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Good Authority: One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism

McSweeny's Author Sloane Crosley (McSweeny’s Author Sloane Crosley)

The cutoff to be a guest on Kids Say the Darndest Things was eight years old. Which means that, not long ago, our culture agreed that eight years old is the point at which ignorance stops being cute. Before eight, unqualified authority, circuitous logic, and denial of science are downright adorable.

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The Supreme Court Looks Away

President Trump and Chief Justice Roberts. (Donald Trump listens while Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.)

From the New York Review of Books article by David Cole:

When the Trump administration sought to identify persons who had come from the banned countries and engaged in terrorism, it was able to cite one sole suspect who came from Somalia and was eventually convicted of providing material support to a terrorist group. But he came to the US when he was a toddler and was convicted a decade and a half later. That’s hardly evidence of a national security crisis.

By contrast, the evidence that the ban was targeted at Muslims was overwhelming; the president openly admitted as much on the campaign trail, and pursued that purpose once in office. Indeed, no one on the court even disputed that the president had acted with anti-Muslim animus; the only real dispute was about the legal implications of that intent. The lower courts had ruled that the ban violated the Establishment Clause, which requires government to maintain strict neutrality among religions and deems invalid any government action that a “reasonable observer,” aware of all the publicly available facts, would view as intended to promote or denigrate a particular religion.

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The Thing I Didn’t Say On Facebook

Donald Trump President Donald Trump

Mr. President.


Rush Limbaugh thinks you did a good job yesterday. He’s wrong. You did a terrible job. I mean a really, really bad job.

In my life I have stood up in front of people and said some really childish, stupid things. Embarrassing stuff really. I’m ashamed of it.

Watching you yesterday I had to relive with a cold chill, those moments [...] 

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