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We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Taking Us On
(Trust me, read this post, you’ll love the ending.) A few days ago I wrote a fisking of a writer named Jackson Thoreau, who penned an overemotional, factually-devoid screed against “hateful” conservatives who are trying to Revoke Michael Moore’s Oscar. I dissected Thoreau’s letter, and send him an email informing him of my post, and requesting a comment. A couple of days later he left two comments under the post.
Not a single thing to counter any argument I made in my post. How pathetic. Then he posted this.
So, let’s recap. RTO makes an argument against Michael Moore’s factual integrity. Thoreau rushes to Moore’s defense and offfers nothing in the way of a rebuttal of RTO’s argument. He simply makes an emotional appeal to his fellow left-wingers to reject the argument made by “hateful” conservatives and their “McCarthyist” agenda. I then tear apart Thoreau’s letter and post it here. By way of a response Thoreau offers the two pathetic, ambiguous comments above.
Now, take a look at his website. Look at the link headline on the left hand side.
Jackson takes on hundreds of right-wing propagandists who call for Academy Awards to revoke Michael Moore’s Oscar
Yes my friends, in Jackson Thoreau’s mind these two pissy comments are his valiant battle against evil right-wingers! I have to admit, I seriously overestimated the intellectual abilities of Mr. Thoreau. I originally thought the guy was just a typical liberal, confused and emotional. Now I can see that the guy is also pathetic, clueless moron with no ability to back up his own arguments. It’s truly sad.Close this post...
A One Word Difference
Earlier today I blogged about the use of the word “kin” to describe the family of a boy from North Carolina. It was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, but it turned out to be a reprint of an article from the New York Times. Well, here’s another beautiful example of what I am talking about, also from the Times.
Conquered? How about liberated? I don’t see us raping and plundering and enjoying the spoils of war. In fact, I see us bending over backwards trying to improve the lives of the people of Baghdad and the rest of Iraq. But then again, this is the Times we’re talking about. I shouldn’t expect any better.
Martin On Moore
Steve Martin made an appearance recently at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
That’s better than the line he used that night: “The Teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo.”
(Thanks to J.R. Absher for the link.)
Wrong Side of History
Jim just posted a pro-NRA, anti-Michael Moore article on Indymedia. Let’s see how long it is until the free speech champions who run that site delete it.
Update: There’s a very interesting comment left under the post, from a guy named Pierce McAvity. I wonder who could have left that?
Update 2: Indymedia allows you to save stories from their site as a PDF. Just in case they end up deleting this one, I’ve got the proof.
Happy Birthday to Me
On Friday, May 2, I turn 33.
Update: I’ve already had two emails asking if there is anything people can do for my birthday. Not much, I guess, but if you want to drop a few bucks in the tip jar to help me pay the bills, well, I won’t complain. :)
RTO is Everywhere
Check this out. Some internet provider called Rogers High Speed Internet has profiled the Bowling for Columbine Oscar controversy on the front of its homepage.
Not the world’s most important link, to be sure, but it’s cool that the message is getting out there, and people are taking it seriously. (Click on the image to see it full-size.)
Years ago I went to see the feature film version of the comic book Casper. While I was watching the movie I had a revelation about Casper, and during a discussion at work today I ended up being reminded of this revelation. I thought you guys might enjoy hearing it.
In the film there is Casper the friendly ghost. Shall body, stubby little arms, with a huge, round head. The other ghosts all look relatively normal—heads in a normal ratio to the size of their bodies, etc.—much more like actual people than Casper. (See the film’s one sheet here, with all four main characters.)
So, what does Casper look like? Well folks, take a look at these pictures. That’s right my friends, Casper was a fetus. And, since he is a ghost, he’s dead. My conclusion, reached in a darkened movie theater, is that Casper the Friendly Ghost was an abortion.
There was yet another suicide bombing in Israel yesterday, but this one had a twist.
Now, this shoots a huge hold in the “poverty breeds terrorism” argument, doesn’t it? What breeds terrorism is Islamic fundamentalism and jealousy of the achievements of infidel races, not poverty.
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
Instapundit is linking to a story in the Times of London which uses the May 1st “Mayday” holiday as an excuse to extoll the virtues of capitalism. Mayday is celebrated the world over as a day to acknowledge workers and labor. I believe that the United States is the only country that doesn’t celebrate the holiday.
Mayday celebrates the anniversary of a specific event. As an interesting bit of useless trivia, do you know what country the Mayday event took place in?
Believe it or not, it was right here in the good old USA. The event that every socialist, anarchist, and communist the world over commemorates on May 1 was called the Haymarket Square incident.
Remember back in the days of the USSR, and every May 1 they would have that huge parade in Red Square? The politburo would be on the balcony, and the troops, tanks, and nuclear weapons would be marched past for inspection.
I bet you didn’t know that they were celebrating something that happened in America, did you?Close this post...
Greenspan’s the Man
To quote Milton Friedman, “I never met a tax cut I didn’t like.” But I also think that our government is way too big and does too much. Bush has the tax cur part right, but we also need to cut federal spending—dramatically—along with those tax cuts. Bush is wrong, Greenspan is right, and it’s this lack of fiscal responsibility that has the greatest likelihood to sink his chances at a second term.
Lefties and Molesters
President Bush signed into law today a bill creating a national Amber Alert system, plus a few extras.
Sounds good to me so far. Then there was this interesting paragraph.
Two things to note here. First, that our left-wing politicians have concerns about the pretrial detention of men who prey on children, and adjusted mandatory sentencing laws. And secondly, that these politicians are so weak that they voted for the bill anyway.
In other words, these Democrats will vote for a bill they don’t believe in because they don’t want voters to—rightly—think that they are soft on child molesters, even though that’s exactly what they are.
And the left wonders why the country is getting more and more conservative.
Looking for a Date?
The world’s oldest profession is back on the streets of one of the world’s oldest cities, and I’m not talking about being a shepherd.
The joys of freedom and capitalism. Interestingly, the fact that the population there appears to be tolerating prostitution shows that the Iraqi people are, for the most part, not the theocratic fundamentalists that many people assume them to be.
How to Grow a Democrat
Some kid figured it out.
RTO has made what looks to be a Japanese news website. Running it through Babelfish produces gibberish, as usual. Can someone translate this for me? I really want to know what the second paragraph says. They’re got a quote in there which, if the crap from Babelfish is anything to go by, is from one of the other nominees in the Best documentary category.
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