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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-14 04:24
Subject: [links] Link salad arrives at the end of the week
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Throw a dead chicken at the wallcalendula_witch makes a writing process breakthrough.

Batista en Washington: 1938 — Classic photograph of a dictator, stylin' in his ride.

A beach on Mars — Wow.

Killer whales visit 'social clubs' — Social animals indeed. (Thanks to tetar.)

Creepy clow head urinal bounces and sings — And has teeth. I'd never sleep again. (Thanks to lt260.)

Damn speech synthesizer — More (rightful) mockery of the Investors Business Daily editorial about how Stephen Hawking wouldn't have survived the UK's National Health System, this time from Language Log.

Malkin and Fox News Are Stalking Children Again — More on why I think conservatives are crazy — they can't stop demonstrating it.

Officials see rise in militia groups across U.S.The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. That would be the stress of a poor economy delivered by eight years of Republican misrule. And I won't even comment on the stress of a black president. What is it about conservatives and violence? Even during the height of liberal-progressive opposition to Bush, we were making MoveOn videos and writing angry blog posts. Not calling for armed rebellion. (And for those of you who want to tell me that fringe groups aren't conservative, where are the conservative voices denouncing them? Eliminationist rhetoric has been a staple of the conservative commentariat for years.)

?otD: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?



8/14/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 225.0
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine


Originally published at jlake.com.

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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-14 16:54 (UTC)
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for those of you who want to tell me that fringe groups aren't conservative, where are the conservative voices denouncing them?

Denouncing the president's health care plan, I imagine. Bigger fish, etc.

Do you think that an organization/philosophy needs to issue a statement every single time one of its fringes sticks out its middle finger? I think it's far more productive to assume that other people recognize that fringe implicitly means "not representative."

If you are writing in order to convince people of your point of view, pointing at the circus clowns and screaming at the audience, "LOOK! YOU'RE JUST LIKE THEM!" isn't an effective way to go about it.

If you're writing to reinforce the beliefs of those who already agree with you...well, good job. :) You've learned SOMETHING from the GOP spinmasters.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-14 17:10 (UTC)
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Except it's not the fringe, or the circus clowns. It's Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly -- who reach *millions* every day -- while Republican senators and representatives egg this crap on. Eliminationist rhetoric has been a cornerstone of the GOP's outreach for years now. Pretending that the consequences of almost thirty years of deliberate electoral strategy are a "fringe" problem is disingenuous.

Edited at 2009-08-14 05:11 pm (UTC)
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-14 17:32 (UTC)
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Except it's not the fringe, or the circus clowns. It's Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly

You specifically used the words fringe, Jay.

Maybe I don't understand your point.

I'm also not sure what you mean by 'eliminationist rhetoric.'
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-14 17:35 (UTC)
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http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2007/03/eliminationism-in-america-appendix.html
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-14 18:07 (UTC)
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Aha.

Are you saying that Limbaugh's bombastic stupidities (and the stupidities of those like him) are in part to blame for the rise indicated in the report?

I agree that the GOP leadership should strongly condemn eliminationist rhetoric.

I'm surprised that the AP released that article before the report itself was released. Two named sources, no quatification of data, and a good deal of the article devoted to isolated extremists... It's not a very strong argument for the headline, IMO.
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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2009-08-14 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(And for those of you who want to tell me that fringe groups aren't conservative, where are the conservative voices denouncing them? Eliminationist rhetoric has been a staple of the conservative commentariat for years.)

As far as I can tell, they are being two-faced about it, saying the violence is bad but then claiming bringing handguns to one of Obama's appearances with a poster equating Obama to Hitler is proudly patriotic.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-14 17:40 (UTC)
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...the stress of a poor economy delivered by eight years of Republican misrule.

I don't think that the poor economy can be blamed entirely on Republican misrule.

The current deficit, on the other hand, YES. That can be dropped on the GOP's toes.
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2009-08-14 20:56 (UTC)
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The sources of the current budget deficit, with handy pie chart using that same data showing the cost of Obama's policies ve. Bush's. It's down at the bottom. The Obama agenda and stimulus combined aren't even 20 percent of the costs.
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