Tragedy Generates Stupidity

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  1. CTrees says:

    On the current editting going on, of comments on former, half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's FB page. Very interesting.

  2. Scott Jacobs says:

    Similar fun stuff over at DailyKos…

    Oh. I'm sorry. Was this the "Rail on Righties" thread? Sorry, my bad.

  3. Ken says:

    Oh. I’m sorry. Was this the “Rail on Righties” thread? Sorry, my bad.

    Except for the fact that both of the Congressmen railed upon in the thread are Democrats, yes, totally.

  4. Patrick says:

    I thought David Frum was a RINO.

  5. Paul says:

    With regard to the "surveyor's symbols", I'd ask you to take a look at the US Geological Survey's site ( about halfway down in the right column is the Control Data and Monuments section. The first item of which is the symbol to use on a map to mark a principal point — that being a circle with horizontal and vertical lines through it. Whether the Palin site new it at the start or not might be open for debate, but the symbol they used is appropriate to mark a point on a map and is a surveyor's symbol.

  6. Ken says:

    And yet she, herself, referred to it as a bullseye. And never offered this "surveyor's symbol" explanation until now, though it was criticized before.

    Don't get me wrong. There's not a hint that this had anything to do with what a lunatic did on Saturday. It's just an ignominious reaction.

  7. SPQR says:

    Tim Blair says printers' crop marks.

    Its all pretty ridiculous. Americans have been using firearm terminology for rhetorical purposes for centuries. We say someone "goes off half-cocked" … etc.

    And Shakespeare gave us "hoist by his own petard" when a petard was a bomb used to attack siege works.

  8. CTrees says:

    On the "surveyor's marks," well, first there's the fact that Palin's own words indicated otherwise, and second, there's the suddenly defunct website itself. Some screenshots here: Notice the circled item from the upcoming events section? Definitely adds more weight to the firearms metaphor side…