August 30, 2013

Towards a New Dictionary of Received Ideas
— Ace

Ann Althouse writes of Flaubert's La Dictionairre d'Idees Reçues, or "Dictionary of Received Ideas." A comical, cynical spoof of the Thoughtless Thoughts people are infected with.

This is what I think Jonah Goldberg was talking about in his Tyranny of Clichés.

It's these automatic thoughts that cling to the brain like parasites that destroy thinking and reason. Rather like, and I don't think this could possibly be a cliché, alien Body Thetans of idiocy that are interfering with the lucid functioning of our own spirit Thetan.

Amusing Ourselves to Death briefly noted the long, long history of Thoughtless Thoughts. In pre-literate cultures, when all knowledge was stored in human memory and recalled by verbal trope, it was useful to have cute and memorable aphorisms, appellations and other received wisdom in the form of canned cliché. Thus all dawns reflexively had rosy fingers, and were you to dig into the ground, you'd find some money rooting all evils.

Although we've long since gained the capacity to write and read, we've kept many of the Automatic Associations we've been taught.

Liberals, I think, are especially prone to this, for a bunch of reasons. First of all, they dominate the culture and the natural dialogue so their Thoughtless Thoughts crowd out all others. Perhaps there are some anti-gay people who would like to establish the Meme Thetan that Gays Are In Revolt Against God, but they can't, because liberals have established their own reflexive clichés about gays: They improve neighborhoods, like cupcakes a whole heck of a lot, and are perfect fashion accessories for women entering their middle years.

And beyond that, while liberals really like to think that they Think an awful lot (reflexive liberal Thoughtless Thought on liberals: Our major failing is that we're too reasonable and overthink things!!!), in fact, they don't think very much at all.

I think in terms of psychographics, Liberals are better Students than the right. Understand here that I speak of the group, not any individual case. I think Liberals are more educable, and conservatives more resistant to education.

And there's a flip-side to this: People who are more "educable," as I call it, are also more pliable, more deferential to Assumed Authority, more dedicated to the goal of Pleasing Teacher. Less likely to rebel, less likely to quesiton.

This is why they make, on paper, such fine administrators of the National Bureaucratic state. And why they make, in reality, such terrible ones.

There's an old bit of Received Wisdom I heard about the Chinese Bureaucracy, an idea and innovation squashing institution that nevertheless persisted for over a thousand years (and still does). It persisted so long because, while it is bad, it was never quite awful enough to spark a revolution. It was always on every Emperor's to-do list to reform the bureaucracy -- but always at number 12 on the list.

No Emperor ever gets to number 12 on his list. No Emperor ever gets much further than Number 3.

And so a fundamentally poor cadre for administering the state limped along for over a thousand years, retarding Chinese advancement... but its effects were merely subtly pernicious.

Had the Chinese Bureaucracy been worse, China would have done better.

And so it is with Liberals, as far as group psychographics. They're overinvested in repeating back What Teacher Said and underinvested in questioning received wisdom.

I've been on about this basic point for years. I can't credit someone as a thinking person when I ask him for his first reaction to the word-stimulus "USAToday" and I can predict his response -- "McPaper" -- as precisely as I can predict that a cow will come trotting toward the barn when I ring the milking bell.

(Caveat: I have no idea if there's such a thing as a milking bell.)

No one who reacts with the precisely predictable conditioned behavior of a moth drawn to a light-bulb can be credited as fully "thinking."

As Jonah Goldberg argues (I take it-- I haven't read the book), part of the reason for the liberal dominance over the culture and lately politics as well is that it is extremely hard to argue someone out of a proposition he was never argued into in the first place. The public did not decide Barack Obama was extremely intelligent, cultured, articulate, and spiritually uplifting. The public had this word-cloud about Barack Obama drilled into their heads for two years so that when they finally saw the man speak, in all his umming and uhhing glory, there was hardly any space in their minds for their own analytical and impressionistic portrait of Barack Obama. The neurons necessary for storing such electrical wisdom were already all taken up by Extremely Intelligent, Cultured, Articulate, Spiritually Uplifting.

Oh and possibly actually The Second Messiah. Or, to our Jewish friends, just The Messiah.

Sometimes I catch a little heat from commenters who object to my going off-script, as it were, to get into these sorts of Not Really Politics topics.

I have to tell you that if you're conceiving of "politics" as the surface game of just shouting back and forth that abortion either is, or is not murder, I don't think you understand how people's minds are actually shaped. People talk in the language of reason but they actually think, or rather do not think, in the language of myth.

Any effort to reclaim the nation for the Enlightenment and for Classical Liberalism must begin with Breitbart's oft-quoted motto, "Politics is downstream of culture."

Defects in political thinking -- such as an embrace of socialism -- are merely the symptoms. To address the actual disease, one has to first treat the underlying disease, which are defects in thinking, period, and minds fevered by all the superstitions spread virally by the plague-rats of Chomsky, Marx, Zinn, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, and the rest of the forever chattering National Greek Chorus of Dumb.

I could go on. I usually do. But I'll wrap up.

I don't think most people grasp what Breitbart's slogan means. It's not just knowing what's going on on Girls, for crying out loud. It's understanding that people's political landscapes are just the surface expression of deeper structures of thought and tectonic plates of superstition.

And having blathered on too long, I'd like to suggest our own sort of Devil's Dictionary, or Dictionary of Received Ideas, those reflexive, look-ma-no-thinking Thoughtless Thoughts the American public has been conditioned to believe without even realizing they believe anything of the sort.

Easiest and most prominent starting entry:

RIGHTWING. Should be followed by "extremist." Possessed of something called "Lizard Brains." Usually found beating their wives, bashing gays, and shooting black people for no reason at all. Hate Science. Grizzled veterans of the War on Women. Opposed by pragmatic, rational, non-ideological centrist problem-solvers (see Democrat).

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1 First!

Posted by: Dr. Weevil at August 30, 2013 09:00 AM (DOLwn)

2 Ace uses his tongue purttier than a $20 dollar whore.

Posted by: rdbrewer at August 30, 2013 09:01 AM (Iyg03)

3 Hmmm. Being first isn't nearly as thrilling as I had been led to believe it would be.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil at August 30, 2013 09:01 AM (DOLwn)

4 Milking bell?

Try dinner bell.

Posted by: EC at August 30, 2013 09:02 AM (GQ8sn)

5

"Plague rats"

 

Yep. That's what they are, Ace.

Plague rats...with megaphones.

Posted by: wheatie at August 30, 2013 09:02 AM (Hy+VQ)

6 National Greek Chorus of Dumb


Gay dog whistle!

Posted by: Country Singer at August 30, 2013 09:02 AM (L8r/r)

7 Conservatives who do not attend Ivy League- stupid.
Conservatives who attend Ivy League schools-  crazy.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:03 AM (gXnjx)

8 Although we've long since gained the capacity to write and read, we've kept many of the Automatic Associations we've been taught. Fire bad.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:03 AM (xZxMD)

9 Government doing stuff- inherently good and for the poor and minorities especially.
Welfare programs- help the poor. 
Wants= rights

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:04 AM (gXnjx)

10
GLOBAL WARMING

1. Serious, You Guys.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 09:04 AM (uYaYO)

11

How about this one:

 

Democrat = Retard

Posted by: LGoPs at August 30, 2013 09:05 AM (8ChpZ)

12 Rightwing news= Faux news! (LULZ!)

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:05 AM (gXnjx)

13 I can't credit someone as a thinking person when I ask him for his first reaction to the word-stimulus "USAToday" and I can predict his response -- "McPaper" -->>

My response would have been "Pie Charts" and then I would be hungry.

Is that the same?

Posted by: Buzzsaw at August 30, 2013 09:05 AM (wrS2o)

14 Abortion- highest personal right known to womankind, the discussion of the legitimacy of it revealing a bigoted and malevolent mind. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:06 AM (gXnjx)

15 Assault Rifles!

Posted by: RolandTHTG at August 30, 2013 09:06 AM (QM5S2)

16 When you think of "But first you will" your mind always go to "blow me."  OK, that might not be universal.

Posted by: Future Historian at August 30, 2013 09:06 AM (Hx5uv)

17

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 02:04 PM (uYaYO)

 

 

SEE ALSO:  Climate Change, Climate Confusion,   AGW, Global Cooling, Ice Age.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:07 AM (4df7R)

18 Someone flauberted!

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:07 AM (VndSC)

19 like cupcakes a whole heck of a lot, I can stop any time!

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:07 AM (VtjlW)

20 I ring a bell to get a horse to come in, and if he feels like it, he'll come. Last week he didn't feel like it. Twenty minutes to get him into the barn, scared for my life that he'd slip in the wet grass. But milking bell? That's a new one.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 30, 2013 09:07 AM (ZshNr)

21 Reform = urgently needed and always good.

Posted by: tsj017 at August 30, 2013 09:07 AM (4YUWF)

22

In lefty speak:

 

AK-47 =   any "scary" black gun = fully-automatic rifle = "Die Hard" in the streets

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (4df7R)

23 Government services-  inherently positive contributions to society that are generally free to the user paid for by other people who, if opposed to said service, are unenlightened. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (gXnjx)

24 I'm not sure what you're looking for, though, Ace. There's the connotation issue. For instance, "government" is good (although "bureaucracy" is still bad). There's the free association issue: Cheney:Warmonger I think you might be speaking of free association.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (T0NGe)

25 Diversity = The most important concept in the history of the universe !!

Posted by: awkward davies at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (WK8VM)

26 When you think of "But first you will" your mind always go to "blow me." OK, that might not be universal. It is.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (xZxMD)

27 BIGOT: A conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.  See also RACIST, SEXIST

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:08 AM (bufJH)

28 To address the actual disease, one has to first treat the underlying disease, which are defects in thinking, period, and minds fevered by all the superstitions spread virally by the plague-rats of Chomsky, Marx, Zinn, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, and the rest of the forever chattering National Greek Chorus of Dumb.

***

That's absolutely true but I note that these people love their disease as a meth freak loves his and will resist at all costs a cure.

Posted by: WalrusRex at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (Hx5uv)

29 SEE ALSO: Climate Change, Climate Confusion, AGW, Global Cooling, Ice Age. Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea at August 30, 2013 02:07 PM (4df7R) Climate Chaos Bipartisan: One Republican agreeing with unanimous Democrats. See contra: Unilateral: 70% of Republicans and 59% of Democrats in agreement.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (VtjlW)

30 The original saying was "The love of money is the root of all evil." Not a subtle change, dude. (Probably not accidental either.)

Posted by: moviegique at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (7zeA4)

31 Minorities- more noble than whites, but unable to help or take care of themselves without whites.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (gXnjx)

32

In lefty speak

 

"Fossil fuels" = "factories belching clouds of black smoke" = "19th century factories rife with death and disease"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (4df7R)

33 I didn't like the movie either.

Posted by: RoyalOil at August 30, 2013 09:09 AM (VjL9S)

34

Is there sumthin' you crackas need to know?

Posted by: Rachel Jeantel at August 30, 2013 09:10 AM (pJF+c)

35 Gun control , if you ain't for it you want children to die in endless waves of bloody carnage , also you're probably too fond of your sisters .

Posted by: awkward davies at August 30, 2013 09:10 AM (WK8VM)

36 Excuse me while I wiggle braless into this wife beater shirt.  I have no tattoos racist or otherwise, so I will just take some eyeliner and write White Power across the girls....because well they are white and they do have special powers.  My contribution the meme is complete.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (kXoT0)

37 if you question the  trope, you get another:  You take yourself too seriously!  whatever the fuck that means.

Posted by: jeanne of the north at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (UWLs9)

38 Shared Responsibility Payments -- A necessary method of improving the lives of all Americans. Resisted by Rightwingers like all Progressive ideas.

