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We don’t think we’ve seen liberal memes and doublespeak more beautifully skewered in a long time, so go enjoy. It’s what the weekend is for, after all.

27 Responses to “Things That Drive Me Crazy, Too”
  1. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Yeah, yeah, now where’s the nekkid wimmin they usually have over on the left sideb . . .

    {ka-boing}

    sorry dear, didn’t know you were in the room.

  2. Unregistered Comment by La reina Espátula

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    {ka-boing}

    Creo que éso es mi linea, señor. 

  3. cmblake6 Comment by cmblake6

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    Brilliant. And it is amazing how many Americans actually agree with the conservative theory. But of course, the leftist media would imply this not to be so. The liberal indoctrination the children receive in school cannot override the truth of human nature.

  4. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    La reina Espátula

    Creo que éso es mi linea, señor

    Should I warn Steve, or has he already learned not to think like that?

  5. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I agree with this more than I thought I would-I must be getting closer to the eeeeevvviiilll conservative side than I thought hehehehe

  6. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    Gee, I never thought of those words like that before. Somebody stop me, I’m becoming an evil conservative. :p Or maybe I’m just finally seeing things the way I’d way I’d been seeing them years ago with them without it being interpreted in another way.

  7. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    Mindy

    I agree with this more than I thought I would-I must be getting closer to the eeeeevvviiilll conservative side than I thought hehehehe

    We will bring you to the Dark Side, it is inevitable.

  8. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    leoni2

    All we conservative types have ever asked is that people think for themselves.

    And when someone out there starts changing what our language means, and constantly forces their new definitions down the throats of the general population, while not admitting the agenda inherent in what they are doing, well… It kinda get sour backs up.

  9. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Years ago I used to be more lefty…not a lot, but enough. A cerebral vaccination was in order…it required I think for myself, observe my surroundings and situations, take stock and draw a conclusion or conclusions. Often I did not like what I found. A test of one’s character is in order…do I see things as they are or as I wish them to be? And if the latter, what can I do to change it? Life imparts it’s own lessons, often simply a matter of time and timing. I am not the same man I was thirty years ago at twenty-five. I do not trust herd mentalities, I wouldn’t make it in a herd of sheep. Often a loner, quietly living my life, believeing what I do……

  10. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    The two most influental events that provoke the metamorphosis of lefty to righty (should it ever occur), is A/ Forced launch by parents/allowance terminated, and B/ Surviving a rude mugging/rape/assault.

  11. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    To Guido,

    I’d always been a thinker. Believe me. You should’ve heard the arguments me and my mom used to have over the fact that I’d liked to buy and read books, with the majotiry of them being on history (American, English/British, World War II). Gee, I kept wondering why she kept complaining about it, I mean I’m a curious person and I can’t have my curiosity satisfied without reading about it, and coming to my own conclusion, and wasn’t that what she’d wanted me to do since she used to get on the cases of the junior high I’d went to when they sent me home without homework and no books to read. Well, that, and I also have a friend who’d worked for the Philly Navy Yard before it shut down. If I had a question about anything political I usually went to my friend Ben for his opinion for it. (My friend’s name isn’t really Ben, as in Ben Franklin, just whom I call him when I want to bust his chops. I mean, the guy even look like Mr. Franklin, and is as much of a joker as he was. And intelligent. I mean, the first computer I’d ever own he’d built for me from scratch as a surprise birthday present back in the 90s.) I’d learned more from listening to him, and reading and from my college professors who’d told me to think for myself, than I’d even had from the present-day MSM. And it’s a shame. For the MSM idiots. :)

  12. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    and B/ Surviving a rude mugging/rape/assault.

    I got two of the three….mugged and assaulted.

    I was already adjusting my political positions, having been on my own and in the serious (make a living or starve) work force for about four years (this was early ’80’s) and not liking what I was seeing on the horizon.

    I got mugged at work, bastard pulled a knife on me when I found him stealing tools. I would have let him walk if he’d just left like I asked him, but he decided he needed his next fix more than I trusted him to not stick with that pointy thing in his hand.

    I decided if he wasn’t bi-partisan enough to call it a draw at that point, I wasn’t going to trust him.

    It was an epic fight when I grabbed his hand with the knife..we rolled on the floor both going “if you let go, I’ll let go.” When I finally got enough leverage, I drove the knife into the concrete floor and broke the blade off, the guy backed off and I got a hold of a 2″ pipe about 3 foot long and convinced him that my suggestion of leaving the property was the best course now.

    After all the police reports, etc. They told me they knew who it was, but being I couldn’t definitely identify him from his driver’s license photo from 4 years previous, when he was 16 and had long hair, all they could do was talk to him about not doing anything like that again.

    On top of doing your job and being responsible for your own actions, law and order became a very important part of my philosophy of a good citizen.

  13. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    Leoni

    I’d always been a thinker. Believe me. You should’ve heard the arguments me and my mom used to have over the fact that I’d liked to buy and read books, with the majotiry of them being on history (American, English/British, World War II).

