Jan 9, 201308:21 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Reject the Capitol protester puppets
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What time is it, boys and girls? No, it’s not Howdy Doody time. (All of my cultural references are at least 30 years old.) Hint: It’s been a couple of weeks since the last one. That’s right, time for a rally of the great unwashed at the State Street entrance to Wisconsin’s Capitol.
Progressive Dane types are promoting this one for Thursday (I won’t give the time):
RALLY TO REJECT THIS PUPPET LEGISLATURE! They have no authority to govern Wisconsin. They answer only to their bosses at WMC – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. ... Reject their anti-worker, anti-child, anti-environment agenda. Demand their resignations.
Like that was ever going to happen. Have fun, kids. And Buffalo Bob says stay away from the brown acid.
In the taxonomy of liberal shibboleths, the indispensable James Taranto has pinned to the specimen board something called The Butterfield Fallacy. It is named after the New York Times reporter who wrote in 1997, “for five straight years, crime has been falling, led by a drop in murder. So why is the number of inmates in prisons and jails around the nation still going up?”
We had this debate on the Dane County Board. At the state level, it was waged by the Wisconsin State Journal in an exhaustive (and exhausting) series of articles against Gov. Jim E. Doyle, of all people.
Our answer to the Butterfields of the world: BECAUSE THE BAD GUYS ARE BEHIND BARS! That’s why crime is decreasing, you numbskull!
The Butterfield Fallacy is at work in a piece in last Sunday’s New York Times (always a reliable source of magical thinking) wherein science reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal posits that a) because Guatemala has a high rate of homicide and b) because the use of armed security guards is widespread, ergo propter hoc, “More guns = more killing,” as the headline summarizes.