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Friday, September 30, 2005

Great. Just when I finally thought of a good, non-sexual caption for that Cindy Sheehan arrest photo, this William Bennet thing seems to actually be getting some traction. Dragging this thing out dosen't sound to me like something that would be very productive for the Left. Bennet seems to really unduly get under their skin - To get this radio show host who's unlikely to ever run for office in the future, they're apparently willing to call attention to the reason why abortion was legalized to begin with, and remind everyone of their paranoid tendencies and difficulties with basic comprehension.

(Insert caveat calling Bennet hypocritical for saying that Judeo-Christian morality is a good thing even though he gambles, which is such an immoral act that God was too embarassed to even include anything in the Bible against it. Archconservative firebrand distanced; Independent Moderate Status secured.)

Make a reductio ad absurdum arguement, and it WILL be misconstrued (one of the sites that came up when I googled the term even defines reductio ad absurdum as a form of the slippery slope fallacy (scroll down for the fallacious use of the slippery slope)). You then really ought to clarify and defend your statements, unless you are Vox Day and sexually get off on being misconstrued. You probably shouldn't attempt such an argument if you're ever planning on running for office, but if even mere radio show hosts are afraid to do so, absurd premises will continue to go unchallanged and be accepted as a basis of public policy.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I can't believe I'm posting one of these quiz things again. I'm working on a little something to take care of whatever women on Earth don't hate me yet, I've only got about sixteen theses finished so far, and I really ought to have nintey-nine if I want this thing to resonate.

You scored 69 Wisdom, 74 Tactics, 40 Guts, and 50 Ruthlessness!
You're most simillar to Scipio in the fact that you're smart and ruthless. Scipio beat Hannibal by luring him back from Western Europe (where he was crushing legion after legion of Roman soldiers trying to gain support from local tribes) by laying seige to his home country of Carthage. Hannibal returned to defend his home and was defeated at the Battle of Zama. Ruthless, but it worked.

Scipio was the conqueror of Hannibal in the Punic Wars. He was the son of Publius Cornelius Scipio, and from a very early age he considered himself to have divine inspiration. He was with his father at the Ticino (218), and he survived Cannae (216). The young Scipio was elected (c.211) to the proconsulship in Spain. He conquered New Carthage (Cartagena) almost at once (209) and used the city as his own base; within several years he had conquered Spain. As consul in 205, Scipio wanted to invade Africa, but his jealous enemies in the senate granted him permission to go only as far as Sicily and gave him no army. He trained a volunteer army in Sicily. In 204 he received permission to go to Africa, where he joined his allies the Numidians and fought with success against the Carthaginians. In 202, Hannibal crossed to Africa and tried to make peace, but Scipio's demands were so extreme that war resulted; Scipio defeated Hannibal at Zama (202), returned home in triumph, and retired from public life. He was named Africanus after the country he conquered. His pride aggravated the hatred of his enemies, especially Cato the Elder , who accused the Scipio family of receiving bribes in the campaign against Antiochus III in which Scipio had accompanied (190) his brother. It was only through the influence of his son-in-law, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, that Scipio was saved from ruin. He retired into the country and ordered that his body might not be buried in his ungrateful city. Later he revealed his great magnanimity by his attempt to prevent the ruin of the exiled Hannibal by Rome.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 75% on Wisdom

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You scored higher than 71% on Tactics

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You scored higher than 7% on Guts

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You scored higher than 51% on Ruthlessness
Link: The Which Historic General Are You Test written by dasnyds on Ok Cupid

Monday, September 05, 2005

This guy gives Lileks a run for his money once he really gets rolling, although I think it would be better to say (like Dr. Thomas Sowel) that people subscribe to different visions (Constrained or Tragic, and Unconstrained) than that they belong to different tribes (grey and pink).

Via Ghost of a Flea, who concurs with our Lord's accusers that His teachings invalidate previously revealed scripture.

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