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By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, July 10, 2008 15:18 EDT

I’m going to ask a rhetorical question. I also want you to realize that I’m referencing Mickey Kaus as I ask the question, meaning that the obvious answer is that he’s wrong. You may reflect that answer choice on your sheets in the blank provided.

Is someone who advocates for the necessity of learning a skill they don’t have a hypocrite?

Obama’s lecture to parents about how “you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish”? Also condescending! Especially since, as Abe Greenwald points out, Obama doesn’t speak Spanish.

Is it condescending and hypocritical that Newt Gingrich (Ph.D., Modern European History) has spent the past decade or so declaring our dire need for more math and science students? Of course not, because a Republican can propose that we cure world hunger by importing third-world refugees to lick out grease traps at our finest Long John Silvers nationwide, and they’ll get credit for attacking a serious problem with level-headed resolve and the steely testicles of American manhood.

It is not hypocrisy to say that, in response to the world around us, we must focus on giving our children a set of skills that the person recommending such a thing might not have – unless, as in the case of John McCain, you’re recommending a set of skills you steadfastly refuse to get and seem proud of not having. You know, like Michael Bay teaching a directing class.

If it is, in fact, hypocrisy, then I look forward to our next President, a multilingual farmer physicist parent reverend atheist author chemist doctor lawyer astronaut firefighter acrobat chef.

If Emeril Were Religious And A Dick

By Jesse Taylor

A young child with spina bifida and splints on his legs tears them off and bolts across the stage. He cries as he declares that his legs have strength like never before. “The boy’s been healed,” says the preacher as thousands cheer him on. Meanwhile, Bill Wise sits quietly with one arm raised to the sky, the other tightly clutching his 2-year-old daughter, who was born with her bladder and colon outside of her body.…


Bamboo Review: Wanted

By auguste

Just give me my paycheck and I’ll be on my way. From the moment I walked into Wanted – hell, from the moment I saw the trailer – I expected a giant, wanky, over-the-top [Update: misogynist and misanthropic] blood-drenched video game that takes itself so seriously it goes all the…


Brooklyn to be sullied by ‘Straight Pride Parade’ in August

By pams

And I thought they only put on a Straight Pride Parade in NC — lord have mercy, look at what is being put on in NYC, by (no surprise) a reggae/dancehall music production company: TCOOO Productions the label behind the “18 Karat Reggae” CD series is holding the first ever…


You can neither pray nor wish nor rationalize this conflict away

By Amanda Marcotte

At the airport, I spied the paperback version of the atheist polemic that caused so much grief that I haven’t read yet: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I’ll admit; I get influenced by blurbs, and this book had a gazillion really great ones. And even though I’m a hardline…


The Ur Wingnut

By Jesse Taylor

I’m writing a longer post on this for tomorrow, but I really do think that there’s real money in writing In Defense Of Internment: The Case For Locking Away Jonah Goldberg. Any takers? Atrios has the gross error here, if you don’t pick up on it at first. I will…


Mr. Ice Cream Man

By Jesse Taylor
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 23:04 EDT

One of my favorite pastimes during high school was hanging around outside the local OB/GYN clinic, waiting for all the cool girls to get done with their pap smears so that I could see if maybe they would go out with me. It was always the talk of the school.…


Your name is freaking Rothschild, you jackass

By auguste

Herrrrrerdeherehdeherheherherhherrrherrrknowyourplace. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild says: This is a hard decision for me personally because, frankly, I don’t like [Obama]. I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him. As Kevin K. says, “I’ll look around the web for…



By Jesse Taylor

This is how John McCain wants to negotiate with Iran: On McCain’s differences with Obama regarding Iran: “I don’t think that it would be appropriate to sit down, without pre-condition, with President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who has said his nation is dedicated to the extinction of the state of Israel.…


Shorter K-Lo: The good woman is the dead woman

By Amanda Marcotte

From Hugo, I found this absolutely repugnant post from K-Lo defining the “good girl” and the ideal trajectory through life you need to take to achieve feminine perfection. It’s a sad story, of course, because a woman’s lot is fundamentally sad in the eyes of the patriarchy that defines the…