This may be the biggest piece of crap that Salon ever published

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Salon continues to compete with Vox in a race for the bottom:

Angry right’s secret playbook: How it uses a good story to peddle an agenda America hates

This recent midterm election was my first real setback since I became a committed liberal (after years on the other side), and what I don’t understand is why so many well-meaning liberals refuse to fight dirty. Sure, some Democratic politicians “sling mud,” but the “professional left” (as they are often derisively called) spend too much time debating the exactitude of certain issues and not enough time shutting down the bad ideas of the opposition. It might speak well to one’s character, but it’s an ineffective way to do battle. There is a place for self-examination, but it’s not on the battlefield. Sometimes the proper reaction to cruelty or stupid ideas is disgust or even a well-timed insult. For many on the left this art is sadly as dead as the late hero of mine quoted above.

I got married, dropped out of college, joined the military and became a father all before I was 21 years old, and I spent the next 20 years dealing with my early missteps. It was a painful climb, but one benefit of the circuitous route I took is that I understand the angry, white and rural right wing of America better than most. It’s a group that grows ever more desperate and irrational no matter which way the electoral winds blow.

As a member of the frothing right wing, I always spouted nonsense, even when I wasn’t sure I believed it. Sometimes I would throw out really crazy stuff just to see how it fit the big picture and sometimes to get a rise from the opposition. Rhetorical bomb throwing is well respected on the right, and it’s not always a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with trying out ideas, letting them roll off the tongue to see how they sound. I’m always playing with ideas, most of which get discarded before I let myself believe them or write them down. There is one caveat to this and that’s the racist, hateful and homophobic rants that have become too common among the worst of the Tea Party. This ugly side of conservative rage is one of the major factors that drove me (and many others) away from right-wing politics.

When I lived conservative values, I attended many events with like-minded people. Conservative movements foster a herd mentality. Even when someone stood up to “lead,” he or she often regurgitated well-accepted talking points while crowds nodded in unison. Listen to talk radio or watch Fox News, and you can barely tally the number of times you hear, “yes, I think that’s true.” A perfect example of thoughtless regurgitation is when callers on talk radio mention “Saul Alinsky Democrats.” Still others like to sling the insult of “Obama’s Chicago political machine,” with no context whatsoever. I’m going to make the obvious point that few if any of these callers have read one word of Alinsky, and fewer still have any direct, pointed or even third-hand knowledge of “Chicago politics.” These goofy phrases have become totems of the insider, and like children, these listeners mindlessly repeat what someone else has said as if they had insight.

When I lived conservative values, I attended many events with like-minded people. Conservative movements foster a herd mentality. Even when someone stood up to “lead,” he or she often regurgitated well-accepted talking points while crowds nodded in unison. Listen to talk radio or watch Fox News, and you can barely tally the number of times you hear, “yes, I think that’s true.” A perfect example of thoughtless regurgitation is when callers on talk radio mention “Saul Alinsky Democrats.” Still others like to sling the insult of “Obama’s Chicago political machine,” with no context whatsoever. I’m going to make the obvious point that few if any of these callers have read one word of Alinsky, and fewer still have any direct, pointed or even third-hand knowledge of “Chicago politics.” These goofy phrases have become totems of the insider, and like children, these listeners mindlessly repeat what someone else has said as if they had insight.

Now that I’ve been in the liberal camp for a few years, I’ve noticed the complete opposite with the politically engaged left. They often identify as “contrarian.” They question everything and have a hard time taking a firm stand, even when 70% of the public is with them (on minimum wage, for instance). In an ideological battle, the tendency toward inclusion and reflection can become a handicap. As a side effect of all this soul-searching, the left becomes ineffectual at fighting even the worst excesses on the right. I’m boiling this down to a false dichotomy to illustrate a point. Of course there is every gradation of political belief on the right and left; yet our system itself is incapable of nuance, because only one side has even heard of the word.

