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  •  It seems counterproductive (1+ / 0-)
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    sviscusi

    The general overtone of diaries like this, if we consider it an attempt to sway an opinion, is one that seeks to shame the reader who doesn't already agree.  At the same time, it seeks to impart a sort of higher moral understanding on the part of the person who agrees.  

    The idea is to attempt to shame the reader into agreeing.  The way this is done is to paint anyone who does not align precisely with the author's opinion as being the same as those neocons.  

    I met this guy one time.  He happened to know that we were vegetarians.  He had an opinion about vegetarians.  He didn't like them.  He was not a real stable guy.  

    He told me, "YOu know who else was a vegetarian?  Hitler"

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 10:07:04 AM PDT

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    •  It Seems Counterproductive to You (3+ / 0-)
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      costello7, quagmiremonkey, aliasalias

      Actually, pointing out that many of the same cockroaches who took us into Iraq are coming out of the cracks to gin up eager support for this war, is very useful.  It is very useful to remind ourselves of their ultimate aims.  I would just suggest a link to the articles and white paper's they've written so people have actual ammunition to hurl when the press drags them out to make "interesting" points.

      Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

      by tikkun on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 11:14:16 AM PDT

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    •  You can tell a man who boozes (0+ / 0-)

      by the company he chooses
      And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

      Sometimes guilt by association is valid.

      "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

      by costello7 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 11:46:20 AM PDT

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