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The demotion of Pluto was seized on by the Democratic National Committee as another Bush Administration failure. “Not since the days of Herbert Hoover has our solar system had only eight planets,” said Howard Dean, DNC Chairman. “Bush has wrecked the economy, mismanaged the war on terror and, now, he’s lost an entire planet. Is there no end to the bungling of the worst president any country has ever had?”Posted by Rand Simberg at September 01, 2006 12:26 PM
LOL. Nice.Posted by Dave G at September 1, 2006 12:38 PM
The sad thing is, I didn't realise this was a parody until I glanced up at the Category tag...Posted by John Breen III at September 1, 2006 12:47 PM
MMM, MMM, thats good satire!!Posted by Steve at September 1, 2006 01:58 PM
Another serving please!Posted by Bill Maron at September 1, 2006 03:16 PM
Count me in with John thinking it was real. Good stuff.Posted by Tom at September 1, 2006 03:46 PM
How could anyone blame Bush for an issue he's never heard of, involving an object he's never heard of, in a scientific field he knows only has something to do with the sky?
"Well now, that's just plain un-Amurrcan, goin' after that nice yeller Disney dowg. Clearly these sahntists are in league with Al Qaeda, and are involved in a conspiracy to disrupt God's natch-rul order. That is why I have commanded the Pentagon to classify any attempt at renaming stuff (without mah persmission) an act of war, and to ready America's strategic nuclear forces to preempt any catastrophic renaming of critical American interests. I have further ordered the TSA to arrest on sight anyone carrying dictionaries or thesauruseses, or discussing things in a suspiciously sahntific manner. In the wake of 9/11, we can no longer allow behavior like this to stand, and that is why I have ordered the invasion of the Czech Republic to root out the astrophysicists from their rat holes. God bless Amurrca."Posted by Brian Swiderski at September 1, 2006 04:38 PM
Thank you for once again exhibiting your ignorant bigotry, Brian. Is it your fantasy that anyone with an IQ above room temp might find that amusing?
Better stick to your day job, whatever it is.Posted by Rand Simberg at September 1, 2006 04:39 PM
"Thank you for once again exhibiting your ignorant bigotry, Brian."
The script is wearing thin, Rand. You support a dictator with a mind smaller than your conscience, and belittle his critics out of bitter impotence to refute them.
"Is it your fantasy that anyone with an IQ above room temp might find that amusing?"
Anyone with a sense of humor, so your reaction isn't terribly surprising. When you're looking for "amusing" articles to blurb, since you can't write them yourself, do you go to Google and type in "funny + conservative"? Do you accidentally go to liberal sites parodying conservatives and find yourself nodding in agreement, thinking the content to be literal? "Hey, that's right! Sweden really is a threat to America!" Do you have a distinct Humor section because like-minded people wouldn't be able to tell the difference otherwise? Oops, nevermind, I already have the answer to that one based on the above comments.
Anyway, what you're saying boils down to this: Just another conservative who can dish it out (if written by someone else) but can't take it.
Posted by Brian Swiderski at September 1, 2006 05:39 PM
Ignoring the fact that I'm not a conservative, you obviously have no concept of just how pathetic, and unamusing you are. I pity you.Posted by Rand Simberg at September 1, 2006 05:44 PM
You support a dictator with a mind smaller than your conscience, and belittle his critics out of bitter impotence to refute them.
It's ironic that if Bush really was a dictator, you wouldn't be able to safely tell us how he was a dictator and how small you think his mind is.
"..and belittle his critics out of bitter impotence to refute them. "
It's doubly ironic that this sentence immediately follows your very own belittling ad-hominem attack.Posted by Stephen Kohls at September 1, 2006 06:05 PM
No, Sweden will not be a threat to America until it becomes part of the ummah. That's at least twenty years away.
Hmm. Can reindeer meat be halal?Posted by Jim Bennett at September 1, 2006 06:29 PM
"The script is wearing thin, Rand. You support a dictator with a mind smaller than your conscience, and belittle his critics out of bitter impotence to refute them."
So Brian, how many times today did Chimpy McHitler fling poo on your face and grind it in with his Jackboots?
He at least let you up enough to post.
Here is a clue, if you had a Jackboot in your face, you would know it.
