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    “Shorter” Tweet of the Day

    “Shorter” Tweet of the Day

    You know the trick, Obama’s an expert at it.  Create a straw man argument by presenting extreme choices, in order to make one of the choices seem like the only reasonable choice.  It’s also called being a “shorter,” in internet parlance.

    Nicholas Kristof of The NY Times is a shorter today by Tweeting (h/t @LachlanMarkay) a suggestion that Republicans want cutbacks so severe that there would be no police to protect citizens from some wild animals which were let loose in Ohio:

    All or nothing.  All or nothing.


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    If I understand the twit’s tweet, he thinks that the police are trained to do this sort of thing. Silly me. I thought that they were trained to investigate crime and arrest criminals. “Crime prevention” is more like community outreach, like telling citizens to lock their doors and don’t leave your keys in your car.
    A few years ago, in Baltimore County, Maryland [the home of the former free and now enslaved], a herd of buffalo escaped from the owners farm and invaded a gated community’s swimming pool 5 miles away. The Police were called and could not do anything because they were not trained to combat that sort of “crime”. The local zoo people and maybe some veterinarians were called in and the buffalo were “captured. I think they were sentenced to a butcher who made buffalo burgers out of them.

    profshadow | October 20, 2011 at 6:14 am

    As many have said in so many words … Big Boom Stick vs Tiger results in smoking Boom Stick and dead Tiger.

    Sure, it is a shame that the tiger had to be put down. But much better to put the tiger down than many other consequences.

    Of course, with the right garage and a chunk of raw meat I’m thinking trapped tiger. (that way madness lies…)

    teapartydoc | October 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

    This tweet implies that Kristoff would consider himself helpless in the same situation and he ignorantly assumes others would be so, as well.

    Midwest Rhino (not RINO) | October 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Imagine we keep spending so much, and Bernanke prints so much money that we have a dollar collapse. This leads to another global meltdown, and perhaps a great depression and much unrest. How peaceful does angry Joe Biden think that world would be?

    Or imagine that Kristof gets his Marxist government (or whatever) and the unicorns don’t show up, and we instead get Russia style mafia government (or Chicago style if you like).

    btw, it’s not the tiger you see that is the problem, its the one the kid in the street does not see. Boehner could stay in the car, but if he was licensed to carry, he could get his gun and eliminate the threat to human life. Tranquilizers take many minutes to work (even if they were available in proper dose for the particular animal). One actually was “tranq’ed”, but still had to be shot as it attacked the vet.

    As they say, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away, and an armed society is a polite one.

    In the 1960’s case of the Texas sniper, Charles Whitman, the local police did not have a swat team, they asked and relied on citizens in the area to grab their hunting rifles and provide cover. One citizen was deputized to go in and help capture Whitman. There was a time it was expected that citizens could be first responders.

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