commented on Introducing My New Least Favorite Person in Seattle
@10 Yes, believing that there are worse people in Seattle than a man with probable mental health issues is proof positive that one doesn't read or value learning. That totally tracks.
Clearly what this man allegedly did was bad, but I don't see how he merits more hate than, say, certain figures in SPD or the Archdiocese of Seattle.
commented on God Bless America
@2: And Christians believe in the God of the Torah. Doesn't make 'em Jewish. There are some pretty significant theological differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity that raise the question of whether Mormons are Christians, a new faith that evolved from Christianity, or a cult.
But none of that theological blather goes to the larger point you were making, that religious majorities in the country can and frequently do use their access to state power to oppress religious minorities. And that's a major failure of the promise implicit in the 1st Amendment.
commented on Craigslist Ad of the Day
@5: That may be, but his headline was more likely to draw hits than the more honest "Semi-literate closet case seeks concubine."
commented on Three Zimmerman Jurors Wanted to Convict
@7-That's not a special Florida thing, that's how juries everywhere work: they're given instructions that lay out the elements of the offense(s), and they have to decide if the evidence before them constitutes proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the offense as defined.
commented on Today's Dinosaur News
@2: So, summer popcorn flicks are supposed to have the academic seriousness of a research grant proposal?