Sunday, January 30, 2005

Wear blue marker 

One of Andrew Sullivan's readers suggests that we all wear blue ink on our index fingers as a sign of solidarity with Iraq's voters. Done. I'd put up a photo, but my camera battery is drained.

Of course, the womenfolk could just paint a single nail blue and send the same message and be stylin' all at the same time.

Via Instapundit.


By Blogger Jehane, at Sun Jan 30, 02:51:00 PM:

I have a few suggestions of Sully's readers...

Unfortunately they're not printable.

Here's one:

Hey... here's a really radical idea for Sully's readers...

Why don't they quit their bitching and get behind the administration and the US military that made today's vote possible?.

Now there's a concept.  

By Blogger Jehane, at Sun Jan 30, 02:53:00 PM:

Someday I'll learn how to type. Or I'll get better reading glasses.

"for Sully's readers..."  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sun Jan 30, 03:18:00 PM:

I'm not so down on Sullivan as many other bloggers, left and right. He catches an enormous amount of grief from both left and right, some of which is a function of sloppy reasoning and some of which is the feeling on both sides that he has somehow betrayed them. As a result, his readers are more diverse in their political views than those of most other bloggers. He counts among his readers die-hard hawks and full-blown anti-American peaceniks.

True, I get tired of the persistent focus on gay rights, but I do not blame him for blogging about what interests him. I blog about what interests me, after all. I also think that he goes wobbly from time to time, but some of that derives from his willingness to challenge his own thinking, which few bloggers do as a matter of course.

Anyway, I think the blue ink idea is a good one, and I'm running with it!  

By Blogger Sluggo, at Sun Jan 30, 07:43:00 PM:

Purple. It's the new orange.  

By Blogger Jehane, at Sun Jan 30, 08:23:00 PM:

Jack, what you see as "willingness to challenge his own thinking", I see as blowing in the wind, or lack of principles.

I suppose it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.

There are things that matter, fundamentally. On those things, one should not be re-thinking every time one reads a news story that makes one feel a bit twitterpated. One either has some moral, ethical, or philosophical basis of thought, or one doesn't.

The facts on the ground may change somewhat from day to day, but they rarely change so drastically so as to cause one to completely rethink one's position (as Sullivan has on several occasions).

And his "thinking" has been suspiciously devoid of logic on several occasions. The one argument for not supporting the war that makes sense to me is that it's not "worth" it - that one's hard to argue with, as I can't fight your subjective value system.

But Sully has never made that argument. He admits it's "worth it" but backs a candidate who won't throw himself whole-heartedly into the fight. Who disses our allies. What a half-assed cop-out. And I'm sorry, I known too many people who have died over there, so I won't forgive him his lack of principles. I've gone to too many damned funerals. Either he believes in this, or he doesn't.

Pick a side, and stick with it. Or admit you're not really on either side.

But quit being a WOT dick-tease.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jan 30, 08:44:00 PM:

"But quit being a WOT dick-tease."

Fantastic line, Cassandra.

Rob A.

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sun Jan 30, 09:00:00 PM:

Er, so I guess you're not going to wear the blue ink...:)  

By Blogger Jehane, at Mon Jan 31, 03:03:00 PM:

Thanks Rob :)

I guess now I feel a bit better about having been so crabby and foul-mouthed. Sorry.

Every now and then something just rubs me the wrong way and I lose it. At any rate, the urge to pile onto on Jack's earlier comment that he wasn't "down on Sully" was driving me utterly bananas...

Oops. There I go again... :D  

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