few words many logical fallacies, bench rest, the conversion game show

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Big Hollywood, along with other conservative adventures in appeals to populism is probably headed the way of Pajamas Media and Conservapedia, a destination for those have jumped off one too many roofs sans helmet. This is what you might call the kitchen sink approach. When all rational arguments fail or one is too lazy to cobble together an argument, throw the sink Victoria Jackson, Former SNL Star, Compares Obama To Hitler – this first excerpt is from the original column not the portion at HuffPo,

Down is Up, Unfair is Fair and Ignorance is Bliss
by Victoria Jackson

Murdering babies is called Pro-Choice.  Unfair Censorship is called The Fairness Doctrine.  Outlandish Taxes and the Death of Freedom is called Cap & Trade.  Sounds like Fish & Chips.  You gotta figure out the trick.

How many logical fallacies can one person write in approximately thirty words. We’re all human and cannot be expected to remind readers of Faulkner with every sentence we write or channel history’s best philosophers of logic, but damn. Jackson dives in with the a appeal to anonymous authority, argument by pure assertion, appeal to pity, appeal to a common sense of which only she possess special knowledge,  argument by absurd reduction, over simplification, argument by stubborn resistance to fact(appeal to pigheadedness), arguments to spurious similarity ( Obama is pro choice thus is like Hitler. In kind: Jackson is pro government control of every woman’s uterus thus is exactly like Iranian hardline Islamic fundamentalists), arguments involving concealing facts ( of history – Hitler’s death camps performed abortion – but he was against abortion and contraception for regular Germans – and science, economics, philosophy of ethics) and arguments by very selective observation. There are more fallacies, but you get the idea

Social Security and Medicare are broke.  Baby boomers, like me, are getting old and will soon be asking for it.  Socialized medicine makes people die. You stand in a long, long line with a breast lump, clogged artery, or sharp pencil stuck in your eye, and someone like the DMV person, who can’t speak English, has chewing gum, an attitiude, really long fake nails that curl up at the end,  and is talking on a cell phone, enjoying their power trip moment, is finally face to face with you.  They mumble something incoherent about paperwork. You die. One less person in line for Social Security and Medicare!

Obama legally kills babies and now he can legally kill Grandmas!

Hitler did this.  He killed the weak, the sick, the old, and babies and races/religions he didn’t like.  Hitler also controlled the media.  (Where’s the public debate between scientists on “Climate Change/Global Warming?”)   Hitler had the VW bug invented as the state car. What will O’s nationalized car be? So… kill off the weak.  That’s the plan.  Tax the workers to death.  Erase the middle class.

Very quickly. Social Security is not broke and though there are projected short falls, but even without some financial adjustments made by Congress, Social Security is paid up through almost  mid-century. Medicare is far from overwhelmed at the prospect of her and other baby boomers retiring. Obama and Democrats are not planning on a national mandatory single payer health-care plan, they’re considering a public option – one supported by many businesses – why would so many Americans and the majority of the business sector support a public option – because it will enable big businesses and small entrepreneurs a better chance to compete globally against nations that like Canada, France and Japan. Victoria seems to have nightmares about socialism, yet does not support competition in the heath-care and insurance industry – one dominated by a few super sized corporations that operate more like money collectors then competitive businesses. While there is some positive aspects to a simple carbon tax, cap and trade is also supported by many businesses and organized labor: here and here. ( McCain, the guy one assumes Victoria voted for was pro cap and trade).

When I was back in high school I always worked during the summer and a good part of the rest of the year worked part-time. A couple of those jobs included working retail. The part of Jackson’s unintelligible column that retells her shoving her odd world view down the throats of some store employees remind me of the good old days, when I swore I would never make retailing my career.

bench rest

Game show looks to convert atheists

What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?

Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.

No word on whether the winner is guaranteed a first-class seat in the after life.

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