Talking point #14

Pt 14

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Azar & COVID

Azar COVID 1

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It went around, and now it’s coming around!

No, I do not wish ill or injury to befall the President, his family, his staff, or his enablers. But I do want them to receive the justice they so richly deserve.

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1st Family Masks

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Cognitive Dissonance

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No confirmation during election 1

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Nikki Haley praises Drumpf’s “debate” performance

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Faith in Fox

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The admission was that Carlson’s show is “entertainment” rather than journalism. (BTW, the same admission had been made by radical-right radio screamer Alex Jones’s attorney in his child custody fight with his former wife.)

OK. That’s what the respective teams of lawyers said, anyway. Big deal. What really matters is that a? the? judge in the Carlson case agreed, saying in effect that no sane person who watches the show could possibly take Carlson’s spouting and posturing seriously. Now that really is a big deal!

Why? Because millions of reasonably sane but low IQ, low information, and often (but not always!) unsophisticated Americans do indeed take people like Carlson, Ingraham, and Hannity seriously. Including the President of the United States!

Example? In a “what you should know and look for” in the first debate article, the L.A. Times said: “The major news networks — ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC — will air the debate on TV as well as stream it on their apps and websites.” See? Quite casually, they list alphabetically what they call “the major news networks,” and there’s Fox, right between CNN and MSNBC.

I say this on the evening before that debate. The moderator? Chris Wallace of Fox News! Now here’s the problem. When you juxtapose two…well, “things,” each colors the perception of the other. In this case “Thing 1” is Chis Wallace, a legitimate, well-prepared, stand-up journalist. “Thing 2” is “entertainer” Tucker Carlson.

To what extent does the juxtaposition rob Wallace of credibility? And to what extent does it add credibility to a goon like Carlson? Both effects will inexorably play out. (That’s why I think Wallace should leave Fox, but that’s a separate question.) The judge might be a brilliant jurist, but he’s clearly out of touch with reality. Way too many Americans do take the Fox hate mongers seriously.

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WTF is a “centrist”?

During WW II, theater title cards, posters, magazine ads, etc. kept reminding the public that “Loose lips sink ships!” They were warning mostly about how letting slip* the departure time or destination of naval vessels or convoys might allow predatory German u-boats to ambush them.

In lame imitation, I keep warning that “Loose diction sinks communication.” OK. Inappropriate joking aside, if person A utters/writes a word thinking it means X, and person B hears/reads it thinking it means Y….

Specific example: What’s a “centrist”? Well, duh! A “centrist” is a person in the center. Yeah, yeah. I get that. But center of what? Political ideology, dummy! Sure. I get that too. But how does one define the ideological center? For example:

Let’s imagine an absolute ideological continuum. On the far left is absolute, pure, unadulterated liberalism; on the right, same for conservatism. (Doesn’t matter how you define the concepts, as long as the definitions remain consistent throughout the “thought experiment.”)

The “center,” then, is the midpoint between the two ends.

Now let’s imagine a second ideological continuum, this one representing an actual real-world population—like, say, randomly… oh, maybe the eligible voters of the U.S. On the left end of this continuum is the core of what it means to be a mainstream liberal in the U.S. Same on the right. And the center, of course, is the midpoint between the two.

Remember! We’re considering actual beliefs and ideology, not labels!

Still with me? Then, in your imagination, superimpose the real-world continuum over the absolute, theoretical continuum. (Old-school? Think transparent acetates as used in classic Disney animation. Digital-school? Think “layers” in Adobe’s programs.)

Manifestly, the top, real-world acetate/layer will slide left and right through the years. Rarely, and only briefly, will the real-world “center” exactly coincide with the absolute, theoretical center. Right? So if person A refers—without qualification or specification—to a “centrist,” how can persons B though infinity know what person A actually means?

*Sorry. 🙁 After “lip” and “ship,” I couldn’t resist “slip.”


This is a sorta draft post. I’ll revise it tomorrow by adding images and graphics.

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To qualify as genuinely “pro-life” rather than just anti-abortion…

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