July 15, 2011

"You... completely distorted & misunderstood what I said, which is what happens when you read Ann Althouse."

Tweeted Glenn Greenwald to James Taranto — referring to this Best of the Web item (scroll down to "The Libertarian Case Against Legalizing Drugs").

125 comments:

John Lynch said...

People who live in kettles shouldn't throw black houses.

Palladian said...

I'm really sleepy; I can barely keep myself awake, which is what happens when I read Glenn Greenwald.

Gahrie said...

C'mon...Glenn would never write something so rude and unprofessional...I'll bet it was his cabana boy using his account....

Mr. D said...

Yet another valuable service you provide.

edutcher said...

In a fight between Greenwald and Taranto, always bet on Taranto. He got it right and Greenwald was caught spilling the beans about the Lefties' real purpose in the whole "Tune in, turn on, drop out" farce of the last 45 years.

Fen said...

http://wuzzadem.typepad.com/wuz/2006/07/greenpuppet.html

That is all.

Shanna said...

That is all.

Hee!!!

D.D. Driver said...

Okay: I just went back and watched the Greenwald clip. Ann: I have to agree that you have put A LOT of words into his mouth. If you want people to be fair with your words, you should afford others the same courtesy.

Robert Cook said...

Greenwald's tweet to Taranto asserting that Taranto "distorted & misunderstood" what Greenwald said is accurate. This is unsurprising if Taranto bases his understanding of Greenwald's position on your column, given that, (as I said in that thread), your own representation of Greenwald's (and "the lefties'") point was willfully skewed.

Paco Wové said...

Greenwald would probably help his case if he could learn to express himself, consisely, in writing. Very few people are going to bother to watch video -- of anybody -- and Greenwald is notorious for never using 1 word where 1000 will do, so I would guess most people look at the link, think "life's too short for this", and read Althouse's gloss instead.

Pogo said...

Bullshit, Cook and Driver.

Althouse's analysis arrived at a necessary and inescapable conclusion regarding Greenwald's position.

It was not however a very difficult conclusion to reach, since it's the end-result of every theory Greenwald has about 'society'.

Collectivists and statists always recommend collectivism and statism.
Why is that surprising?

warlocketx said...

Yah, Robert.

OTOH consider the possibility that Taranto did not get his impression of Greenwald's piece from Althouse, but reached a parallel conclusion from an independent reading. What are the implications?

Min. 500 words. Show your work.

Regards,
Ric

Pogo said...

Paco, agreed.

Greenwald = tl;dr and tr;dl

VW: fergiedu
After ex-princess Fergie replaced Bob Mould in Hüsker Dü.

Paco Wové said...

Maybe one of his sockpuppets can teach him how to tighten up his writing.

Carol_Herman said...

GOT 'EM!

"You shot an arrow into the air, and where it landed, we know not where."

You know, I'm not surprised when a cobra coils and curls.

But if there's a signal to derive from this? Gee, they come here to read. But I never go there! And, I could care less they plotzed.

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Hagar said...

There apparently is a band called "Hüsker Dü" and from Minnesota at that.

However, please note that there are no umelots over the u's in "husker du" ("do you remember").

Robert Cook said...

Husker Du purposely put the umlauts in their name as an ironic swipe at the heavy metal bands of that era who used names with umlauts.

Robert Cook said...

"OTOH consider the possibility that Taranto did not get his impression of Greenwald's piece from Althouse, but reached a parallel conclusion from an independent reading.

"What are the implications?"


There are two: that Taranto has poor comprehension skills; or, that he has his own reasons for willfully skewing Greenwald's point.

Scott M said...

@Cook

That was always my take on it. I meant to ask Bob Mould about it the one time I had him cornered, but he was a jerk I never got around to it. Ditto for burning questions to Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow (same show). Complete ass.

gerry said...

DëathTöngüe

Umlauts!

Hagar said...

More likely just ignorant, like the New Yorker who named his icecream firm Häagen-Dazs on the theory that it sounded, or rather looked, Scandinavian!

(says the man who misspelled "umlaut")

Scott M said...

