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“Once upon a time, there was a man who was convinced that he possessed a Great Idea.  Indeed, as the man thought upon the Great Idea more and more, he realized that it was not just a great idea, but the most wonderful idea ever. The Great Idea would unravel the mysteries of the universe, supersede the authority of the corrupt and error-ridden Establishment, confer nigh-magical powers upon its wielders, feed the hungry, heal the sick, make the whole world a better place, etc. etc. etc.

The man was Francis Bacon, his Great Idea was the scientific method, and he was the only crackpot in all history to claim that level of benefit to humanity and turn out to be completely right.”

Eliezer Yudkowsky

(Hat Tip: Sudeep Kamath)

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Earlier, I praised the emotional aspect of Hillary’s last night speech and it’s effect on Barack Obama’s electoral prospects.

As for the actual political content though, my thoughts are closer to Matt Welch’s, whose excellent take on it I highly recommend.

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I have my differences with Joe Biden’s policies but I agree with Earl Warren — he will play the attack dog role to perfection. I mean, just watch this amazing clip from last October when Biden was still in the running:

It will be entertaining to watch the VP debates.

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She was poignant, she was stylish and she electrified the audience. And she came out strong for Barack Obama.

I have never liked Hillary much. I didn’t like her manipulative side that she displayed during the primaries and I detest her nanny-state approach to government. I was more than relieved when it became certain that she would not be the nominee. But credit where credit’s due — she was very good tonight. She not only exceeded my expectations with her choice of words but she said them in a fashion that sounded both emotional and sincere. I suspect that many Republican strategists are kicking themselves right now.

Whoever wins in this election, this speech has ensured that no one will say Hillary didn’t try hard enough.

[Update] Andrew Sullivan isn’t impressed:

To my mind, however, it was an average performance, not a slashing attack on the Bush-Cheney record, nor a rousing rallying cry for Obama, nor a very insightful analysis of the country’s problems. There was virtually nothing about foreign policy. She did what she had to do, tell her voters to back Obama. But she gave nothing more.

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This is what happens when political correctness is taken too far.

The ordeal began last week when Hensley’s wife sent him to a local grocery store to buy ground beef. While there, Hensley encountered a woman with her two nieces, ages 11 and 13. “I offered to trade her a fattening hog for those girls,” Hensley said. “I meant it as a joke. I’ve said it a million times. Most people get a kick out of it.”

The woman didn’t laugh. Instead, the family obtained a warrant for Hensley’s arrest from the local prosecutor, claiming the comment was intended to entice the children into illegal sexual activity.

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