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  • muselet

    • Kim Davis has a set of rote responses that she sorts through to answer any question put to her. I feel sorry for the waitress who asks if she wants soup or salad, because Davis will probably launch into her “Christians are the ones being persecuted” answer instead of deciding whether she’s in the mood for corn chowder.

    • By modern standards, Charles Darwin was a pretty awful character. By the standards of his time, he was remarkably tolerant and open-minded. By any standards, Ben Carson was a brilliant neurosurgeon, but has proved himself otherwise perfectly useless.

    • I’d managed to forget about “gay Doritos.” The outraged! responses are just plain charming. (And good on Frito-Lay—and PepsiCo—for partnering with the It Gets Better Project.)


    • Isn’t that true for every historical figure though? I’m an admirer of Thomas Jefferson, but frankly I’m not sure I’d want to have him over for dinner.

      • muselet

        Of course.

        It’s unfair to judge historical figures by the standards of the early 21st century simply because they lived in a different world. It pleases me to believe that Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin would, if brought forward in time, be able to wrap their minds around most changes in society—although they might hyperventilate a bit upon seeing women’s fashions—in a fairly short time. I’m probably wrong and they’d likely both be aghast at the unseemly informality of social interactions today and stunned by the speed of communication (though Jefferson would have a blast playing with a mobile phone).

        “Never meet your heroes.” Good advice.


        • “No one over the age of eighteen should have a hero.” – Joseph Suglia

          As I’ve been writing my WW1 blog, I’ve become more aware than ever before of how deeply flawed America was a century ago, and how flawed its people were. That’s especially true with Woodrow Wilson, who seems to diminish with time. I don’t think I could tolerate him being in my living room, quite frankly.