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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-28 02:57
Subject: [links] Link salad flies back to Oregon
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Reading the Leaves reviews Green Powell's | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — A bit of a mixed bag, but largely positive. Some interesting (also mixed) comments after the review, as well.

Scrivener's Error makes an interesting point about publishing and quarterly reports

The evolution of retweeting — For those who might happen to be interested in Twitter.

Made of Myth — The workshops where videogame props are built. (Via Drawn!.)

IBM Takes First 3D Image of Atomic Bonds — Holy frick.

Lunar boreal haloBad Astronomy with a gorgeous lunar photo.

Republican Senator Inhofe on healthcare reformWe can stall it. And thats going to be a huge gain for those of us who want to turn this thing over in the 2010 election. Yep. There's your principled opposition right there.

GOP congressman praises, defends, man for calling himself a "proud right wing terrorist" — My conservative commentors keep telling me that the people I cite aren't like them, but, guys, when your own political leadership endorses this kind of crap, that figleaf is getting awfully thin. Thought experiment: imagine the reaction if Barney Frank praised a self-declared "left wing terrorist."

?otD: Are vampires afraid of steaks?



8/28/2009
Body movement: n/a (slept in to allow blistered foot to heal)
Hours slept: 7.0
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham


Originally published at jlake.com.

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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-28 11:41 (UTC)
Subject: Right Wing Terrorist
I'm not sure, but I think the right wing terrorist might be an ironic response to commentary from the left, denouncing outspoken opponents of the health care plan.

You know, the way the American colonials used the song
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I'm not sure, but I think the right wing terrorist might be an ironic response to commentary from the left, denouncing outspoken opponents of the health care plan.

You know, the way the American colonials used the song <i.Yankee Doodle</i> ironically. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Doodle">Link</a>

That said, he's an idiot. You have never been so right about GOP stance as you've been when you've criticized their current methods in the health care debate. It's shameful. I think Pelosi was right to call the shout-out tactics unAmerican.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-28 11:43 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
Hmm--


That is:

"You know, the way the American colonials used the song Yankee Doodle.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-28 11:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
In fact, here is what the Congressman says his thought process was in supporting the guy's statement:

Link

Congressman Herger stands by his statement in support of his constituent. Mr. Bert Stead is a taxpayer and veteran, who, like so many others, is rightfully fed up with being called “un-American”, or “extremist” or a “political terrorist” by liberals in Washington, for simply exercising his First Amendment rights. Mr. Stead served his country and therefore he is a great American. The Congressman doesn’t at all regret commending him for standing up, exercising his free speech rights, and expressing his strong concerns with the direction liberals in Washington are taking our country.

Again- I don't agree with either man's statement at any time, but it wasn't used in the sense that many Democrats seem to be taking it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-28 12:15 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
As I said, consider the reaction on talk radio, cable news and among the political talking heads if Barney Frank praised a self-declared "left-wing terrorist", regardless of the intent. There would not be a pause for nuance and clarification.

I also find it ironic that rhetoric such as "un-American", "extremist" and "political terrorist" is overwhelmingly used by the Right against liberals and moderates, rather than the other way around. Project much, Congressman Herger?

I certainly do lots of name-calling against the Right, but it's more along the line of "idiot", "fool" and "hypocrite", and in connection with specific statements or positions.

Edited at 2009-08-28 12:15 pm (UTC)
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-28 12:38 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
As I said, consider the reaction on talk radio, cable news and among the political talking heads if Barney Frank praised a self-declared "left-wing terrorist", regardless of the intent. There would not be a pause for nuance and clarification.


I aim to be a little bit better than Glenn Beck. :-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-28 12:16 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
Ps, what liberals in Washington? So far as I can tell, the centrists are in charge. Except in the sense that "liberal" is a perjorative term for "anyone less conservative than me".
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2009-08-28 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Right Wing Terrorist
"Except in the sense that "liberal" is a perjorative term for "anyone less conservative than me"."

Too limited. The correct usage is, "Anyone who disagrees with me."

There's a guy up here in Seattle who does the same usage for "lying," "liar," etc. Goes by the nom de guerre of pudge, and in some circles he's become a verb, like Mr. Boycott before him: "Don't pudge me, bro'!"

Edited at 2009-08-28 03:53 pm (UTC)
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the one and only truly amazing katster
User: katster
Date: 2009-08-28 19:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*sigh* Congressman Herger used to be my congressman, and was for pretty much the entire time I was growing up. I used to actually like the guy.

I wrote my bit on it here: Words have power.

The thing that disturbed me the most was not the guy saying that or the Congressman, but the crowd reaction to the statement. I know Redding and it's pretty conservative, but that's a bit over the top.

-kat
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-08-29 00:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mccain shows the GOP how to do it.

I wish there were more of this.
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