• on a comment on Tax Trolls over 7 years ago

    As the unofficial Stoller-wikipedia watcher, I've watched this minimeme (micromeme?) struggle for life. The quote comes from here; the "self described" is the torque from the memesters that gets reinserted from time to time by those with a penchant for editing right wing talk show articles.

  • on a comment on Hey Democrats--A Little Help? over 7 years ago

    You might be right -- I'll think about it.

    From my point of view right now, though, these guys are "serious" -- in the sense that they fully expect not to be taken seriously by the majority of the country, but do want red meat for the base.

    In other words, by not taking them seriously we play into their hands. We allow them to play this double game that's perfectly described by the phrase "compassionate conservatism".

    "Obviously, when we say 'gay people sodomize dogs', you're not meant to take us seriously! We just say that because, well, we get a lot of votes by inspiring hate. This message isn't for you, please ignore it."

  • on a comment on Hey Democrats--A Little Help? over 7 years ago

    Boo. I'm all for a laughing left, but I think taking the man at his word is the best way to drive such comments out of the sphere of acceptable opinion.

  • on a comment on Hey Democrats--A Little Help? over 7 years ago

    "One day, a president will lie to the people to take us into an unjust war. Also, the first man to step on the moon will be named 'Neil Armstrong'. I'm just saying I know what's going to happen." -- Abraham Lincoln (maybe)

  • comment on a post Hey Democrats--A Little Help? over 7 years ago

    You know, when they want to study the brain, they sometimes inject glucose "tagged" with a radioisotope so that they can see where it goes.

    It looks like we have a nice little radioisotope here: this "quote" has only one source -- Insight Magazine, a rather radioactive source of right-wing smears, as it happens. We can watch the glucose of hatred propagate through the right-wing mind from the comfort of our living rooms.

  • comment on a post Net Neutrality Trends over 7 years ago

    Shorter Scott Moore: "I don't know why you need this kind of legislation. Why not just trust corporations to do the right thing."

    Yeah, that's been working out really well for us as a nation.

  • on a comment on Some Cable Broadcast News over 7 years ago

    Oh god, Mallard Fillmore. Have you seen, by the way, the "editorial cartoon" at the Onion? The joke is that it's extremely conservative, and it's actually rather funny in the same way that watching these clips is.

  • on a comment on Some Cable Broadcast News over 7 years ago

    That is interesting -- stacking the audience with desparate writers and producers.

    Man, when they read out loud the unfunny jokes that were already printed on the screen... kill me.

    Any other comedy-writer insights on this train-wreck for us?

  • on a comment on Some Cable Broadcast News over 7 years ago

    Aw man, I remember Ad Age (my Dad was an adman.)

    But sunlight is the best disinfectant, no?

  • on a comment on Some Cable Broadcast News over 7 years ago

    I actually found it kind of scary-mean laughter from a depressingly uncanned conservative audience.

  • on a comment on Ratings at Fox News Plummeting over 7 years ago

    The blogs! </optimism>

  • comment on a post Some Cable Broadcast News over 7 years ago

    "Material so weak, in fact, that one suspects the writers are all liberals deliberately sabotaging the show."

    Best. Conspiracy. Ever.

  • comment on a post Al Franken: Candidate for a New Era over 7 years ago

    Any locals want to weigh in on what the primary is going to look like? All of us who don't know who Al is challenging in the primary are curious about what this looks like on the ground.

  • comment on a post Blogosphere Linking Patterns over 7 years ago

    Let me see if I'm following.

    1. if you go by total number of inbound-linking blogs, conservative and progressive blogs are sort of at parity.

    2. if you go by total number of inbound links, progressives "win".

    A natural consequence of these two is that progressive blogs have a higher number of inbound-links-per-inbound-linking-blog.

    One loaded way to say this is that progressive blogs are "busier" than conservative blogs.

    If I had to guess right off the top of my head, it would be that progressive sites have more rapidly adopted Scoop-like software that allows people to create their own content on a central blog.

  • comment on a post Senate 2008: Dems Find a Candidate in Nebraska? over 7 years ago

    fight every seat!

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