Back around 1998, Kevin Dubrow had done what can only be described as a ballad/Gregorian chant version of "Metal Health" with Bohemian Spongecake. I actually kinda liked the tune, so when I saw we were getting Dubrow, I made it a point to talk to him backstage about it. He went from nice to pissed at the mention of it, saying he hated it, hated having done it, but agreed to do it because B.S. offered to buy him a $2000 computer.

All I could think was how the mighty had fallen and then sold out.

Robert Cook said...

Husker Du and Quiet Riot on the same show?

The mind boggles...!

How was the show billed..."Wits and Twits"? "Great and Grate?" "The Shit and Shit?"

Robert Cook said...

"More likely just ignorant...."

No, I read an interview with them at the time where they were asked about the umlauts. They said it was intentional and meant humorously.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

I understood Althouse's post to be less about restating what Mr. Greenwald was actually saying and more about discussing the logical outcomes of the policies that he was espousing.

- Lyssa

lyssalovelyredhead said...

I understood Althouse's post to be less about restating what Mr. Greenwald was actually saying and more about discussing the logical outcomes of the policies that he was espousing.

- Lyssa

Scott M said...

Husker Du and Quiet Riot on the same show?

Nope, only the tattered, wrinkled remnants of both. This was 2003 in a little venue (maybe 1000 fire code?) as part of a traveling "monsters of metal" show we snagged. I don't know if we even filled the place up.

I do know that a few weeks later, we got The Fixx and packed the place with Gen X'rs.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

OK, I swear that it said that I didn't type the word verification in correctly, so it had me do it again. Stupid Blogger.

Gahrie said...

While I confess to owning Quiet Riots "Metal Health" album (on three different formats no less..the first bought while I was still in high school) Their whole career happened because they covered an earlier British group called Slade. Two of their biggest hits "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" were originally Slade songs.

gerry said...

Hagar, you inspired me to look up special characters in WebMonkey -- I've always wondered about inserting umlauted characters into text, and now I know.

I salute you, sir!

Robert Cook said...

Ah...so the show could have been billed "Bad and Worse" or "Shit and Shittier."

MikeR said...

I don't hear Greenwald's complaint. Ann wasn't quoting him, she wasn't claiming to be quoting him. She was explaining some results that follow logically from his presentation, in her opinion. He may not agree, but that's his business.

Mickey said...

That guy's still writing?

Robert Cook said...

Slade were great...infinitely better in every way than Quiet Riot. Slade did a beautiful version of John Sebastian's "Darlin' Be Home Soon", featured in Francis Ford Coppola's first big studio feature, YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW, starring Peter Kastner. (A fun, quirky movie, as I recall.)

gerry said...

I could care less they plotzed

Help me dispell ignorance. Is "plotze" Yiddish or German for "roach"? Is it spelled plötze?

Thanks!

Paco Wové said...

"She was explaining some results that follow logically from his presentation, in her opinion."

Yes. We can diagram it out this way:

GG: If A, then B!

AA: But if A, then B, then C and D, so A will inevitably lead to C and D.

GG: I didn't say A would lead to C and D! You completely distorted and misunderstood what I said!"
(Runs away, hot tears streaming down face)

Rob Crawford said...

That guy's still writing?

I'm more amazed people are still giving him any attention.

Robert Cook said...

"I'm more amazed people are still giving him any attention."

Greenwald is one of the most cogent and valuable public voices of the present times, his sometimes inelegant writing style notwithstanding. (He has improved over time, and in his public appearances he tends to be more concise in his speaking than he can be in his prose.)

Ann Althouse said...

"Okay: I just went back and watched the Greenwald clip. Ann: I have to agree that you have put A LOT of words into his mouth. If you want people to be fair with your words, you should afford others the same courtesy."

I didn't put the words in his mouth. I added a layer of interpretation to his words. That's my specialty and I'm proud of it.

D.D. Driver said...

Pogo:

Greenwald's comments could lead to many different conclusions, depending on the context. Ann selected the most ridiculous of them.

I---a nutjob libertarian---could have made very similar remarks about the War on Drugs.

