left biblioblography: SLEIGHT OF HAND: OF COULTER, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, AND CACOPHONY

Sunday, June 11, 2006

SLEIGHT OF HAND: OF COULTER, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, AND CACOPHONY

While the blogosphere is going absolutely apeshit over this woman, I am going to go a different route.

I invoke Formosa’s law.

Answers.com defines this as: “Formosa's Law -
“The truly insane have enough on their plates without us adding to it.” That is, flaming someone with an obvious mental problem can't make it any better. Most often cited on alt.usenet.kooks as a reason not to issue a Kook-of the-Month Award; often cited as a companion to Godwin's Law. “

I mean, let’s face it; the woman’s deranged. I won’t even quote some of the nonsense that’s come spilling out of her mouth (she kisses her mom with that?)

Oh, all right. If you insist.
Anyone remember this little gem?

“When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that [American Taliban supporter] John Walker [Lindh] is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors.”

Let’s face facts: she’s a madwoman. Pure and simple.

In the meantime, while most of us are getting our panties in a twist, I’m pretty sure something’s going on behind the scenes. What, I couldn’t tell you.

Because, let’s be clear here: this kind of nonsense is simple sleight-of-hand. Right up there with Uri Geller massaging a spoon with one hand, nothing happening, but bringing up another utensil in the other hand that’s bent. “See? I really DID do it!”

If you can’t figure out how that’s bullshit, abandon all hope.

I play the blame game here: those horrendous, cheap, shallow talk shows (thanks, Donohue, for coarsening our culture just a touch more, like it needed it), where ‘he said she said’ rapidly devolves into free-for-alls, fists flying, chairs being used for something other than their normal functions.

Jesus, it’s all so middle-school.

And we (by we, I mean us ‘leftie pinko commies’, hehehehe) fall for it just about every single time. I mean, get a clue, folks! So while we’re focusing on this harbinger harpy of doom, meanwhile, those clowns (the Powers That Be, you know who you are) are snickering behind clenched fists. Because it works every time.

Criticize the criticizers. Muddy the waters. Turn it into a battle of personalities, only in this case, whoever’s more deranged wins.

And of course, since the Neo-cons have more wackinoids on their side, guess what? Lost battle. Lost cause.

I say we take up a collection for the poor creature. Let’s all pitch in and supply her with a year’s worth, of say, Prozac, or Thorazine, Xanax, whatever.

Let’s face facts: I live in the S.F Bay Area. I’ve had crazy people say absolutely bizarre things to me.

Do I put them on TV? Do I stop, and calmly discuss their (ir)rational rationale with them? Do I call the local newspapers, with a human-interest story? No.

I keep walking.

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10 comments:

UberKuh said...

Is this because of her new book, called something like Godlessness? I caught a glimpse of it leaving Barnes & Noble this afternoon. It's one of the first books most people see as they walk in! WTF is B&N thinking? Any press is good press?

Krystalline Apostate said...

uberkuh:
s this because of her new book, called something like Godlessness?
I think it's because she went hardcore on the 9/11 wives. Some ridiculous trash like that.
Any press is good press?
Exactly. 'No such thing as negative press' or somesuch.
I'm curious as to what the puppet masters are up to, behind the stage, meself.
Maybe they're just stirring up the hornet's nest for kicks & grins, ey? ;)
I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it has the smell of diversion about it.

Stardust1954 said...

I think Coulter has figured out long ago how to get attention with outlandish comments and insults. She has the same appeal for many like Jerry Springer or Championship Wrestling (both of which I cannot stand to watch). I told myself I wasn't going to post anything about her on my blog and was going to ignore her, but posted a comic which in turn attracted one of my favorite neo con trolls who has been leading me off in all directions of arguments about liberal commies, radical leftists and so on, and I am mad at myself for allowing myself to be sucked into the pointless arguments.

Anyway, I don't think your conspiracy theory is that far-fetched. As sleazy as it is, it's been a successful marketing tactic for her.

Krystalline Apostate said...

stardust:
I think Coulter has figured out long ago how to get attention with outlandish comments and insults.
Well, a little variation on the hip-hop saying: 'Hate the puppet master, not the puppet.'
I told myself I wasn't going to post anything about her on my blog and was going to ignore her,
I did too, but peer pressure has an apparently long shelf life.
but posted a comic which in turn attracted one of my favorite neo con trolls who has been leading me off in all directions of arguments about liberal commies, radical leftists and so on, and I am mad at myself for allowing myself to be sucked into the pointless arguments.
You mean JRB? Yeah, I took a few swings at Mr. Transformer. Though w/that avatar, I'm bettin' he's 14 or so.
I try to behave, but stupidity incenses me to no end. Sorry.
Oddly enough, I don't get too many trolls here (like, none).
Maybe that's the barometer of popularity on the blogosphere?

karen said...

I say we take up a collection for the poor creature. Let’s all pitch in and supply her with a year’s worth, of say, Prozac, or Thorazine, Xanax, whatever.

I'm in. I've got a stock-pile of meds I've discontinued to contribute to the cause. I say we give her a year's worth in one dose.

Put her out of her own-and everyone's- misery.

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Krystalline Apostate said...

karen:
I got rid of the double post.

Put her out of her own-and everyone's- misery.

Well, much as I hate to admit it, she's still people too. (I know you were kiddin', dear).
& here's a kicker: she's a friend of Bill Maher. That startles me to no end every time I think on it.
I recall him mentioning her in a stand-up routine (HBO special, something like that). The audience boos, he says, "Now, now. She's not like that when she cums."
Besides which, were she gone, some other mouthpiece would step up.
Nature abhors a vacuum.

karen said...

RA
Did I double-post?
I didn't see it.
Thought I might have, but the post didn't go through and I got a different letter-jumble to type in.
Sorry. Thanks for the fix.

Yeah, I was kiddin' about Ann. Sort of.
It kills me that she's a friend of Bill too. She must have some redeeming quality for that to be true.

Still trying to get over Uri tricking me like that. You sure he doesn't really bend those spoons? How 'bout the forks? ;)

say no to christ said...

Well, I'm so glad I'm not the only one that finds Bill and Anne's relationship a little disturbing. My husband told me they used to date a long time ago. I just cant imagine they could really talk without killing eachother. I bet that Ann is a real freak in the rack. I wonder how she would feel if she were made to marry to have sex, like she is always pushing? She is the epitome of hypocrite.

Krystalline Apostate said...

karen:
Sorry. Thanks for the fix.
Hey, what's a little double-posting between friends. ;)
It kills me that she's a friend of Bill too. She must have some redeeming quality for that to be true.
I believe everyone's has some form of redeeming quality about them. Bar none.
Still trying to get over Uri tricking me like that.
At least it wasn't John Edwards! ;)

SNTC:
I bet that Ann is a real freak in the rack.
THERE'S an image I could do w/out.
I wonder how she would feel if she were made to marry to have sex, like she is always pushing?
Now THERE'S a punishment for Moussouri.
I think, given the choice, I'd opt for the solitary-confinement-for-life sentence.