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Monday, June 13, 2005

In Lieu of...

...actually writing anything myself, I'm just going to keep linking to other stuff I happened to like. Take this post by Mahigan at True North for example, which talks about the recent struggles of the Conservative party and is worth a read purely for the sheer variety and density of insult contained within, never mind the actual content. If rantings are ecosystems this post is a rainforest.

A sample:
"The unholy marriage of the Progressive Conservative party and the Social Credit Reform Alliance party didn't make much sense in the first place. It was an opportunistic circular firing squad type of arrangement forged by two groups of perennial lusers desperate to change their circumstances. It always more closely resembled a case of the last two drunks left in the bar at closing time going home together because they both knew they weren't going to do any better than it did a real partnership. Throwing the Canadian Taliban into the mix only made it worse."
but you really need to read the whole thing to get the full (pungent) flavour of it.

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  • That post is an example of why I have a hard time reading True North. He can be an extremely good writer at times, but when he stereotypes like this he's utterly offensive, and nearly unreadable.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 1:07 PM  

  • There's no doubt there's stereotyping, but I find that even when I'm on the receiving end of his rants (say, for example, when he talks about city folk or environmentalists) I end up enjoying them anyway, just for the flair of the writing.

    It's just one person's opinion and I don't let the rough edges get to me too much. But I can see how it could be harder to let it go, reading as a Conservative party supporter.

    By Blogger Declan, at 1:24 PM  

  • Jeez - Sorry Andrew but I have never seen my role as providing a warm pair of fuzzy bunny slippers for conservatives. I'm prepared to put up with Red Tories but I don't want Stephen Harper, the CPC, or, especially the out of orbit segments of that party anywhere near the levers of government. So I will continue to call them as I see them.

    As for the stereotypes, I'm surrounded by them all day - one man's stereotype is another man's reality. Perhaps CPC supporters in Ontario are a more genteel lot. Around here they are prone to pronouncements like "Any woman who wants an abortion should be given a razor blade and told to slit her wrists". Is that the warm and fuzzy image you were going for?

    By Blogger mahigan, at 3:31 PM  

  • Mahigan,

    I dunno - name-calling, even in retaliation, seems an awfully low-brow way to get your point across. It doesn't tend to convert anyone to your cause, and only pushes away the moderates who perhaps could be swayed by a reasonable argument.

    But don't mind me.... I fall into "Rodney King mode" now and then.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 6:06 PM  

  • Andrew, are we talking about the same post and comments? First you are going on about stereotypes in the post. There was plenty of sarcasm (which I'll admit is a common item in my posts and apparently a western thing) and a few relatively insulting comments but nothing that even comes close to what I see regularly on both sides of the spectrum. And I'm still trying to figure out what stereotypes you are seeing. Now you are talking about name calling in my comment. What name calling?

    I do basically two types of posts. When I have time, I like to do academic type posts. When I don't have the hours to do that kind of research, I try to use up my supply of snark before the 'best before' date.

    I know you are trying your best to head off the disaster your party is headed for. From where I sit, if the CPC was a corporation it would be Enron and if it is going over the cliff, I'm cheering. Sorry if that offends you. And in case you hadn't noticed, while the CPC gets the brunt of my venom, the Liberals get a pretty good pasting and even the dear old NDP aren't immune. And I've been around long enough that I pretty much don't have causes to convert anyone to. That got beaten out of me about 20 years ago. Now I pretty much just settle for trying to cut through some of the bullshit and preventing some of the things I've worked for all my life from being destroyed.

    By Blogger mahigan, at 8:56 PM  

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