Steve Benen wrote a sharp post this morning that includes the concept of “conversation enders”:

The Birthers. I call them “conversation enders.” These are comments that lead you to know, the moment you hear them, that the writer/speaker is either clueless or intellectually dishonest, and there’s really no reason to engage the person in a serious dialog.

I suspect we all have them. When I hear, “Tax cuts are fiscally responsible because they pay for themselves,” it’s a conversation ender. When I hear, “Evolution is just a theory,” it’s a conversation ender. When someone says, “Global warming can’t be real because it’s cold outside,” it’s a conversation ender.

I like the concept and the phraseology. In my youth, I used to get my jollies by engaging people with whom I disagreed in loud arguments about things like religion, politics and the like. These days, I have very little tolerance for engaging people who don’t at least ascribe to a baseline set of principles (e.g. honesty, acceptance of formal logic, ability to recognize contradictions, etc.). What’s the point in having a conversation with someone only to find that they literally believe that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago?

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Funny how it turns out that the people who consume the most porn come from the most Christianist states in the Union:

Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

“Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by,” Edelman says.

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This new Gallup poll is pretty remarkable:

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Obama’s overall approval rating jumped to 67 percent.

The more dramatic development?

His approval rating among Republicans jumped 15 points — from 27 to 42 percent in a week.

This is obviously great news for the Republican Party and their all-obstruction-all-the-time strategy. 2010 is probably going to be a bloodbath.

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John Cole points us to a new poll up on rabid right-wing nutjob Sean Hannity’s website:

What kind of revolution appeals most to you?
— Military Coup
— Armed Rebellion
— War for Secession

Yes, you read that correctly. Sean Hannity is trying to gauge which form of out-and-out treason his listeners favor most.

Think I’m being dramatic?

Here’s the definition of treason:

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as: “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.

The decay of the Republican Party has been sad to watch over these last many months. Batshit-crazy stuff like this, however, is starting to truly frighten me.

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This image from Feministe pretty much sums up the proven stupidity of Congress’ new push to fund abstinence-only education:
Take action now and add your voice to the chorus of Americans calling for this wasteful, religiously-motivated stupidity to end.

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This is hilarious:

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Last night’s speech by Bobby Jindal was quite possibly one of the most sophomoric, patronizing pieces of garbage I’ve witnessed in recent years. There were several moments where I sat back and thought to myself, “Does this guy think we’re infants?”

It looks as if I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction. Even a number of conservative voices are expressing their disappointment with Jindal’s pathetic exercise in infantile nihilism.

Here’s David Brooks:

Even the caterpillar-brains over at Fox News got in on the action:

Who wants to place bets on whether we don’t hear a peep from Schoolmarm Jindal in the next few weeks?

Update: Paul Krugman wins for the prize for my favorite quote on Jindal’s speech (re: his absurd mocking of volcano monitoring):

Basically, the political philosophy of the GOP right now seems to consist of snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny. The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.

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Obama’s speech last night was, in my opinion, second only to his game-changing speech on race. Here’s the video:

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