After numerous posts about this or that stupid Isthmus "reporter" putting words into her mouth, I would have expected better from Ann.

Also, I note that the original post referred to the "lefty" case for legalizing drugs.

This post refers to "The Libertarian Case Against Legalizing Drugs."

What's up with that? Is Ann trying to say that libertarians should be against drug legalization because the War on Drugs causes people to mistrust government? That makes no sense at all. As if the end-goal of libertarianism is to get people to mistrust an abusive government; rather than to end the government abuses.

Ann should adopt the Wiener-defense and claim that someone hacked into her account.

Paddy O said...

"Back around 1998..."

Is Christopher Guest somewhere behind the scenes of this thread?

The whole thing is spot on Spinal Tapesque.

Scott M said...

I have to turn in my Christopher Guest fan club card. I didn't realize he was the six-fingered man until a few years ago.

Loggerhead said...

This reminds me of the infamous "Longbow" thread over at Ace's place.

Robert Cook said...

"We can diagram it out this way:

GG: If A, then B!

AA: But if A, then B, then C and D, so A will inevitably lead to C and D.

GG: I didn't say A would lead to C and D! You completely distorted and misunderstood what I said!"


Although you think you have shown where AA is on point and Greenwald is not, your diagramming shows where AA distorts GG's point.

If A leads to B, then B may lead to C, D, E, and so on, (or not). But what C, D, E, and so on will be are not fixed outcomes. AA may define C, D, E and so on as this and that, while GG may define them as thus and so.

You and AA may believe that GG's position will lead to (and is an encouragement of) the expanding embrace of the "nanny state," but GG may say it will lead to fewer people trapped in the state's iron clutches, in the form of people freed from prison--or never having to face that likelihood.

Squid said...

Ah, Grenn Gleenwald. I believe Lincoln had him in mind when he said, "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."

Greenwald is one of the most cogent and valuable public voices of the present times...

Thomas Ellers, is that you? You forgot to mention that he's been read on the floor of the Senate, and is a NYT best seller.

Fred4Pres said...

Hey look, Glenn Greenwald!

Fred4Pres said...

Glenn Greenwald! No limits what the President can do!

Pogo said...

"As if the end-goal of libertarianism is to get people to mistrust an abusive government; rather than to end the government abuses."

Libertarians should want both; they're not mutually exclusive.

Democrat 'libertarians' want social license for sex (except hetero missionary type in monogamy), drugs (except smoking and alcohol), and rock and roll (except bands with umlauts), but state control of everything else, including government management of the consequences of said freedoms.

MadisonMan said...

213 AM, huh? Let me guess, you went to the 3:15 AM showing of Harry Potter. (laugh)

Pogo said...

I think what Greenwald really meant was "You... completely pwned & understood what I said, which is what happens when you read Ann Althouse."

Scott M said...

Some horrid morning person was in line with me to buy coffee this morning and was trying to engage me 30 minutes after I'd awoke about their trip to Harry Potter way early this morning.

I think the crossed arms, dark sunglasses worn indoors, and answers consisting of grunts and mutters would have disuaded her, but she plowed right on through my grouchy defenses to regal me with her post-midnight cinematic adventure.

Morning people must be lined up and shot...preferably some time after lunch. Morning people who are Harry Potter fans go first.

Curious George said...

Ann Althouse said...
I didn't put the words in his mouth. I added a layer of interpretation to his words. That's my specialty and I'm proud of it.


You said "Tear down that wall, and these people who avoid the grip of government can be enfolded in endless, programs. A torrent of ideas for programs spews from the mouth of Greenwald."

Greenwald actually mentioned only two:

1) "drug counseling"
2) "methodone clinics"

You used the words "torrent" and "spew":

torrent: "A heavy, uncontrolled outpouring"

spew: "Expel large quantities of (something) rapidly and forcibly"

Your description of what he said is total bullshit. You used that false premise to "add a layer of interpretation to his words".

Some specialty. So proud!

Ann Althouse "A legend in her own mind"

Jason said...

Quiet Riot had a ton of potential, but Ozzy Osbourne poached their most creative member by far, Randy Rhoads.

Robert Cook said...

