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    Since my first diary went down in flames, I've decided to try again with another similar piece of crap thought. I'll post a tipjar this time and reference my older diary since this will be an ongoing series until I finally write my book on the Power of Labels. Well, If I ever have enough time between work and death.     <------ Me going down in flames. Even Troll rated at one time.</p>

    On to the flames.

    The difference between stereotypes and labels is how we trust and perceive them. Stereotypes are generalizations of things and definitions we often dont know about. They maybe true, they maybe false. They are used in everyday interactions to make yourself feel comfortable in strange or familiar surroundings. They have a mental effect of self assurance or arrogance, if abused.

    Labels are things that are defined by the majority of citizens or a trusted agency, mostly the later in modern times. We buy and sell things solely on the content of labels. We need the label to be accurate in order to make a sound purchase. Food is the most important item that comes to mind because the labels of food is of one the most important things you can read. We have the agency of the FDA to oversee it. Does it have too much fat? Too many calories? Lead, etc... We have to be able to trust our labels in order to have a civil society. It's a basis of it, good or bad. The best way to educate people about anything is to put a label on it. Go to any musmeum and read the labels we give these things that no longer exist or are obsolete. Dinosaurs, etc... Look around your city to see where the labels are. Maps, signs, grocery stores, etc. Labels define how we live.

    Now to relate the news. The news is the worst offender of mislabeling. Of course, FNC is the worst offender of all, but your local news is just as bad. Alot of the time, the local news has no idea how to label someone and they do it in the most ridiculous ways. One example I can never forget is the following.

    I was in Lake Tahoe, CA in the mid 90's during a 4th of July weekend. I turned on the local news on the 5th to see what was going on and they had a rehash story of the 4th. They had interview after interview of normal people telling the reporter about how they spent their weekend. Normal, typical news and average guy stuff. The story of this event, the report, is the 4th of July and the weekend, but every person they interviewed had a label. Most of the labels were the bland things like; boater, vacationer, local person. Really? Those are the things that define these people? I was sitting at the TV baffled. Yes, I know it's a bad thing, oh well, its also facinating. Is guy#1 really a Boater? WTF is a boater? Does he spend his whole off time on boats? Is guy#2 a vacationer? Does he spend everday on vacation? Could it be possible he has a job? Is guy#3 ,the local person, really that local? Is he a Native American? Has he lived here all his life?

    I could go on and on about these subtle examples, but you can see them clearly on documentaries like Outfoxed or see it recorded on As a matter of fact, the best comedic exploiter of labels is the Daily Show. They have nailed perfectly. This is what news labels are about, kudos to you guys. They will bring the same guy up time and time again. Let's use Steven Colbert, when he was a reporter for the Daily Show, as an example. No matter what subject Jon Stewart brought up as news, he could always find an "expert" to question. This expert was always Steven Colbert. It's hilarious and true. They could keep bringing him back on any subject or anything as long as his label fit. Hell, if the label didn't fit, they could recast him as another label. That's one of the genius concept of the Daily Show, LABELS. That's what makes it funny. Imagine the Daily Show without the labels? The jokes don't work.

    The next time you watch the news or read a news column, beware of the labels. What they define someone as, may not be the same definition you have. Hence, why I called Ann Coulter; a conservative comedian. By all definitions, she is and not a funny one at that. But then again, has any conservative comedian ever been funny? How come Dennis Miller ceased to be funny? I remember the day when he was. The reason why conservative comedians are funny to certain well off people, is a social and simple  one. It's not funny to make jokes of the oppresed. To some people it is, usually rich and isolated ones, but they never fly on the mainstream.

    All of us have the oppertunity to redifine people on how they really act and behave. When facts and research overcome the multitude of propaganda, the real definitions become clear. It's easy to want to label someone you dont agree with anything that's demeaning, but can you label them accuratly? I don't need Ann Coulter to show me how ignorant capitalism and freetrade is. I dont need Ann Coulter to show me how destructive Repubilcans are to America. I dont need Ann Coulter to show me that tax cuts dont create jobs. I dont need to point to Ann Coulter to prove republicans are selfish and crazy. She is meaningless to me because of the way I define her, conservative comedian. Perhaps, you should also define her the same way and raise the level of debate in politics with me.

    Labels are the most important thing we have in society. They can be used to rape and pilage or build and repair. The power of words is the power of labels. Stick and stones may not break your bones, but words and labels have started wars.


     Last thought: I thought my past diary was right on the money, but on second analysis, it was way too thick on sarcasm and dark humor for all of you who have never read anything about me. Forgive me if it offended you or if I was just too brash, I still think it was funny. The Power of Labels is the second most important power we have, other than the "One" that, Suprise, I'll reveal later in the series. The funny thing about that diary was: All of the responses were proving my point. They just didn't know what field I was coming from(understandable) or thought somehow I was defending (her?.) This is why I was laughing so hard and it worked perfectly. I'll try to explain the concept of labels better this time, but then again, I'm trying to be brief and I have a hard time not being sarcastic. This topic of labels is rather diverse.

Originally posted to kdnla on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:32 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  tips, flames, whatever? (4+ / 0-)

    I'm ready to defend this piece, but not the grammar and spelling. Some of it's below par, and I didn,t have a theosaurus, sighs.


