18 May 2011

Random observations


The annoying thing about the "Tea Party" is that that eminently civilized drink is now forever sullied by association.

Why are religious nuts always telling us to "repent"? I never even pented the first time.

Everybody looks stupid when they're chewing.

Liberals often have something worthwhile to say. Conservatives sometimes do. Cynics never do.

It's dull to read someone who just rants endlessly about the things he doesn't like. Write about what you do like, at least some of the time.

Yes, it's true that most people in the US are not racist any more; and no, that does not mean that racism has stopped being a real problem.

Whenever I focus on the Middle East on this blog, the number of page views goes up, even though the number of comments goes down. Most of the added page views come from foreign countries -- but not Middle Eastern ones. Curious.

The truest rejection of fads and fashions lies not in merely doing the opposite, but in disregarding them completely.

9 Comments:

Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

"Everybody looks stupid when they're chewing."

Not wanting to appear dull-witted even when alone within the privacy of my apartment, I puree all my food in the blender and daintily sip my meals through a straw.

18 May, 2011 06:12  
Blogger Ahab said...

"It's dull to read someone who just rants endlessly about the things he doesn't like. Write about what you do like, at least some of the time."

I'm in trouble. My blog is pretty much an endless rant about the Religious Right.

18 May, 2011 06:55  
Blogger Pamela D. Hart said...

Infidel: Great "observations".

Liberals often have something worthwhile to say. Conservatives sometimes do. Cynics never do.

I would say that Liberals and Conservatives often have something worthwhile to say as long as they are rational!


It's dull to read someone who just rants endlessly about the things he doesn't like. Write about what you do like, at least some of the time.

Hallelujah!

18 May, 2011 07:03  
Blogger tnlib said...

"Everybody looks stupid when they're chewing."

Funny. Has anyone noticed how many Tea Partiers are chewing gum while on camera? And even Republicans for that matter.

18 May, 2011 07:16  
Blogger okjimm said...

Nice post. the last sentence was great. excuse me, though, it is nap time for my pet rock and I jolly well could use a spot of tea. Well done, sir!

18 May, 2011 08:19  
Anonymous Sherry Peyton said...

A nice list of things. I gotta think on some of these.

I like to un "re" words and see what's left...Mostly nonsense.

Did I tell you that your big rundown is the highlight of my Saturday? I find so many useful posts to go read. Thanks!

18 May, 2011 11:59  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel,

I just checked the stats on my blog and was surprised to find an huge increase in traffic over the last weekend, and it came from Crooks & Liars. I went to the site and discovered that you kindly sent the traffic to my blog. A belated thank you for that.

I should check the stats more often. :)

18 May, 2011 12:12  
Anonymous Jittery said...

753- YOU ROCK!!! Thanks so much for the shout out, the convoy's cups are held high for you!

P.S. Totally agree with your post...

18 May, 2011 12:28  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SK: Thanks -- you have a good blog and it was an obvious choice. No need to go overboard with the puréeing -- one doesn't need to lookk thoughtful all the time (I certainly don't).

Ahab: For that case I'll make an exception:-) -- and I think we can see what your postitive vision as an alternative to the fundies is.

PDH: One can find rational people on either side. Cynicism is a form of fachionable laziness, convenient to those who choose to sit inert on the sidelines feeling superior to those who are working to achieve.

I do tire of the amount of negativity on the internet sometimes.

TNLib: I have a feeling that, in their case, the roots of the bovine gestalt go deeper than just chewing. "Everybody looks stupid when they're carrying a sign with misspelled racial epithets" isn't quite as pithy, though.

Okjimm: Thanks. It's always a good time for a spot of tea, especially after reading one's pet rock a bed-time story.

SP: If your dog's tail is cut off, that means he is detailed and should be taken to a retail store. And no one should feel remorse if he never used Morse code before.

The link round-ups do seem to be a popular item -- there's plenty of worthwhile material out there that deserves to be more widely seen.

Jittery: I do read CC regularly even if I don't comment often. Salutations from Teas-side.

18 May, 2011 12:58  

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