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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Those damned dinosaurs

What's Mallard raving about today?

Liberals, dinosaurs.

I seriously don't understand the point of today's panel. I mean, don't get me wrong, I understand that I'm being told liberals are bad and overly sensitive. What I don't understand is how the dinosaur metaphor is supposed to provide illuminating commentary on the modern liberal.

To deconstruct this a bit, we know dinosaurs had brains the size of a pea as a matter of scientific fact, so objecting to it on "speciesism" terms is utter nonsense. By extension, that would mean Mallard is telling us that the modern equivalent, rejecting racially-coded statements for example, is also a rejection of scientific fact and therefore nonsense. So, to pick one modern example, Mallard wants to say that objecting to Bill Bennet's claim that aborting all black babies would reduce the crime rate is nonsense because black people have criminal tendencies as a matter of scientific fact.

That can't possibly be what he's saying, but I'm at a loss for another explanation.


Anonymous said...

Your explanations make so much more sense than the actual words that Mallard is saying.

R said...

Also, if those dinos are around at the right time, who the hell is telling them they have pea brains? Time travellers?

Anonymous said...

I think it's "code" saying that liberals are stupid and extinct (ie, obsolete). And that the liberals don't get it (they think it's just "speciesism").