The good, the bad, and the ugly witches

•April 10, 2013 • 1 Comment

Our philofficer returns from vacation with this tidbit that appears to have emanated from George Takei’s Facebook page. The Star Trek icon posted this image of Glenda, the good witch from the Land of Oz.


Now, it takes someone like our philofficer to notice that the captions conceal a logical trap. People tend to think that “Only bad witches are ugly” means that you won’t find any pretty bad witches, when it really means you won’t find any ugly good witches — and there can be any number of pretty bad lovely bad ones.

Think about it this way: If it was your job to make sure the rule “Only bad witches are ugly” is being followed, you’d sort witches into “ugly” and “not ugly” groups and make sure no good witches make it into the “ugly” group. For your immediate purposes, it doesn’t matter how the witches in the “not ugly” group behave.

To get this right quickly, it helps to translate the original statement in the form “Only X’s are Y” into its logical equivalent, “No Y is not X” — that is, “No ugly witch isn’t bad.”

And, of course, if what you really meant to say was, “All bad witches are ugly” — well, just say so!

Phenomenal a capella group

•March 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment
For anyone who is further behind the times than I am, this great video from 2008 should please. Perpetuum Jazzile is an a capella vocal group from Slovenia, and here they perform Toto’s Africa. This video is going on 15M hits. Enjoy!!

On bringing scissors to a gun fight….

•March 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sorry to be late in posting this; I hope the topic is fresh enough for everyone to enjoy Tristan Shoubt’s latest political cartoon. As always, if you want to share with friends, just link to this page or email for permission to


The Drone Filibuster

•March 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

That title sounds almost redundant, eh? This cartoon from Tristan Shoubt may be a tad late, but fun I think. To share, just link to this page or email for permission.


Wow! Vitrual President rocks!

•February 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I have no idea why I never heard of Bill Whittle before, but I’m sure glad I found this!

Save the Horses

•February 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A whopping second helping of humor for today from Tristan Shoubt. If they could, what would horses do to stay off the menu? As is becoming usual, I ask that if you want to share this with friends just link to this page or else email for permission.

chickin cartoon

Immigration Policy Cartoon

•February 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Oh, boy! Another political cartoon from Tristan Shoubt, this time playing off of Senator Marco Rubio’s comment on Obama’s immigration policy. Again, to share just link to this page, or else email for permission.


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