How phucking stupid you are to post low IQ trash like that and expect us to treat you as anything more than some brain damaged freak show. You really are beneath contempt.Posted by Mike Puckett at September 1, 2006 08:01 PM
"Is it your fantasy that anyone with an IQ above room temp might find that amusing?"
An IQ of 298?Posted by Chris Mann at September 1, 2006 10:18 PM
Rand: "Ignoring the fact that I'm not a conservative"
Some argue that fascism is not part of conservatism, but I happen to disagree.
"you obviously have no concept of just how pathetic, and unamusing you are."
"I pity you."
Pity would require some form of reflection or compassion, so if that's true I guess opinions aren't the only things you obtain by proxy.
Stephen Kohls: "It's ironic that if Bush really was a dictator, you wouldn't be able to safely tell us how he was a dictator and how small you think his mind is."
Bush publicly asserts absolute power as an "inherent authority" of the presidency, including the right to ignore fundamental constitutional liberties as he deems fit, and has done so on a continuous basis since 9/11. He recognizes no form of law as superior to his authority, allows none to constrain his actions, and has totally insulated himself beyond any form of accountability. That is a dictator, and the fact that I can say that is a product of his indifference, not lack of power or willingness to punish dissent when his agenda requires.
"It's doubly ironic that this sentence immediately follows your very own belittling ad-hominem attack."
I believe in reciprocity, and I always try to give people the option of returning to civil discussion. Rand, however, believes in neither: If you make a mistake in a post he disagrees with, he will respond with one- or two-lined insults involving the words "ignorant" and/or "idiot."
If you say something un-PC in a post he disagrees with, despite his own constant and unabashed exhibitions of bigotry, he'll respond with one- or two-lined insults involving the words "ignorant," "idiot," and "bigot."
If you say something humorous he disagrees with, rather than attempting to counter with jokes of his own, of which he is seemingly incapable, he will respond with (you guessed it) one- or two-lined insults involving the words "ignorant," "idiot," and possibly "bigot."
If you carefully, studiously avoid making mistakes, using metaphors or jokes of any kind, and use only the most politically correct terminology, Rand vanishes like a fart in the wind. He sees no opportunity to be himself, and presumably goes off in search of other people to lob his three favorite words at: "idiot," "ignorant," and "bigot." I can only wonder if his fetish for the terms isn't some kind of Freudian process of self-expression.
Jim Bennett: "No, Sweden will not be a threat to America until it becomes part of the ummah. That's at least twenty years away."
But look on the bright side: The Swedish Bikini Team would be sent into exile, and us charitable Americans would have the utmost sympathy for their plight.
"So Brian, how many times today did Chimpy McHitler fling poo on your face and grind it in with his Jackboots?"
Why would he bother? He still gets my tax money, spends it however he pleases regardless of what Congress says, spies on whomever he wants for any reason that suits him, and is totally beyond the reach of American law. And furthermore, the GOP just doesn't have the manpower to go after every single person who criticizes Bush, so they focus on media consolidation and intimidation of large dissident blocs and prominent figures. It's more along the lines of Putin's Russia than a totalitarian power structure at this point, but they are becoming more brazen with time.
Mike Puckett: "You really are beneath contempt."
Be sure to wipe the spittle off your brown shirt.Posted by Brian Swiderski at September 1, 2006 10:57 PM
Amazing. Anyone who reads Rand for any period of time can tell he's not conservative, and certainly no defender of the Republican party. The only brown shirted behaviour I see here is the troll's postings, using Rand's bandwidth to demonstrate his own illogical and uninformed hatred, showing readers around the world the difference between sane discourse and the mindless attacks of the uncivilised.
The only brown shirted behaviour I see here is the troll's postings, using Rand's bandwidth to demonstrate his own illogical and uninformed hatred
Yes, as I've point out, leftists often engage in projection.
"Be sure to wipe the spittle off your brown shirt."
You mean my brown shirt that says "Stop clear cut timbering in our National Forests?"
That seems to be the only brown shirt I own. Are you trying to disrespect Gorebot with that crack?Posted by Mike Puckett at September 2, 2006 08:53 AM
"Anyone who reads Rand for any period of time can tell he's not conservative, and certainly no defender of the Republican party."
Well, let's just take a quick survey of his recent entries, shall we?
"Blame Bush" -- Apparently people who consider the Glorious Leader incompetent and/or malfeasant on the basis of his actual behavior are being unfair.
