Quote of the week

Roberta X on civility, or the occasional lack thereof:

What is clear is once anyone has become so convinced that one of the two halves of the Running Things Party comprises every human vice and ill (and no few I had previously thought limited to the animal kingdom), then there’s no further reason to talk. The attitude itself is what gives rise to purges and pogroms, killing fields and death marches — no matter who espouses it or what virtues they ascribe to themselves and their supposed peers, or even practice. Persons who speak like that will murder you — or hand you over to be used up and killed — if they even suspect you might be a member of a group they loathe; and they will sleep soundly that night. Left, right, center; amoral and “practical” or rigidly moral and unworldly, it doesn’t matter: once that level of dehumanizing rhetoric has infected someone’s mind, they are like an armed landmine. (And at the same time, they are pathetic causalities for whom little can be done.)

Not wishing to land on anyone’s causality (or casualty) list, I keep careful track of my ills and vices; this serves as a useful reminder that I am not necessarily all that and a bag of chips. And the chips are probably stale by now anyway.



  1. Clarity to These Folks Is Like Garlic to Vampires | Daily Pundit »

    2 March 2012 · 7:30 pm

    […]I’ve noticed quite a few people espousing this sort of bullshit – they are so terrified of any honest, deeply-felt disagreements between people that they try to smear every disagreement as a prelude to pogroms and ovens[…]

  2. Roberta X »

    2 March 2012 · 11:34 pm

    I never realized Bill Quick was a nitwit. Sad.

  3. SDN »

    3 March 2012 · 4:04 am

    Yeah, Roberta, he’s a nitwit. Of course, so were John Adams,
    George Washington, et al, when they realized that King George
    III wasn’t going to be deterred by words. I doubt that George
    Washington was referred to as “Father of his Country” in Lord
    Cornwallis’ officers mess.

  4. CGHill »

    3 March 2012 · 11:05 am

    Miss X responds.

  5. CGHill »

    3 March 2012 · 11:19 am

    And I should, I think, disclose the following:

    Unless you turn the function off, WordPress sends a pingback to the post to which you’re linking. This presents no problem. However, the pingback is accompanied with an excerpt from your own post, and the choice of excerpt is often inscrutable.

    In the case of Mr Quick’s post, this is exactly what was received:

    […] to These Folks Is Like Garlic to Vampires Posted on March 2, 2012 5:30 pm by Bill Quick dustbury.com » Quote of the week What is clear is once anyone has become so convinced that one of the two halves of the Running […]

    This is indeed part of his post, but not necessarily useful to the thread. So before approving the ping, I actually read the post, and then replaced the stuff within the brackets with some of what he said, in the appropriate context. At one level, this constitutes meddling; I prefer to think of it as helping the discussion along. Whether this actually worked or not is left as an exercise for the student.

  6. Roberta X »

    3 March 2012 · 11:43 am

    SDN: Suggest you go read my blog, not Quick’s and your twisted imaginings of just who I am and what I believe.

    Bill’s the one who is all talk here, deficient in talk and too decrepit for action.

  7. Tam »

    3 March 2012 · 11:45 am


    Did you even read the linked post? It doesn’t say anything about being “deterred by words.”

    I do, by the way, find it the height of irony that a San Franciscan is lecturing a permit-holding, gun-toting Hoosier on the occasional necessity of righteous violence. I know what my roommate will do under those circumstances; what’s Mr. Quick planning to use? Harsh language?

  8. Roberta X »

    3 March 2012 · 11:48 am

    Chas, unlike Bill, I went and read the whole post rather than emoting off an except: he is a nitwit.

  9. Roberta X »

    3 March 2012 · 11:51 am

    Autocomplete got me, should have read “deficient in thought and too decrepit…”

  10. CGHill »

    3 March 2012 · 12:04 pm

    Mr Quick has an arsenal of undisclosed size. (And “undisclosed size,” I believe, is the best size to have, especially if you’re surrounded, as he is, by persons who’d rather he had none at all.)

  11. Roberta X »

    3 March 2012 · 2:06 pm

    Poor lad hasn’t any “assault weapons,” or at least none he can take to the range. Alas, Babylo- Er, Cali.

  12. DirtCrashr »

    3 March 2012 · 6:26 pm

    He can get a CA-Legal AR with bullet-button and 10-round magazine – Colt and even Smith & Wesson with their M&P series are importing rifles with those caveats, and similar product-neutered AK’s exist also, and there’s a lot of neat old used guns showing up in the gunshops of The Peninsula, south of SF (none in SF as far as I know) as the Greatest Generation slides into memory… And I believe they even removed the provision in SF City-law that prevented gun ownership – especially relevant in his particular neighborhood which is dominated by federal-owned section-8 housing…

  13. CGHill »

    4 March 2012 · 7:51 pm

    And Mr Quick responds.

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