March 11th, 2014

Bounces off me and sticks to you

The title of this post comes from an obnoxious children’s rhyme we used to recite whenever someone called us a bad name and we wanted to deflect the charge more effectively than with “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” (hmmm, come to think of it, whatever happened to that classic response to bullying?). The alternative favorite was, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off me and sticks to you.”

A nice, all-purpose reply, with a song-song cadence that made it sound like teasing, too. It could be repeated ad nauseam till the taunter went away in frustration.

But I digress.

What made me think of this today was seeing, in a very quick scan of the memeorandum page, the following two items:

New York Times:
The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs — Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies. By far the largest voice in many of this year’s political races …

Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Republicans Keep Lying to Their Base, and It’s Preventing Them From Governing — Republicans like to promise things they can’t deliver, like huge tax cuts that pay for themselves or health reform plans that don’t disrupt the existing system. And that’s made life difficult for Democrats trying …

Democrats have remained passive in the face of vast amounts of corporate money? Republicans like to promise things they can’t deliver?

If you know anything about the sources of Democrat money (see also this), or about Democratic promises that don’t deliver (and who doesn’t, after Obama?), it is to laugh. Except that the Big Lie is never funny.

19 Responses to “Bounces off me and sticks to you”

  1. Don Carlos Says:

    TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES:

    “Editorial
    The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    Democrats can’t match the Koch brothers’ unlimited money, but they can use their political pulpits to fight for a few basic principles.”

    (Posted to supplement Neo’s citation from memeo.)

    Ahh sh*t. Next the Democrats will tell us that, compared to the Kochs, George Soros’ funds are severely limited, and we need to send $ to help li’l ol’ Soros out in his fight against oligarchs, just like he fought the Nazis etc etc etc..

    The NYT got one thing right though; the Dems fight for few basic principles, damn few. Matter of fact, I can’t think of even one.

  2. kaba Says:

    The Democrat strategy comes straight from Joseph Goebbels. “A lie, repeated often enough, becomes the truth.” The similarities don’t end there unfortunately.

  3. Ray Says:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” J. Goebbels.

  4. neo-neocon Says:

    Ray:

    You might want to read this post of mine, which goes into the history of what Hitler and Goebbels said about the Big Lie.

    Goebbels said a lot of other things that are extremely interesting, including this about the press:

    Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.

    We’ve got some virtuosi these days.

  5. artfldgr Says:

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” (hmmm, come to think of it, whatever happened to that classic response to bullying?).

    it was incompatible with feminists claiming that words are abuse and that husbands who say things that are not nice, whether truthful or not, are abusers.

    the concept was expanded to gender for homosexuals and onward for things like IQ, if your speaking about subsaharan africans.

    you can see it easily that women LIKE totalitarianism… as they fear the world more than men do, and wish to fix it, like it was their own space.

    i hear it in the news from the talking faces discussing how we cant use the term bossy.

    Sheryl Sandberg Launches ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign to Empower Girls to Lead
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/sheryl-sandberg-launches-ban-bossy-campaign-empower-girls/story?id=22819181

    you see.. women are just like men

    they are willing to subjecvt the population around them to mind control, and totalitarianism as they are afraid of words, afriad of men, afriad of competition, afraid of responsiblity, afraid of family, afraid of their own freaking shadows.

    Public / Private Voices
    Sticks and stones may break my bones: a personal geography of harrasment
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8330.00082/pdf

    its WOMEN who are the natural totalitarians…
    they are entitled to it, dont you know?

    want to go over all the other words we cant use or speak about now that women are in the drivers seat?

    you only have to list out the changes.
    men: free speech protected. especially the stuff thats not liked
    women: you cant say anything they dont approve of, and the list never stops growing as they never stop finding things they dont like (And never find stuff they do)

    men: one earner could support a family, so you had homes, familiies, leisure time, and low taxes
    women: bored, they entered the workforce in masse and depressed salaries to the point two earners are needed. when their mates could not earn like before, they kissed them off for the bbd of government… who as a husband of a harem, didnt have sex, gave them money, didnt care what they did, and would attack the old hubby… note that now the women are taking the higher paid jobs at the same time they have taxes raised to record levels so they can pay it

    men: people had few relationships and even fewer sexual ones, desease rates low, rape and abuse rates much lower, people at risk were accompanies for their safety..
    women: have lots of relationships and many sexual partrners they dont want, and who cause them to be bad mates later. desease rates are for the majority, child sex is a social good except when not, etc

    you can go on and on..
    and yet they still say its a mans world

    i guess we are not allowed to say its not..
    are we?

