Monday, February 13, 2006

How to Know You're Losing Your Grip on Reality

When I was practicing law, one of the most horrifying cases I handled was one where a young man was painting duct work on the ceiling of an auditorium. The scaffolding collapsed beneath him, and he grabbed onto the duct as the scaffold formed a pile of jagged pipes and boards. His cries for help went unheard. After a while - nobody knows how long - his grip failed, and he fell into paralysis.

Intellectual paralysis is not so dramatic. It happens gradually.

If you think that the Cheney hunting accident has any serious political importance - from either a liberal or conservative perspective - you need to work on wiggling your toes, before it's too late.

4 Comments:

Anonymous panos said...

Whether it is of any political importance, duh, it makes him look bad. :)

2/14/2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger antimedia said...

Well, if you're a member of the media, it's apparently the biggest story of the year so far. Both Cheney and his friend screwed up, as anyone who has ever been bird hunting can tell you, but geez, it's not the of western civilization.

Don Surber actually wrote a post about it titled "Cheney's Chappaquiddick"!

2/15/2006 12:35 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anti-M -

And if you're a member of the right wing, every hunter gets shot in the face, it's not big deal, and hunters have no responsibility for where their guns are aiming when they pull the trigger.

And, once again, the story is made interesting not because of its substance, but because of they way they have tried to control the flow of information.

2/15/2006 6:26 AM  
Blogger Brian Stayton said...

What if the guy dies? A charge of negligent homocide against the sitting Vice President is very important, politically, personally, etc. If he survives, it's only an accident that he tried to cover up (probably to sober up). But if he dies, it's much bigger than Chappaquidik (sp.?).

2/15/2006 7:11 AM  

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