Tag Archives: Republican Extremism

Assuring the Worst Possible Outcome

It’s a sports thing. Teams fall behind and panic – they forget their game plan that they had so cleverly and carefully practiced, over and over, until every move was instinctive. They’re losing and get desperate. This player or that … Continue reading

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When America Must Fail

America patted itself on the back when we elected our first black president in 2008 – we were finally a post-racial society, and we could finally talk about other things. It was like Blazing Saddles – the hip new black … Continue reading

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To the Logical Conclusion

Some things just had to happen, as the folks at Fox News and any number of Republican politicians just found out. Take up the Reagan mantra that big government is always the problem and never the solution, because the private … Continue reading

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Correlations with Patriotism

Post hoc ergo propter hoc – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other – two things just happened at the same time. That your team wins every time you wear that funky … Continue reading

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The Evidence Piles Up

Some wag once said that the plural of anecdote is not data. That three teenage girls in Akron decided to shave their heads and wear giant black plastic bags to school every day means nothing much – it’s not a … Continue reading

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Auditioning for the Clown Show

The Republicans had a hard time settling on John McCain as their candidate in 2008 – he’d been all over the map, ideologically, all for immigration reform, on humanitarian grounds, and his name was on the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act that … Continue reading

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The Lost Month

As he has done every year since 2001, Slate’s David Plotz once again argues that we should abolish August: August is the Mississippi of the calendar. It’s beastly hot and muggy. It has a dismal history. Nothing good ever happens in … Continue reading

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