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I call on my fellow liberals to embrace the rough stuff. Engage in battle with people who hate you and feel free to throw crazy right back, even if you only half believe it. Let it out and taste it on the way by. See if it flies. If it doesn’t, screw it — just fix it up next time. Refer to your political opponent as “the honorable shithead from New Jersey.” Use the words, images and for god’s sake, the passion of the street. People who hate and fear you will always hate you unless they die out, change their minds or we can beat them in a heated contest of ideas. You’re not playing checkers — and they’re winning by giving zero shits about reality, so cut the crap and fight like you mean it.


The author of that piece is Edwin Lyngar, who has written several other posts claiming to be a recent convert to truth, justice and liberalism after 20 years of being a dishonest piece of shit. In none of the posts does he describe what he formerly believed or demonstrate any familiarity with actual conservative beliefs.

His stuff reads like Riverdaughter decided to impersonate a former Tea Partier who had seen the error of his/her ways. Every left-wing caricature and stereotype of a conservative is employed to build a collection of strawmen for the author to slay.

SPOILER ALERT: There is no actual playbook, nor was the author ever a right-wing political operative. The post is long on rhetoric and short on specifics, and is not only poorly written but poorly argued.

Here’s more on Lyngar:

Edwin Lyngar is a writer and author living in Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Antioch University in 2010 with his MFA in creative writing and also holds an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada Reno. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Bellingham Review, Ontoligica and RoleReboot. He blogs about parenting, family life and writing at http://www.edwinlyngar.com and is in the process of finding a home for his first book, a memoir, titled Guy Parts.


According to LinkedIn he’s a “Public Information Officer/Boating Education Coordinator” for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. In other words, he’s a government employee and has been one for over a decade.

Here is an article about him in Progressives Today and another from The Furious Libertarian.

That’s some cray shit.


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84 Responses to This may be the biggest piece of crap that Salon ever published

  1. votermom says:

    MFA degree – sure sign of conservative ideology. /sarc

  2. votermom says:
      Rubio seems to be auditioning for VP

      (Context: just saw him on tv)

  3. votermom says:

  4. Lulu says:

    Daddy issues. Salon should rename themselves Self Therapy Today.

  5. votermom says:

    This guy nails it

    • votermom says:

      • Lulu says:

        I think it was several factors. He avoids any contact with anyone in which he will not be the bride at the wedding. He doesn’t give a shit about terrorism unless he can get political mileage out of it and he wants this to go away because the illegal immigration legislative fight coming up. He is sympathetic to Muslims fighting the colonialists (childhood propaganda from mommy to explain missing daddy, her job overseas and switched out daddies), and Sunday was sports/choom/sit-on-ass day before he goes out speechifying about freebies junior college to his base. The WH saw it as a political loser with immigration problems at home AND he like to choom out to sports. No one in the WH will say where he was so he was stoned in the recliner doing nada and “resting”. Because they didn’t send Biden or Clinton or somebody it indicates they wanted it to be ignored but it has backfired.

        • votermom says:

          Byron York thinks it’s because it counters the Obama narrative that Islamic terroridm is not a big threat anymore.

          • Lulu says:

            I think that is what his staff thinks. And Holder who refused to participate. Holder skedaddled out of Paris like his ass was on fire! But the staff knows not to mess with Bronco’s schedule. He was scheduled off and that means OFF. They wanted to minimize attention to this in the US. But the murders are an example of it it bleeds it leads. They didn’t expect a public wake with millions of people and Bibi showing up all snarly and macho. Hollande went with Bibi to the old synagogue I guess to supervise and prevent a riot. The media couldn’t ignore it with such huge crowds and all of the other leaders showing up and not acting like wienies. Then the media says why wasn’t Bronco there so we could make it all about him! It LOOKS bad rather than it IS bad. The WH thought if Bronco didn’t say anything or go it would not be covered by the media. WRONG as usual.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          If the march would have helped further one or more Obamagenda priorities he would have moved Heaven and Earth to be there.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Dan Bongino (former Secret Service) calls b.s. on the WH blaming SS. Hope this link works, great rant …..

    • piper says:

      perfect – ‘gruberage’ – will be using that word from now on in my writings.

  6. Myiq2xu says:

    The only reason I don’t think Riverdaughter wrote it is that it doesn’t mention Jehovah Witnesses or the Duggars.

