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Bloviating Zeppelin: How Truth Is Not

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, January 18, 2008

How Truth Is Not

It snowed, but they still came. A heavy snowfall blanketed a global warming protest outside the State House in Annapolis this morning, but it did not dampen the shouts of about 400 activists who urged lawmakers to pass the nation's toughest greenhouse gas control law.

As supporters waved signs, chanted and banged drums, 18 legislators walked down a symbolic green carpet to sign up as co-sporsors to a bill that would mandate that all businesses in Maryland cut emissions of global warming pollution by 25 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050.

While the rest of Europe is debating the prospects of global warming during an unseasonably mild winter, a brutal cold snap is raging across the semi-autonomous nation of Greenland.

On Disko Bay in western Greenland, where a number of prominent world leaders have visited in recent years to get a first-hand impression of climate change, temperatures have dropped so drastically that the water has frozen over for the first time in a decade.

The same logic is evident in the complaint the American political left has with conservative voters. According to the political analysis of filmmaker Michael Moore, whose perception of irony apparently does not extend to his own words, "The right wing, that is not where America's at . . . It's just a small minority of people who hate. They hate. They exist in the politics of hate . . . They are hate-triots."

What about liberals? According to University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, "Liberals believe individuals should doubt their own truths and consider fairly and open-mindedly the truths of others." They also "believe individuals should be tolerant and respectful of difference." Indeed, generations of academic scholars have assumed that the "natural personality" of political conservatives is characterized by hostile intolerance towards those with opposing viewpoints and lifestyles, while political liberals inherently embrace diversity.

So, statistically, who hates more?

Why, of course, as readers to my blog know, that would be The Left:

In 2004, the University of Michigan's American National Election Studies (ANES) survey asked about 1,200 American adults to give their thermometer scores of various groups. People in this survey who called themselves "conservative" or "very conservative" did have a fairly low opinion of liberals -- they gave them an average thermometer score of 39. The score that liberals give conservatives: 38. Looking only at people who said they are "extremely conservative" or "extremely liberal," the right gave the left a score of 27; the left gives the right an icy 23. So much for the liberal tolerance edge.

Oh shit! Once again, the Right deals with FACTS and The Left deals with ee-mo-shuns.

As one of my friends is frequently wont to say: "I hate it when logic, facts, common sense and proportion get in the way of a good fucked-up decision."

Don't they, though?



Blogger Bushwack said...

Damn ""I hate it when logic, facts, common sense and proportion get in the way of a good fucked-up decision."
I think that's sums up the last couple of years of DC employees.

Thu Jan 17, 10:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

LOL, BZ! They're so irrational they would hold a Global Warming protest on a five feet of snow and ice! I have only seen a slight dusting of snow here in Central Texas once in the last 12 years, which is the amount of time I've lived here, but if all of Texas was frozen over in snow and ice and they had a protest scheduled here, they'd hold it anyway.

Doesn't it occur to any of them that they look like total retards?

Fri Jan 18, 06:23:00 AM PST  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

Its not hate if you focus your hate on the right group, just like racism.

Fri Jan 18, 11:20:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'd be protesting that that 'other' religion is peace while starting at the person ready to pull the kill switch on the bomb strapped to themselves!

Fri Jan 18, 02:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ranando said...

Global Warming:

Man will never destroy the Earth no matter what they do. They might destroy man but never the Earth.

With that said, I like to keep my property clean; I don’t want anyone dumping their trash around me. I should be able to drink clean water like I did as a kid and not have to buy it by the bottle. When I was kid there 10 to 15 places around the yard, all you had to do was turn a faucet to get fresh, clean drinking water. The Earth is also my property and my responsibility, I would like to keep it nice.


When someone can explain the difference between Rosie O’Donnell and Ann Coulter and their hate speech, then I will think one side hates more than the other.

Both sides make me sick.

Fri Jan 18, 02:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Morpheus: indeed.

Ranando: I don't disagree in general. I don't go out of my way to destroy my environment, considering the amount of control I have over my immediate domain. What I predominantly disagree with is the overarching faith (because GW and Leftist Dogma IS a religion) requiring Western Cultures to absolutely BANKRUPT themselves at the behest of the Global Warming altar.

I had already seen that at my own workplace: we cannot kill this planet. We simply don't have the power. I may write about that later.


Fri Jan 18, 05:53:00 PM PST  

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