Monday, January 27, 2014

Dineshenfreude

"On Thursday evening, as the news broke that conservative author Dinesh D'Souza had been indicted by the feds for allegedly making illegal campaign donations to an unnamed 2012 Senate candidate (widely presumed to be Wendy Long, a long-shot Republican who was crushed by incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York), liberal commentators had trouble hiding their glee—or, what I called on Twitter, Dineshenfreude. After all, for years D'Souza has been a right-wing bad boy spouting the most noxious criticism of the left and being rewarded for his exploits. More recently, he was the fellow who derived the odious theory that President Barack Obama could only be understood if viewed as the secret keeper of the flame of Kenyan anti-colonialism—a notion that Newt Gingrich giddily embraced and promoted. D'Souza's movie, 2016: Obama's America, contends that Obama, driven by the remnants of this anti-colonial rage inherited from his father, had a covert second-term plan to weaken and impoverish the United States of America. It depicts Obama as anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-white."
-David Corn, "Mother Jones"
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/dinesh-dsouza-indictment-dartmouth-outed-gay-classmates

Great word, David Corn!

I find myself so immersed in dineshenfreude right now that I need to pee. It can't be good to feel so good about that little Indian weasel getting nailed for sleaze; I'm sure it will affect the disposition of my immortal soul... wait... I'm an atheist, so who cares? That smug greasy snake-oil-peddling hatemonger had it coming.


Here's a joke: What's the best way to "take out" Dinesh D'Souza?
You pick up Reince Priebus by the ankles and club him to death with him.



I'll be here all week.

56 comments:

  1. he secret keeper of the flame of Kenyan anti-colonialism

    Because anti-colonialism is bad?

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  2. Yeah, it's un-'murican to not want to go and take other people's countries from them. Heck, that's like apple pie!

    Definitely like football, too.

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  3. Merica loves colonialism - I think it's called Manidinesh destiny

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  4. I posted on it yesterday. I've got an ear to ear grin!

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  5. You'd imagine that everyone would be anti-colonial, or at least pretend to be while they're doing their 'global economy' thing turning everywhere into their colonies.
    I guess they realize most people don't know, don't care and people who will support them will cheer or boo for it depending on what they tell them they should be doing.

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  6. The whole anti-colonialism thing is a hoot when one considers Distort D'Newza's Indian heritage.

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  7. Or, maybe he's an anti colonialist, imperialistic, muslim atheist, commie fascist, like all the other oxymoronic phrases they attribute to the president ?

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  8. I have a theory as to why it seems that on the right the word "colonialism" is synonymous with "goodness."
    Literally, it's stupid, but I think it's true
    Because we used to have thirteen colonies. Really.

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  9. Why did he do it?

    Well, the spirit is willing, but Dinesh is weak...

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  10. He also got into a wee bit of trouble at Kings College for cohabiting with the new flame before he divorced Dixie (that's Mrs D'Souza's actual name!)

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  11. Lends a new meaning to "I wish I was in Dixie..."

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  12. It's not for nothing I used to call him Dinesh D'Stupid on his old AOL blogs.

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  13. http://www.atheist-meme.com/why-do-you-atheists-hate-religion.php

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  14. Congrats to Pliny on making the front page on Jerry Coyne's blog!

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    1. Thanks Ryan, I've had a few of my panels picked up on his site. I also won a copy of his book in a writing contest which was fun. It was a first person (crustacean?) view of a krill...

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  15. Meeting you, with a view to a krill
    Carapaces in secret places, feed and fill
    Detritus covers me, but you know the clams I'm datin'
    Still undersea, could it be the blowhole opening wide
    A seafood pie, a casserole gaping inside

    -Merman Merman

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    1. A category 4 groaner wave has struck the West Coast with that one.

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  16. You've made me groan more than anybody else that I've never had sex with...

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  17. I think he's trying to tell you something Pliny.
    It's either that he doesn't groan much normally, when he has sex, or,
    he wants to have sex with you!
    LOL

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  18. I'll never tell.

    I picture Pliny as Zappa, and he's not my type, since he was male.

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    1. Put him in the comfy chair, no-one expects the comfy chair!!!

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  19. Although I love the music Zappa composed. I wonder if he's decomposed any of it lately?

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  20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIQ9b1FcWxw

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  21. http://io9.com/5974468/the-most-common-cognitive-biases-that-prevent-you-from-being-rational

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  22. This is awesome for Zombie Apocalypse fans.
    There's one or two in your 'Good' Book, Mike! The finest fiction of it's time(s)!

    "But your dead will live; their bodies will rise ... Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by." (Isaiah 26:19-20)
    (noted from Cracked.com)

    "And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away." (Zechariah 14:12)

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  23. And here's a haunted house story for Pliny!

