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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-25 03:47
Subject: [links] Link salad for a travel day
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Tags:cool, funny, language, links, personal, politics, tech
All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts — Mmm. Art. Which flavor tasted best? (Thanks to lt260.)

A crusade to edit America — The Editing Guy strikes. Prescriptivists 'r us. Though I certainly share the twitch. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

The future of books — The interface on this site is confusing and annoying, but click on the second image. The little slide show which follows is pretty cool. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Taking Apart the Livescribe PulseTechnology Review on a very smart pen. Though my favorite bit was this comment about the special, patterned paper: "Each printed page has its own unique pattern — actually, a unique portion of a single, non-repeating pattern big enough to cover Europe and Asia."

How Hillary Can Still Win — A short video about the mathematics of electability, which nicely explains the Clinton campaign strategy. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Limbaugh on Republicans — "We don't riot. We don't burn our cars. We don't burn down our houses. We don't kill our children. We don't do half the things the American left does." Speaking as a member of the American left, I can tell you it's just not a Saturday night if I don't set fire to Nuevo Rancho Lake and threaten the_child with grievous bodily harm. I have to ask my conservative friends: when the most visible conservative in the American media says stuff like this, how can the rest of us not think conservatives are simply crazy?

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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-04-25 12:33 (UTC)
Subject: Comedian Rush Limbaugh
(with a hat tip to Keith Olbermann)

We don't riot.
Factually incorrect.

We don't burn our cars. We don't burn down our houses.
Hard to tell, he might be talking about the LA riots of 1992. But that wasn't really ideologically driven, and, oh yeah, was 16 years ago.

We don't kill our children.
Here he's talking about abortion, almost certainly.
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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-04-25 12:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Comedian Rush Limbaugh
"...and, oh yeah, was 16 years ago."

Under a Republican president and governor, if it comes to that.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2008-04-25 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, I suspect Limbaugh doesn't believe a single word that comes out of his own mouth.

And it doesn't matter anyway. He just sits around trying to think of something to say that will make immature right wingers let loose with a triumphant, gutteral "yeah!" and make non right wingers confused or angry.

In other words: cynical, not crazy.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-04-25 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Rush Limbaugh is selling books. I don't think he gives a rats ass about what he talks about, he's just making money. He found a niche that works for him and he's working it. Actually, it's also possible that he's spouted this stuff so long that he does believe some of it. Self brain washing, in effect.

Jay, dear, what I find understandable, but still quite distressing, is that the likes of that idiot pushes otherwise reasonable liberals (that would be you or me, I think) to make broad general statements about how conservatives are crazy.

Conservatives aren't usually crazy. They are often *frightened*, which is the button that RL and his ilk often push. Control freak stuff like that tends to stem from anxiety. This is not to excuse them. *I* am often frightened. It can be a big scary world out there. The main difference I see is that I try to work through the fear and make decisions in spite of it, not because of it.

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User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-25 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're right. I was generalizing badly. Not all conservatives, merely the tens of millions who listen to Rush.

As for the fear, absolutely. The street-level politics of modern conservativism seems to be about nothing but fear. Fear that immigrants will take our jobs, fear that the IRS will take our money, fear that terrorists will take our liberties. So they elect a government that does all those things for them instead...
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-04-25 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Yeah, but then they feel that at least they are *controlling* the government that's doing all those horrible things to them, that they can quit, any time they want. They just don't feel like it today...

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User: steve_buchheit
Date: 2008-04-25 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You forgot fear of the gays oogling them, fear of their daughters doing the nasty, fear that someone is smarter than they are...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-04-26 02:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've got the scent of crayons in my nose now...

As for Limbaugh, he's on stuff. It was proved in a court of law a few years ago.
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