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November 15, 2002

Welcome to Electrolite's comments section.
Hard-Hitting Moderator: Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

Comments on Political cartoon of the week.:

Christopher Hatton ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 12:19 PM:

That's it. I've had it with the Democrats. I'm voting straight BEAP ticket from now on.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 12:45 PM:

I can't find the link, but well-learned commentator George Will has noted that prominent leftist Johnathan Swift promoted baby eating long ago.

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 02:39 PM:

Yeah, I can't believe nobody has said Modest Proposal even once here. I also don't find that cartoon funny. I find it deeply deeply painful. I'm having that reaction to political and religious things a lot lately.


Dave Trowbridge ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 05:49 PM:

I'm down about 20 (going for 10 more) since late July. But I'm transitioning to the Metabolic Diet (website by the same name), which is similar but relies on a weekend high-carb regimen to recharge your muscles--I'm finding, now that I'm weightlifting again, that Atkins isn't quite right for me.

I also haven't yet had a new blood panel done yet to compare with the July readings, just to put Deborah's mind at rest; I feel great.

Dave Trowbridge ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 05:55 PM:

Aargh! Sorry about that: I must have hit the wrong link and my comment ended up in the wrong post.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2002, 07:27 PM:

Actually, since the cartoon was about eating babies, Dave's error was tangentially appropriate in a surreal kind of way.

Philip Shropshire ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2002, 02:03 AM:

Yup, that cartoon just about hits it on the head. It also points out that something that Richard Hofstadter (who coined the term the "Paranoid Style" and describes the Republican Party quite well...)is still true: Because the Republicans are just the blatant servers of Capital they come off as honest, plain speaking folk, just like the alien baby eating party. Where Dems, torn between their base which has nowhere to go (although the Greens may get a second look from me) and the GOP-lite faction DLC, always comes off looking ambigious and torn, which comes off as sleazy politician vibe. When, in fact, the dems have to at least wrestle with their base and their conscience before selling out over Social Security or taxes, which the DLC already wants to do...No wonder the baby eating party always seems to win. Does the baby eating party benefit from the fortunate deaths of senatorial candidates just days before the election...?! Just askin'...

So, who you gonna choose America: the straight shooting GOP Anti Christ who wants to start WW3 or some Wishy Washy Dem with their big words (Hofstadter also wrote the fount work "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life", must reading these days) and their "lockboxes"...It's alien baby eating party all the way.

Philip Shropshire

PS: When will you comment on the Bush administration filing suit to stop electric car requirements in California...I mean, I guess, it's not only just a war about oil, which must be false gosh help us perish the thought, but it apparently also isn't about squelching alternative fuel sources as well to ensure my conquest of the mideastern oil remains profitable...I feel like I'm in a bad alternative universe and I can't get out, can't get out, can't get out, can't get out...

Erich Schwarz ::: (view all by) ::: November 17, 2002, 11:50 PM:

"So, who you gonna choose America: the straight shooting GOP Anti Christ who wants to start WW3 or some Wishy Washy Dem with their big words (Hofstadter also wrote the fount work 'Anti-Intellectualism in American Life', must reading these days) and their 'lockboxes'..."

Gosh! And here I thought that having an A.B. from the Ivy League and a Ph.D. in hard science from Caltech made me all intul-ek-shul.

But I voted Republican, so clearly I is stoopid. Muchos thankos por clearito uppo thato.

--Erich Schwarz (writing in Espanol Bushisto)

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 19, 2002, 12:16 PM:

Philip Shropshire's second comment has been deleted. Anger is fine; schoolyard namecalling directed at other posters is not.

(I'm not awfully impressed by the buttonholing "When will you post about X, huh? Huh? Huh?" approach, either, come to think of it.)

Kip ::: (view all by) ::: November 20, 2002, 09:22 AM:

Censorship is when the government prevents you from exercising speech. When an individual declines to let you hold forth, using his personal space to do so, he is exercising his own rights, not limiting yours.

Repetition doesn't help.