    "A letter written in the first century by Roman magistrate Pliny the Younger has this and a lot of other haunted house tropes as well. In his letter, Pliny told of a philosopher who moved to town, needed a place to stay and saw how cheap a particular house was. He was informed of its purported haunting, but, you know ... a cheap house is a cheap house, and if you throw your toga parties in the public square, you might get arrested.
    That night, to prove that he wasn't some pansy, the philosopher sent his servants away and stayed up all night writing. Before long, he heard the clanking of chains and ghostly wailing. He ignored it right up until the noise was in his room. Then, the ghost of an old man with a long beard and chains appeared and beckoned with a skeletal finger for him to follow.

    The philosopher followed the ghost into his yard and marked the spot where it stopped. The next morning, he had his servants dig up the spot and found the body of a man bound in chains. They gave the corpse a proper burial, and according to Pliny, the haunting ceased."
    (again from Cracked.com)

    Who woulda thunk it that screen-writers 'got their ideas' for horror movies from, like, the Bible(goodness you can spread like 'I-can't-believe-it's-not-butter!), ancient Romans etc.?

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    1. He may have been Dad's fav, but as you can see, he was prone to confabulation.

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  24. Now for something completely different(fair use)...
    Those Christians who go on about how atheists pick on Christians because they're too chicken to say stuff about Muslims, some kind of penis envy, they(the Christians) have been neutered since they lost the power to imprison people for blasphemy and have collectively lost the balls to get up a mob and burn some poor heretic out of house and home(and life).
    Wonder what Eric would say, what Mike might say about that? Is it unconscionable for people to act like that in this day and age or would it be fine with them if only they could pass some laws to make it 'alright' again, like the 'good'(godly) old days??
    How about stoning non-virgins who try to become respectable?
    Would it be alright for your 21st. Century nation to become all HOLY-shit, don't fuck with our concept of GOD, there'll be a 'stepping-on-your-neck' coming right your way, pilgrim!?

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  25. I think Mike and all theists would say "no" to that but secretly inside they've be thinking "I fucking WISH!!!"

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  26. http://www.bornagainpagan.com/cartoons/068-doonesbury-creationism.html

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  27. "[I]imagine being raised in a subculture like Elsa’s. She was surrounded by the fundamentalist idea that women must have a submissive spirit, which left them ripe for abuse. You could end up believing abuse was love. When her parents beat her, that was what she thought. She and Vyckie went over the rituals of punishment in those cultures thoroughly. It begins with disrespect – and disrespect can be something like not having a cheerful enough expression. Before disciplining you, your parents would make you pray, asking them and God for forgiveness. You were then spanked (Elsa used the word beaten) until your will was broken, after which you were expected to engage in reconciliation with the people who had just beaten you. If you didn’t reconcile to their satisfaction, you would be beaten again.

    And this is considered Godly."

    Where's the goodness in this? Mike? Bueller? Anyone.. anyone..

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  28. Mike, what would it take for you to doubt? What proof would make you change your mind, hypothetically? What would you need to see and touch for you to decide that you were wrong about your beliefs?

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  29. Or maybe the better first question is, do you admit or acknowledge that there's any possibility at all that you can be wrong in the first place? Can you be wrong in this matter? Is it even possible at all in your mind?
    These are serious questions, without any "gotchas" I promise.

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  30. One of my main problems with Mike is that he can rationalize away the fact that hardly any Christians measure up to his standard of being Christian.
    I'm sure he's quite serious about Catholics not being 'real' Christians like himself, Mormans too, JWs and so on and so forth.
    But at exactly the same time Mike is absolutely sure that he lives in a Christian country, Christianity is a big umbrella group including these sects which he is sure are wrong, wrong, wrong. But when this suits him, it's different strokes for different folks and when that suits him, they don't know the REAL TRUTH, not at all.
    So it seems he has these two ideas, these two pieces of his worldview that are like puzzle pieces from to different jigsaw puzzles.
    If the situation calls for it he can show us part of one puzzle and claim that's part of the whole that makes up his worldview, but in another situation he can show us this other piece of a similar but different worldview.
    You either accept the variations of Christianity as though there is a 'basic core' that you all believe or you reject variations of Christianity as definitely wrongheaded.
    How can you have both?
    I understand, 'you just can', but it doesn't make sense at all in any other context, you can't believe one thing in one context and something different in another, like that.

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  31. Well c'mon pboy, other christians are just wrong; we're evil.

    I actually think we fall behind muslims on their likeability scale...