Posted by: GnuBreed at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (cHZB7)

39 Diversity = The most important concept in the history of the universe !!

***

My country 'tis of thee
sweet land of diversity
Of thee I sign.

Posted by: WalrusRex at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (Hx5uv)

40

"Islam" = "Religion of Peace"

 

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (4df7R)

41 I know an 'extremist' is someone who disagrees with me

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:11 AM (8sCoq)

42 Dairy cows know the schedule to within 60 seconds.  They'll be waiting outside parlor ready for action.

Posted by: mrp at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (HjPtV)

43 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-5Xd140eI

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (lnFK0)

44 Minimum wage-  never sufficient to provide for people. Corollary: Living wage- a number ever-increasing but never specific enough as there are unlimited rights (see: wants) that require satisfying.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (gXnjx)

45 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (/PCJa)

46 For us to win back the ground we have lost would take generations.even now when we win we accept the other sides definitions."McCarthyism" etc.

Posted by: steevy at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (9XBK2)

47 I ring a bell to get a horse to come in, and if he feels like it, he'll come. Last week he didn't feel like it. Twenty minutes to get him into the barn, scared for my life that he'd slip in the wet grass. But milking bell? That's a new one.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 30, 2013 02:07 PM (ZshNr)

 

 

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Whatever sound  that is made to make cows associate it with alfalfa.  Cows love alfalfa.   My uncle and, for that matter, every farmer I've known just honks the horn on the pick-up to get the cows to come.

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (i6YPp)

48 Burn it down. Scatter the stones. Salt the earth where it stood.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (/PCJa)

49 Check out Don Colacho, Scholia upon an implicit text Or Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at August 30, 2013 09:12 AM (YrqgX)

50 UNION: 1. The only institution keeping policemen, firefighters, and teachers from plying their trades in sweatshops 20 hours a day.

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (bufJH)

51 Ok , sherry just made me blank out . What were we talkin' about ?

Posted by: awkward davies at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (WK8VM)

52 Nice work, Ace, especially for a Friday before a three-day weekend.

I have long believed that having a working knowledge of "what people think about stuff" is crucial to success in my work as a trial lawyer. You can't hope to bring jurors over to your preferred result unless you can first key into commonly-held perceptions of topics relevant to the case. Once they hear what they expect to hear, you gain credibility because the jury sees that you're one of them; and once you're seen as one of them they'll open up and can be persuaded. 

I've seen attorneys lose good cases because they had no clue about where the facts stood with the jury at the outset of the case and they polarized the jury by their obliviousness. Over the years I've developed a good working catalog of what I can reliably anticipate will be juror preconceptions on law-related topics and I flog them like a rented mule at trial.  Whether I personally share them or not.  It works like a charm.

How this all fits into the larger questions of political culture I have no clue.  I yield the floor to John Boehner on this.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (8ZskC)

53 Defects in political thinking -- such as an embrace of socialism -- are merely the symptoms. To address the actual disease, one has to first treat the underlying disease, which are defects in thinking, period, and minds fevered by all the superstitions spread virally by the plague-rats of Chomsky, Marx, Zinn, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, and the rest of the forever chattering National Greek Chorus of Dumb. Yes, this is typically true. However, there are times, such as when the underlying disease is unknown or is known but isn't responding to treatment, that it's appropriate to treat the symptoms. For instance, a person has pneumonia and their lungs are filling up with fluid. The doctor will drain the fluid, allowing the body to function properly and that will, in turn, allow the body to strengthen and help fight off the disease. I think the same can be applied in politics. If we can treat the symptoms of liberal thought, then perhaps we will then have a better opportunity to coax the body back to health. I'm not really disagreeing with you, just offering a slightly different opinion.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (da5Wo)

54 Pro-life =    wild-eyed,  Bible-thumping    fundamentalist Christian

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (4df7R)

55 Those who come from a primitive culture are invariably wiser and more peaceful than those who sprung from Western Civilization.

Posted by: real joe at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (G5Y/L)

56 I will just take some eyeliner and write White Power across the girls....because well they are white and they do have special powers. My contribution the meme is complete.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 02:11 PM (kXoT0)

 

I'd like to take this moment to point out that teachers throughout my school years praised my penmanship.  You know, in case you need any help.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (k8u3n)

57 Taxes- revenues, the ultimate and highest contribution a person can make as it funds the lifeblood of our society, the State.  However, those who pay taxes are likely corrupt as they resist paying them unlike the noble recipients of taxes-  bureaucrats and lobbyists. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (gXnjx)

58 Whatever sound that is made to make cows associate it with alfalfa. Cows love alfalfa. My uncle and, for that matter, every farmer I've known just honks the horn on the pick-up to get the cows to come.

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 02:12 PM (i6YPp)

Yup, my Grandpa never had to honk the horn.  The minute the truck cleared the gate, there were the cows.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:13 AM (kXoT0)

59 Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 02:11 PM (kXoT0)

It's not complete til the pics get posted.

I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: Washington Nearsider, The Colossus of Independence at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (fwARV)

60 Bible - something that we just can have in public schools, so it doesn't interefere with Koran studies.

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (VndSC)

61 Ok , sherry just made me blank out . What were we talkin' about ? Posted by: awkward davies at August 30, 2013 02:13 PM (WK8VM) Boobehs. BC, you missed the video of me that I posted below.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (VtjlW)

62 I know 'choice' means 'abortion'

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (8sCoq)

63 Meat is Murder.
Vegan is healthy (even though imo they are slowly starving themselves to death)

Posted by: real joe at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (G5Y/L)

64 CORPORATION - the most monstrous human concept in history.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 09:14 AM (uYaYO)

65 I think I'm pretty guilty of these automatic associations myself. The"creased pants" comment hit home.

Posted by: Eton Cox at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (q177U)

66 Taxes- revenues, the ultimate and highest contribution a person can make as it funds the lifeblood of our society, the State. However, those who pay taxes are likely corrupt as they resist paying them unlike the noble recipients of taxes- bureaucrats and lobbyists.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 02:13 PM (gXnjx)

 

 

Similarly, "profit" = "greed"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (4df7R)

67

>>>I know 'choice' means 'abortion'

 

Unless it is something the government has chosen for you.

 

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (VndSC)

68 CORPORATION - the most monstrous human concept in history.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 02:14 PM (uYaYO)


And they shall atone by making the diversity training wide and deep and facking mandatory.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (kXoT0)

69 I don't think cows like being milked. I doubt they would come running to a "milking bell" although I probably would.

Posted by: BuckIV at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (gedHR)

70

Anything that has no association with leftists --  That's retarded, sir.

 

(We new skoo)

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (i6YPp)

71 Ace uses his tongue fingers purttier than a $20 dollar whore handjob.

FIFY.  Dude, I didn't hear anything; I saw writing.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (kqqGm)

72 BC, you missed the video of me that I posted below. Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 02:14 PM (VtjlW) You lie. *runs to check anyway*

Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (da5Wo)

73 27 BIGOT: A conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal. See also RACIST, SEXIST

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 02:08 PM (bufJH)

 

You're doing it wrong.  At least from how I took ace's suggestion.  See that would be our sort of unthinking view whe nthe liberals do it.  This would be the unthinking ideas that liberals want to push into the public.

 

Like

 

TRADITIONAL:  Wanting to go back to a time where black people had separate drinking fountains.

Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 09:15 AM (LI48c)

74 Government- takes care of people. Ergo, anyone who wants to "cut" government wants to hurt people, especially minorities, who again, are more noble.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:16 AM (gXnjx)

75

[Ace:] ...."Opposed by pragmatic, rational, non-ideological centrist problem-solvers (see Democrat)."

 

Well that's how they fancy themselves...but when was the last time that Democrats ever actually solved any problems.

 

They do things, things that they declare are "solutions"...but their 'solutions' always just make things worse!

 

 

Posted by: wheatie at August 30, 2013 09:16 AM (Hy+VQ)

76 Has Althouse finally admitted she was and is a horrible judge of character and should probably sit out the next few elections?

No?

Ok, then.

Posted by: weft cut-loop [/i] [/b] at August 30, 2013 09:16 AM (j149p)

77 BC, you missed the video of me that I posted below.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 02:14 PM (VtjlW)


Did you catch my post after it?

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:16 AM (kXoT0)

78 Very interesting post, ace...wouldn't have minded it you rambled on some more about it.

Posted by: CanaDave - We're all Rodeo Clowns now... at August 30, 2013 09:17 AM (Q3Q2H)

79

In lefty speak:

"Military spending" = "the most money the US gubmint spends on anything"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:17 AM (4df7R)

80 Republican - racist Conservative - racist Christian - racist balanced budget - racist law-abiding - racist values - racist restraint - racist self-control - racist hard-working - racist qualifications - racist liberal - open-minded

Posted by: zsasz at August 30, 2013 09:18 AM (MMC8r)

81 TRADITIONAL: Wanting to go back to a time where black people had separate drinking fountains.

Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 02:15 PM (LI48c)

 

SEE ALSO:  "Women in the kitchen,   barefoot and pregnant."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:18 AM (4df7R)

82 If you've never read George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language", check it out. He identified the Left's tactic of burying people in a blizzard of words.

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:18 AM (8sCoq)

83 Koch Brothers: Evil rich guys of some sort who bankroll everything Republican. And they shouldn't own newspapers.

Posted by: Vendette at August 30, 2013 09:18 AM (dw9bg)

84 I don't think cows like being milked. I doubt they would come running to a "milking bell" although I probably would.

Posted by: BuckIV at August 30, 2013 02:15 PM (gedHR)


And you would be wrong.  An udder filled with milk is distinctly uncomfortable.  A cow-comfortable milking parlor keeps them happy.

Posted by: mrp at August 30, 2013 09:19 AM (HjPtV)

85 People talk in the language of reason but they actually think, or rather do not think, in the language of myth. I would read any 2,000 word movie review to get to that nugget.

Posted by: motion view (@motionview) at August 30, 2013 09:19 AM (2yPl+)

86 Wow, CNBC is covering this Syria debacle fast and furiously today.  I've never seen them do so much reporting on a subject such as this.  They are actually looking like a real news organization and not a financial channel.

They just interviewed a republican congresswoman on some committee who will be on the conference call with the president today.

Posted by: caustic at August 30, 2013 09:19 AM (/b8+5)

87 oil = that filthy evil slime that makes modern civilization possible

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (8sCoq)

88 Dammit I hate being wrong!

Posted by: BuckIV at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (gedHR)

89 "He who hesitates is lost."
"Fools rush in where angles fear to tread."

Real wisdom is knowing which of the two cliches apply in any one circumstance.

(Caveat: I have no idea if there's such a thing as a milking bell.)
Yes there is. On my grandfather's dairy farm, it was the sound of the air compressor starting up. Cows really want to be milked, they want the special food treat, and they have a social order that determines which animal goes first.

Posted by: One man wrecking crew at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (LTAfJ)

90 Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 02:15 PM (LI48c)

--I'll try harder.   I think my definition of union was in the right direction.



LIBERTARIANISM: See ANARCHY, SOMALIA

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (bufJH)

91

Newspapers-  a conglomerate of bien pensants with high verbal ability (and thus ability and authority), who, while not often truthful in the conventional sense, are truthy in the larger sense and teach people what to properly think. See also: K-12 education.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (gXnjx)

92 Reform = urgently needed and always good.

Actually, Liberals in Canada hate the word 'reform' because today's Conservative Party had its roots in the Alberta 'Reform' party.

Posted by: CanaDave - We're all Rodeo Clowns now... at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (Q3Q2H)

93 If that Assad guy used any chemical weapons on gays or lesbians in the Middle East  Theater of Operations, he has a big question to answer to President Obama. Let me tell you this is a big question and Presidewnt Obama is serious Mister Assad........

