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July 18, 2011


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At times, the aggregation of birther comments reminds me of a Star Trek convention, declaring war on the Klingons and fighting mock battles in costumes.


Patrick, to be fair to JBJD (and isn't the fact that we try to be fair one of the big things that separates us from the birthers?), she was referring to your habit of changing the names of the "publications" that print birther rants, such as making the Post and Email into the more accurate Pest and eFail.


From the Birther Summit video: "It's time to let them know that you know what they know"...


Wow. If I didn't know this was real, I'd just assume it was a skit on The Onion. That's the problem with crazy...nearly impossible to distinuish from parody.

Patrick McKinnion

ASK Esq - And that's certainly a valid commentary, (though I could discuss it's done for humor or parody value). But even when I play with the names, I never change names or comments when I quote from that source, save to redact addresses and the like.

I got the feeling JBJD was accusing me of more active editing than that though, but so it goes.

The Magic M

> goes Ahab on the Fail Whale

Now that's a classic! :-)

The Magic M

> Oh, here's one I haven't heard before:

Actually, having dealt with quite a few cranks in my country, I'm surprised they don't have more of those.
After all, cranks are infinitely inventive when it comes to making up "because X did/didn't do Y, it follows Z" theories.
You could feed an algorithm with arbitrary sentences for X/Y/Z and it would be indistinguishable from stuff these people actually believe.

E.g. I loved the theory "I sent a presentment letter to the International Court in The Hague, and because they didn't answer within 21 days, the person I accused is automatically found guilty".


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