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Can the leopard change it spots?

Apparently not.

I've never had much respect for Markos "Screw them" Moulitsas, of "Daily Kos" fame. Between the infamous "screw them" response to American contractors killed, burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. Then, last year, a bunch of Kos Kiddies tried like hell to rig the 2004 Weblog Awards, with Kos' silent assent. Then there was his vow to destroy the Democratic Leadership Council, mercifully aborted by that great blessing, Hurricane Katrina.

I always hope they'll outgrow this stage, but apparently they haven't yet. Now we have word that they've now found a new system to "game."

A while ago, Yahoo! News featured a story on Bush being rated "the worst president ever" by some dumbass study or another. Strictly a one-day story, if you were desperate for news.

But the Kos Kiddies apparently liked seeing it on the list of "most e-mailed stories," so they started working to keep it there. And keep it there for days on end.

I guess, in the Kosiverse, truth takes a subordinate role to The Truth. Everything is subsumed to The Message, including scruples and ethics. The ends justify any means. "Cheating" is defined as anything that hurts the Cause, and "acceptable" is anything that promotes it.

I'm glad I don't live in the Kosiverse. And, god willing, I never will.


Comments (10)

Isn't there a verb called "... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Isn't there a verb called "Freep?"

That's why liberals are mor... (Below threshold)
merc:

That's why liberals are more supportive of Islamofascists than they are of US military anti-terrorist action.

Islam doesn't condemn murder, theft, rape, etc. - as long as it's done to support Islam. If it's done in the name of Islam, it's a good thing. If it's done against Islam, it's a bad thing.

Philosophically - liberals and Islamofascists are the same. It's about power - not freedom.

Isn't there a verb calle... (Below threshold)

Isn't there a verb called "Freep?"

I've heard of "Freeper" as someone who haunts FreeRepublic.com -- doesn't necessarily imply a verb, though, unless the nickname of a BMW implies that their cars "beam."

Actually, go to FreeRepubli... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Actually, go to FreeRepublic.

They use the phrase "Freep this poll" anytime they want their views made, statistically. It's used all the time now.

Why are you so shocked that... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Why are you so shocked that the loony left has to repeata lie so often until it seems to be true even if it is all just phony manipulation?

It's the only way they know how to deliver their message.

"The ends justify any means... (Below threshold)
Truth Hurts Both Sides:

"The ends justify any means. "Cheating" is defined as anything that hurts the Cause, and "acceptable" is anything that promotes it."
Hmm, the words torture, Tom DeLay, and Duke Cunningham come to mind, but enough of that nonsense.

Jp2- you're quite correct. Whining about Kos doesn't change the fact that Freeping was invented by the administration apologists.

Oh and Merc,
"Philosophically - liberals and Islamofascists are the same. It's about power - not freedom."

That's funny, unless I'm wrong that's pretty slanderous to compare 48% of your country to the Terror Team, I might as well say conservatives, love business and power just like fascists did, hence the state of the Majority Party in Power right now, So Republicans worship Il Duce and his Fascist Brethern the Nazis. You see, it's not nice nor is it true, but I'm sure our tolerance has probably crushed your dreams and some liberal got a job over you ruining your life and causing you to link us to terrorists. Thanks bud.

It's more pathetic than any... (Below threshold)
shark:

It's more pathetic than anything else...some of those pasty geeks never see the outside anymore

"That's funny, unless I'm w... (Below threshold)
merc:

"That's funny, unless I'm wrong that's pretty slanderous to compare 48% of your country to the Terror Team..." - THBS

I didn't know 48% of the country was liberal. Thanks for the heads up.

"...I might as well say conservatives, love business and power just like fascists did, hence the state of the Majority Party in Power right now, So Republicans worship Il Duce and his Fascist Brethern the Nazis." - THBS

You could. But you wouldn't have the behavioral base as a foundation that I do when making my comparison. And fascists don't love 'business' - they love power. Conservatives love free enterprise.

Also, the Nazis have more in common, philosophically, with Communists and 'liberals' than they do with 'conservatives.' But that's, of course, a whole other topic of conversation.

"You see, it's not nice nor is it true, but I'm sure our tolerance has probably crushed your dreams and some liberal got a job over you ruining your life and causing you to link us to terrorists. Thanks bud." - THBS

Who cares if it's nice or not? As far as 'truth' goes, you can choose to deny or accept it as you wish. It matters not to me.

And insofar as your attempt to turn the conversation towards personal attacks, (Honestly, do you all stoop to this stuff? It's getting rather predictable.) the state of my career and life are both dandy. Not that there's a real way for me to prove it - which is, of course, the point of you attacking it in the first place.

The fact remains that American liberal political ideology has no sound philosophical base for its positions - hence, little incentive for a majority to vote liberal ideology into power.

While the Republican party generally sucks at keeping the central tenets of conservative political thought in practice (low taxes, low spending, strong military, pro-individual liberty, etc.), it's better than the Democratic alternative.

They use the phrase "Fre... (Below threshold)

They use the phrase "Freep this poll" anytime they want their views made, statistically. It's used all the time now.

Ah. I stand corrected. But then, I don't haunt FreeRepublic.com -- sites like that just never "did it" for me.

Freeping was invented by... (Below threshold)

Freeping was invented by the administration apologists.

Based on jp2's reply, I believe "freeping" is merely a new word applied to an age-old (in Internet terms) tactic. So which administration's apologists were inventing that tactic back in the 1990s, hmmmm?




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