"The Hoover Economy" -- Since unemployment figures that exclude workers unemployed past their compensation period are now lower, that means the Glorious Leader's program of economic looting, corporate welfare, regressive taxation, and infrasatructure decline must have improved the lot of the American worker.
"Seeing the Light" -- It wasn't on the orders of Dick Cheney that Scooter Libby outted Valeria Plame, as the latter testified before a grand jury, but rather Wilson himself who wanted to ruin his wife's career and possibly endanger her life so he could sell books. (Yeah, clearly Rand is anything but a GOP talking points mimeograph--ROFL)
"Why We Hate Our Fabulous Economy" -- The reason, obviously, is that certain disloyal Americans are bent on tearing down the Glorious Leader's towering accomplishments.
"Not One-Sided" -- Apparently Democrats had something to do with Lysenkoism, since that's the only left-wing analogy Rand could reasonably give to what Republicans today are doing to science. If you can find a dubious herbal cures shop in San Francisco, then I guess an organized partisan assault on the very foundations of science from the highest levels of government isn't so partisan after all. Good thinking, Rand.
My favorite, "My Criticism of Bush" -- In summation, Bush isn't militant or ideological ENOUGH.
Stewart, you have a very bizarre perception of reality where this is "no defender of the Republican party."Posted by Brian Swiderski at September 2, 2006 11:49 AM
"Stewart, you have a very bizarre perception of reality "
So sayeth our resident irony challenged, short bus riding lickspittle.
PvK=BlkPosted by Mike Puckett at September 2, 2006 12:17 PM
Brian confuses appropriate and entertaining ridicule of hilariously idiotic criticism of George Bush with support of George Bush. I suppose that it is hard to tell the difference when you're blinded by rage and hate.Posted by Rand Simberg at September 2, 2006 12:25 PM
BS: "Seeing the Light" -- It wasn't on the orders of Dick Cheney that Scooter Libby outted Valeria Plame, as the latter testified before a grand jury, but rather Wilson himself who wanted to ruin his wife's career and possibly endanger her life so he could sell books. (Yeah, clearly Rand is anything but a GOP talking points mimeograph--ROFL)
So as we now know, Dick Cheney didn't order anybody to out Plame. Scooter Libby acted on his own accord to do something stupid in front of a grand jury, yet otherwise did not commit any crime. Wilson knew all along what was going on, and didn't care because his books were selling. Those appear to be Washington Post talking points.Posted by Leland at September 3, 2006 05:50 AM
Brian, you forgot to turn the Caps Lock on...Posted by Rich at September 3, 2006 06:47 AM
"Brian confuses appropriate and entertaining ridicule of hilariously idiotic criticism of George Bush with support of George Bush."
So what you're saying is I confuse parroting of GOP talking points in support of George W. Bush with actual support for George W. Bush? That's a very fascinating "perspective," Rand--although it's somewhat puzzling why that "reasoning" ceases to exist when the subject is the media saying things you don't want to hear.
To hear you tell it, every source left of National Review is an arm of Hezbollah, but by some unknown rubric you see yourself as independent of the GOP despite flooding your blog with their propaganda and aping their feebleminded vitriol.
Leland: "So as we now know, Dick Cheney didn't order anybody to out Plame."
Indeed, it was Barbra Streisand.
"Scooter Libby acted on his own accord to do something stupid in front of a grand jury, yet otherwise did not commit any crime."
And that "something stupid" would be testifying that Dick Cheney ordered the leak?
"Wilson knew all along what was going on, and didn't care because his books were selling."
Actually, he personally leaked her name just so he could get publicity and sell books. He hates his wife and Amurrca, just like all lib-ruls, and wanted to undermine faith in our Dear Leader so the terrorists would win.
"Those appear to be Washington Post talking points."
If all you ever read is NRO and the Moonie Times, the whole empirical universe looks like a liberal talking point. But despite what you meant, since what you actually said was "Washington Post talking points," apparently you think my remarks are centrist--which I vehemently dispute.
Rich: "Brian, you forgot to turn the Caps Lock on..."
No need. The blindness being addressed is metaphorical, not ophthalmological.Posted by Brian Swiderski at September 3, 2006 11:45 PM
John Breen III: "The sad thing is, I didn't realise this was a parody until I glanced up at the Category tag..."
Great show guys! Thanks.Posted by cIclops at September 4, 2006 01:00 AM
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