Posted by: LaQuisha Jeantell Largess' at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (3lMGK)

94 Did you catch my post after it? Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 02:16 PM (kXoT0) I did indeed. It's possible you are correct. TOLERANCE: Agreeing with all Leftist beliefs.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (VtjlW)

95 Fair Share -  whatever it takes from you, to make me feel better about  my situation.

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:20 AM (VndSC)

96 Posted by: zsasz at August 30, 2013 02:18 PM (MMC8r) Educated = Racist White = Racist

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (XdnQT)

97 Needs more Milk bell.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (ZshNr)

98 Neat thread - dairy cows and possibly risque video links.  It must be FRIDAY!

Posted by: mrp at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (HjPtV)

99 "My mind,  it ain't so open that anything can crawl right in." -Howard Devoto

Posted by: Dang at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (Hx2XA)

100 There's some deep thoughts in them there words.

I think you are describing or putting a handle on the kneejerk thought process of progressives (and conservatives, and most all of U.S.'ens ). And the stereotypical reaction of certain individuals or groups to certain topics or ideas.  That process came about because of all the input any one person has received during his or her lifetime.

And that input, those things that trickled down the funnel to eventually harden that little mind full of mush into jello, or in some cases, concrete, came from:

1) Daddy and mama
2) THE CULTURE, including but not limited to POP CULTURE
3) Relatives and friends and peers
4) Kindergarten through high school (and if the poor sod was really unlucky, a bunch of left wing garbage in college).

So, the input is a bit recursive, because Daddy and Mama also learned from THE CULTURE, so did relatives and teachers and writers and music moguls, etc.

And THE CULTURE morphs with each iteration.

Posted by: Sphynx at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (OZmbA)

101 Teachers (see also: Educators): The only people who should be entrusted with the nurturing and enlightenment of children.  The front line in the battle against those parents who presume to know what their children should be taught (see: RightWing).

Posted by: wiserbud at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (WCe8r)

102 common sense gun safety initiatives = guns are for the national guard, not citizens

Posted by: motion view (@motionview) at August 30, 2013 09:21 AM (2yPl+)

103

Sarah Palin = Uneducated "snowbilly" backwards hick who wants to turn the    United States    into a    whites-only, Christian country    that starves the poor,   lets old people die in the snow,    murders   homosexuals,    and evicts children from orphanages.

 

SEE ALSO:  "Christian Nation."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (4df7R)

104 TOLERANCE: Agreeing with all Leftist beliefs.

See also, Bipartisanship

Posted by: real joe at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (G5Y/L)

105   
   Lately this blog has a bunch of solid, well reasoned posting--primarily by the host. Even the comments have added their own cogent amplification to the subject discussed.

     I truly have enjoyed it.

   This raises a question--to what avail is it to engage in discourse with these people who have co-opted the term liberal?

  They aren't, in the classic sense,obviously.

   So would it not be more productive to seek to enlighten those who aren't quite so rabid?

   I have definite thoughts on this,but for another time.

Posted by: irongrampa at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (SAMxH)

106

MCCARTHYISM - 1.  noun - The period of time before the glorious Civil Rights movement and the heroic anti-war movement when evil racist Republicans falsely labeled any good-hearted liberal just trying to make the world a better place a communist spy.  (Ex.   "McCarthyism tried to silence voices for change like... Alger Hiss.")   2.  noun - Anything conservatives say that has too much persuasive power to deal with logically or factually.   (Ex.  "That's.... that's... that's..... McCarthyism!")

 

Great idea... let's have more!

Posted by: The Regular Guy at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (qHCyt)

107 Those who come from a primitive culture are invariably wiser and more peaceful than those who sprung from Western Civilization.

Posted by: real joe at August 30, 2013 02:13 PM (G5Y/L)

 

 

-----------------------------------------------------

 

 

The American indian's spirituality  far surpasses that of the  evil white man.  Indians are one with nature.  They  left eveything as they found it;  pristine and beautiful.

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (i6YPp)

108 "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

I had that book, where is it now? Dr. Postman appeared on TV speaking about this in a Sunday preacher half hour format sort of show. About a million years ago.

Posted by: ktnxbai, now with tin foil lace wigs at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (5aT64)

109

Cows...especially Milk Cows...want to be milked.

 

They usually line up at the milking shed, waiting to get relieved of their burden.

They moo and cry from the pain, if they're not relieved.

 

Posted by: wheatie at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (Hy+VQ)

110 George W. Bush - Chimp who is an utter idiot evil genius.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:22 AM (VtjlW)

111 Democrats:  wise, compassionate beings who want the best things for America despite no visible results to demonstrate this and ample evidence to the contrary.

Republicans:  evil, racist, bigots, who drag their knuckles, who want the worst things for America despite no visible results to demonstrate this and ample evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:23 AM (kXoT0)

112 Teachers (see also: Educators): The only people who should be entrusted with the nurturing and enlightenment of children. The front line in the battle against those parents who presume to know what their children should be taught    want to teach their children the wrong things.   (see: RightWing).

Posted by: wiserbud at August 30, 2013 02:21 PM (WCe8r)

 

FIFY.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:23 AM (4df7R)

113

CHE GUEVARA -  freedom fighter

G.W. BUSH - rodeo clown

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:23 AM (VndSC)

114 Problem: That which can only be (and must be) corrected by a Federal program.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (SO2Q8)

115 CAPITALISM: The empirically disproved theory that private corporations should own everything and all governemnt regulations are bad.  See also DICKENS, CHARLES; LOVE CANAL; BHOPAL

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (bufJH)

116 Current Milking policy disproportionally effects females.

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (ZshNr)

117 Hah. If minority Q is "noble", then maybe Q +does+ require to live an idle life supported by serfs

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (YrqgX)

118
Rape - only done by conservatives and every time they have sex.  Democrats and leftists never rape.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (lnFK0)

119 To address the actual disease, one has to first treat the underlying
disease, which are defects in thinking, period, and minds fevered by all
the superstitions spread virally by the plague-rats of Chomsky, Marx,
Zinn, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, and the rest of the
forever chattering National Greek Chorus of Dumb.


In order for free thought to flourish again, things would have to become a lot quieter...pretty much impossible in this non-stop world of media bombardment, government interference and forced education...they don't want people to have any free time to think.

Posted by: CanaDave - We're all Rodeo Clowns now... at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (Q3Q2H)

120 What has Hillary Clinton said about all of this?

Posted by: caustic at August 30, 2013 09:24 AM (/b8+5)

121 "Let Me Be Clear" = I have no idea what I'm about to say but I like how it sounds.

Posted by: Foghorn Leghorn at August 30, 2013 09:25 AM (n8LUb)

122 War-  bad when Republicans do it. 

"We"-  the term used to identify a Democratic administration acting improperly. See:  Japanese Internment, Vietnam War, NSA, etc.

Bush Administration- the source of all ills.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:25 AM (gXnjx)

123 FARM BILL -  only means of saving millions of children from starving to death

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:25 AM (VndSC)

124 I've never heard of that movie. What's the review say?

Posted by: Sponge at August 30, 2013 09:25 AM (xmcEQ)

125 Whatever sound that is made to make cows associate it with alfalfa. Cows love alfalfa. My uncle and, for that matter, every farmer I've known just honks the horn on the pick-up to get the cows to come. That too. Gf's dad just rolls up on the atv & they come running. They get mighty pissed if the treat bucket isn't on the atv.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (xZxMD)

126 if hillery had a son he would look like T-Bone

Posted by: phil at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (lB/5N)

127 I agree that most people don't really think, they word associate. In fact, this is one of my husband's standard rants. However, I would not argue that such word associaters are actually the least educatable folks around. You can't actually teach them anything. They just sort of fake intellect by parroting a word that they've heard in a similar context, but they don't actually understand anything. To truly educate someone, you have to make them understand.

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (ELdpj)

128 AWWW! crap

Ace is scientologist now.

Posted by: CozMark at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (P0AbR)

129 It's Labor Day Weekend. Shouldn't we be breaking Weiner?

Posted by: chelsea blaster at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (W6bkf)

130 "This raises a question--to what avail is it to engage in discourse with these people who have co-opted the term liberal?"

A great question.  I had a brief discussion with an OWS-type (more talk than action), and after some back-and-forth on economic issues, he said "What would you do if you were a dictator?"  I was stunned.  I told him I had never imagined myself as a dictator.  He was stunned.  I learned something from that exchange.

Posted by: mrp at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (HjPtV)

131 I know 'african-american' = Democrat

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (8sCoq)

132

Equality- accepting liberal thought. 

Choice- the things we allow you to do.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (gXnjx)

133 Reading this post, I can't say I disagree with you....and that's precisely why I have grown to so loathe my fellow "Americans" so deeply and passionately.  I feel like an expat, a stranger in a strange world who feels absolutely no connection to his supposed countrymen.  It's the same feeling I noticed during Hurricane Sandy - seeing something horrible happen to New York and New Jersey affected me in the same way as when earthquakes and mudslides kill lots of people in places like Bangladesh.  I have vague sympathy for them, but it doesn't affect me or bother me in any real sense.

Posted by: radar at August 30, 2013 09:26 AM (eNZFc)

134 Perhaps there are some anti-gay people who would like to establish the Meme Thetan that Gays Are In Revolt Against God,

Or pro-God people who can be bothered to read His opinion on the matter.

Or more truthfully that we are all in revolt against God most if not all of the time and gays don't warrant a special exclusion just because they're popular.

Posted by: Methos at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (hO9ad)

135 Send in the cows.
There have to be cows.
Don't bother... they're already heeeere.

Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (uH46F)

136 Here's a  new popular one:

CONFEDERATE = See racist, Republican voter, conservative, libertarian, non-socialist.

Posted by: George Z at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (Bv9qa)

137 Freedom- the freedom to have sex and abortions, primarily.  These are the highest freedoms and should be taught to children.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (gXnjx)

138

>>>Cows love alfalfa.<<<

 

 

...and you'll love the new federal school lunch menu 

Posted by: First Lady at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (VndSC)

139 Bush Daughters -- fair game for the press.

Obama Daughters -- sacred little Princesses who must be shielded BY the press.  See also Chelsea Clinton, Amy Carter.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:27 AM (kXoT0)

140 Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 02:24 PM (SO2Q A "new" federal program, because the old existing one didn't work!

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (XdnQT)

141 Activist court = One in which the judge or justice upholds or strikes down a suit based on longstanding Constitutional principles, without taking into account the mood of the country or the    implied    consensus of the governed.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (4df7R)

142 FEMINISM - The concept that the only way for women to be Equal with men is if they are allowed to do everything men do, regardless of their ability to succeed at such tasks. Alternatively, the concept that the only way for women to be Equal with men is to kill their own children, primarily but not exclusively while those children are still within the womb.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (/PCJa)

143 Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique **** the slightly downward jutting lewdness is remarkable

Posted by: Beto at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (MhA4j)

144 God-  scary Spaghetti monster, unless referred to by a person of brown skin in which case it is part of the bright fabric of diversity. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (gXnjx)

145 SOCIALIST: One who believes that individual interests should be dissolved into the collective good, except when it comes to sexual conduct.  N.B., Obama is not a socialist.

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (bufJH)

146 FARM BILL - only means of saving millions of children from starving to death

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 02:25 PM


MILK STRIKE - Corporate-oppressed farmers seeking living wages.

Posted by: CheLC LaWedgie at August 30, 2013 09:28 AM (6xhLc)

147 ABORTION =  ABORTION!

Posted by: Roy at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (VndSC)

148 God:  (also reminds me of my scary dad who I am rebelling against, forming my entire worldview.)

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (gXnjx)

149 if hillery had a son he would look like T-Bone Posted by: phil at August 30, 2013 02:26 PM (lB/5N) T-Bone looks EXACTLY like Manti Teo's girlfriend. Strange, that.

