Thursday, October 13, 2005

People in need of an appointment with reality, part III

Previous posts:
People in need of an appointment with reality
People in need of an appointment with reality, part II

First Kanye West, then Paul Krugman. Now I've heard Kanye West Syndrome in person.

The background story is that after work today, I made a pilgrimage to J&R, Manhattan's Mecca of technology products. It's a little bit of a ride from midtown, but worth the trip. I wanted to buy a new digital camera and bought this, not bad for $169.99.

On the subway ride to Grand Central, I overheard one straphanging black man, 20-ish, tell his two black companions a mind-boggling conspiracy story, enough that Oliver Stone by comparison would defend the "magic bullet theory" about JFK's assassination.

The story goes that "the leader of the Republican Party" went down to "South America" to tell "them," "I like what you're doing." Supposedly South American nations, none of which are specifically identified, are bringing women from China and employing them as prostitutes for $2 an hour. If they get pregnant and don't get an abortion, then their children will be enslaved as prostitutes.

We'll just put aside the fact that $2 an hour in South America would be a very good wage for many, but likely overpriced for prostitutes. Not that I have experience with such an industry, but $2 an hour is quite a high price to ask, so native South Americans could easily undercut the competition by selling themselves for less. So not only is the story far-fetched, economically it doesn't make sense.

The man's source: Air America. He said something about it being so good that he no longer listens to music in the morning, which is precisely the non-thinking audience that Air America needs to survive. If he's gullible enough to believe the story about imported Chinese prostitutes, then it should be even easier for him to believe that hurricanes are to punish the U.S. for not ratifying Kyoto, or that "George Bush doesn't like black people."

The race-baiting liars can pass off their lies as truth, and not only does mainstream media refrain from any criticism, mainstream media gives them a platform. Apparently, from what I caught of Laura Ingraham's radio show tonight, CNN is giving time to Spike Lee to air his own conspiracy theory lunacy about Katrina. I have a feeling his upcoming Katrina "documentary" for HBO will be watched by too many, believed by too many, and have too little truth to it.

On the other hand, many a liberal said "That's just not true!" in early 2003 when I and others accused France and other nations of opposing the upcoming invasion of Iraq because their firms and even governments were doing business with Saddam. So I feel vindicated when things like this happen.


Blogger Scorpius said...

France and other nations of opposing the upcoming invasion of Iraq because their firms and even governments were doing business with Saddam.

One point: doing illegal business with Iraq (according to international law).

Also, I feel vindicated as, at that time, I said similar things I had read from various sources and was labeled a "bircher" by many a liberal coworker (I work in an area saturated with the left)

Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:41:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Yes, good point that it was all illegal. To this day I can't believe how many on the left are blind to the scam, ignoring all the secret deals that were going on. Even Marc Rich is said to have been involved, giving Saddam kickbacks.

At least you were fortunate enough to have co-workers who knew of the JBS. All mine knew were Air America talking points, enough only to call me a racist right-wing extremist warmongering Christian hypocrite.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:31:00 AM  
Blogger TKC said...

Of course you're a "racist right-wing extremist warmongering Christian hypocrite" but only when nothing else will do. When things such as logic and making a point can't or won't work the name calling begins. It is a sure sign that you have won the debate. Sadly, for the person hurling the invectives, if you cut things off out of disgust, they think they've won. It is the sort of circular logic that goes, "I'm progressive because I'm right and I'm right because I'm progressive."
Or the howler that I actually had told to me one time, "I'm a Marxist and therefore an intellectual."

I blogged about this sort of non-sense here:

Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

I can't believe Dowd was that stupid. Making absolute statements tends to get you in trouble.

"Parents who bury their children in Iraq": does that include suicide bombers' families? The scary thing is that Dowd would probably say...yes.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:59:00 PM  
Blogger Scorpius said...

Another point, I usually use the behavior of those in the west in the oil-for-food scandal as proof that the U.S. did not do it for the oil and has actual respect for international law to the lefty-types. If the U.S. (and "Big Oil") truly wanted just cheap oil they could sell to increase their profits, they could have just gone to Saddam, told him that we will do business with him and overlook his human-rights violations if he just sells us his oil on 90 cents on the dollar that OPEC was asking. We'd get the oil for cheap, not have a bunch of "Big Oil"'s customers die in Iraq, and have more domestic tranquility. As for international law? We could just say to those citing it "What are you going to do about it?" answer: nothing

Of course, the same lefties crying "Blood for Oil" and opposing the war would turn and say that we are breaking international law and that Saddam should be removed for the good of the Iraqi people.

You just cannot win with these people, since they have no moral principles and can turn on a dime. They only care about opposing anything they see as "right wing"

Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:56:00 PM  
Blogger TKC said...

Today I am posting on a forum where some left wingers have seen fit to demonize Justice Thomas on one topic and then defend Che on another. It really is a complete disconnect from reality.

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:10:00 PM  

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