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Monday, March 20, 2006

As Glenn Reynolds would say: "Heh."

I was amused by a letter to the editor in the yesterday's edition of the Austin American-Statesman (unfortunately, it was only in the dead-trees version, not the online version). It went thusly:
Follow the leader

Re: William Rusher's March 16 column, "Throwing in the towel":

Rusher concedes that our invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence; that the administration's occupation strategy was flawed; that William Buckley's assessment of Bush's failure "may" be correct; and that terrorist bombings and sectarian violence constitute bad news.

But Rusher suggests that we ignore bad news. After all, factual events are only reported because journalists hate Bush. Failure in Iraq will not be caused by lack of leadership, but only because of Americans' unwillingness to support that lack of leadership. President Bush is Buzz Lightyear, and we are expected to follow him to infinity...and beyond.


Certainly puts a new spin on that codpiece-enhanced flight suit that Bush wore on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, doesn't it?

Indeed. (And disturbing, if true.)

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That's a nice thought, but...

Last week, in a speech at Georgetown University, former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor cautioned students against condoning "those who would strong-arm the judiciary," warning that such tactics would cause the United States to "[fall] into a dictatorship."

That's great, Justice O'Connor, but it would be nice if you actually practiced what you preached. By declaring your intention to only retire under a Republican administration, and saying "that's terrible" of the early call of Florida for Gore in the 2000 election, and not subsequently recusing yourself from Bush v. Gore, you personally handed the reins of power over to those who would do just that - turn this once-great country into a dictatorship.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Fun with semantics

While we're adding entries to the Wingnut Debate Dictionary (They can debate? News to me.), allow me to add a couple of my own:

1.)The Liberalcaust: eliminationist rhetoric that blames The Left for all the problems of the world from The Fall of Man to male impotence and suggests that the only way to set things right (in more ways than one) is to "kill all the liberals." Also known as "The Final Solution to the Liberal Problem."

2.)Liberalenfrei: the state of the world after the Liberalcaust is implemented.

3.)Ignoratio Hovindi: the tendency to claim you're going to give a particular argument against evolution before going off on wild tangents that have nothing to do with the argument you're trying to make, interspersed with creationist book-hawking. From Hovind, Kent.

4.)Plurium Hovindum: the tendency, both written and oral debate, to offer without proof multiple rapid-fire assertions in the hopes that the respondant won't have enough time to answer all of them, making the arguer the winner by default. Also known as "Cheney's Shotgun" or "The Gish Gallop." From Hovind, Kent.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

The Sadly, No! post

I've recently become a fan of the fine folks at Sadly, No! I've even left comments there on occasion. So I thought it might be a good idea to share with you some thoughts I had on a couple of posts there.

First, there was this post about the Jyllands-Posten cartoon controversy. Responding to a report that a Pakistani cleric had offered a $1 million bounty (paging Dr. Evil!), Brad R. lays this gem on us:
Y'know, as much as I bitch about the Christian Right in this country, at least they don't do shit like this

残念ですが、それじゃねェ~ぞ! (In case you're wondering, the Japanese roughly translates as "Sadly, No!")

The other bit that I wanted to write about was the hilarious fisking of Michael Westfall's extra-crispy bucket of right-wingnuttery about Willie Nelson's musical tribute to Brokeback Mountain. I want to point out this line in particular:
We are handing our youth over to this anti-family smut on a silver platter without even a fight!

Yeah, that's right! Christians are just bending over and taking it up the rear, alright! Why they'd never dictate to America what belief system to follow or what books are verboten or what science is allow...oh wait.

Okay, so maybe right-minded Christians would tell you what you can and can't think, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they'd try, by legislative fiat or force of arms, to insert government into a woman's uter...oh wait.

Okay, so maybe conservative Christians would tell you what you can believe and read and would relegate women to brood-mare status, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they'd go around beating the living daylights out of homosexuals, blowing up gay bars or protesting military funerals because of America's "acceptance" of the "gay agenda," or even walk into a gay bar in Massachusetts and, upon finding out that it is indeed a gay bar, start shooting up the pla...oh wait.

Okay, so maybe fundamentalist Christians would order you to think and believe as they do, belittle women and generally terrorize people whose sexual orientaitons they don't like, but it's not like they'd stockpile warehouses full of munitions and WMDs with fake DoD/UN credentials in preparation for the day when they righteously smite the evildoers in their...oh wait.

Just out of curiosity, Mr. Westfall wouldn't happen to be armed, would he? If so, maybe we can get Homeland Security, the Pentagon and the NSA to stop wasting their time on Quakers, vegans and those who pay more than the minimum on their credit card bills and go after some real terrorists.

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