Posted by: Sponge at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (xmcEQ)

150 GMO, Pesticides, AGW, White Privilege,GOP racists,Government Competence, Liberal =Intelligence, Religion Of Peace, Mexicans are Socially Conservatives,White on Black crime, gun crime. All cliched. All delusional liberal memes that become the argument and the response, all in one.

Posted by: pat at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (6pmd9)

151 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: Racist term a person who is dragged, kicking and screaming, into the United States and forced to work as a slave.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (/PCJa)

152

114Problem: That which can only be (and must be) corrected by a Federal program.

---

Crisis: That which can only be (and must be) corrected by a Federal program without a lot of that useless debatin.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:29 AM (SO2Q8)

153

CHILD - Any individual under the age of 26, and any person in the military in a war.

 

ADULT -  A person over the age of 12, capable of making their own decisions with regards to sex, contraception, and abortion.

Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 09:30 AM (LI48c)

154 Two, four, six, eight, We're not gonna lactate!

Posted by: Lincolntf at August 30, 2013 09:30 AM (ZshNr)

155 >>> Twenty minutes to get him into the barn, scared for my life that he'd slip in the wet grass. If you put training wheels on it, that horsie wouldn't be so prone to slipping.

Posted by: fluffy at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (7y1wy)

156 SCANDAL --  Misbehavior of Republicans and conservative type office holders. Any such accusation against a Democrat or progressive is always 99.9 percent wrong and shall never make the evening news. See PHONY SCANDAL

Posted by: Sphynx at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (OZmbA)

157

Common Sense: (Adj) - trust me, no need to go thinking about it.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (SO2Q8)

158 School/Academia- a pure refuge from the dirty world of production. A place where good thoughts and people rise to the top to govern, the model of which should be expanded to all the Universe. The first stages of the Eschaton. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (gXnjx)

159 CHILD - Any individual under the age of 26, and any person in the military in a war. ADULT - A person over the age of 12, capable of making their own decisions with regards to sex, contraception, and abortion. Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 02:30 PM (LI48c) This.

Posted by: Sponge at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (xmcEQ)

160 I don't know if I accept this-- anti-cliche hypothesis. Cliches have there function--especially in an increasingly balkanized society. A short phrase that gives everyone access to the same collection of ideas and does it efficiently? Eh--color me unimpressed by that being the root evil.

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (r2PLg)

161 (R)=RACIST!11!

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (ELdpj)

162

That one could use some more thought and cleaning up but I've got to head to work.

Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (LI48c)

163 ADULT - A person over the age of 12, capable of making their own decisions with regards to sex, contraception, and abortion, but incapable of making decisions about the rightness or   wrongness of     their own    criminal activity.

Posted by: buzzion at August 30, 2013 02:30 PM (LI48c)

 

 

FIFY.

 

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:31 AM (4df7R)

164 Green windpower , because they'll pre chop your golden eagles into tasty sandwich sized pieces without having to get your kitchen messy . win , win .

Posted by: awkward davies at August 30, 2013 09:32 AM (WK8VM)

165 Racist- someone who disagrees with liberals.

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:32 AM (gXnjx)

166 The real reason Congress will not vote on Syria action is because Congress is on vacation

Do not interfere with Congress' vacation

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:32 AM (8sCoq)

167 "every farmer I've known just honks the horn on the pick-up to get the cows to come."


And here I thought that was the bulls job.

Posted by: Joethefatman (@joethefatman1) at August 30, 2013 09:32 AM (MnSla)

168 OT

Patterico nails it with a line about TFG's attack being just strong enough not to be mocked:

"RANDOM THOUGHT: I bet if Obama thought he could use the military domestically to avoid being mocked, he’d do that too."



I would NOT put it past him.  If he thought he could get away with it, he'd on the phone right now.

Posted by: EC at August 30, 2013 09:32 AM (GQ8sn)

169 Smaller Class Size - More Jobs for Teachers, More power for Unions, More votes for Democrats

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:33 AM (SO2Q8)

170 Republicans- archetype is scary preacher from "Footloose" before he softens.  See also: my scary dad. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:33 AM (gXnjx)

171 Original US Constitution = Impediment to progress Living Constitution = Enhances individual progress.

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (XdnQT)

172 investment: Money borrowed from China and given to people who will vote for me.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (SO2Q8)

173 ART = edgy, in-you-face, blasphemous portrayals of sacred religious icons of the Catholic, Christian & Jewish faiths are ART; while however, cartoons of the child-rapist muhammed are a foregone conclusion... Death Fatwah!

Posted by: ktnxbai, now with tin foil lace wigs at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (5aT64)

174 A Great Evil That Must Be Eradicated -- Soulless serial killers suffering the death penalty for countless horrific murders.

The Greatest Good That Shall Not Be Abridged -- Infanticide by tortuous dismemberment at any time of any pregnancy.

-----------------------------------------------------

Just think Kermit Gosnell is not in prison for being a serial killer and the number of human beings he chopped up tallies far higher than the totals of Bundy, Dahmer, and Gacy.

If one thought one might be a serial killer, one ought to go to medical school and become an abortionist, your victims will be brought to you, and you will be paid for killing them.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (kXoT0)

175 DENIER: Someone who remains unconvinced despite a consensus of scientists' opinions. Typically uses their own scientific jargon* to attempt to refute said consensus. JARGON: Words used to refute a consensus opinion.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (/PCJa)

176 OT Networks denied the ability to carry the comments on Syria live. But apparently, per Fox, the grand revelation is that he hasn't made a decision... Ooooh Aaaaah!

Posted by: Ragamuffin at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (fzFF6)

177 Jobs Bill(s): What Republicans in Congress refuse to pass in order to get the country back to work, because jobs are only created in America via Jobs Bills. Addendum: Every major piece of legislation sponsored by a Democrat ought to have "Jobs" somewhere in the title.

Posted by: Vendette at August 30, 2013 09:34 AM (dw9bg)

178 Voter Suppression: verb - the act of requiring any person (living or dead) to do any other act which actually establishes that the person is entitled to vote. Can include, but is not limited to, requiring a person to prove who they are, requiring a person to register, requiring a person to show up at a stated time and a stated place, requiring a person to be of a certain age or requiring a person to actually be physically present to engage in the act of voting.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at August 30, 2013 09:35 AM (OWjjx)

179 Environment- the second highest Cause next to the State to which we are called to serve.   

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:35 AM (gXnjx)

180 160 I don't know if I accept this--
anti-cliche hypothesis.

Cliches have there function--especially in an increasingly balkanized society.

A short phrase that gives everyone access to the same collection of ideas and does it efficiently?

Eh--color me unimpressed by that being the root evil.

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:31 PM (r2PLg)


--I used to say that cliche's became cliche's because they had at least some truth to them (like stereotypes).  Now I consider them more ob/noxious because they are so often concocted to recruit LIVs, who think themselves HIVs (heh) when they can parrot cliche's like "The New Deal got us out of the Great Depression."

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:35 AM (bufJH)

181 I was actually thinking about this the other day. That we could moron-source a complete Liberal Book (well a wiki, I imagine) of Holy Dogma.  And then link to particular examples of liberal dogma. Updated daily. What a powerful resource.

So someone start this off. Sections on the four pillars of deceit.


Posted by: Typical white person with regular prejudices at August 30, 2013 09:35 AM (qxcKC)

182 RACIST.  White skinned.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:35 AM (nsOJa)

183 Founders: scary out of touch racists who invented slavery. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:36 AM (gXnjx)

184 Bad War = War undertaken to advance the interests or protection of America or her allies.

Good War = War that does not significantly serve American Interests.

Kosovo / Bosnia = Good War.
Iraq War = Bad War.
Bombing Syria = Good War.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at August 30, 2013 09:36 AM (SY2Kh)

185 1 Per-center (n) perjorative:  Any person who makes more money than the user of the term, unless the subject of that term is a Democrat.

Posted by: wiserbud at August 30, 2013 09:36 AM (WCe8r)

186 GLOBAL WARMING.  Any change in weather.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:36 AM (nsOJa)

187

Bravery - Mocking Christians

Insanity - Mocking Muslims

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:36 AM (SO2Q8)

188 Posted by: Sphynx at August 30, 2013 02:31 PM (OZmbA) See also Diversion!

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (XdnQT)

189

The only way to counter The Narrative constructed by the Left is to come up with one of our own. We could call our narrative 'The Truth', and it would be written on the basis of reason, evidence, fact, and historical precedent, without partisan bias or embellishment. Our ideology and worldview would be shaped by this truthful narrative, not the other way around, with the caveat being that 'Truth' starts with 'T' and 'T' rhymes with 'P' and 'P' stands for pool hall, and you know where that leads, brother.

 

Sorry, what were we talking about?

Posted by: A Very Highly Paid RNC Consultant, thank you very much at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (gNlvW)

190 Homophobe: Member of the oppressive patriarchal order whose repression his own homoeroticism produces hostility towards gays

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (DrC22)

191 Fuck. The white house just released this quote on their facebook page. I don't know about y'all but I'm hearing a war whistle. ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (ELdpj)

192 Amended...

GLOBAL WARMING. Any change in weather and always caused by man.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (nsOJa)

193 Women-  cannot negotiate a wage equal to men, but are equal or better than men in every way.  Must be protected but DON'T YOU PROTECT US!

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (gXnjx)

194 Unjust War. Verb. Any military action taken by a Republican which does not involve defending boutique shops on Rodeo Drive, the coffee shop where the cute guy plays the guitar or any country where social injustice, as defined by George Clooney, is taking place.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at August 30, 2013 09:37 AM (OWjjx)

195 Democrat - never having to say sorry.

Posted by: EC at August 30, 2013 09:38 AM (GQ8sn)

196 Twenty minutes to get him into the barn, scared for my life that he'd slip in the wet grass. If you put training wheels on it, that horsie wouldn't be so prone to slipping. Posted by: fluffy at August 30, 2013 02:31 PM (7y1wy) Obligatory: http://youtu.be/sdmsRcsl_xA

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:38 AM (VtjlW)

197 Social Justice-  liberal, i.e. good, values that all right-thinking people support. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:38 AM (gXnjx)

198 CHILD - Any individual under the age of 26, and any person in the military in a war. ADULT - A person over the age of 12 in kindergarten, capable of making their own decisions with regards to sex, contraception, and abortion. Fixed.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:38 AM (xZxMD)

199 The  Koran  -  An  improvised  bacon  press  and  substitute  leg  used  to  prop  up  the  sofa. 

Posted by: Larsen E. Whipsnade at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (rXcBX)

200 The cops are breaking up homeschooling rings so, Obama is already calling upon armed personnel to prevent being mocked. Oh and Holder doesn't like more official private schools either...

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (YrqgX)

201 Since we're OT... I was at lunch with my wife and daughter, and John F'n Kerry was on TV (I think it was recorded) saying that "regime change is not the purpose of Syrian intervention." Then what the F is the purpose? You don't attack a nation when you want that nation's government to remain in power. You *especially* don't do it while they're in a civil war. That would be like France attacking England (directly- not just helping the Colonies) in 1778 and saying that "The liberation of the American Colonies is not the purpose..."

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (/PCJa)

202 ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:37 PM (ELdpj) Good grief.

Posted by: Vendette at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (dw9bg)

203

I don't know if I accept this--
anti-cliche hypothesis.

 

I wouldn't say it's the cliches that are the problem.   It's how those cliches are created and promulgated to the general population.  

