Red State "conservatives"

I have never been terribly impressed with RedState. They’re about as ideologically conservative as Hillary Clinton:

Effective immediately, new users may *not* shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion. Not in comments, not in diaries, nada. If your account is less than 6 months old, you can talk about something else, you can participate in the other threads and be your zany libertarian self all you want, but you cannot pimp Ron Paul….

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No, life isn’t fair. All that glitters isn’t gold. And, as Daniel Larison notes, not everyone who claims to be conservative supports free discussion, liberty or the Constitution.

The presumption behind the ban that most Paul boosters are liberals is embarrassing to RedState. Sadly, it says a lot more about what passes for conservatism at RedState than it does about the Paul supporters. Rather than reaching some reasonable middle ground, punishing posters who abuse their privileges, their solution is a ban against new members saying anything about Paul. The symbolism of this move is terrible for RedState. It says to all those enthusiastic Paul backers that there is no point trying to talk to most Republicans, and after this I would be hard pressed to contradict such a view.

Mailvox: Pro-privacy

Lowkey asks about anonymous commenting:

I was wondering if you had a response to Dennis Prager’s most recent column, given that you do host a poltical discussion blog that remains relatively civil without any way of identifying most of the participants.

The key word there being “relatively”, of course. I think Prager is wildly and utterly wrong in every way, as there is no reasonable way to enforce identities – I quite enjoy net registrations since I regard them as mandatory exercises in creative fiction – and I dislike how registration tends to significantly stifle debate. So, I think his idea is impractical, pointless and ultimately self-defeating.

I don’t mind the occasional drive-by commenter, as it’s easy enough to nuke comments from those who get out of hand, while even the craziest people occasionally have something positive to add to the conversation. Many bloggers have asked me why this blog gets more comments than blogs with 10x the readership and the answer is an easy one: I don’t play thought police.

The rules here are simple. Keep the vulgarity within reasonable norms, be civil to Spacebunny, don’t cross-comment and don’t evade direct questions posed to you. You can accuse me of whatever you want, but you’d better be able to back it up with evidence.

Too many bloggers buy into the idea that they are somehow responsible for whatever their commenters happen to write. I don’t, as it makes no sense. The spectrum here is too broad for me to possibly agree with everything that’s written, much less be responsible for it. Yes, sometimes there is ugliness and vapidness and downright idiocy, but there is also the occasional insight, wisdom and brilliance. I don’t think you can have the latter without risking the former.

Prager’s opinion may lie in the fact that he’s fundamentally a radio performer, not a writer. I suspect that he likes to talk at people somewhat more than he likes to engage with them. A writer, on the other hand, always absorbs more input than he produces output. And even morons can serve a purpose. While I find some of my critics personally annoying, I still appreciate them, as even the most irritating moron can help me refine my thinking or at least demonstrate how I may have to clarify things in order for it to make sense to the average, clueless individual.

Gott in Himmel, he’s ridiculous!

Christopher Hitchens gets his ass kicked again, this time by Dinesh D’Souza. In his typically absurd style, he manages to demonstrate what is either enormous historical ignorance or enormous dishonesty.

Hitchens: “There is nothing secular about fascism. Hitler praised the church in Mein Kampf.”

1. The latter sentence is irrelevant as Hitler was never a fascist of any sort. Both Mussolini and Hitler were very clear about the many ideological differences between secular Italian national imperialism and pagan Teutonic national socialism.

2. The first sentence is simply incorrect.

Per il problema finanziario:
Noi vogliamo:

b) II sequestro di tutti i beni delle congregazioni religiose e l’abolizione di tutte le mense Vescovili che costituiscono una enorme passivit√† per la Nazione e un privilegio di pochi.

For the financial problem:
We demand:

b) The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics, which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor.

Hitchens is nothing more than an intellectual joke and an increasingly specious one at that.

Expressions

I always find colloquial expressions to be interesting because of what they reveal about a culture. Italian expressions can be particularly fascinating as they show a connection to both the primitive agricultural past as well as to intellectual aspects of the Renaissance.

It was very confusing the first time I heard someone say “boca lupo“, “mouth of the wolf”, in the context of a thesis presentation. Whose mouth? What wolf? Weren’t we talking about his thesis? But it simply means “good luck”, as in, “I hope you come out of this problematic situation all right”. I would have been even more confused the other night at practice did I not have a history habit, as one of our strikers was complaining vociferously about how a midfielder had passed the ball to the left just as he broke on goal to the right during scrimmage.

Eppure si muove“, the midfielder replied sarcastically. “And yet, it moves”. That didn’t make any literal sense but it cracked me up all the same. The midfielder’s reply was a quote of what Galileo is supposed to have said after being forced to publicly recant his belief in the Copernican system.

VPFL Week 7

This is getting ludicrous:

99 Masonville Marauders
71 Greenfield Grizzlies

90 Winston Reverends
71 Cranberry Bogs

66 Burns ICU
65 Mounds View Meerkats

64 Village Valkyries
48 East Mesa WhiteTrash

49 W.C. Silver Spooners
38 Black Mouth Curs

The Meerkats have scored 452 points, good for fourth in the league. Naturally, they’re FOUR games behind the 5-2 Valkyries, who have scored 31 fewer points, and three games behind the 4-3 Silver Spooners, who’ve scored 89 less.

I’m starting to feel like Mike Martz in St. Louis.