    That identifies most of my acquisitions as a child/teenager. What I caught even MORE flak for was the science fiction. Heinlein, Azimov, Alan Dean Foster, Ray Bradbury, CS Lewis, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, David Drake… I read them for the philosophy.

    I’m the type that has to understand what happened, and why.

    To this day, I don’t think she gets that.

  14. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Leoni2
    Stop calling me an idiot :). There is quite a bit of info about Al Queda being evil in the LAT.

    Why would your mother complain about your buying books?
    ————–
    There was an article you guys would have loved in yesterday’s paper (LAT) about this lady that collected conservative and anti-Communist pamphlets and info for 5 decades. It took 200 boxes to move it. Now it’s in the Huntington Library, and it’s a treasure trove for scholars.

    About that article. I had read it before (I read conservative things, too). I guess I have a different definition of diversity. The comments about all these ethnic groups living side by side as Americans is diversity to me. A horde of illegal aliens is not to me. “Horde” by definition implies lack of diversity. For me, diversity means different races, different social classes, different ideologies, different professions. Pretty much what this country is about.

    But apparently, that is not the normal definition of diversity these days.

    Cheapshot
    How do all the liberal working class people and professionals fit into your allowance termination theory?

  15. Spartan24 Comment by Spartan24

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    How do all the liberal working class people and professionals fit into your allowance termination theory?

    Parents boot you out the front door and tell you that you are welcome to visit but you better not bring your stuff back. Works every time.

  16. WayneB Comment by WayneB

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    Guido - My mother wouldn’t have dared complain about the science fiction I was reading. The Lensman Series, which is what I got started off with, were HERS!

    Of course, I guess some of the Heinlein books have more sex than your typical Romance Novel, so she might have complained had I started reading them at the same time (10 or 11, I think).

    The word redefinition thing, I think, is one of the things that drive me to most crazy. Check me on this, but it seems to work like this:
    Take a word, apply it to something which it only tangentially applies to, then act as if that were the central meaning of the word, and decry any other interpretation of it (like, say the original definition).

    I had a “friend” who pulled that on me all the time. I would point out that the word he had been using really didn’t fit the use he was putting it to, but he would never listen, no matter how many times I pulled the definition out for him.

  17. SoldierInGodsArmy Comment by SoldierInGodsArmy

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    WayneB

    I love science fiction, hell, it got me into science.

    Problem is, if you start to take the shit too seriously :)

    You end up talking like this, or this

    Which, of course, make you look like this

  18. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    PC

    Stop calling me an idiot :). There is quite a bit of info about Al Queda being evil in the LAT.

    PC, I was calling the MSM idiots, you know the main stream media. And, from my recollection, you have never said you’d work for a newspaper. That is what you’d been saying, right? Correct me, please. Maybe the LAT has, but what about the rest of the press, and how much have they left out? To quote the, UGH, old National Enquirer (you have no idea how much I hate that joke of a paper) quote, Enquirering minds want to know. ;)

    Why would your mother complain about your buying books?

    I don’t know. I happen to buy a lot of books and because of that I ran out of room inside my room. There was books in boxes in the basement and books in my room, some under the bed, some in the closet and some on book shelves. Plus, I also own various magazines which I’d also read. As I’d said, I’m a curious person and I like to read. And hey, that’s partly her own fault. She wanted me to be educated. ;p As they say, be careful what you wish for…

  19. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    Spartan,

    Parents boot you out the front door and tell you that you are welcome to visit but you better not bring your stuff back. Works every time.

    Sorry, folks didn’t boot me out. But, when it was time to finally move out, my dad help me and my brother move our stuff to our apartment, (at least that which I didn’t sell, donate or throw out. I still kick myself over the copies of the History of the Second World War magazines that I had to get rid of. AAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!) although we had to help them a few weeks later move their stuff when they went to their new place in rural Virginia.

  20. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    SIGA
    My husband once had to lock himself in the control booth of a radio station to get away from a Scientologist who wouldn’t leave him alone.

    To me, they are a cult, not a religion.

  21. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    Guido,

    That identifies most of my acquisitions as a child/teenager. What I caught even MORE flak for was the science fiction. Heinlein, Azimov, Alan Dean Foster, Ray Bradbury, CS Lewis, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, David Drake… I read them for the philosophy.

    I hate to say it, but I never got into most fiction. Honestly don’t know why. I guess I’m more of a fact based person. I would probably have to read some fiction as if it’s a historical document, representing how people thought during a certain period of time.

    I’m the type that has to understand what happened, and why.

    Same here. Guess that would explain my librarian/archivist/historian background.

    To this day, I don’t think she gets that.

    Sadly, some parents never do.

  22. SoldierInGodsArmy Comment by SoldierInGodsArmy

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    Dear Miss PsychoChick

    This is why I prefer aircraft…

    I know this sounds mean, but for the sake of argument, say some nutjob gets trapped sits next to me on a plane. Then, says something stupid, like “Jimmy Carter was a great President” or “Emperor Misha is a moron”, well

    One can imagine with no place to go, the ride gets awful bumpy until the door of the plane reopens :)

    I should be ashamed, but I just cannot bring myself to feel bad.

