Archives for June, 2009

Martin Cothran, the hateful bigot who touted the words of an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier on Holocaust Remembrance Day, is confused. He cannot fathom why I called him a moral monster. The reason is simple. On June 4, less than a week after George Tiller was shot and killed in his church, Cothran advocated that “the…

David Brooks misses the point

While perusing Ed Whelan’s apology to publius and his further explanation of that apology (context), I learned that David Brooks thinks Sonia Sotomayor has bad timing: Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing. If she?d entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart young ethnic kids to…

Moral monsterism

Apologies for the profanity in the cartoon above, but it is as nothing compared to the eldritch horror quoted below. I offer Penny Arcade’s theory as a possible explanation of where this comes from. Martin Cothran, who blogs for the Disco. Inst., who purports to teach logic (though he’s has odd affections for elementary fallacies),…

Hilzoy and Megan McArdle have had an exchange over abortion, which includes, as these discussions always do, a ton of talking-past-each-other. This tends to happen, because anti-choicers tend to ignore the pregnant woman, and put all their attention on the well-being of the embryo (and my friend John B., a member of George Tiller’s church,…

Too Many Martyrs

Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist in Mississippi. Growing up black in a state where dark skin was a crime, he had the courage to stand up for his rights and the rights of his friends and family. He organized boycotts, sued for admission to a segregated law school, and became field secretary for…