Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Let's All Be Reasonable

I hope Dr. Bradley doesn't mind me stealing a post from his blog. Everyone really needs to read this and remember it, not only for what is left of this election season, but for all future election seasons as well.

"Mitt Romney is not a “liar” and President Obama is not a “retard.” Come on, people. Stop it. This is why I’ve avoided writing any election/policy op-eds during this year. Last election I didn’t see as many FB posts so I wasn’t so sickened by people’s trifling and pathetic confirmation bias. If you’re constantly calling Romney a “liar” or Obama a “retard” you’re wearing us out with your blinding confirmation bias. It’s embarrassing. Being wrong on data, in your opinion, doesn’t necessarily constitute “lying” nor does failing to see the logic behind someone’s thinking justify calling someone a “retard.” In fact, what all your “Romney is a liar” and “Obama is a retard” posts are doing is confirming for the rest of us that you may be eligible to be considered as “Exhibit A” for what is known as a “fool” (Prov 10:18, 18:2, 29:11)."

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Wayne Brown said…
Thaaank you. So true. And whoever wins, I can guarantee that the other side will continue whining for a while. Not looking forward to that.
Erica said…
I liked our English class where we watched campaign ads to learn about logical fallacies. XD