Saturday, August 06, 2005

Ordering the Asylum

Rightwingnuthouse poaches an idea, perfectly orders the loony left-o-sphere and provides non-stop belly laughs the entire way. For example:
I actually have a soft spot in my heart for the inmates at the Democratic Underground. Let’s face it; the internet just wouldn’t be the same without them. It’s become a matter of course for me that whenever I’ve got writer’s block, I visit the DU and, within 5 minutes, find something so outrageous, so far beyond the pale, that my dilemma regarding what to write about disappears in a flash. I wear their disapprobation like a badge of honor.

Perhaps one illustration of their complete disconnect from reality is in order. Following the tsunami tragedy last December, a comment thread at the site started to speculate that, in fact, secret US government tests in the ocean caused the giant waves. The comments got loonier and loonier as the DU’ers speculated that the earth itself was falling apart:

Since we know that the atmosphere has become contaminated by all the atomic testing, space stuff, electronic stuff, earth pollutants, etc., is it logical to wonder if: Perhaps the “bones” of our earth where this earthquake spawned have also been affected?

You just can’t make this stuff up.

The piece also neatly articulates the dilemma that Daily Kos has created for the Democratic Party. Although Kos cannot be ignored given its money-raising ability, the loopy conspiracy theories that are the drive the Kos machinery "give the party a patina of psychosis that leaves conservatives laughing and rational Democrats scratching their heads." A "patina of psychosis" -- I'll bet a dozen doughnuts that Moran smiled to himself as he wrote that line, thinking it was a very good turn of phrase. He was right.

Read the whole thing and learn the Reality Quotient of your favorite left-o-sphere asylum.