Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Meeting Your Needs ad Absurdumb

Friends, the aptly named "Anonymous" made the bracing -- if factually incorrect -- observation that not only are Foucault and Chomsky both "white" and "male," but that the Dutch audience listening to them was as well.

Let nobody say that the Swill judges harshly, friends, or that we refuse to meet the needs of our readers. No Clear Channel sponsorship or corporate centralization here: your Swill comes straight from, well, you know. The point is that if ye ask, ye shall receive, even if your request relies upon a form of identity politics that we find curious. We report, you deride.

Following Anonymous's incisive, implicit logic, we first offer Dinesh D'Souza arguing that American liberals caused 9/11, and that America could really discourage Al Qaeda if we adopted some of the more "traditional" social positions (relating to women, gays, et al.) advocated by Osama bin Laden. (we'd youtube it, but Viacom say no way).

Next, enjoy Michelle Malkin promoting her book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror. Yes, the book is exactly what it sounds like.


Is our point that there is some sort of correlative -- perhaps causal? -- relationship between degenerated public discourse and the appearance of non-white, non-male cultural commentators? Of course not. Such an assertion would be absurd, and flatly contrary to everything for which the Swill stands, has stood, will stand.

UPDATE: Whom did we originally single out as exemplars of degraded public discourse? Stanley Fish, David Brooks, and Thomas Friedman, all of whom are more or less "white" and two of whom have penises. Read before you speak, friends. Jesus christ.

Our point is that you should think before you speak, whoever you are: Chomsky, Malkin, or anonymous. And that we would like to live in a country and time where informed, intelligent discourse -- rather than low-grade xenophobia and militaristic cheerleading -- made it to the airwaves.

7 Comments:

Blogger squeezychortle said...

A friend of mine's parents spent a little time in a tar papered house at Manzanar, eating rice with maple syrup. She looks a lot like Malkin.

Malkin keeps referring to Roosevelt, but it was deference to the bigoted John E. Dewit, commander of the Western Defense Command, that led to executive order 9066.

3:23 PM  
Blogger squeezychortle said...

And isn't it great how disoriented D'souza looks here? Giving in to the terrorists! Retreatocan!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Mickey Bones said...

Now I'm completely confused because Malkin is at least as handsome as the young Chomsky. I'd better turn my volume on.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Brooks doesn't have a penis.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

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11:48 AM  
Blogger Swill to Power said...

Wow, you can delete comments you leave on another blog? Probably requires knowledge of Cobol or some such, but we'd like to know how to do it.

11:07 PM  
Blogger squeezychortle said...

You can delete your comment by clicking on the little trash can that appears in posts you've made.

6:41 PM  

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