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It Can’t Get Stupider, But It Can Get Lazier

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Charlotte Allen would like to inform her critics that her logical and factual errors are central to her point.

The only interesting thing about Allen’s response is that apparently Erik’s name has already reached the status as being, in the context of conservative blogs, a cliche whose use is instant proof of lazy hackery. Impressive — I had no idea that Erik could be a game changer…on steroids! (I would talk about people being thrown under buses but I don’t want to be accused of advocating vehicular manslaughter.)

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  • It can always get stupider. Allen, McArdle and LaPierre might combine to form a really stupid Voltron.

    • Icarus Wright

      Allen, McArdle and LaPierre might combine to form a really stupid Voltron.

      Hot 3 way action!…for the kids.

  • MAJeff

    Allen, McArdle and LaPierre might combine to form a really stupid Voltron.

    Guns won’t kill people, but non-profit public health systems providing HPV vaccines to teen whores playing video games kill people.

  • Malaclypse

    I had no idea that Erik could be a game changer…on steroids!

    Academia needs better performance-enhancing drugs.

    • We used to have them, but then that Family Ties episode where Alex downed all of Mallory’s diet pills permanently scared me off of that sort of thing.

      • Malaclypse

        That was a Very Special Episode.

        • MAJeff

          Nothing will top Helen Hunt. That was VERY special.

          • wjts

            I dunno – Tom Hanks was pretty special, too.

  • “The only interesting thing about Allen’s response is that apparently Erik’s name has already reached the status as being, in the context of conservative blogs, a cliche whose use is instant proof of lazy hackery. Impressive — I had no idea that Erik could be a game changer…on steroids!”

    I knew I was destined to be famous in some bizarre way.

    • When you doubled down on those game changing tweets the result was your 15 minutes of fame.

    • Also does this mean that I am obligated to write and speak strictly in cliches from this point forward?

      • Malaclypse

        No, it means you must always be every bit as literally true as the Book of Revelations.

      • Bill Murray

        You’re not a star athlete so you should be OK

    • DrDick

      You now join Mal and I on the wrongwing bloggers hall of infamy. Congratulations and welcome, sir.

  • Dang it, you made me click through to that tripe just to see precisely what she said of him. I resent giving them the hits. How ’bout a block quote of the relevant bit?

  • bobbyp

    Loomis this. Loomis that. Pretty soon you’re talking about a whole lot of Loomis.

  • Linnaeus

    The smoker you drink, the player you get.

    • Anonymous

      Snort. Makes no f’ing sense but sure made me laugh. Thx.

      • Matt T. in New Orleans

        Obviously, you’re not a fan of modern jazz.

        • commie atheist

          Life’s been good to Loomis – so far.

          • He can’t complain, but sometimes he still does.

    • You can tune a Loomis…but you can’t tuna fish (or a pike, for that matter.)

  • Malaclypse

    And I have a sad: No longer are DocAmazing, DrDick, and I the evil LGM regulars that upset the Donalde’s sensibilities. The new force of darkness here is none other than, yes, Bijan Parsia.

    Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of LGM commenters.

    • That is quite an honor.

    • It was the business with Meade that drew me into the LGM orbit.

    • DrDick

      All right! We have another inductee! Congratulations and welcome to you as well, sir!

    • Hogan

      I’m afraid I’m never going to be reasonable enough to win the Bijan Parsia Prize for Unmitigated Evil.

    • What’d I do?

      Oh. Be misread. How interesting!

      I find it even more interesting that he’d post my comment in its entirety (probably violating my copyright :)) when it immediately refutes his claims about it. Oh well, I left a clarificatory comment on that post. We’ll see how he reacts.

      • Oh, and I should note that I’m not named as evil, just an “idiot progressive” and professor (check out my login credentials!). Now perhaps that entails my evil…I don’t know.

        • Pestilence

          Well, clearly it does. Any higher education automatically brainwashes you into the Evil. I can even produce evidence (Instapundit, Althouse, Donalde Douglas…)

          • Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to brainwash for reading comprehension.

      • Thus far, he’s not reacting well.

