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02/11/2005 Archived Entry: "Again, what's wrong with you people?"
Posted by CKL @ 09:44 AM PST

Today in the SF Chronicle:

But the line that really made me shudder was this: "In the middle of what's happening in Iraq," [Rush] Limbaugh said, "for most Americans what happened at Abu Ghraib might as well be Romper Room."

Did Limbaugh really say those words, out loud, in a room of 3,000 people? He did. And they applauded. I felt sick.

-- Charlie Varon

Tangentially, I'm reminded of something I first saw last year: a diagram titled Divided We Stand, a "network map of political books based on purchase patterns ... [using] the top 100 political books on Amazon as a guide. The data was gathered in late April 2004, after the release of many greatly anticipated political books."

I don't dispute that there is an innate human urge toward community. I just wish the majority of people could find less fractious interests around which to organize. But I suppose that's due to our base instinct toward binary judgments: if it's not good, it must be bad, and since I'm good, you must be bad.


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