 

All of the     examples we've listed in this thread are examples of such cliches,   but they are cliches that are untrue.   At the very least they are heavily slanted toward one point of view.  That's what makes them dangerous, and what makes them so hard to counteract.   When the average person hears the term "pro-life," their    immediate first response is to picture someone -- probably middle age, white,  dressed in plain    clothing --  holding a sign that says "Abortion is murder!"    with   "Come to jesus!" on the reverse side, shouting at poor, cowering young rape victims as they try to get through the crush of such protesters in front of the local Planned Parenthood.

 

It's patently untrue.  But thanks to pop culture and the MFM, that's what people THINK.  And since it's    a    pre-made image that required no effort on their part to construct, it simply settles into their brain like a    brick and mortar wall   labeled   "TRUTH."     Trying to undo that   belief is almost impossible without   a sledgehammer of rhetoric and cultural significance with which to break it down.  

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (4df7R)

204 What we need is to stick to our game plan and not throw the game plan out the window.   We can't fumble the ball.  We must take a stand and not blow the coverage.  We can't telegraph our passes as we don't want to be blind sided.

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (m2CN7)

205 Capitalist: Greedy uncultured robber baron who eats quaint little contry villages for breakfast

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (DrC22)

206 191 Fuck. The white house just released this quote on their facebook page.

I don't know about y'all but I'm hearing a war whistle.

""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:37 PM (ELdpj)


--Not the first time Zero co-opted that MLK quote.

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:39 AM (bufJH)

207 Personal Jesus - The right hand of our father Federal, weakened only by constant denial of service attacks from pseudo-conservative attackbots.

Posted by: CheLC LaWedgie at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (6xhLc)

208 Twenty minutes to get him into the barn, scared for my life that he'd slip in the wet grass. If you put training wheels on it, that horsie wouldn't be so prone to slipping. Posted by: fluffy at August 30, 2013 02:31 PM (7y1wy) Unplug it, put it on a furniture dolly, & push it in to the barn.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (xZxMD)

209 Performance Art:  committing acts live on stage that are vile and objectionable by even Greenwich Village's community standards, but, which are paid for by a grant from the National Endowment For the Arts--BECAUSE it's ART, you Neanderthals.

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Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique

****

the slightly downward jutting lewdness is remarkable

Posted by: Beto at August 30, 2013 02:28 PM (MhA4j)

My earlier post was performance art and SHALL NOT be mocked.


Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (kXoT0)

210 Sorry- OT

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Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (8sCoq)

211 ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama


With all due respect, barry, get bent.-Methos

Posted by: Methos at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (hO9ad)

212 CONVERSATION: Something "rational" people (ergo Democrats) do to solve problems without "unrational" influence (Rebublicans)

Posted by: xanderphife at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (3ePq6)

213 Living Wage. Noun. The sum of money that union heads, NY Times writers, Harvard Professors and other individuals who have never opened their own business arbitraily decided is sufficient for low skilled wage earners to make to support them in a lifestyle conducive to getting said low wage earners to vote Democrat.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at August 30, 2013 09:40 AM (OWjjx)

214 Caveat: I have no idea if there's such a thing as a milking bell. And yet now you've started a meme that the rest of us are stuck with. We'll return to it again and again, like a cow hearing a milking bell.

Posted by: edj[/i] at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (klzyR)

215 ASSAULT RIFLE.  Any non-bolt, non-lever, semi-automatic rifle.  Used purely to instill fear and dread, and instills this fear purely through mere appearance.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (nsOJa)

216 ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama First- so much fail in that quote. There is no "moral universe." The universe just *is* (or, if you *do* believe in God, the universe is just as fallen- and therefore specifically not moral- as the rest of creation). Second- Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (/PCJa)

217 "200 The cops are breaking up homeschooling rings so" Wait, what?

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (ELdpj)

218 It's not just knowing what's going on on Girls, for crying out loud.

Oh thank Bast.

Posted by: HeatherRadish needs a beer at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (/kI1Q)

219 Ireland has its own airline: Aer Lingus, (which is yet to be defined and explained by ABC News' sexperts.

Posted by: soothsayer at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (Xul2G)

220 204 What we need is to stick to our game plan and not throw the game plan out the window. We can't fumble the ball. We must take a stand and not blow the coverage. We can't telegraph our passes as we don't want to be blind sided.

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 02:39 PM (m2CN7)


Hello?!?!

You *play* to *win* the game!

Posted by: Herm Edwards at August 30, 2013 09:41 AM (bufJH)

221 Evangelical: Potentially violent religionist with repressive attitudes toward women, people of color and LGB(L)T and unexamined assumptions about the nature of being

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:42 AM (DrC22)

222 Okay the cops were breaking up homeschoolers in Germany, not here. Yet. I should follow links more.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at August 30, 2013 09:42 AM (YrqgX)

223 NATIONAL DIALOG.  One way communication scolding to let either conservatives or whitey know just where there place is.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:42 AM (nsOJa)

224 Gaia -- Not conservative

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:42 AM (i6YPp)

225 MWR "Pro-life" that's a label--and on that I get your point. It isn't a cliche. And we can still choose not to use their language.

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 09:42 AM (r2PLg)

226 Second- Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII.

Not sure it means anything, but Obama's real SS number starts 666-...

Posted by: Methos at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (hO9ad)

227

160 I don't know if I accept this--
anti-cliche hypothesis.

 

Cliches have there function--especially in an increasingly balkanized society.

 

A short phrase that gives everyone access to the same collection of ideas and does it efficiently?

 

Eh--color me unimpressed by that being the root evil.

 

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:31 PM (r2PLg)

 

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It's marketing, tasker.

Clichés are the same thing as Marketing Slogans.

 

The harm comes in...when they are Lies.

 

Some clichés are based on truth.

And those usually develop over time, on their own.

 

But the dishonest clichés need repetition, forced on us, to get established.

Such as when the Dems come out with the same 'talking point', on the same day...and repeat it over and over.

 

Posted by: wheatie at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (Hy+VQ)

228 >""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:37 PM (ELdpj)

--Not the first time Zero co-opted that MLK quote.


Obama has no morals. I'm not saying he's immoral, but amoral. Like most leftists, he believes that if he believes it, it must be right.

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (8sCoq)

229 "Second- Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII" You know, even lil ol RoT loving me thought that talk of Obama trying to hold on to power for a third term was crazy. Now? Yeah, I can see him going full FDR.

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (ELdpj)

230 Ireland has its own airline: Aer Lingus, (which is yet to be defined and explained by ABC News' sexperts. Cunning micks.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (xZxMD)

231 Well said, Ace. Some examples Diversity=Good. Always and forever. Diversity=Non-white. So the NBA at 90% is diverse, but MLB which is 60% white, 20% hispanic, 15% black, and 5% asian isn't. Too white.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (ZPrif)

232 Posted by: edj at August 30, 2013 02:41 PM (klzyR) MOAR Cow Bell!!!

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:43 AM (XdnQT)

233 National Dialogue. Verb. The opportunity for members of the media and political elite to lecture non-members on the many failings that the non-members have that so disappoint the media and political elite.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (OWjjx)

234 Received wisdom: "Miley is what happens when people with mullets raise children."

Posted by: imp at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (uERWk)

235

Cicero (or Ace) - please expand on this with a book, link or examples:


52 ... I've seen attorneys lose good cases because they had no clue about where the facts stood with the jury at the outset of the case and they polarized the jury by their obliviousness. Over the years I've developed a good working catalog of what I can reliably anticipate will be juror preconceptions on law-related topics and I flog them like a rented mule at trial. Whether I personally share them or not. It works like a charm.

 

Thank you

Posted by: Ponderosa at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (5nur/)

236 210 Sorry- OT

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Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 02:40 PM (8sCoq)


TIM TEBOW: The most divisive player in NFL history.  Not convicted (yet) of any felony.  See also PRO-LIFE, HOMOPHOBE

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (bufJH)

237 Republican: Angry white repressed militaristic male who hates poor people and gays and mistreats animals

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (DrC22)

238 Democrats- caring through government paid for by other (generally bad) people, which is the most effective method of caring. 

Posted by: holmes at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (gXnjx)

239 This is very interesting. It makes me think about the difference between when I really call something up with my brain (you say "USA Today", and I automatically picture what the paper looks like, and start scanning for things I remember about it), and when I use a clump of words as shorthand because I specifically don't need to think about it, such as if I start to say "The author of that Salon article is dumber than..." Generally my mind will just pop in "box of rocks" or something, not really thinking about an actual box of rocks at all.

And yes, now that I think about it, one of the things that makes discussions with leftists so deeply unsatisfying, is that you get the feeling that their whole half of the discussion comes from "I pulled it from my word cloud," not "I engaged some brain cells." Some of them would be smart if they actually used their brains. I don't know why they don't want to.

Posted by: Splunge at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (bKA83)

240 Sustainable = expensive energy, fuck fossil fuels. And nuclear, for no explainable reason.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:44 AM (ZPrif)

241 so the analogy for attacking Syria is like... the cops come to your house and say, "If you don't stop beating your wife. we're going to tow your car away."

and libs n lefties are often the best students because they can memorize and regurgitate whatever they're supposed to memorize and regurgitate. Add into the mix the lefty teachers and perfessors telling them that they are the best and brightest, and what do you expect? People with more than a skid stain of intellectual modesty or humility?

Posted by: Mallfly at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (bJm7W)

242 "The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama

Go ahead and tell the Brits you're a bit of a bender, Barry.

The giggling will mean they like you.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (uYaYO)

243 Tea Party Republicans: Republican Members of Congress whose thoughts and ideas are controlled by the Tea Party. See also: Republican Caucus, House; and Republican Caucus, Senate.

Posted by: Vendette at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (dw9bg)

244 ASSAULT RIFLE: any thing not a handgun, with or without the shoulder thing that goes up

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (8sCoq)

245 Second- Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 02:41 PM

 

No, he doesn't want to start WWIII, nothing like that. President Obama just wants to show the world that he's not a pussy, which--as someone on here pointed out a few days ago--is something pussies do.

Posted by: A Very Highly Paid RNC Consultant, thank you very much at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (gNlvW)

246 TEA PARTY.  A group of rabid, rogue, rightwing extremists to be feared and hated. Meant to be marginalized.  Should be associated with the KKK whenever possible.

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (nsOJa)

247 Second- Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 02:41 PM (/PCJa)

 

 

---------------------------------------------

 

 

The dems/marxists love chaos.  They NEED chaos.

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (i6YPp)

248
   Wasn't going to start, but screw it.

   We all know the problem, it needs no further definition.

   Concentrate on FIXING it.   I can't remember who to attribute the phrase "long march through to institutions " to right now, but no matter.

    Long march MUST start at the local, or dogcatcher level.

    Forget DC, save the few who are worth retaining, and get involved in your community--school board, town and county supervisor, etc.

    This is how it starts.  One huge advantage we have is the instantaneous communication available--some thing the progs lacked.  An idea in Peoria can reach Albany with a few keystrokes.

   If we don't win this segment, the whole cannot be won.

   Pick that apart and tell me how wrong I am.

Posted by: irongrampa at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (SAMxH)

249 NYTimes= Paper of Record I've know one NYT reporter in my life. He was an extreme leftwing proudly socialist asshole. He actually was one of those guys who sent around emails of Bush as a chimp.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:45 AM (ZPrif)

250 ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:37 PM (ELdpj) What the FUCK does that even MEAN?!?

Posted by: Sponge at August 30, 2013 09:46 AM (xmcEQ)

251

Racist: a Caucasian who disagrees with a socialist.

Public education: compulsory attendance at State-worshipful indoctrination centers operated by dues-paying members of the NEA/AFT/AFSCME cartel.

Robert Wright (Three Scientists and Their Gods) quotes some prominent physicist to the effect that "When most people think they're thinking, all they're really doing is rearranging their prejudices".

