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  •  I can see, sometimes, why (3+ / 0-)
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    people get irritated with Chomsky.

    Of course, he was asked a question off the cuff, but his answer makes me ask myself if he's even watched Night of the Living Dead.

    Monster literature, though rarely respected, is a good mirror for a culture's fears. But those fears are rarely as simplistic and consistent as Chomsky's explanation.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:00:38 AM PST

    •  It was an off the cuff response (4+ / 0-)
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      to an off the cuff question. You can't criticize him for that, especially someone known for giving excruciatingly detailed and well-supported arguments on topics he's actually had a chance to think about much. It's sort of like criticizing Michael Jordan for missing a throw into a garbage pail from a moving car.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:32:08 AM PST

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      •  Well, yeah, I said so. (0+ / 0-)

        But while I can't blame him for his answer, I can point out where he's wrong. B/c Chomsky, through no fault of his own, is one of those guys whose name gets thrown around in a this-guy-is-always-right kind of way.

        I should come up with a name for that. Other than E.F. Hutton guys. I couldn't bring myself to name Chomsky after a Wall St brokerage firm's advertisement.

        I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 11:53:01 AM PST

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        •  Lots of people hate Greenwald (0+ / 0-)

          because they think he's treated that way too. I like and respect the guy myself (Chomsky too), even if I don't always agree with him and think he's also got a bit of an attitude sometimes. But I value content over style.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 05:01:54 PM PST

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          •  Oh, I respect Chomsky even if I don't (0+ / 0-)

            always agree with him. It's not his fault people invest that kind of authority in him.

            I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 06:01:53 PM PST

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