Friday, April 28, 2006

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Addressing Byron York's confusion

everyone is wrong except me and my friends.


as i said in response to the excellent post from GG above:

i think there is a fallacy at work with the labelling of left and right that parallels quite well the fallacy of "swearing means it isn't true".

there is a strong tendency to dismiss arguments by mainstream reporters and pundits because of the "fever swamp" nature of the blogosphere, an atmosphere rife with "hate mail" and "language you wouldn't want your children to use" etc. The Washington post kerfuffle was a great example, but there are others. sometimes this semantic issue crosses over into the real world in amazing ways--i'm constantly stunned that we've seen literally millions of words written about whether or not V Plame sent J Wilson on his trip and that's nepotism. every time i see this, i think, "so was joe wilson not an expert on niger? did he not know people there? was he not qualified?" if my wife recommends me for a job for which i am qualified, it doesn't meet the definition of nepotism.

we keep being told semantics, labels, and signifiers are more important than facts that are verifiable and established. and it makes me crazy.

it even ties into my whole "post-modernity used to be on the left but has moved with horrifying consequences to the right" meme, but that's a post for another day.
Whiskey Bar: Sex Pistols

Billmon--master of the phrase turn.

"whores buying whores for whores" may be today's phrase-that-pays if you call in now, win 98.7 dollars or whatever.

read it. laugh. weep. no actual john lydon references.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Kerry Dismisses Idea Whites Run Nomination - Yahoo! News

a couple of choice bits:

McCain, a likely candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, is scheduled to speak May 13 at Liberty University, a Baptist institution founded in 1971 by Falwell. Kennedy described the appearance as an opportunity for the frank, straight-talking McCain to reach young people and others who listen to the conservative minister.

so mccain is "frank, straight-talking" oh omniscient AP writer? how nice. get me an equivalent quote from about feingold or boxer or whatever in a straight news piece. good luck.

please someone invent the media so that it can be partisand and liberal. please. i'm begging.