Homeschool.

Posted by: Malcolm Kirkpatrick at August 30, 2013 09:46 AM (UBL96)

252 Reproductive Rights Activist vs. Abortion Foe/Reproductive Rights Opponent (That's AP stylebook, btw) .

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:46 AM (ELdpj)

253 Ireland has its own airline: Aer Lingus, (which is yet to be defined and explained by ABC News' sexperts.

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There is a plumber here in Tulsa who has a beautifully lettered sign on his truck that says:


Cunnilingus Plumbing
Guaranteed To Lick Your Problem


I almost drove off the road the first time I saw him drive by.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (kXoT0)

254 Black-on-black crime = worst thing ever. Black-on-white crime = something only racist KKK members complain about.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (ZPrif)

255 Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:42 PM (r2PLg) I can think of no one except Newt that challenged these clichés, so "our own" elites accept the cliche lies framework in public discourse!

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (XdnQT)

256 so the analogy for attacking Syria is like... the cops come to your house and say, "If you don't stop beating your wife. we're going to tow your car away."

And the main evidence is that the next door neighbor turned his TV up so he couldn't hear you beating your wife.

Not that he told the cops that, they just inferred it from the noise complaint they got from the next neighbor over.

Posted by: Methos at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (hO9ad)

257 Obama has no morals. I'm not saying he's immoral, but amoral. Like most leftists, he believes that if he believes it, it must be right.

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 02:43 PM (8sCoq)


--Here's a good case in point.  That MLK like has rhetorical power when used by a clergyman protesting genuine injustice.  Using that line to serve a petty partisan purpose to engage support for a particularly morally dubious war (I am not sure if that FB post was solely related to the MLK 50th anniversary or not) is taking rhetorical and logical shortcuts, which is the point of using cliche's in politics with so many LIVs around.

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (bufJH)

258

Bush - 1.  woody branched plant; a woody plant that is smaller than a tree.

          

           2. The cause of all of the  problems in the world; past and present.

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (m2CN7)

259 Rights - gimme

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:47 AM (SO2Q8)

260 Why does Obama get a pass on his dirty sanchez 8th grade middle school mustache?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (ZPrif)

261 "What the FUCK does that even MEAN?!?" It means we're going to war, bitch. I am the absolute moral authority. Bow to my authority. BOW.

Posted by: Obama at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (ELdpj)

262 Zionist: Filthy Jew terrorist masquerading as religious patriot

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (DrC22)

263 MWR

"Pro-life" that's a label--and on that I get your point.

It isn't a cliche.

And we can still choose not to use their language.

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:42 PM (r2PLg) p

 

 

"Cliche" as in "a term   or phrase    that brings with it a   host of presupposed and preconceived notions."   As ace describes in his post, received ideas are those that    become part of our subconscious, such taht we don't even realize we have    them   or that there is any other way to think.   Pro-lifers are ALL crazed, wild-eyed,    Bible thumping   Jesus freaks.   That's just how it is...    even though it's not.

 

And their language isn't "pro-life."   Their language is "anti-choice."  

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea [/i][/s][/u][/b] at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (4df7R)

264 You know, even lil ol RoT loving me thought that talk of Obama trying to hold on to power for a third term was crazy. Now? Yeah, I can see him going full FDR.

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:43 PM (ELdpj)


But the constitution... oh shit, nevermind.

Posted by: real joe at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (G5Y/L)

265

Ace,

 

Beautiful post.  The problem is that we have lost our way to do this.  It's basic fucking marketing people.

 

Reagan was a genius at it.  What did he use:  Humor and mockery.

 

A liberal was a joke.  Period.  Their ideas were not to be entertained, they were to be laughed at.

 

Communism:  it was evil, oppressive and, above all, fucking miserable and they couldn't get shit done.

 

At the end of the 1980s liberals and commies had become a laughingstock.

Venezuela was running out of toilet paper.  Where is a prominent Republican coming up with some awesome jokes on that one???   The fucking idiots.

 

 

Not only does the GOP need a revamped GOTV operation.  They need some dedicated fucking comedians just writing pure mockery on this shit.

 

The dems have their operation up and running FOR FUCKING YEARS.  It's called the media, comedy central, and SNL.

 

Where are our jokemakers???

Posted by: Prescient11 at August 30, 2013 09:48 AM (tVTLU)

266 204 What we need is to stick to our game plan and not throw the game plan out the window. We can't fumble the ball. We must take a stand and not blow the coverage. We can't telegraph our passes as we don't want to be blind sided. Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 02:39 PM (m2CN7) ************** See I don't have a problem with that. It simplifies. It is one way to transfer a set of ideas from what might be a "specialty" to a broader knowledge base- followers of football . Analogies do the same thing--sure they might oversimplify an idea but it is a step towards--bridging gaps and creating understanding. Hell I didn't read Goldberg's book--Ace didn't read Goldberg's book-- and I'm not going to go to the mattresses over it. (^See I surrender and admit I am stupid by the deployment of a cliche--pffffttttttt.)

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (r2PLg)

267 Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 02:47 PM (ZPrif) Sorry. That should be: White-on-Black Crime: Worst type of crime possible, proof of the inherent racism in the Universe. Black-on-White Crime: Crime only Racists complain about. Black-on-Black Crime: An imaginary thing.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (/PCJa)

268 sprawl = worst thing ever. Something to be eradicated, like weeds or a disease.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (ZPrif)

269 Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:42 PM (r2PLg) Translation: I won!

Posted by: Chelsea Hrothgar at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (XdnQT)

270

 Holy fucking shit. He *WANTS* to start WWIII.

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I wouldn't mind quite so much if i thought he wanted to win it.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (SO2Q8)

271 Possessed of something called "Lizard Brains." I SEE YOU !!!!1!!111!!!-ty ... just wait 'till I find Stinky and his Banning Stick ..

Posted by: Larches Sojnnoh at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (FlRtG)

272 Go ahead and tell the Brits you're a bit of a bender, Barry. The giggling will mean they like you. Posted by: Waterhouse at August 30, 2013 02:45 PM (uYaYO) I went to the UK once on business in my young career and one of the directors was a little upset that I was there. I said to my counterpart over there "he's pretty bent I was allowed to come over here." The look I got was priceless......then he explained what "bent" meant to them. Oops.....

Posted by: Sponge at August 30, 2013 09:49 AM (xmcEQ)

273 And we can still choose not to use their language.

...they never use "pro-life" anyway; it's always "anti-choice" or "anti-women."

Posted by: HeatherRadish needs a beer at August 30, 2013 09:50 AM (/kI1Q)

274 Dems complain about black-on-black crime all the time. It's the reason they offer for banning guns. The problem with black crime seemingly is only the black victims. White girl bleed alot -- not much of a problem.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:50 AM (ZPrif)

275 Community Organizer: Heroic advocate for the underclass againt thier greedy rich capitalist oppressors

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:50 AM (DrC22)

276
It's all about me and Reggie.

Posted by: Barack Obama the Magnificent at August 30, 2013 09:50 AM (pJF+c)

277 265  A liberal was a joke. Period. Their ideas were not to be entertained, they were to be laughed at.

Communism: it was evil, oppressive and, above all, fucking miserable and they couldn't get shit done.

At the end of the 1980s liberals and commies had become a laughingstock.
Venezuela was running out of toilet paper. Where is a prominent Republican coming up with some awesome jokes on that one??? The fucking idiots.
Prescient11





This and this and this

Posted by: Sphynx at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (OZmbA)

278 Religious tolerance - don't do anything and immediately apologize for anything offending the muslims.  Everyone else can get bent.

Posted by: EC at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (GQ8sn)

279

income inequality - whitey gotta pay

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (SO2Q8)

280 .... "Lizard Brains." Usually found beating their wives, bashing gays, and shooting black people for no reason at all.

**


Fine with me, my reply from now on..."You gotta fat ass and your mother/kids/sister is ugly."



Posted by: dananjcon at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (jvd3N)

281 I don't know why they don't want to. Posted by: Splunge at August 30, 2013 02:44 PM (bKA83) Effort is bad.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (VtjlW)

282 socialist = somebody who care about poor people more than you

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (ZPrif)

283 The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama Actually, your wrong, Mr. President. As some one noted earlier, there is no "moral" universe. The universe, as it is, may bend, but it bends not to what is or is not moral, but what is or is not in the best interest of the one doing the bending. I do not make more money because it is moral....I do so because my daughters want to go shoe shopping. I do not pay taxes because it is my moral duty as a citizen, I do so because I do not wish to wind up in jail. It is in my self-interest to pay taxes, otherwise, I wind up being "chelse" to my cellmate's Bradly. See, Mr. Smartest Man ever elected, this was all explained by Adam Smith who, clearly, was not on the Harvard Law Review. Maybe you should read him every once in a while. But let me explain it to you further. Darfur. Everyone says Darfur is a horrible place....well, everyone you look up to. Yet, the United States does not invade Darfur, why....because we have no interest in it. There is nothing to be gained. If morality was the lodestar of invasion, you yourself have admitted Sadaam Hussesin was a horrible person and, hence, your objections to the Iraq War would be wrong. We would be invading everybody, China for its pollution (its immoral to pollute Giai.), Russia for its treatment of homosexuals (they just want to marry) and North Korea for starving people. We don't because the gain is insufficient or the cost too high....in otherwords, we act not out of any moral sense but out of our own self-interest. I know, bombing Syria would help you get out of your Daddy issues and make you feel tough. But, its like crack, a temporary high that leaves you worse than you were before you partook.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (OWjjx)

284 Sustainable = expensive energy, fuck fossil fuels. And nuclear, for no explainable reason. Green technology - shuttered factories.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:51 AM (xZxMD)

285 >Pick that apart and tell me how wrong I am.

Posted by: irongrampa at August 30, 2013 02:45 PM (SAMxH)



what about violence? It's immediate, it's satisfying, and some of us aren't getting any younger


This comment intended for entertainment purposes only.

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:52 AM (8sCoq)

286

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:49 PM (r2PLg)

 

Hey now.  You're moving the goal posts. 

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 09:52 AM (m2CN7)

287 Environmentalist: Kindly enlightened and caring intellectual who loves nature and animals (but has mixed feelings about babies)

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:52 AM (DrC22)

288 Dems complain about black-on-black crime all the time. It's the reason they offer for banning guns. The problem with black crime seemingly is only the black victims. White girl bleed alot -- not much of a problem. I disagree. They only talk about it grudgingly, and then only long enough to say "hey, we talk about it!" and then move on to the supposed bogeyman of "White-on-black crime." Sell also: Every weekend in Chicago for the last 5 years (at least).

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) MFM Delenda Est at August 30, 2013 09:52 AM (/PCJa)

289 250 ""The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own." —President Obama

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 02:37 PM (ELdpj)



What the FUCK does that even MEAN?!?

Posted by: © Sponge at August 30, 2013 02:46 PM (xmcEQ)


--Originally a MLK line, although I think he was also alluding to someone before him.  It means that even as a Christian preacher who there believed in a happy ending for the universe, one can't be a neo-Pelagianist and just do nothing.  That's a fine sentiment for a Christian urging individual involvement and action to right society's wrongs, but 0bama is hijacking it to mean the government has to do the "bending."

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:53 AM (bufJH)

290 David Brooks: Impressed by the crease in Barack Obama's pants. Sorry, But I will do my best to make sure that Brooks never lives this one down, cliche or not. That Brooks quote, to me, is the perfect summation of the dumbed-down, infantile, slavishly boot-licking, unserious and injurious MSM that has forged an unholy alliance with those they are supposed to cover, forming a Media-Political Complex that is driving the last nail into the coffin of our once-great Republic. .

