Yes, we know.

Fresh off of Lance Mannion’s essay on swoopers and bashers (Vonnegut’s terms for light-skulled, quicksy writers and head-poundy sloggsy-perfection writers), I’m’umma swoop, although I’m by temperament a lifelong basher, a revision-er, a nothing’s-okayer.

I’m gonna talk about some things. I started doing SadNo! last year after being very frustrated trying to keep doing serious journalism. People, if I can put it in short form, wouldn’t believe me — and by ‘people’ I mean editors; and by ‘believe’ I mean mostly things that occured before and during the Kerry ’04 campaign, that are now settled facts. Details, of course, are available, but that’s not really what I’m going toward now.

So. See, one takes a second half-gig as a rude clown, out of anger — and now at this point I love and prefer this pediment to any other. But the mini-slotcar-loop tragedy is that I still see news items that I know empirically are wrong, and can’t say HOW I know they’re wrong — or, flipwise, find a story that I know is right, and can’t say how it’s right. It’s a schmagmire. A gnag-fragmire. I have sources I don’t mention. I often prefer to say nothing. Someone else usually gets it, in this amazing blogosphere of ours.

But one lives every day with the gnathobathism, the guh-narlies. The discomfort of being able to kick there (at the shins), and not there (in the balls).

That’s all. I had my little thing. Now, this Vox Day column.

One takes as a mission, and I know Brad and Seb do too, and Retardo — who’s new here, but sun-brilliant — and Travis (likewise), that one at least takes care of crap like this:

Final Solution

by digby

Dear God. Crooks and Liars caught the World Net Daily making explicit arguments that the US should use the example of Nazi Germany to expel illegal immigrants:

Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn’t possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don’t speak English and are not integrated into American society.

Of course that’s what they’re thinking. Of course that’s what they’re thinking. Is there any better referent? It’s all been circling toward such a thing, for so long.

Watch this and come back, despite the screen-shot it presents. This is the bleeding center of GOP racism, the heart-dish of wackos they’re appealing to. This is the gravity-pull of what they feel, that which the dog-whistle call of ‘illegal immigrants’ is standing in for at the moment.

This is where you end up, fellow Germans. After this year of 1922, perhaps, in which many possibilities are still before us, and many beams stacked which to cast under the wheels of locomotives, and many things to try and thoughts to think. (Arguments to make and positions to find.) And I’m not an immigration-leftist, as it happens. I believe in borders and a ramp toward citizenship as the numbers work out.

But it’s now, right now. And I’m hasty and fast-typing, but I’m’unna post this with a thoughtless finger-poke and there we go. This is the creamy voter-nougat under the candy shell. This is teh naked.

And here’s a great Jam video:


Comments: 24


The ominousness of the Vox article is diminished somewhat by the glimpse of Herr Vox we get in his picture. He looks like a nerve-stapled rent boy what got a haircut from a vengeful and nearsighted ex-lover.


That’s one hell of a finger-poke.


Take the racists away, and there’s barely anything left of the Republican party. Of the remaining 29% of fucktards who still support Bush, I bet two-thirds of those people are hard-core racists.


How can we not stand up to this crap? Rover is trying to play soft on immigration like its a terror issue, while to the base, the maids and fruit-pickers ARE the terrorists.

I’m gonna go punch a wall.


So glad you could join us.


way to break my godwin-linked power generator, gavin.


Oh, so that’s what those concentra-er… “immigrant emergency” camps are for.


Too bad for Vox you’re not a girl, Gavin. If you were, he could threaten to kick your ass with his amazing kung fu grip.


I couldn’t watch more than a few seconds. That’s vile.


Damn, Gavin. Just….damn. Do you need your car compounded? Or your leaves raked? Or something? Because just saying “thanks” for writing this isn’t enough.

I just recently finished my undergraduate in history. I’m an academic by nature (sounds so much nicer than “nerd”, doesn’t it?), and while I respect learning in general, I have a deep and abiding respect for my discipline. I try very hard never to act in a way that would bring shame or embarrassment on my field. I know it’s quaint, old-fashioned, and nerdy, but I don’t care: I take history seriously.

