Monday, December 17, 2012

Must be a slow day in Washington

While we're on the subject of politics, Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, seems to be having a problem with his USB ports on Windows 8. Or maybe it's someone else with the same name, but I prefer to imagine that it's him.

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Gotta love Justice Blackmun

Right to abortion? It's somewhere in the 14th amendment, if you squint hard enough and try not to think.

FBI raids your house without a warrant in clear violation of the 4th amendment? Stop bothering us, peon, we have too many important cases to decide to worry about trivial matters like warrants and Constitutional rights.
Justice Blackmun went a step further, declaring that this holding would lead to "another avalanche of new federal cases."

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This blog post is exponential, I think?

Maybe I've been spending too much time in math classes working with exponents and logs, but exponential seems to have taken on a meaning beyond the definition I know that ties in with repeated multiplication, or the definition I sometimes permit of something very big or fast.
The racist representation of Arabs is so exponential, even for American television (and this is clearly the manifest effect of the Israeli Jewish identity of the show) that one does not know where to begin.

I'm guessing it means something like over the top, or maybe absurd. Hyperbolic perhaps? Whatever they're trying to say, I really don't think exponential fits well there, unless they're arguing that Homeland stereotypes Arabs by portraying them as excellent mathematicians, as opposed to the Jews who are shown as poor mathematicians.

AJ, as linked to by TMN.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A little fight brewing

Mark Shea notes some rather ill-advised comments that First Things makes about GKC.

I have to say, I'm rooting for Mr. Shea here. I don't even think it's possible to disagree with Chesterton?


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Photons and the Mass

Yuk yuk yuk.
Foolish creature. Photons don't have mass. Since Vatican II even Catholics don't have mass.
The Straight Dope is always good for a laugh, or a fact.

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