“Intellectuals overthink things,” he said. “We allied with Stalin in World War II, and helped create the captivity of Eastern Europe, you could argue… We got involved in Afghanistan to bring down the Soviet Union and probably helped create, indirectly, some of what came about in Afghanistan and ideas that led to 9/11. That’s life. Maybe we could have been cleverer in all these cases, but often, when you mess around in the real world, you have unintended effects and some of them are bad.” That brilliant analysis comes to you from the mind of Irving Kristol. Such brilliant. Many smart. Wow.

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Intellectuals overthink things. We allied with Stalin in World War II, and helped create the captivity of Eastern Europe, you could argue… We got involved in Afghanistan to bring down the Soviet Union and probably helped create, indirectly, some of what came about in Afghanistan and ideas that led to 9/11. That’s life. Maybe we could have been cleverer in all these cases, but often, when you mess around in the real world, you have unintended effects and some of them are bad.

Bill Kristol, on his way to explaining why we should test out bombing ISIS into the stone age, or something.

Such brilliant.

Many smart.

Wow.

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i was teaching my grandma to use computer so we can talk on skype and such but today she went kinda mad at me because “i didnt show her the knitting programme” and i was like what

and it comes out she accidentally opened ms excel and found out its a great way to create knitting patterns

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my grandma is 82

This is great!

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So, yes, I know that “post hoc ergo propter hoc” is a logical fallacy. But you know what is a much DUMBER logical fallacy? Let’s call it “I hate hoc ergo propter hoc”. As in, the variety of “explanations” given by folks on the right for the difficulties in Ferguson, MO. This morning, I have come across the following explanations: Michael Brown lacked a father figure and also, too he was probably on PCP. The civil unrest is caused by political correctness. Also, apparently, by Hamas and also, too by immigration. I haven’t yet seen it attributed to Hitler, or al-queda, or little green men, but I’m pretty sure those explanations are on the way. Oh, yeah, and also fluoride in the water.

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Interesting argument from _The Unintended Reformation_ by Brad S. Gregory: ———————-> Promoted from its traditional subordination to _caritas_ among the three theological virtues, faith was redefined by Lutheran and Reformed Protestant theologians as the all-or-nothing cornerstone of Christian life, the result of no human, merit, goodness, effort, or cooperation with God. … Accordingly, and consistently with their coordinated concerns to secure political control as they promoted the Gospel, conscientious Protestant rulers oversaw ethical regimes that were dominated not by habituation in Christian virtues but by the following of moral rules. These rules were based on God’s biblically revealed laws, above all the Ten Commandments. … The most important social virtue among early modern Lutherans and Reformed Protestants, at every social level from disciplined individuals through patriarchal households to well-ordered regimes as a whole was therefore not _caritas_ but obedience — newly important given the sobering truth about human nature and the reality of a divided Christendom. <————— What a thoroughly depressing passage. Unfortunately, it explains more than it doesn’t about their descendents on the American far right.

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According to someone on MSNBC, “All search warrants in St. Louis County are now served by SWAT officers”. It was either Rodney Balko or Tim Linch who said this… Think about that for a minute. That’s insane.

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So here’s the progression as I see it. The people who talk about “real Americans” are the same people who decided the police needed to be militarized because of the invading criminals bringing in drugs. So now the police in Ferguson, MO are treating the community as if police are soldiers and ordinary Americans are enemy combatants. Screw the right. It’s time for us to take back OUR country. WE are real Americans — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, natives, city dwellers, liberals, wage workers, and many others. This is not a white, Christian, rural conservative country anymore, and I’m sick and tired of people claiming it is.

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