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August 12th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-12 03:23
  Subject:   [PS&W] Strategy and Karl Rove.
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Robert Greene has given us another excellent shot of his strategy blog, this time all about our good friend Karl Rove.

The NeoCons have been very quiet for the two previous months. I believe they were saving their energies and preparing for the coming "September surprise" - which will actually be a barrage of events, not a single event - designed to deliver as many Republican votes as possible during the upcoming Congressional elections. You can be sure Rove is at the helm of this effort. The recent TERRAH! stories appearing in the news (and feverishly swallowed whole by the usual neocon echo-chambers) are classic Rovian bullshit, intended to both frighten and distract the 60-odd percent of idiot, xenophobic rednecks who elected Bush a second time. The same drooling morons who still believe that Iraq has or had weapons of mass destruction.

The Democrats, as always, are deer in the headlights. I admire the efforts of the people at MoveOn.org, but they are pissing in the wind. Neither facts nor ideology win elections any more; knee-jerk reactionary jingoism does. And Rove is a master of exploiting people's knee-jerk reactionism. Read the Atlantic Monthly piece that Greene links from his blog entry for a fascinating look at this strategically masterful and tremendously amoral man.




A post I made over at the TuckerMax.com message board, in case it gets deleted over there.Collapse )

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-12 07:16
  Subject:   [MeFi] Penn and Teller's "Bullshit", now up on Google video.
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http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/53786

I don't always agree with Penn and Teller, but they usually do make me think a little deeper and harder than I did before.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-12 16:31
  Subject:   [Meme Sheepage] Favorite Five Quotes.
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I don't need 5 quotes to sum myself up, I can do it in 2:

"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extrordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which." -Douglas Adams

"I'm not senile, I'm a fanboy." -http://www.goats.com

Hehehe.

Many more of my favorite quotes are in my .sigquotes file.

I refuse to tag anyone else with these memes. You wanna do it, have at it. I'm not going to obligate you.
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