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Abortion isn't exactly a "third rail" of American politics, since people yell about it all the time.

But it is a third rail of rational discussion. Many people have dogmatic beliefs about it and they react with blind rage to any heretical disagreement.

The ...

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I'm an optimistic kind of guy. I can usually find the "half full" in any glass, no matter how empty it is.

But even I get discouraged sometimes. Most often, it's because of human irrationality.

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote that "Whom the gods ...

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There are three basic ways to deal with any situation:

  • Method 1: Complain about it and be unhappy.
  • Method 2: Accept it and be happy.
  • Method 3: Try to change it, and then apply Method 1 or 2 to the result.

Of course, there are lots of variations.

Method ...

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There are three kinds of people I like most in the world.

First, the ones who tell me how incredibly good-looking I am. Even though I worked on Capitol Hill, I still haven't met anyone who's able to lie that brazenly. But I can hope.

Second, the ones who make the sun shine brighter, make my heart sing, and, ahem, make my loins stir. ...

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I've known a couple of people who these days would be called "transgender," though I'm not sure if they themselves would embrace the term.

Using the grammatical term "gender" as not-quite-a-synonym for "biological sex" creates an anti-concept ...

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