Tuesday, April 06, 2004

LILEKS (James) :: the Bleat: "But when was the last time you heard someone say 'you know, Bill O'Reilly made an excellent argument about that very point.' He's a red throbbing thumb, and that's all. And in the other hand: his hammer. "

I really do love Lileks. If you don't read him daily, start doing so. I had this conversation with a friend of mine the other day who said that all conservatives are the same, "they just do whatever Rush and O'Reilly tell them to." In a separate conversation with another friend, I could be heard saying "Ann Coulter isn't a conservative, she's a harpie."

We're not all dumb, misguided automatons. Some of us really do believe in conservatism for the good of humanity.

Lileks also comments on the Kos debate: "the furor ends being about the furor, not the stupid thing you said. Lines are drawn! Camps are formed! People rally to their standard bearers, and drag out the old saw: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it, particularly if I secretly do agree with what you say. Then comes the delinking, which has two strata: there's the individual delinking, which is as impressive an act as taking out a Sharpie and crossing out an entry in your personal White Pages, and the institutional delinking, which actually is a big thing. When someone says something stupid - I mean, poisonously, ludicrously stupid - the advertisers on that site have to take a stand. I hate to say it, but that's what it comes to in Ashcroft's Amerikkka: if you express callous contempt for four lynched Americans strung up by a raving mob, there's a chance you might lose advertisers looking to court a moderate audience." (money quote emphasized)

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