  •  Great Diary (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, peace voter, kdnla

    Great Diary, DKNLA, and a topic that the Democratic Party doesn't spend enough time on.

    In a country with 300M people, where the overwhelming majority receive their news from 30 minute newscasts (28M Americans tune in to the Big3 evening newscasts every day at 6 eastern), labels are all that matters.

    Just ask Frank Luntz.  Within a few years, he managed to convince fellow citizens not to support something they had in the past.  Of course, I'm referring to the estate tax, which Luntz convinced GOPers to rebrand as the "death tax".

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

    by PatriciaVa on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:41:36 AM PDT

    •  ahh yessss (1+ / 0-)
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      maybeeso in michigan

          I plan on writing a diary in this series on how the republicans stole "politically correct" speech from liberals (PC). The best example of this is how republicans used to be anti-abortion, now they are pro-life. Just changing how you define your cause means a much bigger deal than you believe.

          The difference between pro-life and anti-abortion is immense.


    •  fyi (1+ / 0-)
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      I followed up on your report about the Arthur Laffer/Bill Richardson connection and obtained a transcript of the pertinent portion of the Wednesday, March 7, 2007 edition of the CNBC program Kudlow & Company from the offices of Lawrence Kudlow and Company.  Please note that the ellipses following the word "Bill" were in the transcript that I received:

      Larry Kudlow: Well, maybe it's time for all of us to go Democrat. What about Bill Richardson, a tax-cutting governor of New Mexico?

      Jack Kemp: You know what? Bill...

      Larry Kudlow: Arthur Laffer is consulting with him.

      Jack Kemp: Bill Richardson is a terrific governor. He cut the income tax rate, he cut the corporate income tax rate, he increased the depreciation schedules for business in New Mexico, and he's unabashedly, unambiguously pro-growth, pro-job, pro-business.

      Larry Kudlow: Whoa, boy! That is one heck of a--I won't say it's an endorsement. Let me just say it's a strong commentary.

      Jack Kemp: He's a very good governor.

      Larry Kudlow: I know he is. Jack Kemp, you look great. Thanks ever so much for coming back on the program.

      Jack Kemp: Thanks, Larry, and thanks for what you do every night.


      •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        peace voter

        Thank you very much, Peace Voter.

        The transcript speaks for itself.

        It will be interesting to see how Bill Richardson responds to it.

        I'd also like to state that I will support whoever the Democratic nominee for president is.  There is too much at stake for me to hold out for 100%.  I'd take 70% of what I want, rather than 0% with a GOPer (can you imagine another 4 years of GOP judges)

        I want The General to run, but would support Richardson were he to get the nod.  I'd support him even more if he were to drop Laffer as an adviser, and engage with someone much more Clinton-friendly.

        Over 70% of campaign contributions from hedge funds go to the Democratic Party, and Richardson can't find someone there to bring him up to speed on finance and Economics?

        Anyway, thanks so much for the transcript.  

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

        by PatriciaVa on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 02:32:54 PM PDT

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        •  You're very welcome (0+ / 0-)

          It's always nice to have a memory validated, and it appears that your initial assertion was spot on.

          I was getting a lot of grief about discussing your comment — accused of "spreading an unsubstantiated rumor".  It will be interesting to see how Bill Richardson responds, now that we have the transcript.

          I haven't made my mind up about the candidates.  None of them are 100%, but there are things about each and every one of them that I like.  You are right that any candidate in the Democratic field would be a million times better than the criminal who currently resides in our White House.

          My sister is also a strong supporter of The General.


  •  How dare you! (1+ / 0-)
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    You rotten skunk, after you were chastened for your piece of crap first diary, you have the nerve to post AGAIN!  You are fortunate there are so many people  ready and willing to discipline you. [/snark]

    Thanks for speaking your mind.  I appreciate it.  

  •  Ann Coulter is a Joke (1+ / 0-)
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    that isn't funny.  She may also be a felon.  The last I heard she had tried to do something to vote in two different places and was caught and it was in the courts.  I think of her as the idiot Fox guest.

    The republicons do well with one liners, too.

    Democrats need one liners that capture how nothing is too good for their cronies and no profit is too high, but they want to ruin the average person's Social Security and aren't doing right by our veterans.

    The Bush supporters are making the money while the taxpayers and their children will pay the cost of the war.

    Several labels and one liners come to mind.  The Halliburton Attitude...the 'Charge it to the grandkids no taxers'  'Stay and Profit'.

    I am not good at it, but I bet some are and could come up with great labels.

    Any chance of hiring Rush's script writer? Or Bush's? Frank Luntz?

    Maybe we could have a contest to label or create an one liner for each of the republican flaws.

    Are our soldiers home, yet? Are they home, yet? Are they home, yet? Are they home yet? Are they home yet?

    by relentless on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:46:03 AM PDT

  •  Labels are important (3+ / 0-)

    I read your other diary and to a degree agree with you.  Ann Coulter is a comedian, however she does a lousy job being funny, astute, sardonic, intelligent.
    Actually, she is a living example of a Joke.

    Labels are important with regard to cans of tomatoes.  Shur Fine, Our Label 1,2,3, are usually mushy and full of skins.  Yuck.  So, in the future when someone is labeled, we could say that is a Shur Fine description.

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:55:51 AM PDT

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