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It’s tough to find someone more out of touch than Alex Jones.

In what was obviously CNN’s attempt at a rational argument and in no way an attempt to grab ratings, Piers Morgan “interviewed” Mr. Jones. In case a) you haven’t had much access to the internet, or b) you’ve had better things to do, here’s the clip.

Arguably, this is not Alex Jones’ craziest moment on video. Thanks to the folks over at Mediaite, you can review their findings and judge for yourself whether the man could be any more coocoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Which was a cute, commercialized way of making fun of the mentally ill and fostering both our current problems with obesity and our dependence on pharmaceuticals to control our children. But let’s move on.

At the risk of casting aspersion on Alex Jones for advocating the overthrow of the current government, which probably dances dangerously close to something resembling treason, I do think that, without assessing his mental acuity, we can all agree that Alex Jones isn’t terribly grounded in reality. Or logic. Or…facts.

Just like the Kagans.

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You may have heard that there’s a video going around showing US Marines peeing on Taliban corpses.

I’m going to avoid spinning my two cents into this. I think that was done very well by both Abu Muqawama:

War is an awful human experience. It is sometimes necessary, but it is never sanitary.

and over at Gawker:

Do you know what is worse than having your dead body urinated upon? Being killed. Being shot. Being bombed. Having your limbs blown off. Having your house incinerated by a drone-fired missile that you don’t see until it explodes. Having your children blown up in their beds. Having your spouse killed. Having your hometown destroyed. Being displaced. Becoming a refugee. Having your entire life destroyed as a consequence of political forces far, far beyond your control.

I admit, I know next to nothing of Gawker, or of the author Hamilton Nolan’s work. I do know you should read the whole piece. It’s worth the time.

Dana Loesch, a CNN contributor and talk-show host, had this to say:

“Can someone explain to me if there’s supposed to be a scandal that someone pees on the corpse of a Taliban fighter? Someone who, as part of an organization, murdered over 3,000 Americans? I’d drop trou and do it too. That’s me though. I want a million cool points for these guys. Is that harsh to say? Come on people, this is a war. What do you think this is?”

Anyone who’s had the fortune/misfortune to argue with me about anything knows that I’m a fan of playing the devil’s advocate. Especially if I know it’s going to make you angry. I do like to poke the big bear with a stick.

And I realize that Loesch is a talk show host, and that by giving her any print space at all, I’m helping her accomplish her goal here, which is to get some kind of publicity for her radio show.

Unfortunately, she’s expressing the opinion of more than a few people in this country, that just because the Taliban do (a), then we should be able to do (b).

We’re supposed to be better than that. I know it’s not always true, or even possible, but, we’re supposed to be. If we’re not, then we’ve surrendered what little moral high ground is still left to us after giving the world Kim, Kris and Snooki.

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