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I hate “one bad apple” politics


I should probably elaborate on what this means:

This is a term I’ve devised for the mentality, mostly found in right-wing politics, in which the existence of one person abusing a thing in ways that cause very little harm is proof that that thing should be banned.

You see it in the assertion that boat people are the biggest threat to Australian security, even though the 15,800 refugees to arrive in the past year are outnumbered approximately 2000 to 1 and 85% of them are legitimate refugees anyway according to the UN.

You see it in the idea that the (fictitious) existence of “welfare scroungers” in the US means that the entire welfare system should be shut down and screw the people who are dependent on it to scratch a precarious living.

Oddly enough, usually the main field you don’t see it in is gun rights, in which the people who misuse them – usually in ways that cost multiple lives – are brushed under the carpet and dismissed as fringe nutjobs so that the people speaking can keep their firearms. Weird. You’d think that consistency would at least obligate them to apply this to everything – people text while driving? Ban both cars and mobile phones! That kind of thing.

All I will say is that “it is better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent be punished”.

– OSM out

 

(Worse than WBTC will come eventually! I just think I’ve been trapped in the Valve-Time Continuum.)

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Dear Vatican, about your next Pope…


So the results are in, and George Mario Bergoglio has become Pope Francis, thereby becoming the first Pope to adopt a name no Pope had held before since 1978, and if I’m reading this list of Popes correctly, the second since the ninth century.

Being the heretic I am*, I can’t help but suggest some alternative formats they may want to try when Pope Francis leaves office.

1. The Vatican’s Next Top Pontiff

Hosted by Tyra Banks, or the most insane celebrity available if she can’t make it**, this format focuses on the Pope-as-Celebrity. Challenges are heavy on impressions of being “worn down but determined”, “humble” or “aged but regal”. The occasional “sexy” challenge will be filmed; the result will be burned to a disc, and then the disc will itself be burned. With fire. The elder who looks best on camera is solemnly handed the pimpin’ Papal tiara.

2. The Weakest Cleric

The candidates are ruthlessly grilled on Catholic doctrine and history by the most ruthless game-show host available, in tried-and-tested Weakest Link format. The winner is invested as Pope. Then, the host is unceremoniously excommunicated on the spot.

3. QI: Papal Edition

Adding a touch of comedy to the proceedings, Stephen Fry takes the top three candidates and Alan Davies and gives them the panel game treatment until one of them wins. The main draw of this one is the remote but still present chance of Alan Davies becoming Pope.

 

Also, someone should totally do a bumper sticker with a crucifix and “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For The Tumblr Fluffy Chicken”.

– OSM out

and quietly dousing the front of the house with water for the inevitable firebombs

 

*Or, if you want to be absolutely technical, am not, since only one within the membership of a church can commit heresy.

**Insert your own Sarah Palin joke here.

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No post today because Christmas


Have a great one.

– OSM out

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