Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Morning Papers Didn’t Come

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* And now they’ve taken away the Big Bang, too.

* The Internets have gone crazy with the happy news that Prop 8 has been overturned. Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gays and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.

* The president would have you believe that today is his birthday. Don’t be fooled! Wake up, sheeple!

* Arrested Development movie “half-done.” I half-believe it!

* Wyclef Jean to run for president of Haiti.

* A Very Harold and Kumar Inception.

* And Edge of the American West has your tragic political dare of the day:

Modern Republicans can’t possibly oppose both the Dred Scott decision and the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, which reverses it.

[quiet weeping]

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  1. Is it a rule in physics that any theory that accounts for the origins of the universe has to include as many outlandish ideas as possible? “Shu’s theory holds that, as the universe expands, mass and time get converted to length and space, and then this conversion happens in reverse when the universe enters a period of contraction. The universe then becomes a neverending cycle of expansion and contraction, an eternal cosmos without beginning or end.” I will, alongside Stephen Hawking, bet you a dollar that this is theory is false.


    August 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

  2. In re: Dred Scott and 14th Amendment. Bush is not exactly a prominent public figure these days, but I don’t see him coming out and saying “Repeal the 14th Amendment.” The kind of platform that Bush ran on in 2004 would make him a traitor to today’s Republicans.


    August 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

  3. re #1: I will, alongside Stephen Hawking, bet you a dollar that this is theory is false. That’s true of nearly any scientific conjecture! Unfair bet.

    re #2: I agree — in retrospect we find that Bush and Cheney were holding back the previously unsuspected wave of Islamophobia that now grips the right. At the same time, Matt Yglesias makes a good point here:

    I think that’s very true. But here’s the thing: George W Bush isn’t dead. He’s alive and well. If he wanted to stand alongside Mayor Bloomberg and do a press conference, I’m sure people would pay attention. Perhaps he’s observing a kind of ex-presidential courtesy and staying out of things. But Dick Cheney hasn’t shied away from inserting himself into political controversies. He could stand up for old fashioned Bush-Cheney values of start lots of wars but steer clear of explicit anti-Muslim bigotry. But he doesn’t want to. Nor does his daughter Liz. Karl Rove was the architect of the Bush administration’s messaging and I see him on Fox News all the time. He, too, could stand up for the approach to conservatism we remember from the Bush era. But he doesn’t want to either.


    August 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

    • I was more getting at the fact that I don’t think it’s fair to accuse anyone of hypocrisy here (cowardice or opportunism, maybe, but hypocrisy, no). It may be useful for rhetorical purposes to lump “Modern Republicans” under the same heading (just like Republicans lump liberals all under the same heading – anyone to left of Milton Friedman is a Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist), but it doesn’t really hold any water. In other words, if /some/ Republicans believe that the 14th Amendment should be repealed and /some/ Republicans believe that Dred Scott was wrong, there’s no logical contradictions (unless it’s the same people believing both).

      With the physics thing, it wasn’t just that any scientific conjecture is likely to be false. It was, rather, that any scientific conjecture that’s just a theoretical elaboration of the Hindu Vedas is likely to be false.


      August 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

  4. There’s even a post about the “No Big Bang” theory at


    August 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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