"Thomas Ellers, is that you?"

Sorry...I don't know who Thomas Ellers is.

Robert Cook said...

"I think what Greenwald really meant was 'You... completely pwned & understood what I said, which is what happens when you read Ann Althouse.'"


Hahahahahaha!

No.

garage mahal said...

Slade were great...infinitely better in every way than Quiet Riot

Know who was also way better than Quiet Riot? Riot Great NYC band.

Maguro said...

Sorry...I don't know who Thomas Ellers is.

How about Rick Ellensburg? Are you familiar with his work?

Robert Cook said...

Oh...I remember when there was a minor tempest in a teabag about Greenwald's alleged sockpuppetry. I didn't know the name(s) of his supposed sockpuppets.

I do not think it has ever been proved Greenwald was posting under other names, although I think it was shown they were originating from his IP address. Given his comments at the time, I tend to believe it was his boyfriend making those posts, although whether with Greenwald's knowledge and encouragement or not I cannot say, and neither can anyone else. It may have been simply a case of someone thinking they needed to "defend" their loved one, whom they perceived as being unfairly criticized. Or, yes, it may have been an unseemly bit of ego and hubris originating with Greenwald himself.

That said, it does not impeach Greenwald's work in the least, or diminish the force and value of his critiques of the wretched state of affairs of our affairs of state.

John Kindley said...

Back when I was a serious fanboy here of my ol law prof, I recall her dissing Greenwald on more than one occasion as being long-winded and unreadable, and as being somewhere out there on the extreme left. At the time I didn't read him and had no interest in doing so, so I pretty much took those criticism at face value. Since those days I've become more and more libertarian. As a result of becoming ever more libertarian, I discovered Greenwald, and count him as among my very favorite bloggers. He is consistently incisive and eminently readable. Although I didn't read him in the early days, I gather from what he writes now that his views have evolved considerably. I believe to be a coherent libertarian is to be of the "left." I'm in that camp, and I'd describe Greenwald as being in that camp to. I think Ann was putting a lot of words in Greenwald's mouth when she characterized his bloggingheads clip as advocating nanny-statism.

Maguro said...

Cook - It is a bit of a coincidence that Greenwald's Brazilian boyfriend happens to be just as pompous and wordy as he is, doncha think?

Scott M said...

I believe to be a coherent libertarian is to be of the "left."

Please expand on this and how someone who would claim libertarianism would be on the side of the spectrum that slides towards greater government power.

Fred4Pres said...

Greenwald's Sockpuppetry.

From Inwood said...

Much ado on Greenwald's part.

Prof A is simply using a reductio ad absurdum argument.

Greenwald should attempt to refute the reductio or state that such reductio is, itself, absurd.

He has not, instead merely stating that Taranto should not have relied on Prof A, well, because she has misled & distorted in ways he, Greenwald, does not describe.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Fred4Pres said...

Greenwald lied.

Credibility died.

Fred4Pres said...

Maguro, maybe he picked up Greenwald's writing style through osmosis.

garage mahal said...

Greenwald is so laughable and irrelevant we've gone though the trouble of tracking his IP address and examined his writing style so closely that we can distinguish it anywhere!

bagoh20 said...

Taranto: "...it's unreasonable to think that legalization of drugs would not result in at least some of the sort of government expansion of the sort Greenwald desires. "

Even if true, this is is a weak argument. A lot of Americans don't understand just how big, cruel, invasive, immoral and unAmerican the drug war is. People are being killed, robbed of their rights and ruined right under the right-thinking people's noses.

It's a kind of bigotry that allows them to say: "They're just druggies, they deserve what they get."

Even if Greenwald got his government hand in the till, it would not compare to the immorality done in all of our names now.

I'd prefer my neighbor be overtaxed, rather than have his dog shot, family terrorized and him dragged to jail, because some street criminal lied to the cops telling them that he had some non-approved plants growing in his yard.

This happens everyday. Innocent families are assaulted in their beds, and people killed for this insanity. And not using drugs does not protect you. The cops are hysterical on this shit.

