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we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the nation.” [Continue reading]

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the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. [Continue reading]

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a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It com­bines the sur­name of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States with the word acolyte. Orig­i­nally, an acolyte was “one who as­sists a member of the clergy in a litur­gical ser­vice by per­forming minor du­ties.” And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that ol’ time re­li­gion mixed up with the be­liefs of to­day’s so-called “con­ser­v­a­tives.” [Continue reading]

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can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ presidency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. [Continue reading]

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conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­erals be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Donald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gaging other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the person who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that asking it dis­plays his feel­ings and opinion about the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion as being reasonable. [Continue reading]

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it was fifty years ago today, mayor daley sent his troops to play

MY SEVENTEENTH YEAR of this life-cycle opened with the Viet Cong launching the Tet Of­fen­sive, in which they put the lie to every­thing our gov­ern­ment, our mil­i­tary, and our media had been telling us about the war “over there.” This sup­pos­edly causes Pres­i­dent Lyndon Johnson to an­nounce that he will not seek re-election. [Continue reading]

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the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america’s surface

I SKIPPED “MONSTER TALK” with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tidCon in the latest Skeptic newsletter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn’t at­tract my in­terest. Nor did common mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­tical and fra­ternal twins. [Continue reading]