Without a doubt, this twitter feed wins hands down as the Quote of Week.
Van Summers @VanSummers
#SCOTUS holds up free healthcare for everyone?! Screw this commie country, I’m moving to #Canada #whoswithme
I so want to see his head asplode at his first doctors appointment.
You can read this on your iPhone while your filling up your tank.
You know a government is dysfunctional when the New York Times Op-ed page starts accepting fanfiction.
That is an accurate description of a piece of writing by Thomas Friedman, an author whom I respect and admire, even when I don’t agree with him. The only way this article could extend beyond the realm of fantasy that it is already in would be to inject an element of porn.
This may be a cynical view to take, but from what I’ve seen, “bipartisan agreement” is right up there with “the check’s in the mail,” and “I’ll respect you in the morning.”
From the Washington Post:
The dispassionate observer might think that Wednesday’s production of the birth certificate could not fail to bury forever the carefully manufactured controversy of the president’s origin. The facts are now as official as facts can possibly get: Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii.
But it is the nature of a conspiracy theory that all information must pass through a very discerning, yet simple, filter. Information that is confirmational is accepted; that which is contradictory is rejected.
I learned an adage in my youth that has proven invaluable as I went into adulthood. It’s the best kind of one of those colorful, folks-y kind of adages… simple enough to memorize easily, and so chock full of that great combination of poignancy, humor, and common sense that you never forget it. The best part of the adage was that it dealt with critical thinking and the power of an individual mind to come to its own conclusion through the use of the uncorrupted power of logic. Here it is:
If a million people do a stupid thing, it’s still a stupid thing.
Nowhere is this more apropos than the birther movement. I think if they were provided with the home movie of Mrs. Obama lying in the stirrups with little Barack’s head crowning, they would determine that it was faked, just like the moon landing, and then demand that Neil Armstrong admit that it was all filmed at a sound stage at Area 51, right next to the hangar where the alien space ship is stored. What really fascinates me about these people is that not that they are doing something stupid. Lord knows I’ve made stupid mistakes in my life. Plenty of them. However, when presented with seemingly incontravertable proof, iron-clad opposing arguments, or even when you look back on your previous actions, you eventually come to the conclusion of “Wow. I was a real idiot there wasn’t I? I mean what the hell was I thinking?” Birthers are so trapped in their own self-delusion that I doubt they will ever reach that point.
I’m thinking the chances of a best-seller are dwindling. I’m also thinking that Harvard will soon be re-evaluating it’s Ph.D process.
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