Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Newsweek...

By Cassandra D

...doesn't think Americans can handle the truth.

11 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Cassandra, as I've pointed out on many occasions, Americans really CAN'T handle the truth on any number of issues. Most Americans really didn't want to hear the truth after 9/11 that Islamic fascism represents an existential threat to Western civilization (for that matter, neither do Europeans). And they still don't want to hear it, thus the puerile paroxysms of the American left on display with hateful slogans and puppet-god street theater histrionics. Let's face it, Americans on the left, right and in between would rather soak themselves in pop cultural ephemera, smirky irony and take weekend trips to the Wal-Mart or SuperTarget (depending on their demographics, of course). So it comes as no surprise that Newsweek would want to shield our eyes to the ugliness of war or the truth that our enemy is bloodthirsty, intractable and barbaric -- and won't simply be defeated with a few years of mild commitment while we continue about our consumerist lifestyle. Nothing to see here, folks. No courage required. Keep moving about your clownish postmodern lives.

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous turtle said...

ReDirt, that is a mighty indictment and I couldn't agree more. A little unclear as to what "puppet-god street theater histrionics" means, but other than that, very well said.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

"Puppet-god street theater histrionics" is just one of my favorite tropes when I feel like making fun of leftists. It's shorthand referring to leftist demonstrators' habit of constructing massive papier-mache puppets (representing various national and world leaders they disagree with) that they use along with tired cliched chants like "Hey, hey, ho, ho, [fill in the blank] has got to go!" and "What do we want? [Fill in the blank] When do we want it? Now!" Etc. The puppets are so large, and the demonstrations usually have such a neopagan flavor to them, that I've taken to referring to these arts-and-craft figures as leftists' "puppet gods." One of my other favorite tropes -- and not much appreciated around these parts -- is to refer to many leftists as "geriatric ponytails." The strange way my mind works.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Then again, another of RedDirt's favorite tropes is to let words spill forth from his head, until he finally orgasms.

Some of RedDirt's least favorite tropes: shades of grey.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger RedDirt said...

It's all about me!

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous turtle said...

Chase is concerned I've become a right-winger because I liked your post. I had to assure him that, as a bona fide hippie, I understand your disgust with an
American "consumerist" culture that "soaks itself in pop cultural
ephemera, smirky irony and weekend trips to Wal-Mart."

Plus, I've learned from experience the Left can be just as shrill as the Right and their tactics often laughable and embarassing.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Well said, turtle. Unfortunately, that laughability and absurdity on the left is part of what drove me from the middle to the right about five years ago. I'm sort of drifting back to the middle now - with the exception of things like that lil ole Islamofascism threat. Woo-boy, them's some bad people.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Aw, RedDirt, they're not so bad. You just don't understand them. Open your heart, RedDirt! Open your heart!

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure your in the middle yet Red Dirt. But we all here waiting for you. :)

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Umm, sorry, but I wouldn't consider most of the CTTC commenters as middle of the road. Even Chase has admitted to being more than a just a nudge left of center; he even took a quiz on it awhile back that showed him clearly in the left camp and then put up a post on it, so he obviously felt it was a fair reflection of his beliefs. Meanwhile, I've remained reliably what is referred to as "center-right" -- the same quiz showed me only a few ticks right of center, right Chase?

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Well, you're right about what the test indicated about our political leanings. But I would contend I'm probably closer to centrist than you are. That's not a slam; that's just my perception of it. I do think you have strayed closer to the middle over the past year or two, RedDirt (and ironically, I've probably leaned closer left during that time). Actually, I think you might be more partisan than right-leaning.

 

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