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New Internet Meme Alert: Moar Droanz

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2012

Emptywheel has it. Moar Droanz. (Via Jay Ackroyd, Atrios)

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This

Posted by Charles II on November 19, 2012

Conan O’Brien: “There’s a petition for Texas to secede. It has 25,000 signatures. The signatures are from every state but Texas.”

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About that mandate

Posted by Charles II on November 11, 2012

Apologies to the DK poster from whence this comes. I would like to give you credit, but have forgotten whence the link came.

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It’s morning in America!

Posted by Charles II on June 6, 2012

Things will be much better if government gets out of the way of business. Click to enlarge.

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Finally someone figures out how to respond to ‘wingers

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2012

I have taken a certain amount of flak over my criticism of NOW President Terry O’Neill for what I regard as a weak response to Rush Limbaugh’s abuse of Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and “prostitute” because she wanted to have insurance pay for birth control for her fellow law students…specifically because a friend of hers needed to take birth control pills for polycystic ovarian syndrome, a painful condition that could lead to sterility.

Almost everyone has been trying to respond rationally or with anger or even with humor to Limbaugh’s simply-unacceptable attack. But it deserves none of those. It is so far out there that it is only worthy of ridicule. Authoritarians can handle advertiser boycotts (Limbaugh has handled many). They can handle public scolding–they love it! The one thing they can’t handle is being made to look foolish.

People like Rachel have been trying to work the angle that Limbaugh, by saying that Fluke was spending so much on birth control that she wanted to be paid to have sex, simply shows that he doesn’t understand birth control. My response (in comments):

He understands how birth control works…. This is an example of a propaganda FAIL. In order to ridicule Fluke, in order to get his listeners to hate her, he has to paint her as someone who is having sex constantly. The facts about female birth control are inconvenient…. there’s little relationship between the frequency of sexual activity and cost [of female birth control].

But facts are irrelevant in propaganda. As long as the target audience is willing to slip on the mantle of suspension of disbelief, anything not too jarring will succeed in getting the audience to picture Fluke as a two dollar whore. Once that picture is formed in their minds, they are immune to contradiction. You can say anything you like, but Fluke will still be a hate-object, unworthy of any defense. Those who attack Limbaugh or defend Fluke are, in their minds, not worthy of being listened to.

This is not to detract from Rachel’s efforts. I do think that ridicule, as opposed to humor, requires a shorter wind-up.

As one might predict, Limbaugh toady Ace of Spades has decided to go the master one better by calling Fluke “A Shiftless Rent-A-Cooch From East Whoreville”. So I was pleased by the second half of this exchange:

No lengthy exposition, replete with righteous indignation. No flailing. No moaning. Just a few brief words that Mark Twain or HL Mencken would have been proud to scribe.

As I said in comments,

Clarence Darrow didn’t win the Scopes trial– but the ridicule that rained down on Tennessee, such as that of H.L. Mencken, sent the fundamentalist politicians nationwide into hibernation for over thirty years. Or another–FDR’s caricatures of his opponents, like his response to the claim that he had sent a battleship to retrieve his dog, Fala.

Progressives haven’t won many battles recently because they have been willing to trash one another personally (a violation of solidarity), because they have been willing to cover up differences of opinion for the sake of false solidarity (a violation of a commitment to truth), and because they haven’t used ridicule with the effectiveness of an FDR or a Mencken.

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A Groucho Marxist view of the world

Posted by Charles II on March 18, 2011

Via Adrienne, a humorous take on how and why capitalism also doesn’t seem to work particularly well, by Slavoj Zizek:

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An economy of words

Posted by Charles II on June 22, 2010

Atrios is well known for expressing things concisely, effectively, and with dry humor. But this is one for the ages:

I frequently see intelligent people taking the whole COIN [counterinsurgency] thing very seriously, if with skepticism about its chances for success. Maybe I’m an idiot, but to me it always just sounds like “kill all the people who want us to leave and then we can finally go.”

Atrios is no idiot.

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Spocko discovers Duluth

Posted by Charles II on May 10, 2009

Spocko discovers Duluth

Oh, and via The Edge of the American West, Seth Grahame’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, about which Scott Eric Kaufman says in one of the best lines of the era:

Just like Graeme-Smith improved upon Austen by inserting zombies into scenes in which they clearly don’t belong, conservatives are now inserting socialists and communists into diatribes in which they clearly don’t belong.

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