CIA dog fired for being sensible

Meet Lulu.

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Sup?

Lulu is a Labrador, and part of the latest CIA training class for bomb-sniffing dogs.

Today, in a public announcement, perhaps meant to shame her, Lulu was fired. As I’ll discuss, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

There are also lots of pictures of Lulu here, so you can just look at those if you want. There’s no shame in that either.

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4 questions about the new bathroom bill

It’s time to investigate the latest issue in this country that has people up in arms, causing arguments about the nature of identity, judgment, and fear.

For this, we will have to journey to the Carolinas, although hey, it’s North Carolina this time. Good job finally seizing that mantle from your southern cousin!

It’s time to get to the bottom of the Bathroom Bill. Continue reading

The perfect compromise for the open position on the Supreme Court

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the political world has been in a frenzy.

Scalia was a conservative justice, and without him, the bench is evenly divided between four mostly liberal judges and four mostly conservative judges. The appointment of the next justice will have reverberations felt for a long time to come.

Naturally, this has caused violent arguments in Washington and beyond about what to do. Republicans in the Senate–who must provide consent on the presidential appointment, as laid out in the Constitution–have said they won’t even vote on any Obama nominee since it’s an election year.

Obama, for his part, has said “Come on, guys,” and “I’m sorry I did the same thing when I was in the Senate.”

Let’s see if we can work through some extreme scenarios to find the perfect compromise. Continue reading

In less than 5 years, Taylor Swift will be running this country

I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And it’s a real ego boost that my little blog has reached some of the highest levels of power.

All the same, I’d prefer that if the Speaker of the House is going to rip off my shtick that he do a better job of it.

My heartfelt condolences to the intern in John Boehner’s office who had to write this.

http://www.speaker.gov/general/12-taylor-swift-reactions-president-obamas-free-college-idea?Source=GovD

It’s still an improvement on the level of political discourse in this country though.

Reading and ‘Riting and Retrograde Military Equipment…

It’s no secret that going to school is a dangerous propositions these days.

Rampant bullying, school shootings, and John Green books show just how bad things have gotten. It’s clearly not safe to attend school, especially for teachers and administrators.

Luckily, there someone looking out for our embattled schools: the military. Continue reading

Back with a shout out to all the pretty ladies in the audience

We’re back! I would of course like to apologize for my extended absence, and offer my explanation. My last post, about the House or Representatives’ grasp on science, did not go unnoticed. And so in the dead of night I was whisked to our nation’s capitol and brought before the House Science Committee to answer tough questions, such as “how does the internet work?” and “will you help me set up my email?”

For months I worked with them on these important topics, and I am happy to report they can now navigate to web pages with a success rate of nearly 50%.

While I was in Washington, one of the big stories that came out was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand revealing she was sexually harassed by other members of Congress. This raised quite a ruckus, and the media responded the only way they knew how, by talking about catcalls of women, and whether or not it’s offensive. It was a whole segment on The Daily Show as well.

Catcalling has always been fascinating to me, because I’ve never understood it. And while in D.C., a remarkable thing happened: Mrs. Sophist received a catcall. Continue reading

The House of Representatives has all the science we need

Climate change has been a popular topic in the news lately, what with the dire reports released by the United Nations and the National Climate Assessment stating that the effects of global warming are upon us and are irreversible.

This has concerned the military, as the Department of Defense has stated it “expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future.”

Thankfully, the House of Representatives has the Science Committee to do the military’s thinking for them on this issue. And they’re requesting the Department of Defense not spend any time worrying about climate change.

I’m sorry. I misspoke. They’re trying to make it law that the Department of Defense spend no resources studying climate change or any of its effects. Continue reading

Russia’s invasion plans go farther than we thought


Russia’s recent and ongoing interference in Ukraine has raised many difficult questions, such as what are their goals, what should the US do about it, and where actually is Ukraine?[1]

Now we’re getting our first indications the whole thing was just a scheme to restart and win the space race.

Russia’s real invasion plan is for the moon. Continue reading

Missouri sounds the alarm for speeders

States have long tried to find ways to slow down speeding drivers, without much success.

Giving out tickets is an ineffective deterrent, and awareness campaigns never seem to reach their target audience.

Give credit to Missouri for thinking of a new technique to get motorists to stop driving dangerously: make it more dangerous. Continue reading

Creating history: how to succeed in the future of politics

Last time on Soft-Core Sophistry, we talked about Brendan Eich stepping down as the CEO of Mozilla two weeks after being appointed to the position, due to pressure from the internet concerning his 2008 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8.

Today we follow up that story with lessons we can learn about what the future holds.

And then we’ll see if there’s a way we can profit from it. Continue reading