Brian Switek talks about the never-ending, fruitless search for Big Foot and other cryptozoological tales.
Field biologists study elusive living species by using camera traps, analyzing genetic data from scat, and following footprints. There should be a wealth of compelling evidence from such sources—but all we have are an abundance of purported sightings. Given the number that Sasquatch clubs busy themselves with, I should be able to look out my window each morning and see Sasquatch families raiding my trash cans for leftovers. Bigfoot aficionados protest that they have found tracks, hair, and other evidence. But photos of mangy black bears and footage that would make even the director of Cloverfield nauseous from all the shaking show nothing more than a lack of rational skepticism.
The Bible and Wikipedia tell us that King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon made a large golden statue and wanted everybody to bow to it. Not wanting to violate the First Commandment, three Jews names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t bow, so Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the furnace. Even though the furnace was so hot that it killed even the soldiers who were throwing them in, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were able to walk around inside with no problem, completely unhurt. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to admit that their God was very powerful, and he declared that saying anything against the God of the Jews was an act of war.
Much later, the Beastie Boys made a song.
Whether you read and trusted all the polls, which were correct, or you told conservatives for years that they were on a losing road, you should be able to revel in being correct. Bruce Bartlett takes the opportunity to detail his long falling-out with his fellow conservatives.
I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong. Those who were wrong should be purged and ignored; those who were right, especially those who inflicted maximum discomfort on movement conservatives in being right, ought to get credit for it and become regular reading for them once again.