Nov 232014
 

cosbyIt is very hard for me to believe that Bill Cosby is a serial sexual predator.

It is also very hard for me to believe that so many women are fabricating stories of him assaulting them.

(Opportunistic liars tend to come in onesies and twosies, not dozens.)

There are the parts of the public record that aren’t so helpful, such as Cosby’s affair and the 2006 confidential out-of-court settlement. There is the fact that Cosby and Cosby’s representatives have continued to be steadfastly dismissive of these allegations, even as they have mounted. (Again, that’s an easier sell when you don’t have 20+ accusers.)

What happened? God knows. A couple dozen women know. Bill Cosby knows. You and I don’t.

But I think that an unflattering image of Bill Cosby has become easier for me to swallow than a more positive alternative. That really makes me sad.

It’s easy to forget that we consume carefully crafted images of celebrities. It’s especially jarring to remember that when the image has been one of a responsible parent, educator, and amusing philosopher.

I think Nancy French has written the most comforting and poignant piece on the issue that I’ve yet read. She reminds us that there was only one perfect man who ever walked the earth, and it’s not Bill Cosby. The depth of our disappointment in Cosby is our own fault. No mortal man can carry everything to which we ascribed him.

 Posted by at 4:00 pm
Nov 192014
 

Katherine Timpf shares at National Review that online dating service OKCupid lists 12 different sexual orientations, from which users can select as many as five.

Simultaneously.

There are also 22 options for gender.

I get that sexuality is a continuum. I get that people can feel conflicted and trapped. I get that people are occasionally born with ambiguous external genitalia. I understand there can be gray between male and female or between straight and gay.

But this just might be getting silly, dudes and dolls.

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Nov 122014
 

As commentary on my views, I rarely find anything as wrong-headed as the assertion that I’m “voting against (my) self-interest.” I recently encountered a typically obnoxious example (and with a race card bonus!). These assessments of my motivations are at best presumptuous, and at worst ignorant. They assume a single, predictable effect of a proposed law […]

 Posted by at 4:05 pm
Nov 042014
 

Looking like it’ll be a good night for Republicans. Odds of taking back the Senate are about 3 in 4. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is in a squeaker. That’s one of the only races I’m concerned about. It would be a grave error for Republicans to overvalue positive results for them tonight. The expected outcome […]

 Posted by at 11:05 am

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