anything like that.

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A brief guide to indefinite detention

Hostilities forever!

You're here because someone in the U.S. government determined that you work for al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Or that you substantially supported them, or an associated group, or whatever and whatnot.

And remember that I may very well be a terrorist. Maybe you are too!

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Both ways

I was a bit confused by this sentence

Once again, Republican politicians are pandering to the lowest, most bigoted element of society with an unnecessary, clearly discriminatory bill that would ban shariah law from Pennsylvania courts.

Followed by this sentence

Shariah law is not currently being used by Pennsylvania courts, and in fact the US Constitution specifically bans such a thing and has for centuries. But when you're pandering to haters and bigots, logic goes right out the window.

So that would suggest that Pennsylvania having laws in line with the federal Constitution is hateful and bigoted? Or is the Constitution itself hateful and bigoted for not allowing Sharia law to be used? I mean, when the Feds outlaw some civil rights violation, one usually doesn't get angry at states harmonizing their laws with the one passed by Congress.

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