Not to mention the violent crimes being committed in the next block while the majority of our law enforcement resources are busy all day chasing, processing and guarding nonviolent drug offenders.

John Kindley said...

Scott M: I take the left to be in favor of the distribution and against the concentration of power (economic and political). This understanding of left and right is supported by the historic origination of these terms in identifying the opposing factions in the French Assembly following the French Revolution by what side they sat on. To be a "left libertarian" is to believe that much of the economic equality that exists is caused by the State, and that the concentration of power is inimical to liberty.

bagoh20 said...

"To be a "left libertarian" is to believe that much of the economic equality that exists is caused by the State, and that the concentration of power is inimical to liberty."

And to believe in economic equality as a possibility or even a goal is neither Libertarian nor intelligent.

roesch-voltaire said...

Yes this blog is all about us being able to add our layer of interpretation, which I why I suggested the right's approach to drug, spearheaded by the great William Bennet, is one of drug wars which incarcerate thousands for pot use giving the state huge control over the population and how that is so much better than state run rehabilitation programs. Althouse leads are just starting points and not necessarily accurate reports of the total picture.

John Kindley said...

I meant, of course, to write that "much of the economic INequality that exists is caused by the State." And of course absolute economic equality is neither a possibility nor a desirable goal. But more economic equality would exist in the absence of State intervention in the free market, and this greater degree of economic equality would itself be more conducive to liberty.

Scott M said...

The use of the term "left" as it applied to who sat where after the French revolution doesn't apply to contemporary American politics. Were do most contemporary designs for concentrations of government power and government planning come from?

Further, as a card-carrying libertarian, I can honestly say I've never met another libertarian that had gave any credence to the government providing economic equality. In order to provide economic equality, you have to have government involvement, planning, and control. How in the world is any of that libertarian, a movement that calls for less of each?

bagoh20 said...

The goal of equality is at odds with liberty, unless everyone wants the exact same thing.

Are those desiring or capable of more expected to control themselves for the sake of equality? And what level is the right one for us to settle on.

I think the State can increase equality. It can increase economic equality, educational equality, religious equality, thought equality, speech equality - all kinds of equality are more easily enforced than happen naturally.

When people think of equality they always imagine a scenario of their own making. Maybe the state could have department of scenarios to get everyone in line.

Liberty means the right to be unequal, thank God.

Robert Cook said...

"Cook - It is a bit of a coincidence that Greenwald's Brazilian boyfriend happens to be just as pompous and wordy as he is, doncha think?"

As I understand it, Greenwald's boyfriend was not fluent in English when they first became involved. Perhaps he was cutting and pasting from Greenwald's published work. Or, perhaps it actually was Greenwald.

Trooper York said...

This what happens when you watch those stupid boring heads thingy's.

It will rot your brain.

Trooper York said...

Hey I have been away for a couple of days.

Does anybody know what's been going on at "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" or "The Glee Project."

Let's keep our priorities straight.

Fen said...

I understood Althouse's post to be less about restating what Mr. Greenwald was actually saying and more about discussing the logical outcomes of the policies that he was espousing.

Exactly. And we are all supposed to pretend Greenwald is too stupid to consider the outcome he is espousing.

Robert Cook said...

"Greenwald should attempt to refute the reductio or state that such reductio is, itself, absurd."

Why? That would give credence to and require more time than is warranted by the self-evident misrepresentation of Greenwald's position. One might as well rake the time to argue against the existence of frost giants or sprites or fairies.

Fen said...

Cook: That said, it does not impeach Greenwald's work in the least

It impeaches his credibility. His tactics are those of a used car salesman pushing lemons.

Fen said...

Cook: For your information, Mr. Greenwald has written a New York Times bestselling book on executive authority, broken a story on his blog about wiretapping that led to front-page stories on most major newspapers in the country, and Russ Feingold read from my blog...

Uh-huh.

Titus said...

My husband purchased an Ipad2 for me for my birthday.

I am so excited.

Yea!!!

Seeing Red said...

Hmmm, did Soros pay for that article?


If A leads to B, then B may lead to C, D, E, and so on, (or not). But what C, D, E, and so on will be are not fixed outcomes. AA may define C, D, E and so on as this and that, while GG may define them as thus and so.


