in the past hour
commented on The Homeschool Apostates
I was homeschooled for most of elementary school, not because of anything religious, but because I was so socially-maladjusted that my mother felt that school wouldn't work for me. The existence of this other movement of religious fundamentalist homeschooling, where the content of school rather than the societal experience is the issue, is foreign and disturbing to me.
in the past few hours
commented on Scared of Guns? Buy More Guns!
@20: Any source on that? Because Corpus Christi and Houston both have higher aggravated assault rates than my home city of Chicago.
1:54 PM yesterday
commented on Again: The Cost of the Iraq War
The lesser-seen costs:
-The tremendous losses, from ordnance and looting, to Iraq's rich archaeological collections. The country sits atop the "cradle of civilization" and museum pieces that survived the bombings were usually stolen and sold on the black market, often being damaged in the process.
-The distraction from the war in Afghanistan, which while bungled in its execution, was at least justified by factual evidence. We could probably have wiped out much of al-Qaeda's leadership including Bin Laden at Tora Bora, rather than allowing them to linger on and regroup, and established tighter control over the country to avoid it falling into near-anarchy, as it did.
-The hundreds of thousands of civilians who were killed as a direct result of the war.
1:44 PM yesterday
commented on Fuck You, Rick Santorum
@18: Nah, SRotU attributed too much conscious intent to Zimmerman's murder of Martin. He made Zimmerman out to be a vicious psychopath rather than a prejudiced and armed fool who let his irrational fear rule him.
1:36 PM yesterday
commented on Poor, Bullied Montana Judge Says He Shouldn't Have to Lose His Job for Sending Rapist Teacher to Jail for Just One Month
Ooh, Bailo is FEISTY today! I hope his online prepubescent bravado is enough for him to forget, for a moment at least, the crushing void of meaninglessness within him.
Time will pass and this thread will vanish into the SLOG archives, but John Bailo will forever carry with him the day on which he said some snarky things to people smarter than him who he never has and never will see in real life. So drink deep from the cup of transitory pleasures, John Bailo, and let its metaphorical liquor warm you against the cold night of oblivion into which we must all someday strike out. When the destroying angel eventually taps on your door, you will go with him with a smile on your pale lips and the story of this day on your silent tongue.