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Galaxy Quest (1999) - Movies with Mikey
Originally Published August 11th, 2016, 06:37 PM


Episode 300: Letters to My Nephews - Never Giving Up - Extra Credits
Originally Published August 10th, 2016, 12:00 PM


Comic: 2016-08-10
Originally Published August 10th, 2016, 02:00 AM

New Comic: 2016-08-10



BAHFest London - Evolution - Michael Anderson - Creationism as Adaptive Thanatosis
Originally Published August 9th, 2016, 09:06 PM


Pediatricians should not be transgender children’s first bully
Originally Published August 9th, 2016, 08:58 PM

C.J. and Chase recently made their professional speaking debut in Washington, D.C., at an annual meeting for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). AAP invited us and another family to speak to meeting attendees about caring for gender nonconforming and … Continue reading



Dub Wars - First 15, Episode 64
Originally Published August 8th, 2016, 01:59 AM


2016-08-08
Originally Published August 7th, 2016, 11:01 PM

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Context for Black Lives Matter
Originally Published July 12th, 2016, 09:26 PM


Pokemon, trying to get people outside for 2 decades
Originally Published July 8th, 2016, 02:20 PM
Pokemon, trying to get people outside for 2 decades

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On no-contact letters, with a tangent about the police
Originally Published July 7th, 2016, 04:08 PM
800px-Pluie_sur_l'estuaire_de_la_Seine_au_HavreThere’s no way to write the perfect no-contact letter. When people break contact with a parent, whether for a month or a year or a lifetime, they try to write a letter that will make their parent understand why it’s happening. It’s a fool’s errand. Tempting, beguiling, but as doomed as doomed can be. When the situation […]


If Coffee Commercials Were Honest - Honest Ads
Originally Published July 4th, 2016, 06:30 AM


Feeling sad about tragedy
Originally Published June 20th, 2016, 07:30 AM


In Support Of A Total Ban on Civilians Owning Firearms
Originally Published June 16th, 2016, 11:27 AM

I support the argument that the United States should enact a total ban on civilians owning firearms.

Oh, I don't support the ban. I support the argument.

I support the argument because it's honest and specific. It doesn't hide the ball, it doesn't refuse to define terms, it doesn't tell rely on telling people they are paranoid or stupid in their concerns about the scope of the ban. The argument proposes a particular solution and will require the advocate to defend it openly.

That elevates it above most gun control dialogue.

I've argued before that gun control debates would be improved if people avoided culture-bundling and cared about the meaning of words. Most don't. Too much looks like this:

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There's a very good reason to care about what you mean when you argue that "assault weapons" should be banned: the term is infinitely flexible. If you think it inherently means something specific, you haven't bothered to inform yourself about the issue. "Assault weapon" means whatever the definers decide it should mean. Banning "assault weapons" is the gun version of banning "hate speech" or "disruptive protest" or "dangerous persons" or "interfering with a police officer" — it's a blank check. And I don't like handing out blank checks to the government to ban things and jail people.

I'm not making an argument that it's impossible to define assault weapons.1 I'm not even making an argument that banning "assault weapons," defined with reasonable specificity, would violate the Second Amendment. There's an argument to be made about that — an argument that's still in its jurisprudential infancy, given the recency of Heller — but it's not my point. My point is that if you won't even try to define what you want to regulate, and how, the argument about practicality and constitutionality is both abstract and premature. It's the same with defining automatic and semi-automatic. I don't want gun control advocates to acquire some vague grasp of what those mean because I'm eager to have my neighbor own a machine gun. I want advocates to learn the difference so I can have some level of confidence that I know what kind of proposed government power we're debating. Right now the debate seems choked with people who don't know, are proud of not knowing, and think you're a redneck gun-nut asshole if you want them to know because they feel very strongly about this. I decline to take that seriously.

Gun control advocates may argue that it's pointless to define terms because gun control opponents will oppose gun control laws no matter how they are crafted. That's a fair description of the behavior of some — perhaps even most — gun control opponents. But it's not a logical or moral excuse for not trying. Urging vague and unconstrained government power is not how responsible citizens of a free society ought to act. It's a bad habit and it's dangerous and irresponsible to promote it.

This is not an abstract or hypothetical point. We live in a country in which arbitrary power is routinely abused, usually to the detriment of the least powerful and the most abused among us. We live in a country in which we have been panicked into giving the government more and more power to protect us from harm, and that power is most often not used for the things we were told, but to solidify and expand previously existing government power. We live in a country where the government uses the power we've already given it as a rationale for giving it more: "how can we not ban x when we've already banned y?" We live in a country where vague laws are used arbitrarily and capriciously. We live in a country that is about to nominate Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President of the United States: a man who wants to limit free speech, ban people based on religion, and generally jackboot around. We live in a country where his opponent is a long-time advocate of the security state who got famous helping label young black men "superpredators."

Maybe gun control advocates won't define terms because they know that the defined terms they want won't sell. That's not unusual; it's typical politics. That doesn't make it right. You have no moral or rational claim to your fellow citizens' support for a deliberately vague law. Cowboy up. Define what you want and argue for it. Anything else is either silly and self-indulgent, or deliberately deceitful.

Copyright 2016 by the named Popehat author.


He Just Needs To Find His People, Then He’ll Be Safe
Originally Published June 12th, 2016, 03:52 PM

Growing up, I instinctively knew that I had to worry about my brother’s safety because he was slightly effeminate when young, people assumed he was gay as a teen, then he came out shortly after high school. All of those … Continue reading



Pool Fart!
Originally Published May 31st, 2016, 12:00 PM


rain
Originally Published May 25th, 2016, 05:03 AM

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My Robot Morning Routine
Originally Published May 11th, 2016, 01:49 PM


Acquisitions Incorporated - PAX East 2016 D&D Game
Originally Published May 4th, 2016, 11:34 AM


Wil Wheaton speaks to the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival
Originally Published April 20th, 2016, 01:25 PM


I, Phone
Originally Published April 14th, 2016, 07:59 AM


Encryption
Originally Published April 14th, 2016, 07:58 AM


Random Word Pair Comics Part 4
Originally Published April 3rd, 2016, 11:08 PM
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Well folks. It's that time again. The time when I am so excited about other stuff that I can't focus on a good JSPH idea so I use my "goof machine" and have brought you these PRIME GOOFS For the record, emus actually make a weird deep throaty thumping sound and do not scream. That is why it is alarming that one would be screaming. Other birds who scream, they are just screaming because that is what birds love to do. But an emu screaming? You know that is bad news. OH YEAH, I'll be at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend! Booth C2B in artist's alley, please come see me!!


An Open Letter to My Niece
Originally Published March 31st, 2016, 02:00 PM


Batman V Superman - Sad Affleck
Originally Published March 24th, 2016, 04:11 PM


Mind-Blowing Magic Magnets - Smarter Every Day 153
Originally Published March 20th, 2016, 10:46 AM


Glowing Base Of Tree Made By Arranging Leaves
Originally Published March 18th, 2016, 10:39 AM
Glowing Base Of Tree Made By Arranging Leaves

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Why Do These Liquids Look Alive?
Originally Published March 15th, 2016, 09:30 AM


Son of a Preacher Man - Tom Goss
Originally Published March 14th, 2016, 08:30 AM


Flaming Wire Wool In 4K Slow Mo - The Slow Mo Guys
Originally Published March 7th, 2016, 11:50 AM


Failed to Fix Your Cell Phone? Make a Robot
Originally Published February 18th, 2016, 03:50 PM


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