Maybe the problem is your poll, not the people who answered it

Earlier today, this hit lefty Twitter: 30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah is the country from Aladdin. #NotTheOnion — PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 18, 2015 HAHAHAHA, Jesus, what a bunch of blockheads, am I right? People immediately started having fun with this tidbit of information, and I’m sure there are… Continue reading Maybe the problem is your poll, not the people who answered it

What gives, clock kid?

Remember that 14 year old kid, Ahmed Mohamed, who tinkered around with a clock to try to show off his engineering skills in his Texas school, and wound up almost being arrested because he’s a Sudanese Muslim and therefore is presumed terrorist (at least when carrying around unfamiliar-looking electronics) here in US America until proven… Continue reading What gives, clock kid?

UNESCO and US national security, at LobeLog

The United States hasn’t paid its UNESCO dues (which had made up over a fifth of UNESCO’s overall funding) since 2011, when the organization admitted Palestine as a member state and thereby triggered a couple of obscure Foreign Relations Authorization Act provisions (from 1990 and 1994) that require the government to stop sending money to… Continue reading UNESCO and US national security, at LobeLog

Next stop: Cameroon

Word came this afternoon that the Obama administration has decided to send 300 US soldiers and unarmed Predator drones to the central African nation of Cameroon, to assist a multi-national effort to defeat Boko Haram, based in neighboring Nigeria. Their mission will be to provide reconnaissance and intel for the multi-national force, which consists of… Continue reading Next stop: Cameroon

Hard to get a straight answer

Amid the coverage of Europe’s refugee crisis has emerged a counter-criticism: why won’t those rich Gulf Arab states take in any Syrian refugees? Now, to a certain extent, this question is deliberately misleading and intended to steer the conversation away from the shamefully inadequate response to the refugee situation. The Gulf states have taken in… Continue reading Hard to get a straight answer

So much for resting in peace…

Via io9, it appears that archaeologists in the Irish town of Collooney have a bit of a mystery on their hands, as they examine a human skeleton that was unearthed when a 200 year old birch tree blew over in a storm. To add injury to insult, the skeleton, which appears to have been buried… Continue reading So much for resting in peace…

What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything

We can’t talk about gun control today (or any other day), because it’s not (ever) the time to politicize things, at least not in that particular way. Also because a flawed document written by flawed men over 200 years ago must be treated as though it were literal Truth at all times or else Scary… Continue reading What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything