11 thoughts on “Tuesday, June 6, 2023

  1. Roger, pigs don’t sweat and for that reason are the most likely of farmed animals to die in a heat wave. It’s also why, like bigots, they wallow in the mud.

    1. It never fails to amaze how many people think that bigots, like Ford’s Model T, only come in one color.

    2. It seems that anonymous posters engaging in personal attacks are the ones with mud on their hands. Seriously, online harassment from any direction needs to stop.

  2. Somehow this reminds me of that “never wrestle with a pig” adage 🙂

  3. So much ado about four facts:

    1. Pigs don’t sweat.
    2. Pigs are more likely than other farmed animals to die in heat waves.
    3. Pigs wallow in mud.
    4. Bigots wallow in mud.

    Where’s the personal attack?

    As for anonymity, either blanket ban it on OTP or stop selectively complaining about it. “Anonymity is fine as long as long as anonymous posters don’t ruffle my feathers.” But to point this out is to move from pigs to chickens, and that’s another set of facts entirely.

  4. A common technique, by the way, akin to the so-called Linda Ronstadt fastball that “blew by you.” Present a string of facts with one or more embedded falsehoods or mere opinions, knowing that most readers will absent-mindedly interpret them all as true.

  5. A for effort, Dougles E.! But the rhetorical technique you grope after is not the awkwardly named “Linda Ronstadt,” but rather apophasis, defined as “the raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it.” The aptness of the apophasis in fact #4–“Bigots wallow in mud”–being more than proved by all the fuss, yours included.

    It often takes one to admire one, so I might also note here that Roger quite excels at apophasis. Or do you think it sheer coincidence that of all the words in “The Devil’s Dictionary” he settles on bigot and conservative?

    1. Thank you for introducing me to a new word. After posting the comment I felt that I’d somehow missed the mark, but I couldn’t resist trotting out one of the best groaners in baseball announcing. But this is all irrelevant to the main point: extreme selectivity in calling out bigotry. I think I got that one right a few months back.

  6. Bigotry is mud on a hot day. Type the word and watch all the pigs trotting out to wallow in it. Extreme self-selection, you might say.

    Maybe we can move on to chickens now?

  7. I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. As for chickens, it’s your move.

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