November 18th, 2009

Apollo 4 on column of fire

The jump to conclusions

If the administration chooses to prosecute some detainees in federal court in New York and others in military tribunals, the jump to conclusion is that the administration thinks it can get the former convicted fair and square and the latter have to be convicted in kangaroo courts.

Of course, it might also be that the former killed civilians in New York and the latter killed military personnel in a foreign port.
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Dennis Kucinich on Randi Rhodes

Randi Rhodes just talked to Dennis Kucinich about the banking bailout, and I noticed that every few sentences Kucinich said ‘nothing but’ or ‘just’.

Frequent use of such words, thereby dismissing and discouraging evaluation of aspects other than those about to be mentioned, often indicates and exacerbates an ‘emotional’ disturbance. Thus the ‘mental isometrics’ that make Dennis Kucinich sound perpetually overworked – his cerebral cortex spends the whole day overworking his adrenal glands.

Obviously the man often has a point in most of the matters about which he speaks, but he then instructs the listener to ignore everything but his point. And he attracts a following of people who favor having their own adrenals overworked.

(I overwork my adrenals, too, but don’t favor doing so.)
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Regarding 'all-isms'

Regarding my previous entry, about Dennis Kucinich's overuse of ‘all-isms’ (‘nothing but’, ‘just’, etc.): It is worth noting that, in his speech on ‘race’, Barack Obama pointed out that the ‘all-istic’ habit was what made Jeremiah Wright wrong, even though he had a point.

This was one of Obama’s best moments.