What a sad, sorry pathetic little man's game.
Get serious for once, trhurler. It's hardly a game. Before I go any further I'd also like to note that your characterization of Kerry's campaign as "1950's style union/corporate class warfare" is pretty daft; don't you mean "1890s style" or "1930s style"? I guess youngsters like you don't have too much of a clue about what the 1950s were like. Well, I don't suppose one can accuse a self-described ideological Randite as having any grasp of real-world history whatsoever.
Boring, because even if you agree with said viewpoint, you already know everything that is ever going to be said, and evil, because they attract the worst sort of intellectual scavengers and hangers on.
Well, not everything is opinion, you know. At least not for non-Randites, who admit the possibility of useful knowledge that is not a priori, and who occasionally even change their minds. By an extension of your logic, all political ads (well, at least all the one's which any given reader would find sympathetic) are not merely superfluous but "boring and evil."
I myself agree with the general viewpoint of what I would call "center-left" weblogs (what you, in your moderate and reasonable fashion, would probably call "Khmer Rouge weblogs" or "totalitarian pedophile statist weblogs" or something else similarly moderate and reasonable like that). Nevertheless I learn a great deal from reading them: specifically the news.
For example, here, on Kos, is an article about the inside dealing in the fabrication of the new Iraqi constitution. Did you know that Chalabi is siding with Sistani and stiffing Washington? I didn't; for that matter I probably wouldn't have guessed. Here's an article by Max Sawicky, who learned economics elsewhere beside out of a bad pop novel, on consumer debt. If as you assert, the reader "know(s) everything that is ever going to be said" then any MaxSpeak reader could have ginned up those graphs, yes? No. Here's a little piece by Professor Brad DeLong on the so-called "output gap" and what it means viz. the Fed's interest rates. you "knew all that already? my my aren't you smart and well-informed. While we're doing graphs, here's another item from Brad DeLong's weblog, complete with a rather amusing graph, concerning the Duh-Byuh Administrations fanciful employment forecasts and their sad fate after they collided with reality.
And finally, one does not live by facts alone. Sometimes one just wants a big deep belly laugh, which, here, John and Belle supply - well, I laughed, at least.
Yours WDK - WKiernan@ij.net
Give me a woman that loves beer and I'll conquer the world - Kaiser Wilhelm
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