Posted by: BlueStateRebel at August 30, 2013 09:53 AM (7ObY1)

291 DADT:  A reviled policy used by Conservatives to hate monger the special class of citizen that prefers sword and scissor fights rather than submarine races.  (revised from the 1995 edition)

Posted by: dogfish at August 30, 2013 09:53 AM (nsOJa)

292 Intellectual: Individual of superior intelligence who is able to see through things like religion and patriotism

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:53 AM (DrC22)

293 Worst thing in the world is when you got former friends trolling so as to destroy you.

Posted by: Random letter of the Alphabet, after S at August 30, 2013 09:53 AM (qP3is)

294 And their language isn't "pro-life." Their language is "anti-choice." Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Chelsea at August 30, 2013 02:48 PM (4df7R) ************** Hell I should have taken the time to be clearer--but I've got a headache and I've been trying to follow the Kerry crap--the newest Obama comment and then-- deal with the trivia of whatever Ann Althouse is doing. So---yes--my priorities could be messed up but then I know people sitting in range of Syria right now so... You know... I'm kind of pissed about Obama and Co. not being able to drop the petty and at least get some public support for -- our military.

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 09:54 AM (r2PLg)

295 When you have someone try to add some meat to the bones of many of the liberals most treasured cliches, you end up with something like Allison Benedickt's column. That was her big sin. That "trust fund prep school baby" stuff with the eye roll is supposed to just be left at that, and most people will reflexively agree. Once you start arguing that we shouldn't allow people to ever strive for a superior but more expensive education....once you start getting into the weeds of what people readily accept as cliche, you start getting in trouble. You don't want people to really think about that.

Posted by: Dave S. at August 30, 2013 09:54 AM (BfZ1r)

296 Chevy Volt:  An expensive brick that will reluctantly transport its owner slowly from point A to point B using electricity provided by unicorn farts, which are green and renewable.  See also Nissan Leaf, and Tesla.


Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes C'est Magnifique at August 30, 2013 09:55 AM (kXoT0)

297 Journalist: Heroic, courageous, concerned individual who exposes Bad Guys and speaks truth to power

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:55 AM (DrC22)

298 Every liberal I've ever known mouths cliches about the problem of black-on-black crime. The main problem being the guns the white gun manufacturers flood into black neighborhoods and the money white flight to the suburbs has stolen from inner-city school. It's usually presented as the whites somehow profiting off black misery. A black man might pull the trigger, but the real murderer is the white suburban gun-owner.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at August 30, 2013 09:55 AM (ZPrif)

299 National healthcare  --  More free shit.  YAY!

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:55 AM (i6YPp)

300 Equal Rights -  1.  taking rights away from the perceived privilege and providing additional rights  to  the perceived victims.  

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 09:55 AM (m2CN7)

301 Even if there were a Milking Bell, I'm not sure cows would come running for it. Do they love the milking process so much?

Posted by: JackT at August 30, 2013 09:56 AM (PrrRo)

302 If you want to speak with Democrats you must be willing to evolve into cliche' speak. Dems are not more eduable. They simply believe the thing that makes them feel the best at the time. They are emotional animals. This is why it is so hard to argue with them, because feelings are not an argument ideas are. Democrats are by definition delusional. They believe through feelings in ideas that have been proven wrong time and time again. When given a well thought out, reasonable idea, people like me are willing to listen in a thoughtful way. I say Democrats here, but it is a percentage game. Right now a larger percentage of Democrats emote than Republicans, but there is a large percentage of Republicans that emote instead of think as well. I guess they are our moderates and RINOS.

Posted by: Mekan at August 30, 2013 09:56 AM (hm8tW)

303 "Reminds me of Selma" - anything a liberal disagrees with.

and... breaking news:

http://tinyurl.com/qeedtgo

but you must be a racist if you link, you bad bad mans.

Posted by: ktnxbai, now with tin foil lace wigs at August 30, 2013 09:56 AM (5aT64)

304 286 Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 02:49 PM (r2PLg) Hey now. You're moving the goal posts. Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 02:52 PM (m2CN7) ************* LMAO! (Thanks--I could use some laughs right about now.)

Posted by: tasker at August 30, 2013 09:56 AM (r2PLg)

305 Can anyone confirm this: A friend posted at the Yahoo group that Glen Greenwald used to sock puppet here at the blog, and Ace busted him.

Posted by: L, elle at August 30, 2013 09:57 AM (0PiQ4)

306 Even if there were a Milking Bell, I'm not sure cows would come running for it. Do they love the milking process so much? Posted by: JackT at August 30, 2013 02:56 PM (PrrRo) See Wheatie at #109 (and Wheatie is correct).

Posted by: Vendette at August 30, 2013 09:57 AM (dw9bg)

307 2 years of unemployment pay  --  More free shit.  YAY!

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:57 AM (i6YPp)

308 The look I got was priceless......then he explained what "bent" meant to them. Oops..... Posted by: © Sponge at August 30, 2013 02:49 PM (xmcEQ) It's always grand fun explaining to people from the UK that asking for a fag means something very different here and explaining to people from Australia that saying cunt is pretty much beyond the pale.

Posted by: alexthechick - Commence drinking now. at August 30, 2013 09:57 AM (VtjlW)

309 Fairness: putting straight white males in their place

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:58 AM (DrC22)

310 Intellectual progressive :  1.  Individual of  perceived superior intelligence who is able to believe to be able to  see through things like religion and patriotism.  See narcissism.  

Posted by: polynikes at August 30, 2013 09:58 AM (m2CN7)

311 "See Wheatie at #109 (and Wheatie is correct)." Ha! I was about to say "well, ask any nursing mom who's been away from her baby all day without a pump..."

Posted by: Obama at August 30, 2013 09:58 AM (ELdpj)

312 305 Can anyone confirm this: A friend posted at the Yahoo group that Glen Greenwald used to sock puppet here at the blog, and Ace busted him.

Posted by: L, elle at August 30, 2013 02:57 PM (0PiQ4)


--Was he the troll who kept tell us how awesome the USSR was?

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 09:58 AM (bufJH)

313 Chevy Volt: An expensive brick that will reluctantly transport its owner slowly from point A to point B using electricity provided by unicorn farts, which are green and renewable. Unicorn farts = disguised coal generated electricity.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 09:59 AM (xZxMD)

314 Yick, go away O-sock

Posted by: Lauren at August 30, 2013 09:59 AM (ELdpj)

315 Income equality: getting more for less

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 09:59 AM (DrC22)

316 ELECTRICITY: a clean benevolent source of unlimited energy that streams from a magical connector on your wall. Used for powering automobiles.

Posted by: Jones in CO at August 30, 2013 09:59 AM (8sCoq)

317 Obamaphos  --  More free shit.  YAY!

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 09:59 AM (i6YPp)

318 Can anyone confirm this: A friend posted at the Yahoo group that Glen Greenwald used to sock puppet here at the blog, and Ace busted him.

Posted by: L, elle at August 30, 2013 02:57 PM (0PiQ4)



Not only here, but at several blogs, including Patterico's.   Go there and see the awesome takedown.

Posted by: EC at August 30, 2013 10:00 AM (GQ8sn)

319 Great post. It's hard to come up with an example as clear as the one Ace gives in Obama, since he was an unknown upon which the media could project any image they chose. They've done more or less the same with Hillary, with mixed results; having accomplished nothing, she has no record to weigh her down, but she's been around for long enough that we have some impression of her. And, of course, nothing will ever fix her laugh. But the point stands; to my mind it's more the concepts that have been twisted to mean things they never, ever meant, nor do they mean now, if once gets clear of the chatter to think about it. McCarthyism was mentioned above. I would add: Social Security: a fund into which you contribute funds, which are stored securely, to be distributed to you at age 65.5 or so. A social net, into which you pay and get your very own money back some day.

Posted by: TexasDan at August 30, 2013 10:00 AM (Fa3Hi)

320 Mercury poisoning in a house from a broken CFL: Collateral damage

Any other chemical poisoning: OMFG!  EVIL CAPITALISM!

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 10:01 AM (bufJH)

321 Gay: People of same-sex orientation who are fun-loving and really great to be with

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 10:01 AM (DrC22)

322 --Was he the troll who kept tell us how awesome the USSR was?

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 02:58 PM (bufJH)

**


The food isn't that great but cock is to die for!


Posted by: Edward Snowden at August 30, 2013 10:02 AM (jvd3N)

323 Minority: People who can't do well because the majority won't let them

Posted by: Caliban at August 30, 2013 10:02 AM (DrC22)

324 Unlimited SS disability -- More free shit.  YAY!

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 10:03 AM (i6YPp)

325 Nood up.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 30, 2013 10:03 AM (xZxMD)

326 @  285


    I'm old enough and seen enough that violence don't scare me none.

     Still need to solve this mess peaceably--but if that fails, then look the hell out.

Posted by: irongrampa at August 30, 2013 10:03 AM (SAMxH)

327 Possible  forgiveness of student loans  --  More free shit.  YAY!

Posted by: Soona at August 30, 2013 10:05 AM (i6YPp)

328 THERE IS STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY.

Posted by: Dathi at August 30, 2013 10:05 AM (6sEwQ)

329 All right you Futher Mucking dirt weasel of a President.  You are about to wage an unneeded and pointless war in Syria that could spiral out of control and plunge the whole world into chaos by using the men and women of the United States military like pizza delivery folks to deliver your annoyance with Assad with $1.4 million special menu items.

But you you feckless limp wristed sorry excuse for a human being, I won't even call you a sorry excuse of a male because you have no testicles to speak of.  All you have sirrah is your over-inflated sense of self importance.  You are far more hat than cattle and there seems no reason to hope that will ever change.  What your gutting of the military continues to do under the guise of 'sequestration' is amazingly sickening.

How sickening is it?  I was just over on Black Five. And well I did see red.  The red of blood.  The blood of a valiant man who died for this country in a far off land.  And because of your sequestration, this man, who has been MIA for 43 long and agonizing years, will be buried Sept. 28th in Arlington without a military provided missing man formation of aircraft.

And instead of trying to work your corrupt and venal system called DC to get a special dispensation that you wretched piece of flotsam would no doubt enjoy denying, they have rallied and organized their own fly-by.  A fly-by that includes a plane like the one Major Sizemore was killed in back in 1969, an A-26 Invader.  But it comes at cost and they need people to donate money to pay for fuel.

http://tinyurl.com/msywrwq

Posted by: Chelsea Puma (+SmuD) at August 30, 2013 10:05 AM (aUpYR)

330 Progressive - A person who is unalterably convinced of the correctness, efficacy, and moral superiority of their preferred solutions to societies' problems, and is willing to expend an unlimited amount of other people's resources to prove it.



Posted by: West at August 30, 2013 10:06 AM (1Rgee)

331 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: The only possible legitimate authority for the use of instruments of national power. Exception: When a lightworker is commander-in-chief. See also, House of Representatives, e.g. "obstructionists," "war powers" and "obsolete." Because more than 100 years old and stuff.

Posted by: Hurricane Chelsea at August 30, 2013 10:06 AM (pginn)

332 A, I remember now: tdub (I socked him as tpud) was the troll.  He was from the UK and a Soviet apologist, so I wonder if it was Greenwald.