  23. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    leoni2
    Sorry–misinterpreted you (bad tendency). Thought you were referring to people who read the MSM. I try to read the quality ones that have their own reporters. I can’t comment about most other papers. Gannett papers are frighteningly short on hard news–god knows what they say. Fortunately, haven’t had to deal with them for years. TV news seems feeble. I’ve never seen our local news have a positive piece on the Iraq War. I don’t think they are biased–I think it’s more like incompetence. They don’t do any analysis. I do read some conservative things, also. Rurik has pointed out some useful things to read.

    No–not a journalist. Just a plant scientist when I’m not too sick to work who is exploring the darkside. I’m curious, too. When my research advisor says I’m being “nosy,” I always say it’s “intellectual curiousity.” Of course, it’s the latter!

  24. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    PC,

    Sorry–misinterpreted you (bad tendency). Thought you were referring to people who read the MSM. I try to read the quality ones that have their own reporters. I can’t comment about most other papers. Gannett papers are frighteningly short on hard news–god knows what they say. Fortunately, haven’t had to deal with them for years. TV news seems feeble. I’ve never seen our local news have a positive piece on the Iraq War. I don’t think they are biased–I think it’s more like incompetence. They don’t do any analysis. I do read some conservative things, also. Rurik has pointed out some useful things to read.

    Apology accepted. But, if I was calling the readers dumb, I’d said so. Local news, I’d only ABC-6. Just do, and like the reporters, although they can get real ridiculous at times. I tend to keep away from the NBC affiliate. Why? Their weather forecasting. Or rather their weather fearcasting. I tend to hate being told that the storm of the century is coming and nothing happens, other than folks scared out of their wits and buying up everything in sight because of the fearcast. Just report the weather, and leave out the fear, dash it all. As for TV news being feeble, there’s a reason for that: 24/7 cable and the bottom line/infotainment. The three major networks are so busy trying to compete with cable, that instead of just telling us the news, straight, they want to entertain us and make a profit from the news division while doing it. Excuse me, if I want to be entertain, I’ll just watch the Simpsons, thank you so very much. As for local and the Iraq War, probably the same reason why I’m getting tired of hearing about all of the folks getting murdered here in Philly and little positive stories. Too busy following bad news sells crap and good news doesn’t sell. I wonder if that’s true or if the news people have simply convinced themselves that it is true? Just curious for the truth is all. Hmm, seems to be like that Ancient Greek dude with the lantern looking for an honest man. What was his name again? I forget.

    No–not a journalist. Just a plant scientist when I’m not too sick to work who is exploring the darkside. I’m curious, too. When my research advisor says I’m being “nosy,” I always say it’s “intellectual curiousity.” Of course, it’s the latter!

    Okay, glad we got that cleared up. Nothing wrong with being curious, it’s when you’re not curious that’s the problem.

  25. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    leoni2
    Good point about the cable.

    “Too busy following bad news sells crap and good news doesn’t sell.”

    Our newcasts cover the murders and stabbings, but since this is an area of small towns and cities, they are rare. They do major coverage when a soldier comes home and lots of stuff about local charities. That’s all some people watch, and they wouldn’t have a clue about what’s going on in the bigger world (except that people are dying overseas, stupid celebrity stuff, and catastrophes). Although it is useful to know when the highway is closed, and you have to take that scary, twisty, turny alternate route which has a lot of accidents.

  26. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    Our newcasts cover the murders and stabbings, but since this is an area of small towns and cities, they are rare. They do major coverage when a soldier comes home and lots of stuff about local charities. That’s all some people watch, and they wouldn’t have a clue about what’s going on in the bigger world (except that people are dying overseas, stupid celebrity stuff, and catastrophes). Although it is useful to know when the highway is closed, and you have to take that scary, twisty, turny alternate route which has a lot of accidents.

    The local news, since it covers the Delaware Valley Area (Southern New Jersey, SouthWestern PA, Delaware and, I have no idea why, Cecil County, Maryland), also do those kinds of stories, but they seems to lead off the news with either a stabbing, a murder, a robbery, or crime in general, before going to other local stuff. They also do foreign, but not too in depth, just enough so that we know what’s going on or seems to be going on. Same with news in Iraq, but see little good new unless there’s a local angle to it. Man, it’s no wonder I gave up on watching the news back in the 90s and reading about it in the local paper.

  27. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    leoni2

    I would probably have to read some fiction as if it’s a historical document, representing how people thought during a certain period of time.

    It’s funny you should mention that, actually. One of my favorite authors, (David Drake), is extremely fond of taking historical incidents and creating a story around them. Sometimes, he doesn’t even make you figure out what incident he used as a template. (As an example, he has a short story in which an aristocrat discovers that his nation has been attacked by another. Since he holds a reserve commission, he decides that his duty compels him to launch an attack by whatever means necessary.
    So, through gambling, he “wins” the use of a ship of a third party, (by taking it’s aristocratic “captain” to the cleaners at poker.) And proceeds to attack a nearby base of the offending party.
    Then gives the ship back.

    In his afterword, Drake notes that, “while the events of this story seem fantastical to the modern reader, this actually happened in one of the interminable wars between the British and the French in the 18th century.”