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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Rove, Excretory Orifice
But everyone knew that already. In his continuing effort to heal the nation and to foster bipartisan bridge-building, Karl Rove dropped this subtle whopper while yoking his boundless charm to the machinery of Republican fund-raising. Here's the nugget, which you may have seen already:
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."
It hasn't been widely reported, but while the Towers were still burning, all of the nation's Liberals convened to hatch new ways of hating America and coddling evil-doers. Props to Karl for identifying the underlying Liberal strategy.

Quick! Deify The Flag before them durned Liberals tie a rope to it and run it up a pole!

Harry Reid has already called for an apology, but he'd better not hold his breath. It should be clear that Karl's remarks are intended to yield two main effects: one, to gratify Conservatives; two, to piss off Liberals. By that measure, Karl is two for two, but he can hardly be commended for taking a risk. I mean, if Dubya's myriad atrocities haven't already driven away every last supporter, a little nostril-flaring and Liberal-bashing can't hurt, can they?

At this point, it appears that Godwin's Law is the only thing still working for the Bush Administration. No matter how many Iraqi civilians Bush murders, no matter how many million$ he personally stuffs up his wealthy chums, and no matter how many children he leaves behind, you sure as heck can't compare this administration to other murderous tyrannies. Just ask Senator Durbin, right, Dick?

In other news, ecology activist Robert F Kennedy Jr is getting suitably spanked all over the internet for his breathless condemnation of the evils of Thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines). His article is so colored by wishful thinking and conspiracy-mongering that one can only conclude that Kennedy is on a desperate quest to destroy his own credibility.

The rise in incidence of autism is truly puzzling, but shame on him for leaping onto the bandwagon with an argument that amounts to "I really, really, really believe it."

To date no causal link has been established between Thimerosal and autism, yet Kennedy and other true believers don't let that stand in the way of their unshakable certitude. Autism is a frightful condition given almost supernatural status by its misty on-screen portrayals (of which Rain Man is only the most obvious). But spirited condemnations are no substitute for actual evidence, so activists would do well to temper their passion with science.

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