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"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show
"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket
"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming
October 29, 2005
Ow, My Head!
I really should swear off the right-wing crazo-sphere, because it causes me genuine physical distress. On the other hand, it's a learning experience. One thing I've learned is that you can say, with no hyperbole, that the thought processes of a significant chunk of America's right wing are exactly the same as those of holocaust deniers.
And when I say "a significant chunk," I'm not just or even mostly talking about the part of the right wing that's bozos with websites. The right wing has many, many people with genuine power who think just like holocaust deniers.
Both holocaust deniers and America's right wing have the same extreme hostility to reality, because it conflicts with their preferred fantasies. In both, this hostility manifests itself in several ways. They both seize upon the tiniest shred of anything that could be considered "evidence" for their favored fairy tale. Conversely, rather than accepting overwhelming proof of what they don't wish to believe, they both at most will concede we're faced with a "mystery" that may never be solved.
For instance, here's Clifford May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger, writing at National Review Online:
There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The mystery is what Saddam Hussein did with them.
My god, what an incredible mystery!
ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991...
Perhaps we shall never solve this perplexing mystery!
ISG judges that in 1991 and 1992, Iraq appears to have destroyed its undeclared stocks of BW weapons...
Everywhere we turn, we are confronted by MYSTERY!
Did Jews sent to Auschwitz go to Transnistria (Rumania) instead? The Mystery Deepens.
MYSTERY! MYSTERY! MYSTERY!!!!!!!!!!!!
The confirmation of the involvement of Majdanek in the Operation Reinhardt deportations serves only to deepen the mystery of what happened to the Jews of Poland.Posted at October 29, 2005 04:39 PM | TrackBack