Saturday, July 28, 2012
Obama Cribs Lakoff...
... as noted by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. This is in addition to the President's putting William Jennings Bryan to "populist shame", as Richard Salsman explains at length elsewhere (linked under "Weekend Reading" below):
The source, as with so much in left-wing politics these days, is George Lakoff, the University of California linguist who is the Democratic left's leading light on questions of cognition and rhetoric. That passage comes from "Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives," the only book we can think of with an imperative title, an imperative subtitle and a nominative sub-subtitle.Taranto makes a few more substantive remarks later on. (HT: Snedcat)
"A big impediment to living in the moment is what mental health professionals sometimes call 'irrational perfectionism.'" -- Michael Hurd, in "Be Successful, and Still Enjoy Life" at DrHurd.com
"If a hooded thug stole your savings or tied your arms behind your back, we'd call it a crime. It's still a crime even though it's a suit-wearing bureaucrat doing the stealing." -- Jonathan Hoenig, in "Businessmen Versus Bureaucrats" at SmartMoney
"The fear of outsourcing and international trade is economic nonsense and moral blindness. More than that: this anti-profit attitude is un-American." -- Harry Binswanger, in "Obama And Romney Are Wrong: Outsourcing Is America At Its Best" at Forbes
"[B]y omitting the fact that the good guys were armed, they risk conveying that it's somehow safer to 'tackle' an armed killer with one's bare hands." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Media Underplays Successful Defensive Gun Use " at PJMedia
"This is the age of the righteous un-deserving, as Obama amply demonstrates." -- Richard Salsman, in "President Obama Puts WilliamJennings Bryan To Populist Shame" at Forbes
My Two Cents
In the quote above, Paul Hsieh highlights an aspect of journalistic irresponsibility regarding guns I'd never thought of. He also does a fine job of showing just how badly this under-reporting actually is.
I guess the fashion slaves of the left who hyphenated their names twenty or thirty years ago didn't think through the absurd consequences their choice might have for any offspring down the road:
Those born at the height of the name-hyphenating craze will be the first to tell you -- having two last names can be more trouble than it's worth. There's the perennial confusion at school and at the doctor's office, and the challenge of squeezing your name onto forms.Mrs. Van Horn, who has a scientific career of her own, simply kept her maiden name. Our daughter simply has my last name: She can thank us later, and she has my blessing to keep it or change it as she likes.
And now that the hyphenated generation is marrying and parenting, a whole host of new tricky situations has emerged.