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How did American conservatism end up so detached from, indeed at odds with, facts and rationality? For it was not always thus. After all, that health reform Mr. Romney wants us to forget followed a blueprint originally laid out at the Heritage Foundation!

A brief but fatuous article, "The Lonely Life of the Lowly Copy Editor" by Yoni Goldstein in Canada's National Post manages to retail every creaky cliche about the craft and its practitioners while displaying a startling ignorance of what is involved in editing.

Nazi hunter's forebears inducted posthumously by church in what Jewish rights group says is latest in a series of such gaffes



Re: Severe Conservative Syndrome

[Santorum] has also declared that climate change is a hoax, part of a “beautifully concocted scheme” on the part of “the left” to provide “an excuse for more government control of your life.” You may say that such conspiracy-theorizing is hardly unique to Mr. Santorum, but that’s the point: tinfoil hats have become a common, if not mandatory, G.O.P. fashion accessory.

Good thing we don't have anyone like that around here. I mean, how crazy would you have to be to believe this stuff?

I just got wind of this Twitter account whose description reads:

When you go from Eisenhower to Nixon to Reagan to W. to Palin to Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Newt to Santorum, it must be difficult to believe in evolution.

Here's a conspiracy theory for you:

What if the 200 or so billionaires who provide most of the political financing in this country were funneling money to both Republicans and Democrats simultaneously? And what if they instructed their Republican beneficiaries to hammer away at this anti-contraception, anti-evolution, anti-global warming wedge issue shit in order to maintain the illusion of distinction between two otherwise identical corporate servant parties?

What if the objective of this ruse was to get "swing voters" and/or pissed off progressives to say, "OH. EM. GEE. Look how crazy teh Republicans are. Save us, anti-union, war-mongering Democrats!"?

I entertain such theories on occasion.

Brings to mind a discussion on Up with Chris Hayes I heard this morning

I have to wake up at 6 in the morning to watch this excellent show. Those fans on the East Coast are more fortunate and only have to awaken at 8 in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays to watch this panel of interesting political wonks.

That's the only political discussion show I can stomach. Thanks for the link.

The Mormon Church, in a written statement, put responsibility for [submitting Si Wiesenthal's parents names for posthumous adoption] on a single Mormon who it said was disciplined for the actions. The statement did not identify the person.

You naughty LDS trickster! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Oops... make that posthumous baptism... not that adoption would be any less crazy.

Did anyone catch McCartney's Letterman interview the last time he was there? They pulled a street concert on top the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater. It was very cool.

re:Andyo '...difficult to believe in evolution." hah!

re: Tim: Posthumous baptism. Not trying to pick a fight here, just curious.

I don't understand what the objection is. I mean, either someone believes in temple rituals or they don't. If they don't, then what difference does it make. If they do, then why object on behalf of someone who is dead, and hence in the position to appreciate the upgrade if it happened.

And what is it with the Mormons compromising their principles for political expediency. I wonder what their god thinks of them bypassing souls because they'll offend some other religion.

The religious mind is a hodgepodge of insanity!

I would feel badly if I thought my wife or children would put on a religious ritual if I died - in spite of my expressed wishes. After I'm dead, of course, I won't feel anything. (I doubt there are many people who want to be disrespected by their loved ones after they're dead, no matter what their religious views are.) As for the Mormon loonies - I couldn't care less. In fact, every time I see a theists perform religious rituals that reduces one's fate in the mythical afterlife to the performance of rituals in life, I think it just exposes the moral and intellectual vacuity of their "faith". I think it's ridiculous, I mock it, but I place very little importance on it. If the Mormons want to posthumously baptize me, let them knock themselves out - it's just one more thing that shows how silly their religion is.

re: Tim: "I would feel badly if I thought my wife or children would put on a religious ritual if I died - in spite of my expressed wishes."

ok, I get that. It's a matter of respect to honor dying wishes. I suppose it's also a matter of standing. Even in a religious context, our souls, like our consciences ought to be our own, else free will has no meaning. In a non-religious context, baptism of dead souls is, I suppose, a rather odd way to pass the time.


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