Lateness Sucks

There’s this Greg Savage post making the rounds on the internet about habitual lateness and how much he hates it. It adresses the main point … which is to say that it calls habitually late people rude, selfish, and inconsiderate. And of course they are. Naturally, it also includes the obligatory disclaimer about the inevitability…

Some Albums are Better than Others

Red-letter week for Smiths fandom. Morrissey’s autobiography – amusingly on the "Penguin Classics" label – is released 7 days ago (but not in the US – I had to order my copy on import), Morrissey finally clears up his sexuality (sort of), and – no real surprise here – NME ranks The Queen is Dead…

Atheists are the new Gays

Surfing (do people still know that term?) around the internet yesterday, I landed on a Paul Elam page complaining about Free Thought Blogs – and of course I’m completely sympathetic. The more I read by PZ Myers, the more ridiculous he seems to me. Anyway, it occurs to me in this connection that atheists are…

Stereotypes Built My Hot Rod

Hey, look, yet another example another time again already of gratuitously bashing the South in the name of equality. The link goes to an article on elitedaily.com (which seems to have some genuinely funny stuff) about The University of Alabama photoshopping a black head onto what would appear to be a white body (the hands…

Who Said Anything about Hating the Poor?

Here’s the situation. A friend posts a link on Facebook to this Cafe Hayek bit disagreeing with an article in the Wall Street Journal complaining that the government is suing JP Morgan Chase for liabilities that the government bullied Chase into taking on. Russ Roberts is not convinced this is a real injustice, since, after…

Things Atheism Has Nothing to do with

I really disagree with sentiments like this: I’d rather affiliate with progressive theists (although I’d be carping at them constantly about their goofball faith) than with atheists who want to rationalize women into subservience. We’re in a fight for the soul of atheism — and I want atheism to be something worth fighting for. I…

Misreading the Tea Leaves

This op-ed is a good distillation of a lot of the wishful thinking that goes on about the Tea Party. It’s overall line of argument is that Democracy is the Great Corrector, so if the Tea Party persists in being to the right of the median voter, the mehcanisms of electoral politics will prune it…

The Experts on Expert Advice

One thing that gets a little wearying in political discussions online is argument from authority. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, that’s when someone avoids an argument by pointing to an expert who supports their opinion. So, for example, when you say something disparaging about Obamacare’s finances, people will frequently point you to some CBO…

Response to Responses to Yoffe

Predictably, Emily Yoffe’s Slate piece telling college women not to get drunk has caused a lot of asinine outrage. Huge numbers of people seem to have (deliberately) misread it as "joining the campaign against drinking while vagina," to quote a particularly disingenuous Huffington Post … erm … post. Of course, anyone who has actually read…