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Category Archive: discourse

Nov 13 2008

It’s Official. The Republicon Party Is Not Smarter Than a Seven Year-Old

I heard earlier today that Obama has sent a thank-you letter to a seven year-old blogger, but I didn’t think there would be any substance to the story. I thought wrong. I now think we may be looking at a future Democratic president, and no, I’m not being condescending (h/t): Here is why I’m asking …

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Nov 04 2008

Tristero Borrows the Smack-o-Matic

I think it’s melting: Attention, all you Emily Post trolls who need smelling salts after encountering the nasty vicious netroots: “Now, listen, I’ve voted ‘present’ two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest and I didn’t feel like I should vote,” Boehner said. “In …

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Oct 23 2008

Woozle’s Glorious Open Letter to a Crazy Christian Lady

Our own Woozle wrote an open letter to that Jesus freak who believes gay-friendly schools should be bombed. It has only one weakness: it’s not getting the audience it should. Dear crazy Christian lady, I’m writing because you seem like a nice person except for certain things you have said which frighten me a great …

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Oct 23 2008

Is the Revolution Coming to America?

For those who didn’t see this in comments, Last Hussar linked to his fascinating post comparing the Labour Landslide in Great Britain to the Republicon party’s U.S. implosion, and believes we could be looking at a similar moment: Current affairs and politics geeks in the UK will remember the question that was on all their …

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Sep 23 2008

America: You Really Want Us to Love It or Leave It?

Cons have this cute little conversation-stopper they use when liberals and progressives are demanding improvements to America. “Love it or leave it!” they crow. As if wanting to improve something means you don’t love it. As if love means never questioning your country. “Love it or leave it.” All right. What if we did? What …

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Sep 04 2008

Fuck the Elevated Discourse – Gimme a Talking Point and a Hammer

Glenn Greenwald has an utterly valid point to make: Somehow, the deep stupidity of our political discourse actually manages to escalate during presidential campaigns, becoming even more vapid and idiotic than normal. But, as I argued continuously when I did my book tour in April and May for Great American Hypocrites, this is the kind …

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Aug 18 2008

Fighting Fair

I don’t hang about Conservapedia much, or I wouldn’t have missed this delightful exchange. Y’see, Andy Schlafly, assclown extraordinaire, would lurrrv to debate a stinking librul – except for the fact he can’t. He ran away from Ames like a kicked cur. (Note to Andy: here’s how challenges work. If you make ‘em, you pay …

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Aug 04 2008

When More Facts Are In Hand, the Smack-o-Matic Shall Be Unleashed

I’ve spent most of the weekend chasing down news articles on the anthrax case. Some of the information I’ve run across, when pulled together in one place, will make your toes curl. However, I don’t want to open my yawp until more facts are on the ground. Stay tuned…

May 18 2008

Incoherent Bullshit by Kathleen Parker

It’s worse than I thought. I’m gonna need a bigger woodshed. And a paddle made of tungsten carbide. Kathleen Parker, darling of the Washington Post’s op-ed page, is competing hard for the “More Inane than Bill Kristol” title. She’s written two steaming piles of shit served up hot and stinking in just the past few …

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May 15 2008

Gas Tax Holidays and the Pathologies of Democracy

FindLaw’s Michael C. Dorf has an interesting column up discussing how the proposed gas tax holiday points up a few of democracy’s flaws. It sounds downright elitist in places: More generally, the mere fact that Senator McCain would propose, and that Senator Clinton would then endorse, an idea that makes such poor policy sense raises …

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