piranha: red origami crane (Default)
ok, i am peevish because the blogosphere (sorry, telophase!) and howard dean are going nutso over bill bennett's badly considered remarks to a caller on his radio show the other day. now, i don't like bennett at all, and can find plenty of things he's said and done to get offended by, but i feel this is a tempest in the tiniest teapot in the world, and i've therefore taken out my tiny violin to accompany the screams that he's a genocidal maniac.

IMO, bennett was making a reductio ad absurdum argument, in order to point out to the dimwit caller that zie was being a dimwit, without actually saying so. this is not a thing one should try on national radio, of course, or indeed on any sort of radio show, other than maybe the one on local access that only your two best friends are watching. stupid, ok? not genocidal. and his argument actually holds, and no, it does not require that one have a racist mindset and presume one ethnic group commits more crime than others.

and because somebody on mefi was telling me that i should spend more time thinking than protecting racists, i did the math hahaha -- don't look. really. it is ALL WRONG. )

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