Of course that's going to happen.



Is oral sex sex or not?

Titus said...

How can all of you keep track of all these personalities from the blogging world?

And why the interest in all these people?

I am faithful to Althouse and that's it.

The rest of you are a bunch of whores sniffing around at all the other blog people are saying.

Seeing Red said...

Macaleigh or however she spells it was fired.


Rumor is _________ may be out next.

Trooper York said...

The Ipad2 is great Titus. The wife just got one and she is having a lot of fun with it. You have lot's of games and can get some great music off of Pandora. We bought a little speaker attachment and used it by the pool. Everyone danced to the hits of the eighties.

Well except for the Germans.

From Inwood said...

R Cook

"Greenwald should attempt to refute the reductio or state that such reductio is, itself, absurd."

You say: Why? That would give credence to and require more time than is warranted by the self-evident misrepresentation of Greenwald's position. One might as well rake the time to argue against the existence of frost giants or sprites or fairies.

Er, Greenwald has already given credence to Prof A's reductio by whining about it, without explaining why it is wrong. That leads me to believe that he has no answer to her reductio other than he feels that it's, well, "self evident" that she's a notorious distorter, so there & QED & nynna, nynna, nynna.

Now, you merely add that the wrongness of her reductio is "self evident".

zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Scott M said...

Well except for the Germans.

Were they demanding VVagner?

Trooper York said...

No. They were demanding Nena.

How many times can you listen to that stupid ballons song?

Titus said...

Thanks Troop! Music of the 80's! Love it.

Human League, Thompson Twins, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Haircut 100, Culture Club, Eurythmics, Kajagoogoo. In the 80's my hair went down in my face like one of those goth kids in South Park, although I wasn't goth because goth was after 80's euro music. I was going for the lead singer of Human League where you have to tilt you head back and get the hair out of the face.

My Indian UK husband and I talk like Jodie Foster in the movie Nell and Sean Penn in the movie I Am Sam to each other.

Pa paa tayyy tayyy.

I Am Sam.

Kirk Parker said...

Robert Cook,

"Greenwald is one of the most cogent and valuable public voices of the present times..."

Nah, about the only thing Greenwald has going for him (a trait he shares with you, fwiw) is consistency; but really I'd prefer "occasionally right" to "consistently wrong".

Titus said...

Can you type of Ipad 2 Troop?

I heard the typing is kind of crappy.

Kirk Parker said...

gerry,

How I miss that comic strip!

Titus said...

I do cheat on Althouse with Troop though, but that's it.

Titus said...

chickapay tay tay an a way way chicapay.

chickenlittle said...

Re: The Umlauts

Blue Öyster Cult were the first to do this I believe. The story is controversial. Wagner-influenced? Read for yourself and decide: link

lewsar said...

@gerry: the music of DëathTöngüe inspired me to take up rhythm tuba.

Trooper York said...

You can even post on the internet with the Ipad2 Titus. You should get the 3g connection though. We were in the boonies and couldn't get wifi so we had to use the 3g stuff.

Scott M said...

@gerry: the music of DëathTöngüe inspired me to take up rhythm tuba.

I used to play electric tongue, but I kept dying when they would plug me into an amp. I finally gave up when it became apparent that there would be no duets with Julio Iglesias forthcoming.

Trooper York said...

They have this thingy called Pandora that I guess all you techo-geeks know about but was new to me.

So the wife put in "Squeeze" and got all the bands that sounded like them.

I put in "Nancy Wilson" and "Julie London" and we got a whole bunch of really nice jazz to enjoy while we were having dinner.

It is a pretty cool app.

Scott M said...

Pandora is the best thing since a polio vaccine. During the radio years, I was up on all the new bands coming down the pike, but these days I simply don't have the time. The genetic model they're using works quite well along with your thumbs up and down.

It's allowed me to discover "new" bands like Death Cab For Cutie and Florence + The Machine. With the outlets I normally use, I never would have discovered them otherwise.

Trooper York said...

