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December 28, 2007 9:20 PM   Subscribe

Jon Swift asked everyone on his blogroll to pick what they considered their best post of 07-- ...There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" ...
posted by amberglow (12 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Huh?" ...

is right. The picking of pumpkin seeds. Some are fat, some thin, some hollow.
posted by Mblue at 9:36 PM on December 28, 2007


From the tagline:
I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture.

Lower on the page:
I just hope we can keep the bomb them back to the Stone Age part.

Hah! I get it! Killing brown people is funny! Har Har fuck you.
posted by null terminated at 9:46 PM on December 28, 2007


Um, null terminated, I believe the man is not a conservative at all. Please read the rest of the tagline.

I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues.

Unless my sarcasm filter is really broken, that is sarcasm.
posted by sonic meat machine at 9:50 PM on December 28, 2007


There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?"

Links to examples would have been nice (I've noticed a lot of people do that on FPPs), as opposed to expecting me to add hitcount to Swift's website.

Pass.
posted by Clave at 9:54 PM on December 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


His handle is "Jon Swift". And he writes stuff like this:

The reaction to the release of Jill Carroll was a watershed moment for the Internet, illustrating the stark contrast between the old mainstream media and the blogosphere. While the mainstream media rushed to judgment and proclaimed the release of Carroll by Iraqi kidnappers to be a positive thing, many in the blogosphere urged caution. I was especially proud of many of my fellow conservative bloggers who instead of posting their initial unfiltered thoughts without thinking about what they were saying, stepped back and took a moment to ponder the ramifications of her release. Maybe her being alive wasn't such a good thing after all, they said after some reflection. Maybe it would have been better if she had been beheaded. ... I can appreciate Schlussel's complaint, which she is often forced to level at anyone who disagrees with her, that people have not read what she has written closely enough to catch the hidden nuances, even though she takes great pains to help her readers out by often WRITING IN CAPITAL LETTERS. I think this is a big problem in the blogosphere. I have noticed myself that sometimes when people read what I write, they actually think I mean the opposite of what I say!

So, yeah, satire. (Opinions may vary on whether this is good satire, of course.)
posted by maudlin at 10:05 PM on December 28, 2007


Um, null terminated, I believe the man is not a conservative at all.

Hmm...yes, I completely misinterpreted this site. In my defense though, it's less outlandish than many actual conservative blogs.
posted by null terminated at 10:05 PM on December 28, 2007


Hey, in these dark days post-Fafblog, we'll take the satire we can get.
posted by JHarris at 12:21 AM on December 29, 2007


Yeah examples would be nice.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 1:47 AM on December 29, 2007


Jon Swift? Like the priest who suggested we all eat Irish babies?
posted by hjo3 at 2:32 AM on December 29, 2007


I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture, Jon said rightfully.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:54 AM on December 29, 2007


I thought this was a good collection of links considering I don't follow the political blogosphere at all. Got a chuckle.
posted by broady at 10:22 AM on December 29, 2007


That qualifies for the best of the web indeed , here some food for tought
The flaw comes from anachronistic thinking: while it is common thinking today that imperialism is bad, that was not the case when we were fighting the wars of the past. We fought against German imperialism while supporting British imperialism. Nor was that sort of apparent inconsistency unique to us: after all, the United States was fighting against German racism while segregation was widespread in America, and the Soviet Union was fighting against German totalitarianism while a totalitarianism almost as bad existed under Stalin's rule.

Because it is so natural to see ourselves in the best of lights, it is important to try and maintain some healthy skepticism in our self-perception. Which brings me to our involvement in Afghanistan. Twenty years down the road, will we think of it as a noble endeavour, as we do about our role in World War II and the peacekeeping missions of the past century? Or, will we see it in the same light as we now see the colonial and imperial undertakings of the past, where powerful nations imposed their will on weaker nations claiming to be fighting for the interests of the weak while only trying to further their own interests?
posted by elpapacito at 12:40 PM on December 29, 2007


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