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A Christmas Memory (a little early) — A heart-wrenching post about childhood and his late father from my friend Jeremy Tolbert.

The Pilgrims Should Have Been Thankful for a SpirocheteA gruesome disease granted them uninhabited, cleared land and a sweet brook. (Via my brother.)

No link between full moon and mental illness — Not that this wasn’t already understood, but it’s a myth that will not die.

A Tsunami in Switzerland? Lake Evidence Says Yes — Huh. (Thanks to my Dad.)

The Case for Liberal Compassion Toward Allen West — I get the point of this article, but Rep. West is such a classic batshit Tea Party turd-in-the-political-punchbowl (he’s the GOP representative who said he had a list of about 80 Communists in the Democratic caucus) it’s really hard for me to feel much sympathy for him.

U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff — Oops. That’s bad for the conservative narrative, too. Luckily, this is only more of those liberally biased “facts” and “data”, and can thus be safely ignored by GOP politicians, pundits and media figures.

Official: Changes to Benghazi talking points made by intel communityThe intelligence community – not the White House, State Department or Justice Department – was responsible for the substantive changes made to the talking points distributed for government officials who spoke publicly about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence said Monday. See, that’s more of those liberal “facts” and “data” that conflict with the conservative narrative. Don’t expect this one to go away any time soon simply because reality doesn’t align with the latest Republican faux-outrage. John McCain has to have something to rant about, and the conservative worldview is much more satisfying than the plain truth.

Three climate contrarians vie to lead House Science CommitteeActual grasp of science apparently not a top qualification for the job. Considering there are evolution denialists and Young Earth Creationists on that committee, yeah, no gasp of science whatsoever required to set science policy, and that for conservatives at least an outright hostility to both science and intellectual achievement is considered a big bonus. Luckily, we all know there’s no problem electing willfully ignorant idiots to Congress. If there was, the entire GOP delegation would consist of three men and a dog, because the rest would be disqualified.

On Being the ‘Stupid Party’Contra Jindal, in American politics there is a substantial market for “stupid” — one which the GOP has sought to corner. Which is what happens when you valorize anti-intellectualism, demonize science and sneeringly dismiss reality.

?otD: What, like a Waring blender? Really?


11/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 219.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 and sending good Christian girls to Obama’s abortion camps: 0
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

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