Posted by: logprof at August 30, 2013 10:08 AM (bufJH)

333 Cows really do seem to like the milking process. Bulls not so much. Do NOT ask me how I know this.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at August 30, 2013 10:09 AM (mvenn)

334 FASCISM: The opposite of Communism.

COMMUNISM: Just Another Economic System ®

CONSTITUTION: Considered some people only 3/5s of a person. See Also: ANTIQUATED and RACIST

IVY LEAGUE: Your Betters




Posted by: grognard at August 30, 2013 10:10 AM (/29Nl)

335 JEWS - noun:
1 - a people with a long history of persecution and oppression, which is why they overwhelming support Liberal causes;
2 - the people who are oppressing the Palestinians and blocking the Middle East Peace Process and paying off Western Politicians to do their bidding  (cf http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=705 or http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/media/internet/news.php?q=1262024557)

Also, Jews are White people according to most non-white racists and non-white people to most white racists. Lord only knows what the Martians would think about us if they ever stopped by for a weekend

Posted by: Mallfly at August 30, 2013 10:15 AM (bJm7W)

336 From the posts, it's apparent that we know them so much better than they know even themselves. How'n heck is it possible that we're losing?

Posted by: Hurricane Chelsea at August 30, 2013 10:16 AM (pginn)

337 Democrat = Political hack

Posted by: LGoPs at August 30, 2013 10:17 AM (8ChpZ)

338 How'n heck is it possible that we're losing?


Because the gop keeps trying to out dem the dem's?

Posted by: Joethefatman (@joethefatman1) at August 30, 2013 10:21 AM (MnSla)

339 338 "How'n heck is it possible that we're losing?"

See: Dark Ages. Alternate: The M.E. after the rise of Islam.

Progress is not always inevitable.

Posted by: West at August 30, 2013 10:23 AM (1Rgee)

340 Government program - phony-baloney do-nothing "jobs" staffed by white sociology/political science/gender studies majors who want to "do something for society" when the best thing they could do for the rest of us is jump off the tallest available building.

Posted by: Sudden Clarity Clarence at August 30, 2013 10:28 AM (/tWHq)

341 "Authoritarian" equal opportunity abusers regardless of nationality, political identity, era, race, gender or creed. Deja vu, Govenor Rick Perry, every child under the age of 21 within the communal compound outside of Eldorado was taken by force into the Texas State child protective service, no familial communications permitted, and no proper facilities prepared for the massive influx into the CPS, dumping the children where ever under whatever "volunteer" circumstances without proper bedding or bathing facilities. All this failure to communicate based upon an agenda that conveniently prompted a false allegation from an out-of-state agitator who happened to work for the Obama '08 campaign, but whose false report was never investigated by the Texas law enforcement authorities. In this instance, Gov. Perry refused granting an audience with the grieving parents who perpetually petitioned an appointment to speak with him to no avail. It took them over a year for the State Supreme Court and Attorney General to force the CPS to return the children to their parents. That's Ricky's "Because I Could" for you fans of hair 'n boots. Under the Merkel administration, the German government's judicial and law enforcement officers told the family it had failed to meet the government’s demands for “integration.” The decision came from Judge Markus Malkmus, who ordered the children into the custody of the states’ “child protective agency,” called the Jugendamt. Forcing their way into the family's home, “The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first. It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children. At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.” -- Dirk Wunderlich, father of the four children kidnapped by the German government for the family committing the crime of homeschooling. The Wunderlich family was granted asylum by the US government via court decision. Obama personally intervened to have the Wunderlich family extradicted back to Germany for not forcing their children to attend public schools. Regarding the sciences, math, language and history curriculum, the Wunderlichs were not "failing" in learning/performance standards. I seriously doubt that the Wunderlich parents were asking for "vouchers" or tax rebates to fund their homeschooling, either. Government revenue wasn't the issue. The power to abuse one's rightful liberty to research ideas independently, the abusive power to enforce Statist propaganda as the only acceptable "tolerance" IS the issue. Zero Authoritarian Tolerance

Posted by: panzernashorn at August 30, 2013 10:36 AM (MhA4j)

342 340. the best thing they could do for the rest of us is jump off the tallest available building. Posted by: Sudden Clarity Clarence at August 30, 2013 03:28 PM (/tWHq) -- Best thing they could do is go volunteer to make Mexico into Utopia for all of the Mexicans.

Posted by: panzernashorn at August 30, 2013 10:40 AM (MhA4j)

343
Best thing they could do is go volunteer to make Mexico into Utopia for all of the Mexicans.

Posted by: panzernashorn at August 30, 2013 03:40 PM (MhA4j)


I don't hate Mexicans that much to subject them to that.

Posted by: Sudden Clarity Clarence at August 30, 2013 10:44 AM (/tWHq)

344 "part of the reason for the liberal dominance over the culture and lately politics as well is that it is extremely hard to argue someone out of a proposition he was never argued into in the first place." ***** Does this mean we can finally, *finally* stop taking the "higher ground"?

Posted by: Taco Shack at August 30, 2013 10:45 AM (C+qQ0)

345 "I think Liberals are more educable, and conservatives more resistant to education."

Sorry, Ace, but this claim makes about as much sense as a sack of wet mice.

Posted by: Brennan at August 30, 2013 10:51 AM (SmV3Z)

346 Ace, these mind dumps are like rickety rope bridges keeping from giving way to the partisan hackery howling its siren invitation from below, in the abyss.

Posted by: Sailfish at August 30, 2013 10:53 AM (CxW3E)

347 <i>There's an old bit of Received Wisdom I heard about the Chinese Bureaucracy, an idea and innovation squashing institution that nevertheless persisted for over a thousand years (and still does). It persisted so long because, while it is bad, it was never quite awful enough to spark a revolution. It was always on every Emperor's to-do list to reform the bureaucracy -- but always at number 12 on the list.

No Emperor ever gets to number 12 on his list. No Emperor ever gets much further than Number 3.</i>

I think you left out what that Received Wisdom is.

Posted by: dicentra at August 30, 2013 10:58 AM (VrEQt)

348 Or Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary

You can copy most of DD verbatim and pretend it was written in 2013 without missing a beat.

Posted by: dicentra at August 30, 2013 10:59 AM (VrEQt)

349 "The public did not decide Barack Obama was extremely intelligent, cultured, articulate, and spiritually uplifting. The public had this word-cloud about Barack Obama drilled into their heads for two years so that when they finally saw the man speak, in all his umming and uhhing glory, there was hardly any space in their minds for their own analytical and impressionistic portrait of Barack Obama. " This can't be stated, or rephrased, enough. I still await the sunburst of Barry's brilliant mind, demonstrated in some insight even short of Ace's. Or just some impressive deed. Mostly, his intellect is on par with his bowling, pitching and hoop "skills." Cordially...

Posted by: Rick at August 30, 2013 11:02 AM (Gfgj6)

350 "345 "I think Liberals are more educable, and conservatives more resistant to education." Sorry, Ace, but this claim makes about as much sense as a sack of wet mice." I'm thinking it's an outgrowth of progglodytes' inclination towards servility. Seek to please the Master, and with luck, become one. Cordially...

Posted by: Rick at August 30, 2013 11:04 AM (Gfgj6)

351 Yes, this is typically true. However, there are times, such as when the underlying disease is unknown or is known but isn't responding to treatment, that it's appropriate to treat the symptoms.
Posted by: BCochran1981

IIRC docs do this for cholera or dysentery.  Plenty of clean drinking water til it goes away.  So let's treat leftism by swirly.

Posted by: DaveA at August 30, 2013 11:05 AM (DL2i+)

352

>>.You can copy most of DD verbatim and pretend it was written in 2013 without missing a beat.

it's a fun read. I haven't actually read it; i've just seen various definitions quoted.

It must be free on Kindle-- I'll get it.

Flaubert's similar work was inspired by Bierce's.  I read some of it last night. It was pretty funny.

Just some things are kind of funny. Like the French view of the English, circa 1906:

THE ENGLISH:  All rich.


That's it, that's the entry.   Just "all rich."

There was one for Germans like:

GERMANS:  Always precede with "blond."  What a splendid military.  We might have beaten them but we weren't quite ready.

Posted by: ace at August 30, 2013 11:32 AM (/IWYB)

353 >>>Sorry, Ace, but this claim makes about as much sense as a sack of wet mice.

it makes sense the way I intend it.  I was considering Meghan McArdle's writing about the New Class, the Institutional Class, and how they're generally quite establishment/conformist/rules-obeying/risk-avoiding.  This is their psychology and their internal intellectual landscape as well.

This will have some benefits (they are good at sucking up received wisdom) and some very big drawbacks (they are not really good at much else).


Posted by: ace at August 30, 2013 11:38 AM (/IWYB)

354 I think you left out what that Received Wisdom is. Posted by: dicentra at August 30, 2013 03:58 PM (VrEQt) Di! Don't see you here much. If you see this very late response, the received wisdom is in the quote, that it was "bad but not so bad to spark a revolution," do just enough lazy and greedy that people won't get rid of you. Doing worse would actually be better because people would act to correct it.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's Other Mobile[/i][/b][/s][/u] at August 30, 2013 12:31 PM (qyfb5)

355 See 'The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide To Thinking And Talking Democratic----George Lakoff, Elisabeth Wehling

Posted by: He Who Controls The Communication Wins The War at August 30, 2013 12:58 PM (nbGZj)

356 Ok, now I get it. The Insight Center of my brain must be stuck over on Pinterest or something.

I would also like to point out that a sack of wet mice makes sense to a cat. This, however...

"I think in terms of psychographics, Liberals are better Students than the right. Understand here that I speak of the group, not any individual case. I think Liberals are more educable, and conservatives more resistant to education."

...does not.

Because in my understanding, "resistant to education" means "not at all humble" or "as arrogant as the day is long."

Where you have people who emote rather than ponder, there's not a lot of real learning to be done. They just have to learn the latest incantations, learn to react viscerally to anything that contradicts the paradigm (such as it is), and Be Tribal In All Things.

Conservatives, OTOH, can swap out "Facism is right-wing" for "Hitler was a man of the Left" as soon as you explain it to them. However, we absorbed all the conventional wisdom just as much as the Left did but we are able to ditch it when it's debunked.

Posted by: dicentra at August 30, 2013 01:04 PM (VrEQt)

357 Ace, Once again. Hammer, nail, boom. Politics and psychology are intertwined. It explains much about 1939 and other points in history. I know I'm stating the obvious. It doesn't require great insight or intelligence, just the ability to read. We humans recycle the same bullshit over and over, as we simultaneously marvel at our novelty. We are the people Thomas Jefferson warned us about. What was true then is true now. Our toys have evolved, but we haven't It's true nothings new. No thought word or deed. We are all a eco of someone else, there isn't a series of words I, you, or anyone else can string together that someone else hasn't thought of, spoke, or written. Here's the hard part. The thing that causes the most heartache. We don't learn from 10,000 years of collective wisdom. We (humans) arrogantly make the same mistakes again and again, thinking that somehow this time it will be different. Why? " Because we are special snowflakes".

Posted by: wattyler1381 at August 30, 2013 03:52 PM (F2Vrz)

358 >Oh and possibly actually The Second Messiah. Or, to our Jewish friends, just The Messiah. Or, if you combine those words -- "just The Messiah" -- you get: The Meshuggunah!

Posted by: JohnW at August 30, 2013 03:55 PM (aM/gc)

359 Here's one that's true:

Man is not the Rational Animal.

Man is the Rationalizing Animal.

Posted by: Beverly at August 30, 2013 11:21 PM (TvgQf)

360

@133: Reading this post, I can't say I disagree with you....and that's precisely why I have grown to so loathe my fellow "Americans" so deeply and passionately. I feel like an expat, a stranger in a strange world who feels absolutely no connection to his supposed countrymen. It's the same feeling I noticed during Hurricane Sandy - seeing something horrible happen to New York and New Jersey affected me in the same way as when earthquakes and mudslides kill lots of people in places like Bangladesh. I have vague sympathy for them, but it doesn't affect me or bother me in any real sense.

THIS!

Posted by: mac at August 30, 2013 11:47 PM (TMssB)

361 "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - William James

Posted by: Dodd at August 31, 2013 05:43 AM (bKKqX)

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