Jimmy Fallon Slobbers on Guests while Serial Killer Stabs his Audience to Death

Dateline: NEW YORK CITY—Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, played softball with his guests while a serial killer crept through the studio, killing the members of the live audience one by one as they applauded the antics of the family-friendly host and comedian. Read more Jimmy Fallon Slobbers on Guests while Serial Killer Stabs his Audience to Death

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(Longer Read) Discussing the Arab World and China: The “Equivalence Police” and “Absolved Modernist”

There is a lot of talk nowadays about “moral equivalence” as a cynical diversion tactic which has the capacity to derail and divert serious discussions; or so neocons will tell you, anyway. Read more (Longer Read) Discussing the Arab World and China: The “Equivalence Police” and “Absolved Modernist”

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Some Reflections for the Day After World Mental Health Day

Although my tweets today about #WorldMentalHealthDay should have been sent out yesterday, they do provide a more balanced account.

Love is tough.

Love is hard as nails.

Love does not readily compromise, and it does not easily surrender to the beloved one.

Mental health problems are not ‘issues,’ and they are not another form of ‘diversity.’

Let’s be respectful and give them their due weight.

At the same time, if anything needs to be ‘celebrated,’ let it be personal responsibility; and this alone.

The second worse thing you can do for someone with mental health problems is to be callous.

The absolute worst thing you can do is to be an enabler.

There is a time and season for everything under the sun. A time to make accommodations, and a time to give a good hard kick up the arse!

Take mental health seriously. That means not being callous; but it also mean not being sentimental and indulgent.

Mental illness is not entirely an external force that comes on one from the inside. Personal responsibility and dignity have to come before victimhood and sentimentalism.

Ultimately, people with a past or present of mental illness should be respected.

This means not asking too much of us; but it also means not asking too little. As Confucius said in the Analects; too far and not far enough are both bad approaches to virtue!

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