  6. kcom Says:

    Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.

    Think of the press as a great whore on which (a Democratic) government can play.

  7. Eric Says:

    http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/h/hitler-adolf/oss-papers/text/oss-profile-03-02.html

    “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

  8. Mike Says:

    Rule of Thumb aka Rock Solid Law of the Universe when it comes to Democrat Liberals criticizing anyone about anything at anytime ever: They are guilty of the thing to the max, and you aren’t.

    If a Dem says you are racist, the truth is that you are not racist and they are.

    If a Dem says you don’t care about “the poor” the truth is that you do care about the poor and they do not.

    If a Dem says their candidate is better qualified, the truth is that their candidate is a socialist “community organizer” who could not get a 7-11 Store through a weekend profitably let alone a country like the and your guy ran a State or fought in a war.

    Why we don’t simply point out these known facts to Liberals every time they do what they do is beyond me. If we were in the habit of doing that they might think twice before they peddle the stuff they peddle.

  9. Beverly Says:

    Mike: I agree.

    I never saw a punching bag win a fight.

  10. Beverly Says:

    Hey, gang: this is a FANTASTIC article on the Koch Brothers. Fascinating duo. They’re applying Hayek’s economic principles in the real world, and look what happens:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2012/12/05/inside-the-koch-empire-how-the-brothers-plan-to-reshape-america/

  11. Beverly Says:

    If it makes sense to them, the Kochs stay with the plan, no matter how burdensome or how long it takes. “We buy something not to milk it but to build it, to take its capabilities and add to them, and build new businesses,” Koch says.

  12. Ymarsakar Says:

    The Kochs must be doing things right then, if the Left has mobilized against them.

  13. Christopher Says:

    The Kochs are much more “centered” than I am, I can tell you. Were I one of them, Harry Reid would long since have been introduced to the business end of a baseball bat. How can that creature get away with slandering private citizens on the floor of the Senate? Is he protected by some arcane rule? If so, then the rule needs to be revoked.

  14. Tonawanda Says:

    Sort of OT:

    I see London, I see France
    I see [insert name here]‘s underpants!

    You just cannot beat the old classics even in the age of drooping trousers.

  15. Tonawanda Says:

    Super Cleanse:

    To properly center oneself for writing imbibe a large tumbler full of vodka and seltzer. Repeat until you are convinced someone might actually want to read what you write. Then write.

    Beware, however, that the vodka fumes sometimes waft off the prose.

    Also, beware that neo somehow manages very nicely despite being that rarity, a trustworthy teetotaler. This puts her in some weird category of writer literary historians have yet to completely understand.

  16. Ymarsakar Says:

    Only baka call other people baka.

  17. artfldgr Says:

    Kurt Chew-Een Lee dies at 88
    one of the Choisin Few…
    RIP… we will miss people like you… (Greatly)
    :(

  18. Eric Says:

    artfldgr,

    Indeed.

    Solders and Marines accomplished the impossible by breaking out of the Chinese trap at the Chosin Reservoir. Major Lee is one of the reasons.

    A textbook leader (literally) of combat Marines. A Marine’s Marine. Placed the mission and his men before himself in the most dire circumstances. Served in WW2, Korea, Vietnam. Set the standard, trained Marines in between wars.

    The 1st Chinese American Marines officer, led Marines who had never known a Chinese American against the Chinese in some of the fiercest combat of US military history. His leadership accomplished mission and saved lives.

  19. Eric Says:

    * Soldiers. (that’s like misspelling my name)

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