Sunday, July 27, 2008

Buzzword Bingo

Meh. I can't be bothered. Here are some videos.

Otherwise, at the end of every paragraph of Nick's I thought "Kennedy". eg:

Ignore the imperatives of anti-racism and remember that to a generation raised on The West Wing Obama is the perfect candidate: hip, handsome, commanding, charismatic.


She gave him 'hot, married love', while the Republicans were stuck with the 'stiff, asexual, erratic McCain and his zombie-fied former drug addict wife'.

Kennedy! Nixon!

Even those in the European elites who do not buy the full 'America has it coming' package believe that Bush is a cowboy who doesn't understand that the postmodern way to end conflict is to compromise rather than fight.

"Jaw-jaw is better than war-war." Winston Churchill, deconstructionist ahead of his time. "War is merely a continuation of politics." Carl von Clausewitz.

Good lord, what is it with Nick and his buzzwords? "Postmodern" - I don't think he even knows what it means - other than "bad things" of course. "Liberal" - a word which means god-knows-what. People he likes, people he doesn't like; educated people (perhaps). 'Root cause' - a bad argument for something. (Not in Decentpedia yet - get on it Malky.)

By building him up into a great Satan, the oil man who invades countries to seize their reserves and the Christian who orders bloody crusades, they have hidden the totalitarian threats of our age from themselves and anyone who listens to them.

Kennedy! You know, nuclear war, the end of life as we know it. An enemy with ICBMs, an army of millions, and a rigidly-enforced totalitarian system. Now, some crazy guys in caves. Gosh, I'm scared.

See also Cian's comment. I totally agree about Trudeau (brilliant and not a racist - as well as being publicly supportive of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan) and about Rall (whom I haven't met, but still find unpleasant).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservative Home has described Nick's article as "today's must read", which says it all, really.

7/27/2008 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the word "tantenverführer" seems not to be known to any actual German speakers but instead to spring from the pages of one of those dire "Tingo" books

I hope there's a hilarious and explosive email bollocking from a sub to NC about to be discovered.

7/27/2008 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He cut and pasted that whole sentence from an earlier article:

"German has the useful word Tantenverführer: “a young man of excessively good manners you suspect of devious motives (literally, an aunt seducer).”"

7/27/2008 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the article was based on Conservative Party talking points.

Moussaka Man

7/27/2008 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's shocking. Only a person who knows they are immune from Private Eye criticism would cut and paste sentences from previous articles. Somebody should tell the Observer editor.

7/27/2008 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I'm sure I've seen tantenverfuhrer somewhere else, in near-identical wording, used about somebody else. Possibly a British pol.

Further, I can say I've never seen it used by a German or in a German text, ever.

7/27/2008 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happily, the seventh result on google for tantenverfuhrer is a German weblog post pointing out that Nick has unthinkingly repeated a fabrication.

Is there any 'serious' columnist - any columnist, that matter - who makes so many humiliating mistakes as our Nick?

7/27/2008 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger BenSix said...

Or did our boy just skip the book and head straight for the review:

"This time we have the German word Tantenverführer (literally aunt-seducer) to describe a young man whose excessively good intentions suggest suspicious motives."

7/28/2008 03:08:00 AM  
Blogger ejh said...

Talking of Private Eye, I assume people have noticed their own spectacular error in Dumb Britain? (I've not sent it in, on the grounds that somebody's bound to have done so already before I even got my copy.)

I also spotted more than one other error on the same double-page....

7/28/2008 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ratbiter/nick cohen also gets 'bitten' in the letters page, after the hilariously screechy 'what's the world coming to when you can't call a holocaust denier a neo-nazi, with no evidence for the latter' riposte he wrote in the last letters page.

7/28/2008 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Found this blog when Googling "Nick Cohen Ratbiter". Looks like I was right or at least not alone. Bloody Wheen and his Euston mates. Hislop needs to get a grip on them.

The Private Eye letters strand continues, with latest letter from meself. I've posted it all here: here, along with an earlier response to the original Tehran TV article which Ratbiter responded to but 'ed' (or assistant ed) didn't print.

BTW, if anyone hasn;t seen it, NC's legal argumentation is in full flow at the start of this: We Are Change UK - Nick Cohen.

8/22/2008 12:48:00 AM  

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