Space Donut asks, “Can you think?”

Space Kitten nibbled on our starboard bow. Repairs are under way, Captain!

When I find myself in times of trouble
Space Donut comes to me…

I wasn’t planning to go political again so soon, but like some, I’m unable to control myself. I think I need the internet version of political Depends. ๐Ÿ™‚

When the Space Donut shows up that means it is time for political debate but this time there is a twist. Are you able to think? Reason critically?

The challenge for this posting is to debate logically and not rely on illogical fluff. An example of fluff might be something like this:

“Liberals are incapable of being consistent.”

Unless you have some sort ofย data supporting statements like that expect to be challenged.

Another thing to watch out for is logical red herrings:

Ignatz: “Apples are red.”
Clancy: “Damn you for hating oranges!”

Here’s a humble little suggestion for Clancy: Don’t assume you know Ignatz’ position on oranges. And if you don’t believe apples are red, perhaps you could provide some factual information that is on point and backs up your counterpoint. (Tip: This is called “rebuttal.”) “Ever hear about granny smith apples?”

It would be also be nice if we can operate with zero tolerance on ad hominem.

Can it be done? I don’t know, but I am going to fly my X-Wing through the hole in that donut at FULL THROTTLE if this doesn’t work.

My fate is in your hands.

6 responses

  1. I think I’ll just sit back and “watch” this one out. (Ha!).

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    1. Thanks! Blood sport works best with spectators. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Still waiting for the ox to show up then we can see who gets gored.

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  2. unabridgedgirl | Reply

    “I think I need the internet version of political Depends. ”

    Sometimes? I just want to wrap you up in a box, label it BOX O’FUNNY and put it on a shelf.

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    1. Too bad more people aren’t like you. And I really mean that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Starter comment: “The vast majority of Americans do not want Obamacare.”

    I read this comment on a forum a few minutes ago. Some things to note:

    The term “vast majority” is nebulous and undefined.
    No data or source or link is attached to back up the statement.
    The term “Obamacare” is rather snotty and used primarily by those in opposition.

    Vast Majority

    So. What does that mean? 51 percent? 60? 65? 70?

    Merriam Webster says “vast” means “very great.” In my humble opinion then, based on that definition, a “vast” majority would have to be at least 75 percent. What do you think?

    Backing up your Statements

    Assertions offered without supporting information and sources are generally worth about as much as the information that backs them up. In other words, “none.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rather than trusting this unverified claim, I checked Google for the phrase “health care reform poll.” That turned up this nugget:

    According to the poll, 55% of Americans favor repealing the legislation compared to 42% who oppose repealing it. Of those in favor of repealing it, 46% said they strongly favor repeal, while 35% of those who oppose repealing it said they are strongly opposed.

    Source: RTT News

    That’s interesting. 55 percent. Hardly what I’d call a “vast majority.” In fact, at 55 percent it is questionable whether the American public even has the political will required to repeal the health care law.

    I’m not saying I’m in love with the law. I’m just trying to be factual.

    Obamacare

    Some people act a lot like this:

    It’s rude to say “teabagger!” And the phrase “trickle-down economics” is offensive. It’s actually called “supply-side economics.” But don’t you dare shove that “Obamacare” down my throat!

    I’m not saying the term “Obamacare” is more offensive than “teabagger.” I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy in this line of thinking.

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  4. By the way, also regarding the term “Obamacare”:

    If I remember correctly, FOX News has been consistently among those who are downright acrimonious about the usage of the term “teabagger.”

    I just used Google News to search FOX News for the term “Obamacare” and only came up with “about 82 results.” This from an organization that claims to be “news?”

    Here. Try the Google News search for yourself:
    Search Google News for Obamacare using source FOX News

    Meanwhile, searching FOX News for the term “teabagger” brings up only one result.

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