It is very cool Scott M. We set it up in the yard with this little speaker that our friend turned us on to and it is like a stereo system in a tiny little computer. Great sound and great selection.

Plus all the games and you can do your email and post on Facebook and that other nonsense.

I am a Luddite but I can get behind this thing I tells ya.

Fr Martin Fox said...

The Greenwald complaint seems a little cry-babyish. Our genial hostess gave an interpretation or analysis of his remarks.

He can reasonably deny or refute her offerings, but her post wasn't underhanded. She invited readers to hear his own words as he spoke them. Further, the readers knew it was an excerpt; it was up to the readers to decide if they wanted to hear more.

Did Greenwald say something in the larger piece that directly contradicts Professor Althouse's analysis? I don't know; I chose not to pursue it.

I don't much care about Greenwald, one way or the other. I read him once in awhile, find his bombast funny, his posture toward Israel vile, and his all-but-certain sockpuppetry hilarious.

Titus said...

I am not a techno geek at all. I don't facebook or twitter because I don't want anyone to know where I am. I don't want to here from some "long lost friend".

My Indian UK husband,
who is really hot and has huge muscular arms,
gets on my apps moving and ready to go.

But I do love my Ipod and MacBook so I am very excited about Ipad 2. He purchased me the most fabulous one, natch.

I can't wait to open Pandora's "Box".

Big sculpted muscular arms are probably one of the most important things in the world.

tits.

Titus said...

"hear" not "here"

Tits and Hogs and Pinched Loaves.

Actually abs are equally important to huge sculpted muscular arms. You can have huge arms but if your abs are lacking the value of the large muscular arms are greatly diminished.

Robin said...

It wasn't a "tempest in a teapot" Cook, it was in fact the capstone on Greenwald discrediting himself.

Much like you do here to yourself.

Roddy Boyd said...

John K:

I'm sure youre intentions are of the highest order, and you're a civil sort, so we'll leave things at this:

The first principle of the Left has been to increase the power of the state at the expense of the market. There may well be good intentions at the center of this--though the amount of dead in states that emphasize Communist/Socialist thought leads me to think otherwise--but it can't plausibly be argued that Statists want to devolve power to individuals.

Practically put, a left Libertarian is a someone who is a liberal/progressive on economic matters and a Libertarian on so called lifestyle issues, like drugs and sexual/personal relations.

They are, in other words, a kosher pulled pork sandwich.

Robert Cook said...

Fen said:

"(Greenwald's alleged sockpuppetry) impeaches his credibility."

Not at all. Greenwald's commentary stands or falls on its own merits. When he offers statements of purported fact, one can check his facts for accuracy or error, truth or falsehood. When he offers opinion or draws conclusions from the facts he offers, one can consider whether he is internally consistent and logical, and, if his facts are correct, whether the conclusions he draws are reasonable or not.

In sum, it is his professional published work that is pertinent to his creditbility, not any personal eccentricities or failings, not any minor peccadillos involving sock puppets.

One may have sound or unsound reasons to disagree with his conclusions, but he is entirely credible as an analyst of the manifold ills of our empire as it thrashes about wantonly in its waning years.

Robert Cook said...

"It wasn't a 'tempest in a teapot' Cook, it was in fact the capstone on Greenwald discrediting himself."

I didn't say it was a "tempest in a teapot."

Much as you would like to believe or present it as "the capstone on Greenwald discrediting himself," it was no such thing. Those events happened at a time when he was still little-known and little-read. In the years since, he has become ever more visible in the media, and his voice is, contrary to so many other of the omnipresent talking heads from media and the government who pollute our public discourse, one of rare seriousness and reliability.

John Kindley said...

Roddy Boyd:

I simply don't accept your definition of "the left." Here are a couple sources that support my definition:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/libertarianism/

http://c4ss.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Karl_Hess_forprint.pdf

Nate Whilk said...

Robert Cook wrote, Or, yes, it may have been an unseemly bit of ego and hubris originating with Greenwald himself.

Saying Greenwald may have a bit of ego and hubris is like saying molten lava may be a bit warm.

That said, it does not impeach Greenwald's work in the least, or diminish the force and value of his critiques of the wretched state of affairs of our affairs of state.