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  32. The power of CHRIST compels Mike to read through our comments and cherry pick something to make a pitiful point, like when I asked, "Are atheists just people who don't believe in the supernatural or are they angry at God?"
    Kind of rhetorical since obviously since I don't believe there is a God to be angry at, being angry would be silly.
    Mike cherry-picked this, churned this through his unthinking mind and came up with, "That's a fair question from my unthinking POV!"

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  33. I'm reading Answers in Genesis, about how Noah's Flood might have been possible. The main thrust of AIG 'answers' is, "The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.", but they add in 'possibilities'(numerous, they say).
    Vegetation, for example. How could all the variety of vegetation survive being immersed in water for an 'admitted' six months(but possibly at least 9 months, it gets talked down and down)?
    So 'possibly' plants at that time were much hardier than today's varieties, no?

    What did tigers eat while they were on this floating zoo and after, on their way back to their natural habitat? Let's say it's 'possible' that they hibernated(for it is true that some animals hibernate) for the entire 'voyage'(I hesitate to call floating around for 6 months(a given by AIG), a voyage) and woke up in time to head 'home'.
    So here we can imagine the two tigers waking up with a voracious appetite and taking off to India with a couple of Indian antelope and some monkeys, apes, all the bugs and reptiles and so on.. it gets stupider and stupider.(e.g. "After leaving the Ark any seeds the animals ingested during their final days on the Ark could have passed through and then left on the ground in the animals’ excrement.")

    So the Indian grazing animals nipped off back 'home', took a poop and waited for their vegetation of choice to pop up, problem solved? The tigers had to be a touch more patient, they had to wait for their food of choice, meat(aka those grazers) to 'flourish'.

    But there's much logic in AIG!
    The Bible states there was a worldwide Flood.
    We see plants today.
    Therefore plants survived the Flood.

    The Bible states there was a worldwide Flood.
    We see tigers today.
    Therefore tigers survived the Flood and the fact there there was nothing to eat for months on end.

    Checkmate atheists!

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  34. The Noah's Ark story is like the last chapter of 1984 where Winston Smith realizes that he does love Big Brother. If you can be convinced to believe such a ridiculous story as the one about the flood, then you will accept anything we need you to.

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  35. Does Mike believe this drivel:-
    Mark. Chapter 16
    "...17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”, says Jesus.???

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  36. Transparent appeal to confirmation bias much?

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  37. http://www.livescience.com/39228-science-news-webcasts.html

    Bill Nye cremates, er, debates Ken Hamm

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  38. I think he did a great job, considering the fact that he's no geologist, isn't an expert on genetics, astronomy, biology etc. etc.

    His main point that Creationism is not predictive of anything, except maybe the opinion that there will one day be Armageddon, anything scientific that is, and that the U.S.A. will fall behind the rest of the World, was an excellent point.

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  39. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jgqoSmG3RA

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  40. Yep. Pretty standard information on it. Thanks though.

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  41. Dog awakened the other night again. Started crying in his sleep, then woke up, 4am. Happened right on cue, just when I...

    ...well, it's nothing you'd want to hear or would give any credence to if you did, right? Lol.

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  42. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47T-y9HzGLQ&feature=youtu.be

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  43. Yes, of course it must be me. What else does your belief system allow you to say?
    Oh well.
    Why, you must pity me. Another victim of woo, to you.
    This happens again and again, so my motivated reasoning is pretty powerful stuff, I guess. This is at least twenty times that the dog or the wife woke up on cue. One time I even thought about it, waited, examined my situation, noted the silence, noted that I hadn't moved at all in around an hour, and only then sent an hallucinatory wave of distortion at her on purpose and watched it wake her up. Pretty powerful woo, dude.

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  44. That time she woke up almost as if I'd slapped her. Now why did I pause, and think, and examine the room and me and everything, and check myself and check her (out cold, yep) and only then intentionally send it at her, in full knowledge that it indeed would wake her up, and it did... why all that thought, all that prep?
    Because of you, in a way. Because I can't believe it either, not 100 percent. It's getting closer, though. But I had to try to make sure I wasn't crazy, that it was really happening on cue. And there's really no doubt of that anymore. Hell, if it were you, you'd have trouble doubting it, too. Something is happening here. I'm not crazy, and it's not what you keep insisting that it is, cognitive bias or now motivated reasoning. It's the FREQUENCY of the occurrence, dude. I know what that state feels like, when I'm really out there and I see that weird illusory light in my head, and when that happens, it almost always awakens either the wife, the dog, or both. Too many times. It happens just when I think its going to happen, or as in this last case, even when I'm not thinking about it at all, but there's that light, and what's that I hear Oh yeah, of course, the dog is barking in his sleep.

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  45. This line of discussion is continued seamlessly in the NEW POST that I just put up. See you there...

    NEW POST.

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