Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today's Belly Laugh

Do see Gerard Van der Luen's post You've got stupid questions? Charles Johnson's got stupid answers . Its hilarious. (Note that when you click on the link, you will have to scroll a ways down the page to hit the Johnson entry).

Heh. I am still chuckling.


O Bloody Hell said...

> Heh. I am still chuckling.

...because the alternative is to weep.

Too Much Tiger Food...
Not Enough Tigers.

We have only ourselves to blame. We've made it all too easy to avoid the world's inherent mental fitness tests.

O Bloody Hell said...

2001 -- "Charles Johnson", leader of The Flat Earth Society supposedly dies.

Late 1990s, Early 2000, "Charles Johnson" founds Little Green Footballs, feigns rationalism for five years, then goes off into Flat Earth Territory.

Coincidence? Or Conspiracy?

Was Charles Johnson cloned? Inquiring minds want to know!


O Bloody Hell said...

P.S. he actually has a piece up attempting to support the denial of the existence of the Medieval Warm Period:

Video: The 'Medieval Warming' Crock

So: I ain't kidding when I associate the man with The Flat Earth Society.

Then there's this piece, which defines the extensive requirements to get banned from LGF:
How to Get Banned From LGF

To wit, expressing a single opinion which Charles doesn't like:

I'm sorry to say, but torture per se is not evil. Torturing an innocent child or a harmless 80-year-old grandmother is evil. Torturing someone who has killed scores of innocents, is hellbent on killing scores of innocents, or has information on those who would kill scores of innocents isn't evil, it's a moral imperative. There's nothing that we could do to this piece of shit that is beyond the pale. Nothing. Gouging his eyes out. Fine. Mutilating his genitals. No problem. Shoving an electric drill up his ass. I'm all for it. Moreover, I'd be the first to sign up to levy this type of punishment and wouldn't feel like I was debasing myself at all.

Feeling holier than thou because we as a country profess horror at torturing terrorists is laughable (although I guarantee you no one that watches NASCAR or NFL football, i.e., the majority of Americans, would give a shit if we tortured the fuck out of these animals). We're making ourselves marginally more vulnerable to becoming extinct by fighting with both hands tied behind our back, while our enemies put no such constraints on themselves, and then mock us for our weakness. Our enemies actually understand the concept of self-preservation when it comes to their culture, whereas we don't. Meaning we've become "that guy," you know, the one you can mock to his face without him knowing it. Which is to say, we're fucking pathetic.

Don't get me wrong, I don't AGREE with the above in the least, but it's rationally argued and that's the kind of thing which should be allowed in any open marketplace for ideas.

...which term is clearly no longer applicable to LGF.

I'm with Brandeis on this one:

"If there is time to expose through discussion the falsehoods and the
fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy
to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."

- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis -

He can certainly do that. It's his blog. But I'm going to respect him far, far less for it.