Nov 13

‘Milhous’ is delusional and corrupt, and also correct, v. Christie

Richard Milhous Nixon reaches from beyond the grave (on Twitter) to opine on Chris Christie.

Put me down as saying that Christie goes on the Wingnut-Welfare circuit along with FOX, a book deal, and a radio gig.


Jun 10

Evil or Stupid? v. Epistemic Closure

When arguing with a teabagger, I think it’s a mistake to always ascribe to stupidity that which can be equally explained by malice (think of it as an Inverse Hanlon’s Razor).  As one of the ‘blue collar comedy tour’ types said, “you can’t fix stupid”.  In this case, I think they are evil, as in they don’t care if the facts are correct, so long as the facts conform to their worldview, and further that they are more than willing to lie and distort where needed.

There was a big dustup on the blogs about epistemic closure (as it regards to the Closing of the Conservative mind,  which originated in a back-and-forth between conservative columnists.  There was  one quote that stood out in the blogs and was oft-quoted [emphasis mine]:

Mark recognizes that when you  are at war, while it is important to get  facts right (and I think Mark did a darned fine job sourcing his book, giving you  the chance to criticize it), it is also important to inspire  the troops and to do so by distilling  the realities of  the fight into useful information. I frankly don’t know if every statistic  in Goldwater’s  Conscience of a Conservative  was correct or not. Nor do I know if every statistic or number  in Reagan’s  A Time For Choosing  speech  in 1964 was correct. I DON’T CARE. I know  the facts were  in the ballpark, and more importantly,  the principles were timeless and correct.

We all just need to admit that they are arguing in ‘bad faith’, and as such aren’t worthy of being engaged.  Ironically enough,  they are following Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (affiliation with Communist Alinsky being a preferred Obama smear) to the letter, as illustrated via Roger Ebert.
See also,  truthiness.

May 10

Dear Conservative Government Employees, including Post Office, Police, and Fire:

You know when they’re done with the teachers and nurses, your wages, hours, and working conditions are next, right?

Say goodbye to those tax-payer funded health benefits, pensions, and seniority-based layoff protection. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

You do know what a gander is, don’t you?

Love, Karma

Jan 10

Creative Political Disruption

We try and try to work within the system.   A couple of years ago TBogg pointed out our naiveté of how the system really works?

Every year in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land all of the sprites and elves and woodland creatures gather together to pick the Rainbow Sunshine Queen. Everyone is there: the Lollipop Guild, the Star-Twinkle Toddlers, the Sparkly Unicorns, the Cookie Baking Apple-cheeked Grandmothers, the Fluffy Bunny Bund, the Rumbly-Tumbly Pupperoos, the Snowflake Princesses, the Baby Duckies All-In-A-Row, the Laughing Babies, and the Dykes on Bikes. They have a big picnic with cupcakes and gumdrops and pudding pops, stopping only to cast their votes by throwing Magic Wishing Rocks into the Well of Laughter, Comity, and Good Intentions. Afterward they spend the rest of the night dancing and singing and waving glow sticks until dawn when they tumble sleepy-eyed into beds made of the purest and whitest goose down where they dream of angels and clouds of spun sugar.

You don’t live there.

Grow the fuck up.

Both parties fail us.   That’s obvious when the healthcare reform bill that passed with a supermajority is liked by no one and may still be scuttled over the incomprehensible possibility of losing Ted Kennedy seat in Massachusetts. Continue reading →

Nov 09

Envisioning Purity

I ran the text of the GOP’s Purity Test as reported in the NYTimes through Wordle to generate a visualization:

Wordle: GOP Purity Test Supports Opposing Progress

It appears that the GOP is supporting opposition of, well, everything.   Or something.