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Category Archives: Crazies

The Bronze Rule 

Many years ago I read an article in Scientific American that has stuck with me through the years. The thrust of it was as follows: If you want to change someone’s (or a group of someones, e.g., the Republican Party) behavior, the best approach is tit-for-tat. That is, neither the golden rule (do unto others […]

Paranoia Strikes Deep

I’m no psychologist, but I’m guessing that this sort of thing is caused by the fact that a lot of my fellow white people feel threatened and are just sure that now that there’s a black President, the country they think they used to run is out to get them: A gathering of western Arizona […]

Further proof

A few days ago I asserted, based on extremely good evidence, that the good old USA was number one in the stupid department, thanks to the downward pressure the Old Confederacy (Texas in particular) is putting on our average IQ. The immediate impetus for the article was a public hearing in Bastrop, Texas, in which […]

We’re Number One!

At least, I’m fairly sure we must be, for could there be a country in which people are stupider than our fellow citizens: If you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a large military exercise around the country from July 15th to September 15th. It’s called Jade Helm 15 because all military trainings have names […]

Republican woman breaks into mostly male winners circle

A rarity: a woman beats the odds, and appears to qualify for more than honorable mention at the Darwin Awards. Not surprisingly, she's a Republican: A low-level Republican official in Michigan was adjusting a gun in her bra holster last month when she accidentally shot herself to death, local newspapers reported. Christina Bond, 55, shot […]

Schiavo redux

It has been great fun watching Republicans try to deal with the vaccination issue. The natural reaction of a Republican politician is to go with the crazy. If you are perceived as a moderate, like Chris Christie, you may literally embrace the chance to establish your insane bona fides, which is, of course, exactly what […]

Republican Logic

United States Senator (yes, let that sink in) Thom Tillis, believes that we should not have regulations requiring restaurant workers to wash their hands after using the bathroom, but we should have regulations requiring their employers to let the public know that their employees are not required to wash their hands after using the bathroom. […]

Truth is Stranger than Satire

A few days ago I made a modest proposal: that we should take immediate action to prevent Texans from entering the country in order to protect ourselves from the scourge of Ebola. You may recall at the beginning of the Obama administration Rahm Emmanuel was quoted as saying you should “never let a serious crisis […]

Louisiana to Texas: We don’t want your garbage unless it’s radioactive

Every once in a while I'm surprised at the reach of this humble blog. A few days ago I sounded the alarm about the need to keep Texans out of the country in order to protect us from the Ebola virus. Well, when I came upon this story I could only assume that the attorney […]

Krugman, wishful thinking, and the fall of the House of Cantor

I don't normally take issue with Paul Krugman, and I heartily wish I could buy into his take on the Cantor defeat, but I don't think the evidence is there: In other words, being a hard line conservative, which to be fair involved some career risks back in the 60s and into the 70s, became […]