And I’ve been saying that most of the essential elements of a fascist (or national socialist, depending upon how you split hairs) state are present, lying dormant, in this current administration for about three years now.

And just about nobody sees it. It’s driving me crazy. People always think I’m making that stupid, tired comparison between Bush and Hitler – like Bush is an anti-Semite, or something. Bush isn’t – he’s just playing to his racist base, and the historical circumstances necessary for that racism to be anti-Semitism aren’t present in America.

In biology, there’s a concept known as Convergent evolution, which basically means that unrelated organisms trying to overcome similar survival problems may hit upon similar solutions. The similarity of a bat’s wing and a bird’s wing doesn’t indicate a close degree of relation between bats and birds: it shows that wings are just about the best way to fly.

The current administration isn’t verging on neofascism because it hates Jews; it’s just that the structures of a fascist state are just about the best way to crush a population’s will and keep your cronies in power forever. The fact that it will result in bringing to the fore a vile, dangerous, racist nationalism is, to them, an unfortunate side effect.

I’m not going to trot out the dozens of examples I usually use to show this, because I’ve rambled on enough here – and I’ve done it before a zillion times.

I’m just going to let Gavin know that the offer to compound his car still stands. People need to be saying what he said, and saying it out loud.



HORRORS. Just when you think that maybe you’re really being paranoid, that there’s just no way people can be this bad, stuff like this comes to light. We have GOT to win in November, or everything the Founders fought for is dead.


The similarity of a bat’s wing and a bird’s wing doesn’t indicate a close degree of relation between bats and birds: it shows that wings are just about the best way to fly.

Y’know, according to the Bible, the terms “bird” and “bat” can pretty much be used interchangeably, and who am I to argue with Gawd? *snort*


I’ve thought of another way to put it, which might be more accessible in this post-McCarthy world we live in:

The Bush wing of the Republican party are fellow travellers with the Aryan Nation.


Gah. I just can’t let this go today.

On that same page with the Vox Day screed, there’s an ad with the question “Are frivolous lawsuits raising your healthcare costs?” with the putative “poll results” showing 71% yes and 29% no beneath it.

This is exactly the sort of thing I was referring to when talking about how education in America is just criminally inadequate. It’s also a neat reflection on Tocqueville’s observations about the confusion of public opinion and public sentiment in America.

“Are lawsuits raising your healthcare costs” is not a polling question anymore than “Is my hair black?” a polling question. It’s a question about the substance of reality, and reality exists independently of polls. Either lawsuits raise the cost of healthcare, or they don’t – and your (or my) opinion on the subject is completely extraneous.

But the readers of Worldnut Daily would seem to lack the education necessary to realize this basic point. It means there’s probably a correlation of some kind between people who think their personal opinions determine the nature of reality, and people who aren’t offended by the suggestion that the illegal immigration problem requires a “Final Solution”.


Thank you for the Jam!

Needs: Pretty Green, In the City, David Watts, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

Also: Style Council, Pogues, Clash


Dittos w/DA. Jam = crazy delicious.

What you see is what you get
You’ve made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You’ll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground, (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground, (going underground)
[so] let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow
We talk and talk until my head explodes
I turn on the news and my body froze
The braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!


Excellent post, Gavin. I’d be really worried if I thought that anybody payed attention to what Vox Day says.

Jillian, do you have a blog? I’d love to see this education issue discussed more in-depth. I’ve been thinking the same thing for awhile now. If we could just teach kids critical thinking skills, maybe we could stop this kind of sloppy rationalization before it starts.


Foxton’s tie is awesome.

Weller’s scarf … not so much.


Foxton’s tie is awesome.

Weller’s scarf … not so much.

See, I thought just the opposite.


Not many people can get away with a foppish scarf like that, but Weller manages it… just barely.


Not only are they aping the Nazis in their plans to eliminate illegal immigrants, apparently they also want to seize their assets,


Do not trust with personal information.

Those bandits gleefully trade the good will invested in their brand for the opportunity to suck money from your account.


So that’s why Kellogg Brown & Root has that ginormous contract to build those concentration ca… er, “immigrant emergency detention facilities“.


That ‘coon town’ video was disturbing.


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