When will Americans, we of middle age, especially, move on? In the absence of new witnesses or of other fresh and vital information, might it make sense to stop our chattering and to open files on the other parts of our lives?
Given that any reasonable person can plainly see that our president is in fact trying to lead us to ruin, here's the good news: he's really, really bad at it.
The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they're being treated that way by Republicans. So we're left to conclude the obvious. The investigations and accusations and conspiracy theories are entirely motivated by politics.
Ron Paul is aiming his ire at the men and women who most of us felt were doing their absolute best to protect us as a couple of killers were on the loose in Boston. The government is never, under any circumstances, to be trusted, no matter how many local citizens it may be made up of.
It's all yet another case study in how the Republicans too often comport themselves in the wake of a disaster -- these self-proclaimed "patriots" are merely selective, fair-weather patriots, only willing to lend their unified support when the president is from their own party.
Even before the wild overnight developments in the Boston bombings -- Russians, Chechens, the Caucuses (sic), Kyrgy-what? -- it was clear that we are culturally unprepared for the complexity of the Boston bombings.
It took only minutes for the first conservative conspiracy theories to start pinballing around the Internet. Too many conservatives are twisted enough to take any tragedy -- from Boston to Newtown to Aurora -- and turn it into an opportunity to prance.
The conspiracy theories directed toward the "moon landing paper" began small-scale, but grew in scope and intricacy. Now to social scientists, such a public response can mean only one thing. Data!
When I read this book I was struck by a feeling that was at once relieved, but then clouded by a greater fear for the American character.
In the wake of the current president remarking that he has occasionally gone skeet shooting at Camp David, there appears to be a Skeet Shooting Truther, or "Skeeter," movement picking up steam on the far-right.
What will you do while you huddle together under your possibly infected covers? Well, do we have the answer(s) for you! These five dregs offer great suggestions for hobbies to pick up while you futilely struggle to avoid the flu.
The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting may be part of a sinister Israeli intelligence operation according to retired professor James Fetzer. The Dul...
By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.
I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.
Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least complacency, and perhaps the annual return of influenza has induced that response. Perhaps that's why we seem to be dismissive of this germ, and overlook what a serious illness it can be. But that tendency is at our peril.
There's a phrase in media circles for the case where a moderately successful TV show, in an effort to reboot its ratings, takes things to such a preposterous extreme that it loses credibility: "jumping the shark." It's not unusual to see the same phenomenon at work during an election.