Corollary to the Poor Man's Razor
The Editors at The Poor Man recently introduced a helpful little rule, which was a bit too vague for my tastes. There are two possible interpretations:
1. The likelihood of a claim being true is inversely related to the amount of wingnut support for it.
2. When two explanations are offered for a phenomenon, the explanation not advanced by wingnuts is preferrable.
Both are useful heuristics, and both have, as far as I can tell, a 100% track record for accuracy.
Please keep in mind that George W. Bush, his entire Cabinet, and all of the political staff in his agencies count as "wingnuts" for the purposes of these devices. For example, look at his DOI report on support for the National park System, his HHS report on Embryonic Stem Cells, his entire economic policy, and his Iraq policy.