        I wonder if he can possibly back down and acknowledge the plain meaning of my comment. His first reply isn’t very promising, since the insult (freak) seem rather disconnected from the claim that I’m unclear.

        • Hmm. I had forgotten about this encounter.

          That makes a sensible response even less likely, I guess. Oh well. It’s sorta interesting, I guess. I’m not sure why it’s so difficult for him to concede his misreading straight up. Presumably, he’d get some marginal cred for doing so?

          • Hogan

            Not from anyone whose opinion he cares about.

  • Holy crap, Erik’s an icon.

    All for using just marginally harsher language than most people.

    • Davis X. Machina

      A mere 96 pixels square. I always thought of him as bigger than that..

    • DrDick

      Actually much milder than is bog standard on wrongwing blogs.

  • jon

    “I would talk about people being thrown under buses…” Good God man, does no one think of the bus?

  • Michael H Schneider

    Allen and McArdle are very, very close to the best response to the problem.

    I realized this when I thought back upon a day last week when I was surrounded by four standard poodles. Mine was the smallest, at 45 pounds. That’s around the weight of grade school kids. But poodles are faster, more agile, can leap farther, and accelerate more quickly, and have more effective dentition, than people. Especially the dentition.

    The problem is not a feminized culture, or a lack of men, or kids not trained to attack. The problem is not sex or gender. The problem is that we are working with the wrong species.

    Everything goes better with poodles. That’s the obvious answer. And mine could teach the kids a thing or two about what it really means to be a powerful bitch (I’m using the term in its technical sense). I’ve seen her put dogs larger than herself on their backs with her mouth around their throats, and then she explains the true meaning of respect.

    I’m going to get in touch with the Poodle Club of America and see if we can get a program of Poodles in the Classroom (and, for airborne terrorists, Sky Poodles) in place. As I like to say when people start talking about feminized culture: Tell it to the poodles. I’ve never met a gun with half the brains of a poodle.

    • Warren Terra

      The sky poodles also have the tactical advantage of natural camouflage: they sort-of look like fluffy white clouds.

    • I’m all for the sky poodles but I’m not following the damn thing around my plane with a plastic bag and a scooper.

    • commie atheist

      Skyyyyyyyy Poodle…how high can you fly? You never, never, never, reach the sky.

      • Pestilence

        win

    • John Protevi

      I would like to give this comment two juicy bones of its choosing and a nice afternoon in the park it likes best.

    • Bill Murray

      Sky Poodles?!?!!?

      Everyone knows it’s Sky Weimaraner or as we like to say Skymaraner. i did not spend my life not raping and killing people to not go up in the sky with my Skymaraner

  • Mister Harvest

    So, help a recent immigrant out here. Where did the “central to my point” thing get its start?

    • Warren Terra

      The entry in the Balloon Juice Lexicon is fairly clear:

      “This is central to my point”– Any fact which directly contradicts your assertion can, in fact, be made to support your assertion simply by saying it is so. A favorite of NRO‘s Jonah Goldberg

      That definition links to a Shorter using the meme in reference to Goldberg; this page quotes Goldberg actually using the meme himself, possibly in the original instance that led to its becoming an ironic meme:

      “Liberal fascism differs from classical fascism in many ways. I don’t deny this. Indeed, it is central to my point.”

      • Anticorium

        Damn you, Warren.

    • Anticorium

      During the writing of Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg anticipated that he might be challenged by people who would argue, just maybe, there was a little bit of difference between 1940s concentration camps and a liberal arts college teaching its freshman classes to obtain consent before sex.

      His response, in the book: “Liberal fascism differs from classical fascism in many ways. I don’t deny this. Indeed, it is central to my point.”

      • cpinva

        in other words, there was the (admittedly small) possibility that someone, with an IQ greater than 5, might read his “book”, and point out how obviously full of shit he is.

    • Mister Harvest

      Thank you both kindly!

  • Perhaps if teachers were paid a better wage, more men would be elementary teachers. Then again, I doubt that would make much of a difference if it was a man or woman when confronted with a madman and a Bushmaster.

    • Pestilence

      nonsense – real men always carry at least 2 guns on them, and are expert, unfailing shots at all times, and wear full body armour

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