"Does not impeach"? If the value of his work is so great, why was he himself so unsure of it as to use sock puppets to fake support?

But in any case, there isn't a lot of value to impeach. There's not much more value in Greenwald than there is in Keith Olbermann. I'd call Greenwald a hypocritical, lying-by-omission polemicist, but I'm sure he doesn't need the flattery.

(And I'm so impressed by Cook's metathesis! He's absolutely Kennedy-esque! Obama could take lessons from him!)

Roddy Boyd said...

John K:

Well then, I guess it is settled. The practical and philosophical construct of two centuries of Left wing thought and actions are thus proven to be in error.

I had long suspected as much.

John Kindley said...

Roddy:

As Karl Hess says in the piece I linked to, most liberals are to the "right" of most conservatives, because they firmly believe in bureaucracy and concentrated power, in the rule of the few wise over the ignorant masses. I despise liberals as much as I suspect you do.

My use of the terms "left" and "right" may be unorthodox and contrary to common usage, but my usage of these terms is not peculiar to me, and there is value in this usage, which I indicated in a comment above finds support in history. There is a fine tradition in this country of hating "the Man." There is a class war in this country, and it's between the political class and the productive class.

Scott M said...

That's all well and good, John, and I'm not ignorant at all in the historic context of the words left and right. I'm also aware of the difference between what we now commonly consider "liberal" versus what a "classical liberal" would believe in. Finally, I'm also aware of the nice trick the progressives pulled when they successfully ascribed violence and coercion on the part of authority to the right.

Basically, it boils down to this and doesn't need to be any more complicated. From left to right;

Absolute Tyranny...moderates...absolute anarchy.

The greater government control, interference, planning, etc, the further left you go. The less, the further right. Libertarians do not espouse anarchy. They espouse the least amount of centralized government required for a civilized society to work. In the case of my compatriots in STL Libertarian groups, that basically boils down to Constructionist.

John Kindley said...

Scott M:

That's funny, because by my lights and Karl Hess' (who was Barry Goldwater's speech writer) the greater government control, interference, planning, etc, the further RIGHT you go. The less, the further LEFT.

Scott M said...

Who invented PC (the ultimate in control of speech and expression in our time)? The left or the right?

Scott M said...

The analogy you cited would make universal health care a right-wing ideal, ie, conservative. This is about as far from reality as you could get.

John Kindley said...

Scott M: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to bring this back around to the subject of Ann's post. One of Greenwald's greatest services has been to demonstrate that Obama = Bush. You should read him sometime.

Scott M said...

I'll give it a shot. Does that mean you think universal health care is a left-wing or a right-wing cause?

Fr Martin Fox said...

Scott, John:

Maybe the terms "left" and "right" are not terribly helpful? Even "liberal" and "conservative" don't work, if one wants to talk about both historical perspectives and current situations back and forth.

John Kindley said...

Scott M said ... "Does that mean you think universal health care is a left-wing or a right-wing cause?"

It's a right-wing cause. As Greenwald recently wrote (on July 7th): "Congressional Democrats began the health care debate by categorically vowing -- in writing, by the dozens -- never to support any health care bill that did not contain a public option (on the ground that it would be little more than a boon to -- an entrenchment of -- the private health insurance industry) ... (and that debate followed the same template as the deficit battle: the White House publicly pretending to advocate for a public option while leading the way in private to ensure it never happened)."

Scott M said...

Ah, well. It's not really Friday without a completely insurmountable impasse.

The Crack Emcee said...

*Enthusiastic Applause*

blake said...

The terms having been thoroughly muddied, I prefer to use "statist" and "non-statist".

And I prefer to use it on a case-by-case basis. As in "Here's a problem: should the government be involved in it or not?"

There's a statist answer ("Yes") and a non-statist answer ("No"), whether the question is roads, defense or health care.

We could set an arbitrary threshold for being a statist. But I'm pretty sure, if we did, no matter how high the criteria were, 100% of Dems and 90% of Reps would end up being statists.

Which is depressing.

Swen said...

When umlauts are outlawed only outlaws will have umlauts!