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What two candidates would make for the most interesting presidential debate?

by Greg Krehbiel on 25 June 2015

I’m not asking which two candidates you want to get to the final debate, or which are most representative of their party, or anything like that. I’m asking which two would make for the most interesting debate.

I’m thinking Sanders v. Trump.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-25  ::  Greg Krehbiel

When politics is about thinking the right thoughts

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 June 2015

This is an interesting article. Politics in the Era of Symbolic Liberalism.

It’s also similar to what Dave expressed in this comment, and in a way it reminds me of this as well: Why conservatives might be better at dieting than liberals.

Today, being a liberal is almost entirely a symbolic project.

By which he means it’s about believing and saying things that don’t actually matter. Like being all worked up about global warming, but then driving around in cars, using the electricity grid, etc.

Liberals are right not to go out of their way to fight global warming. Assuming the alarmists’ models are correct, terminating all emissions of CO2 from the United States, which would require not just cessation of all transportation and industrial activity, but the death of all Americans, would affect global temperatures only imperceptibly. Liberals don’t yammer about the climate because they think they can do something about it, they are merely taking a symbolic stand, mostly to distinguish themselves from conservatives.

-- 4 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-24  ::  Greg Krehbiel

This kind of stupidity makes me not want to talk to women at all

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 June 2015


This is a sign that’s all over the Washington Metro system.

Apparently men are supposed to read women’s minds.

-- 11 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-24  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Everybody knows the news is liberal. What about social media?

by Greg Krehbiel on 23 June 2015

Yes, of course there are a couple conservative news outlets: Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. And there are a couple influential conservative websites, like Breitbart. But by and large, the media is liberal, and the media actively covers for the Democrats.

But the trend these days is for people to get more of their “news” from social media. So … does social media have a bias?

A little bit, it seems, at least in this respect: liberals are more likely to get their news from social media.

More Consistent Liberals Than Consistent Conservatives Get Political News on Twitter, Somewhat More on Facebook

I’m not sure exactly why that is, but I have my theories. My main theory is that liberals are far more aggressive about their political views than conservatives are. Most of my liberal Facebook friends post far more political junk than my conservative Facebook friends do, and my observation is that liberals get far more incensed — i.e., they are far more likely to grab the rhetorical tomahawk and go on a scalping raid when somebody dares to offend their sensibilities — than conservatives are.

This would naturally make conservatives less likely to want to bother with all that. Most people want to be in places where they are affirmed, not in places where they are attacked.

I think that’s part of it, but I realize there’s a bit of a problem with that theory, which is the confirmation bias inherent in a Facebook feed. IOW, Facebook tends to show you (a) posts from your friends, who are more likely than average to share your views, and (2) things that you will like.

But that’s the feed itself, not the comments, where the real jihad takes place.

Anyway, what do you think about social media? Does it have a political bias, and if so, how and why?

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-23  ::  Greg Krehbiel

What if that was Hillary?

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 June 2015


A post on Twitchy asks, “Would the … AP ever dare run a photo like this if it were a Democrat?”

Of course not.

Remember all the hyperventillating about gun sights on disputed Congressional districts?

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“I disagree, but it’s a fair point”

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 June 2015

I think the attitude exemplified in the title of this post — that is, the ability to see that another person is being reasonable, even if you disagree — is at the heart of civilized dialog. That kind of broad-mindedness is one of the aims of education. Or it should be.

But that doesn’t seem to be the way things are going. We’re getting more narrow-minded all the time.

In the modern world, if people disagree with you, they shout you down. They browbeat. If they can, they ruin your career, your prospects, and your life.

It’s my completely subjective impression that the left does this more than the right. At least these days. In the past it may have been different, and it may be different in the future.

It would be interesting to design a study to test that hypothesis, and I think this could be done online. For example, on sites where you can both like and dislike a post (or plus or minus, or whatever), it seems you could get a sense of who is trying to shut down the opposition by noting how many people dislike the remarks of their ideological opponents.

That might not be the best way to measure it, but … there should be a way.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

A question for secularists

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 June 2015

When you see the love and forgiveness coming from the victims in Charleston, do you think that’s a good thing? Do you think secularism can possibly teach that sort of attitude?

-- 49 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Take down the confederate flag

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 June 2015

I’ve read a bit about the Civil War, and I have to confess that I really like the Confederacy. I like underdogs. I think the South was right on the question of its right to secede. I admire the courage of the South. I like General Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. There are, quite simply, lots of things I admire about them.

But then there’s slavery, which far outweighs any of those virtues.

It’s past time to be done with the confederate flag.

I know that people defend flying the confederate flag by saying it stands for state’s rights. Okay, it does, in part. But it also stands for slavery and racism, and it will always be interpreted that way. So when you fly a confederate flag, people will interpret that way. Sorry, that’s just the way it is.

So let’s make a new flag. A “states’ rights” flag. Or, let’s use an old flag, like the “don’t tread on me” flag.

But let’s be done with flying the confederate flag.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

I’m glad Trump is in the race

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 June 2015

I listened to Donald Trump on CSPAN radio today, and he makes some good points. I’m not saying that I like him, or that I agree with him on everything, but like Bernie Sanders, he brings a new voice to the tired, stale, Democrat-Republican script we’ve been hearing for so many years. It will be interesting to see him in the debates.

-- 3 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Equality is nonsense, but ….

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 June 2015

Here’s a good video showing how feminism is not about equality. (It never was.)

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-06-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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Of two minds on religion and politics
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The Luddite pope?
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I need some help with title ideas
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Imagine the ugly conversations …
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Should we trust science?