Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trivial Pursuits

Relative trivia, pursued for the purpose of tripping up Conservative candidates.

Trivial Pursuits

"I love trivia. I live for trivia. In fact, in my mind there's an inverse relationship between the importance of a fact and likelihood I will remember it. I revel in useless, pointless, utterly worthless factoids.

But sometimes trivia isn't trivial. It can be a distraction. It can take your focus off what matters.

And it can even be used as a weapon.

In the upcoming presidential election, there are a lot of important issues to discuss. The economy. Foreign policy. ObamaCare. The debt.

And there are a lot of so-called 'issues' that are, for lack of a better term, 'bullshit.' Trivial, irrelevant matters whose sole purpose is to trip up candidates -- almost exclusively Republican ones.

For example, evolution vs. creationism. It's an utterly abstract argument; it has no application to daily matters. Further, it's almost never a federal matter; it's almost exclusively argued at the state and local levels. But it's used as a weapon against conservatives; to answer it, one either comes across as a religious nut and anti-science bigot, or willing to go to war with the deeply devout. So that's why I was glad to see Chris Christie, when confronted with this idiocy run amok, simply say in essence 'MYOB.'

For another, the Confederacy. This year marks 150 years since that war started, and it's been over for 146. The Confederacy was bad, and it lost. End of story. ....

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