Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christopher Hitchens's Summation on the Essence of Islam

God (and, yes, I'm paraphrasing here) having spoken to some illiterate warlord who successfully wrote it down verbatim, and who nobody dares questions the veracity of for fear of death.

Lincoln Busted

It is widely accepted now that Lincoln's goal was to maneuver the South into firing the first shot at Fort Sumter; the fact that the dude was replenishing a fort that didn't need replenishing, had made it clear to Governor Pickens that the North would fire if the initial ship was boarded, had forwarded easily intercepted telegraphs to Captain Mercer which fully underscored this, etc.. And if you weren't convinced before that this was the case, here is another more piece of evidence; this, from the diary of Senator Orville Browning (probably Lincoln's closest friend in Washington) - "He himself (Lincoln) conceived the idea, and proposed sending supplies, without an attempt to reinforce, giving notice of the fact to Governor Pickens of S.C.. The plan succeeded. They attacked Sumter - it fell, and thus, did more service than it otherwise could." That's about as close to a smoking gun as you can get, folks, and, while, yes, I agree with Senator Toombs that it was a moronic idea (the fact that it served to rally the North at a time when most Northerners apposed intervention) to take the bait and attack Sumter, if this doesn't convince you then nothing will.

On the "I'm Willing to Give Up My Life and My Children's Lives to Prevent Texas and Vermont from Seceding from the Union" Sign-Up Sheet

Yeah, it's still empty, folks.

On the Fact that the Firing-Squads in Russia Worked 24/7 Under Joe Stalin

So, I guess that all three shifts were the graveyard-shift back then.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Fact that There Might Be 14 to 15 Possible Candidates Vying for the Republican Presidential Nomination

Yeah, that's got, "Circular Firing Squad", written all over it, folks.

Note to the Increasingly Unfunny and Doltish Jon Stewart

Yes, asshole, the other asshole (Bill O'Reilly) certainly cherry-picked, but so did fucking you when you did your totally bereft of science (and, no, genuflecting to some bogus consensus figure doesn't count) segment in which you showed some island with a receding coastline (probably the byproduct of erosion in that sea level rising has been modest at best) and touted it as proof positive of cataclysmic man-made global warming. The fact of the matter here, Sherlock, is that we going on two decades now in which CO2 and warming have not correlated and the temperature has basically flat-lined AND there hasn't been an increase in the frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme weather events. So, yeah, make fun of O'Reilly all that you want, fellow, but a) you're an idiot, too, and b) don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Run Jimmy, Run

Most people think that if Hillary Clinton gets challenged for the Democratic nomination, it'll probably come from the left. But why does that HAVE to be the case here? Me, I would much rather (or at least in addition to) see a more moderate competitor (AKA, an actual one) come to the forefront and at least give a voice to that wing of the party. Add to that the fact that the dude has extremely good crossover appeal and it seems like a total no-brainer ro me (the fact that he'd be quite formidable in a general election, etc.). Hell, I might even vote for him!