Tinfoil of the day

"I tell you what, I only ever use the Circle/District Line if I use the Tube at all, nowadays, due to ventilation and depth of the tunnels. I try to avoid the Central and Northern lines if I can." – ‘jamesg01′ at Biased BBC.

If you’re as mad as him (and believe the made-up stats of people whose budgets depend on Yarr, There Be Terrorists Out There), feel free to vote Labour. And as always, in the quingillion-to-one chance that I’m caught up in a terrorist attack, feel free to mock…

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10 thoughts on “Tinfoil of the day

  1. Why single-out just the one quote? The whole comments thread, in fact that whole site, is a litany of lunacy and delusion wrapped in tinfoil.

  2. Wouldn’t it be great to have a time machine – we could swap that cowardy custard with someone who was living in London back when it was being bombed to smithereens in World War 2. Or if he can’t hack that, when it was being bombed in the 70s and 80s. Or any time in the 60s, 70s and 80s, when we all expecting to be burned to a crisp in a nuclear holocaust? Maybe around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, or perhaps Kennedy’s assasination would do the trick.

  3. Gregg

    Am I missing something? I just read a discussion about a Democrat senator’s use of the filibuster to try to thwart the Civil Rights Act should have been brought up when celebrating his use of the same technique to thwart appointment of conservatives to the Supreme Court.

    How is that delusion or lunacy?

  4. " read a discussion about a Democrat senator’s use of the filibuster to try to thwart the Civil Rights Act …"

    Oi Bish, hand in your crozier. Until 1968 the Democrats in the south were unreconstructed racist filth by & large. Then Nixon with his Southern Strategy got them all to become Republicans, which before then had been prod to be "the Party of Lincoln".
    It boils down to anyone trying to equate Democrats in the South before 1968 to Democrats in New England now is deliberately trying to deceive. Is that you?

  5. Dave

    You’re missing my point. The guy is a racist. His being a Democrat is interesting but not the point. Where is the delusion and lunacy in pointing out his racism?

  6. > Nixon with his Southern Strategy got them all to become Republicans

    Well, obviously not, since Robert Byrd, the senator under discussion, is still a Democrat. Is anyone who tries to equate Robert Byrd before 1968 to Robert Byrd today deliberately trying to deceive?

    The point is that the BBC print Byrd’s proud reminiscences about using the filibuster in ’64 without mentioning what he used it for. That’s not a vague thing about Democrats generally; it’s very specifically about Robert Byrd. I might add that his obvious pride in what he did doesn’t give me confidence that he regrets it, which in turn leads me to think that he might not have changed his mind on the issues concerned.

    But, hey, if he’s racist, he must be Republican, right?

  7. Is anyone who tries to equate Robert Byrd before 1968 to Robert Byrd today deliberately trying to deceive?

    Basically yes. Byrd has completely repudiated his past and has a very good record over the last thirty years with respect to being fair to the blacks, which is why they vote for him.

  8. Basically no, then. There’s a world of difference between a person changing his mind and a party changing its members, because the latter invloves one group of people being replaced with completely different people. There’s nothing deceptive about saying, "This is the same man, but he has changed his mind."

    What Dave Heasman said above (clearly not having bothered to read the piece under discussion) was that any attempt to mention what Byrd himself actually did amounted to smearing him by association with the Democratic Party simply because it used to contain a bunch of racists who are all now Republicans, when in fact it amounts to smearing him by association with himself. I’m certainly not so stupid that I think the Dems haven’t changed, and would never claim they hadn’t*, but that doesn’t mean that Dave isn’t talking utter bollocks.

    * Although I do claim that, if you’ve changed your mind about race, you probably shouldn’t reminisce quite so fondly and proudly about the time you tried to stop the Civil Rights Act. It gives a bad impression.

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