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You only need to have dementia
But born stupid, stay stupid, I guess.
The Stupid Bloc seems to have had a good following in US politics from the moment the ink on the Constitution was dry.
The spectacle of Swanson's mental spaghetti making so much sense in his own mind that he had to write it all down in a book is ... hmmmm ... a cautionary tale, I guess.
How does that ancient joke go - something about if brains were like trains, he missed his?
I know Krugman refers to government as basically insurance and an army...
They so conveniently forget that, in order to pass on one's genes, one's offspring must be raised to sexual maturity. Abundant evidence says same-sex couples cannot possibly be worse parents than hetero pairs. I cannot recollect ever hearing of some lesbian couple maiming, starving, beating, abusing, imprisoning, or killing their kids. Let alone keeping them racist and ignorant via Christian home schooling.
the Keystone XL pipeline, the proposed continent-spanning death funnel that would bring the world's dirtiest fossil fuel from the environmental hellscape of northern Alberta down through the richest farmlands on the planet all the way to refineries in Texas, and thence to the world.
--Charles Pierce, of course
The landscape destruction is merely a bonus.