Dick Polman wonders why Republicans fell for the patently false wingnut charge that President Obama is closing the U. S. Embassy to the Vatican (he’s not, never was, never would) and why Republicans are so susceptible to lies and lying liars.
Hopefully, on some not too distant day, a smart historian with a degree in psychology will look back on this era and analyze why so many conservatives have become allergic to factual reality. This psychosis has manifested itself so often – among the birthers, the skeet shoot paranoids, the Gettysburg truthers, the list is endless – that one is tempted to simply ignore the behavior. But no. In the name of rationalism, it needs to be called out.
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Lee Witting tees off on a recent column attacking the ACA in his local rag.
It’s a masteful takedown. A nugget:
The Republicans have no answers for the people who can’t afford coverage under today’s profit-driven system of outrageous rates, junk policies, claims caps and denials of coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Up until the implementation of Obamacare, this country had the worst system of health care coverage in the industrialized world. This is the mess that really matters — and not all the hypocritical noise being made about website problems, birth control coverage causing wanton sex or anything else opponents can drum up.
Ernest Hooper reports from the family front:
But he said to get his attention, I should simply not transfer money into his account and he would contact me. Immediately.
As my two or three regular readers, as well as my occasional listeners at HPR, know, I am a mystery buff.
I recently stumbled over a great site about mystery stories. If you are also a mystery buff, you must visit “Looking for a Mystery.”
I was led there by ManyBooks.net, a most excellent site for free ebooks.
I discovered it looking for mystery ebooks to read on my Zareason tablet, which does indeed absolutely rock. If you are interested in a tablet, but don’t want to sell your soul to Apple or your cellphone company, check out the ZaTab. It’s Android, so you still sell part of your soul to Google, but you can keep the rest.
Politeness is a family affair.
Wonder whether, had outcome had been reversed, the brother have been charged?
John Affleck searches for something worthwhile in the year in sports and concludes that that, with luck, it might be the realization that “words matter.”
He cites several cases of coaches and players getting into trouble over how they treat others, even though abusive behavior has long been considered routine in sports world. A nugget:
What these examples show is that U.S. sports culture hasn’t caught up to contemporary standards of language and behavior. And the defense that sports is somehow different because you have to be tough and resilient to participate in sports hasn’t gained much traction. Why? Because every working adult in this country has to be tough and resilient to do a good job, even to keep one. Sports is not unique, and shouldn’t get a pass on bad behavior.
Consider this: You’re at your workplace and the boss comes in completely unhinged — frothing, cursing, pounding the desk and disparaging your sexual orientation or gender or race. Is that little tirade going to make you more or less loyal to him or her? Is it going to help you succeed? Is it any more OK if your workplace is a baseball diamond than if it is a discount department store?