June 23, 2004

Quote of the Day

It is quite remarkable that the American state, with its unelected president, venal Supreme Court, silent Congress, gutted Bill of Rights and compliant media represents the crushing of internal dissent in order to propagate the resurgence of White Supremacist ideologies. It appears that the appropriation of Arab resources leads our attention to this calamity brought to us by a horrific onslaught, known as Shock and Awe. So far, the 15-minute speech delivered Monday night by President Bush brings about the police state which has come to pass. Nevertheless, the apparent demise of "anti-Americanism" as a respectable means of stifling recognition of American imperialism represents the repudiation of international law in order to bring about an oil war masquerading as an endless crusade against "terrorism."
- Mark Nugent's automated Leftist Cant Generator, aka the original Chomskybot.

If anyone knows of an automated Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, or Rush bot let me know.

(Hat tip: Roger L. Simon's comments section.)

Posted by Michael J. Totten at June 23, 2004 11:22 PM

If anyone knows of an automated Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, or Rush bot let me know.

I thought those were all out-of-control evil robots already.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at June 23, 2004 11:30 PM

I don't agree with Coulter, Savage, and Rush all of the time. Coulter and Savage particularly can be very crude, and often incorrect on specific topics. But more often than not, through their crudeness, they speak to an underlying truth.

On the other hand, the problem with people like Chomsky and Moore is that they are literally on the wrong side of history.

Posted by: freeguy at June 24, 2004 12:58 AM


I know it's not cool to judge a book by its cover. But I am going to do it anyway since I've heard both Coulter and Savage plenty of times. Coulter's latest book is called "Treason." Savage's is called "The Enemy Within." They are both carrying the torch for Joseph McCarthy, and Ann Coulter does so with a great deal of enthusiasm.

They may be anti-terrorist and pro-American, but that in and of itself doesn't put them on the right side of history. It really does take more than that as the memory and historical place of Joseph McCarthy demonstrates.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 24, 2004 01:32 AM


I agree that Coulter, and especially Savage, are over the top sometimes. And I sense that both of them are a bit too cozy with the "personal morality lobby" for my taste.

I think it is always good to expose anti-Americanism, be it communist, Islamo-fascist, or Falwell-fascist, and then let the American people judge if for themselves. Of course, in no way do I endorse McCarthy's tactics.

I absolutely believe that most Democrats love America and what it stands for as much as most Republicans. But what I find disturbing, is that anti-Americanism in this country today exists almost exclusively among people on the Left.

I am old enough to remember the waning days of the Vietnam War, and my theory is that something very bad happened to the soul of Democratic Party in the 1960s and 70s. And I doubt the Democrats will get over Vietnam Syndrome until the Vietnam generation passes.

Posted by: freeguy at June 24, 2004 01:57 AM

An example of the oldest and best 'bot on the net. Maybe you remember this complaint generator, made famous on Daily Pundit? Plug in Michael and here goes:

I am going to make this short but sweet: The real question here is not, "What in perdition does Michael think he's doing?". The real question is rather, "Whatever happened to community standards?" After days of agonized pondering and reflection, I finally came to the conclusion that when Michael hears anyone say that his antics are the direct result of a policy of abandonment and neglect, his answer is to force onto us the degradation and ignominy that he is known to revel in. That's similar to taking a few drunken swings at a beehive: it just makes me want even more to speak out against behavior and speech that is intended to arouse inter-ethnic suspicion. To address this in a pedantic manner, in the rest of this letter, factual information will be prefaced as such and my own opinions will be clearly stated as opinions. For instance, it is a fact that to say that the rest of us are an inferior group of people, fit only to be enslaved, beaten, and butchered at the whim of our betters is insipid nonsense and untrue to boot. I have a soft spot for grotty nymphomaniacs: a bog not too far from here. Michael offers two reasons as to why everyone and everything discriminates against him -- including the writing on the bathroom stalls. He argues that (1) mediocrity and normalcy are ideal virtues, and (2) he is beyond reproach. These arguments are invalid for the following reasons: First, the little I've written so far already buttresses the assertion that it is easy to see from the foregoing that he has had it easy all his life. I, hardheaded cynic that I am, challenge him to move from his broad derogatory generalizations to specific instances to prove otherwise. My goal for this letter was to ratchet up our level of understanding. Know that I have done my best while trying always to stop defending the blasphemous status quo and, instead, implement a bold, new agenda for change. Let an honest history judge.

Posted by: debbie at June 24, 2004 04:57 AM

Try rrobot.

Posted by: Oberon at June 24, 2004 07:09 AM

Debbie, that's great!

Posted by: chuck at June 24, 2004 07:09 AM

"If anyone knows of an automated Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, or Rush bot let me know."

Here you go:

"I am a big racist gun toting moron, i hate arabs and what to put them in camps, yah jeebus, i am stoopid and greedy, I want my precious guns and support the constitution created by dead white guys with slaves, I won't give you a dime of my money even to poor people, the free market is god, welfare is evil and i do whatever freerepublic and ayn rand tell me to do, duh duh I look like a monkey."

Posted by: i hate right-wingers at June 24, 2004 11:40 AM

Wow, six duplicate posts. I think that's a record.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at June 24, 2004 12:27 PM

Wow, six duplicate posts. I think that's a record.

Okay, someone (MJT?) removed five of the duplicates, so that doesn't make sense anymore.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at June 24, 2004 02:35 PM

Yes, I removed them. Sorry for forgetting to mention it and making you look like a babbler.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 24, 2004 03:17 PM

That's okay, I kind of look that way a lot of the time anyway.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at June 24, 2004 03:39 PM
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