May 30, 2013
commented on The 20th Most Trusted Person in America is An Anarchist
Apparently the poll was conducted by asking respondents to rate each person on a five point scale of trustworthiness, with a sixth option available if they had no opinion. They've given us no clues as to how they weighted the responses, but I'm guessing that they basically threw out these 'no opinion' votes, which is how Chomsky (a non-celebrity in this country) could rank so high.
I can believe that *among people who know who they are*, a higher percentage of people trust Chomsky than trust Oprah, but there's no fucking way that more Americans trust Chomsky than trust Oprah.
Nov 20, 2012
commented on "I'm the butt police, and I'm looking at your rear (rear, rear)!"
It's dumb, no question about it, but at least that line has a kind of goofy and honest (albeit juvenile) quality, and the his use of onomatopoeia to complete the rhyme is moderately clever. I would submit that "...now you get to watch to watch her leave out the window/Guess that's why they call it window pane" from Love the Way You Lie is about a million times worse, because it completely undercuts an attempt at genuine emotional weight with an awful, groan-inducing pun. Eminem couldn't hold off his impish urge to engage in silly wordplay, even when it was completely inappropriate for the emotional tone he was trying to set, and that line basically ruins the entire song.
Sep 23, 2012
commented on Slog Mormon Study: Mosiah 11:6
As for context, the "They" in this case is the king, his concubines, and all the priests and ministers he'd appointed; basically, the powerful and the religious were being subsidized by the working class.
Also worthy of note—the crushing tax rate being applied was 20%.
Jul 12, 2012
commented on Good Luck With That One, Fellas
Apparently y'all don't know about the internet juggernaut seekfind.org: "The mission of SeekFind.org
is to provide God-honoring, biblically based, and theologically sound Christian search engine results in a highly accurate and well-organized format."
The top search result for Obama: "Is Barack Obama the antichrist?" Try getting THAT kind of accuracy and organization from Google.