....Nick Coleman is my topic today. I had the misfortune of reading his column yesterday (somebody else paid to put a Red Star-Tribune in my driveway), and his points were apparently that it was horrible and shocking that supporters of President Bush might also take out advertisements supporting the war in Iraq.
Maybe I should have recommended that you sit down before reading that. My apologies for the shock. :^)
Even more fun than that, however, were the massive jumps in logic employed. Coleman paraphrased, but did not quote, the commercials, and then countered them with a paraphrase of the claims of a liberal activist group. There was, to put it mildly, enough "wiggle room" in interpretation to maneuver an oil tanker without a pilot. Gary Larsen's "and then a miracle occurs" scientists have nothing on this Air America host.
And what does this have to do with the Great Conversation? Well, it points out the limits; you cannot engage in such when the other person insists on being the filter through which all data is processed.
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