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  •  FYI, it's nigh-verboten to ever use Chamberlain (0+ / 0-)

    as a historical analogy.  No matter how well one thinks the analogy applies to a given situation, it's pretty much off limits.  

    You can thank Godwin for that.  He wrote his law to rightly call out the phenomenon of overuse of any analogies that have anything to do with WWII or the Third Reich in general.  But now people use his law as an essential ban on any use of such analogies whatsoever.

    So whenever you find yourself tempted to use such an analogy, do yourself a favor and use a different one, lest face ridicule.  Kerry hasn't leaned that lesson, and he paid the price.

    •  That bastard. Made it so damned hard for you (0+ / 0-)

      to pretend that every dictator is another Hitler.

      That's half your toolkit left out rusting in the rain, that is.

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:07:22 AM PDT

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