January 13, 2013

The Assault Spatula

“Politics and the English language.” Orwell was trying to teach us how to identify and avoid the rhetorical trappings of would-be tyrants. The New Left? Considers it an instruction manual.

(h/t Guido)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:21pm
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  1. “The New Left?’

    And some who consider themselves to be of the right.

  2. Is it the high capacity teflon than makes it an assault spatula?

  3. I have assault tongs.

  4. People have to be hit from all angles with the truth before they will admit to it. This video is a good strike for truth.

  5. I have one little quibble, though the overall point stands…I’m pretty sure the term “weapons of mass destruction” predated WBush, and is generally understood to mean nuclear or biological/chemical weapons.

    Also, the term with common usage from the gun grabbers isn’t “war weapons”, but “military weapons”, which can skew the analysis of the emotion impact in the phrase.

    The guy is playing the right music, but the lyrics are a little clumsy. More noticeable, because he’s talking about lyrics.

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  7. leigh, I misread that as “I have assault thongs” and got a little excited.

    But, as someone who’s been in the gun blogging world for a while and who has been arguing with the anti’s head to head, I can tell you right now that they are masters at relabeling items.

    For example – The original magazine that came with the AR15 was… 30 rounds. That’s a standard capacity magazine. Instead, they’ve relabeled it as “high capacity”.

    A Glock 19, one of the most common handguns, has a standard capacity of 17 rounds.

    I’ve taken to saying they want to implement “reduced capacity” magazines in an attempt to play the same game. But the gun banners have always relied on emotion, slight of verbal hand, and right out lying. The thing is, they can snooker people who, like the crowd watching the King parade naked down the street, will be too embarrassed to admit they were seeing the royal schlong sway in the breeze and will defend themselves that they could see the robe just fine.

  8. I knew one of youse would say that, Robb.

  9. I’ve taken to saying they want to implement “reduced capacity” magazines in an attempt to play the same game.

    Doesn’t really work though, does it? And for the reasons you’ve identified Robb.

  10. I have one little quibble, though the overall point stands…I’m pretty sure the term “weapons of mass destruction” predated WBush, and is generally understood to mean nuclear or biological/chemical weapons.

    These days, yes, but the term has been in use for years and has described several different things. It definitely predates the Dubya administration. This guy is definitely on the right track, and I wish he hadn’t made that blunder.

  11. I’ve taken to saying they want to implement “reduced capacity” magazines in an attempt to play the same game. But the gun banners have always relied on emotion, slight of verbal hand, and right out lying.

    Right. For instance, they just want to ban assault rifles and those awful magazines! They’d never think about taking low capacity personal defense weapons! Don’t be silly!

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

  12. “Ernst Schreiber says January 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Is it the high capacity teflon than makes it an assault spatula?”

    I know a stealth-carry cop-killer spatula when I see one.

  13. But the gun banners have always relied on emotion, slight of verbal hand, and right out lying. The thing is, they can snooker people who, like the crowd watching the King parade naked down the street, will be too embarrassed to admit they were seeing the royal schlong sway in the breeze and will defend themselves that they could see the robe just fine.

    I have taken to using that tack in arguments, when some pinhead starts talking about properly educating gun owners when in actuality it is the non gun owners that are dumber than a sack of hammers about anything and everything gun related. These are the people need a damn education.

  14. assault spatulas can reawaken the spark in your relationship is my understanding

  15. I have actually seen an assault spatula in use, because the assault wooden spoon wasn’t ready to hand.

    “Seen” may not be the right word.

  16. Never personally seen an assault spatula, but for memorably certain that was an assault cast iron skillet flying by my head that one time.

  17. What? Your mother didn’t use the assualt with anything handy technique that mine used?

  18. LBascom wrote: Also, the term with common usage from the gun grabbers isn’t “war weapons”, but “military weapons”, which can skew the analysis of the emotion impact in the phrase.

    In the past few weeks, I’ve heard the term ‘weapons of war’ used by the Leftists. I think they’re trying it out.

  19. i think the only thing missing here is commentary on how many times labels are contradictory to their cited goal.

    Think about the “affordable” in the ACA, and you get the picture.

  20. I remember way back when I worked at McDonald’s, the management decided to rename “small fries” to “regular fries”. This is pretty much the same kind of thing.

    You’re not getting any more french fries; you’re just getting a different name on the same portion.

  21. Thanks, Slart. You’ve just jogged loose a new counterargument for me to use when I’m toying with my hippie acquaintances.

    “You do realize, don’t you, that ‘assault weapon’ is every bit as ridiculous to my ears as ‘freedom fries’ was to yours, right?”

  22. It’s not an assault rifle, it’s a reasonable and responsible compromise between hunting and personal-defense rifle!

  23. Uh, my mom always used an assault fly swatter….

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