Friday, June 14, 2013

Stupid Shit Andrew Sullivan Repeats, Ctd.


Partisan Awfulness Edition.

Mr. Sullivan from today:

In Partisanship You Trust

JUN 14 2013 @ 10:35AM
Partisan Shifts
Seth Masket defends partisans against claims of flip-flopping in their opinions on NSA surveillance:
 In my view, it’s hard for poll respondents to evaluate NSA surveillance, or any powerful government tool, without considering who’s in charge of it. When people are asked what they think about the government having this power, they’re implicitly being asked what they think about President Obama having this power. Is it really hackish for people to be more comfortable with a governmental power if they know someone they more or less trust is going to be in charge of it? Is it hypocritical to think that police state tactics are necessary when someone who shares your values is deploying them but excessive when someone hostile to your values is deploying them? Democrats are basically saying, “Yes, this is potentially problematic, but we trust Obama to do it right,” and Republicans said the same thing about Bush.
It never really came to a vote, but when Batman developed the technology to use all of Gotham’s residents’ cell phones as a giant crime detection device, I’m sure residents as a whole would have preferred Lucius Fox running that device than, say, the Joker doing so, even if they saw the device itself as morally questionable.
For the love of Jesus H. Quinnipiac Christ, would even one of you sage, interpreters of the meaning behind the goat entrails to be found in this single graph please bother to go back and read what the rest of the fucking study actually said and what the historic context behind the two, very different questions that are being compared actually was.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

PRISM. Evil, broad sweeping data mining operation from a Bond movie?
Or scheduling software for military bureaucratic drudge work....
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/06/some-questions-and-about-edward-snowden

n1ck said...

But Anonymous, you're missing Saint Glenneth Greenwaldus' point!

DEMOCRATS ARE HYPOCRITES!

LIBRUUULS ARE JUST AS BAD AS REPUBLICANS!!!

WHERE'S MY BOTH SIDES DO IT CHECK!?!?

Anonymous said...

I'm actually starting to think that Glen Greenwald is trying to position himself to be the "liberal" counterpart to the next David Brooks.

Mike.K.