What with the renewed interest in a Russian antagonist recently, it has become fashionable in some circles to dismiss criticism as use of a rhetorical device that has stood the long test of time: whataboutism. Well, yes, tu quoque is a logical fallacy, and that would matter if public opinion were logical. But it is not, […]
I really hate that the rhetoric of liberty is perverted in the service of illiberal causes. And I hate this not just because of the hypocrisy of it. I hate this because now that the language of liberty is indeliably associated with those wishing to deny liberty to others, it is relatively simple for all […]
We TiVo’d the last debate, and watched it again just now. Others have summarized it much more pithily, or eviscerated the candidates with more gusto, but I’d like to offer a small observation, a small suggestion in hind-sight that perhaps would have moved some voters from column A to column B. When discussing a Constitutional […]
It might be interesting for a while to have a “jackass of the week” feature, but there are only 52 weeks in the year, and many, many more jackasses than that. But just for starters, let’s include the entire Directorate of National Intelligence: jackasses.
Simply because you say something, does not make it so. But enough people might believe it to be so, that for all intents and purposes it is. Last night during the post-election analysis on CNN, David Frum, whom Jerry Pournelle calls “the egregious Frum” for his erroneous ways, remarked, You know, the Democrats claim not […]
The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere. Eating less and driving to save energy would be better. Or so says Chris Goodall, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, as quoted in The (London) Times [via […]