  7. votermom says:

    I’m currently fascinated by this period, partly because we seem to be re-enacting it:

    • piper says:

      Sadly, I’m on the same page with you!

    • Myiq2xu says:

      We have passed peak Nazi and are at the bunker stage.

      • votermom says:

        Too bad it isn’t the neo-Hitlers that are huddled in the bunkers.

        • Somebody says:

          I just read an article the other day about how a lot of the Nazi command that got away at first went into hiding in South America, but later many relocated to the ME. In fact they named several that had positions within ME governments advising on military. Apparently after the Arab offensive failed the Arab leaders decided to hire some of the Nazi military leaders to advise them on military issues.

          Most of them converted to Islam and changed their names. There was one in Egypt that consulted with German businesses like Mercedes and Seimens and the German government knew who he was, but turned a blind eye. Although to be fair I know of a man that was an admiral and he’s a consultant in Egypt or at least he was a decade ago.

    • swanspirit says:

      And I am absolutely amazed at how stupid people are. I just heard a CNN reporter interview a young Jewish man who had left France for the USA due to antisemitism.
      She actually said to him ,” I am not Jewish , so I don’t know how you feel , so tell us how it feels to experience antisemitism.
      When did we forget that the Jews are the canaries in the coal mine, and that when they are done coming for the Jews, they come for YOU? Actually, the Muslim terrorists aren’t really waiting to be done with the Jews. They will come for you too , no wait time necessary.
      They went after journalists , so tell me CNN reporter, how does it feel ?
      Oh the stupidity!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. piper says:

    Another person with a degree in creative writing. Don’t agree with either extremes but this writer has done an interesting hit on projecting the machinations of one side to the other.

    • Somebody says:

      I was thinking the same thing when I read it too Piper, pure projection. The left needs to get tough? To name call? WTF planet is this asshat living on? That’s all the left does.

  9. piper says:

    Klown,
    That was quite a jump from Walker and Ryan to Brian Williams and daughter. Send eye bleach.

    • leslie says:

      But not on the “no fly” list. Sh!t I was on the “can’t fly without an interview first” list and all I did was write emails to the WH protesting the war. This (and other) bunch of bureaucrats is so messed up.

      • Somebody says:

        My husband was on the no fly list or at least someone by the same name. OMG the troubles that caused us. Remember he was an air traffic controller, so WTF? We always got grilled, had special luggage searches, etc. It’s part of why we prefer not to fly. There isn’t anything you can do either, oh you can protest and they “investigate” and give you a stupid number that doesn’t help.

        We learned during the process that there are several air marshals on the list too. It’s not them, but it’s their name. What kind of BS is that? Argh you’d think with all the technology they’d straighten out their stupid lists.

        My favorite was when my husband tried to rent a truck in Tuscaloosa, Alabama when my daughter went to UA for grad school. Apparently they use the same list for truck rentals, who knew? They kept jerking him around, they were stalling waiting for the FBI to get there from Birmingham, OMFG! Hubby was still employed at the time, he had his badge with him which made it easy to prove he wasn’t a threat or at least it satisfied the FBI. The only harm was that we finally got the truck 15 minutes AFTER the furniture store closed.

        After that Tuscaloosa episode my husband decided to approach the FBI. The FBI has something to do with keeping or creating that list or something. He walked in and said I’ve had enough, do whatever you have to do, search my house, investigate all my bank records, look at all my emails, do what you want I have nothing to hide, but please do something to take me off this damn list. Sooooo the FBI said let us look into this and we’ll get back to you. They called a few weeks later and told hubby he was the most boring person in the world and he shouldn’t have any more problems and he hasn’t. That made us wonder if it was in fact him on the list all along??? If it was then why?? He never, ever protested anything or wrote letters or had a social media presence or anything like that when he was employed because he didn’t want problems.

        The only thing we can figure that would have possibly landed him there was the fact that he had a minor role on 9-11 in that he worked AF1 that day. Maybe his name was added in error or on purpose just to watch him??? The other possibility is that a co-worker was fired for “making terrorist threats” and my husband was a witness to the events. The co-worker was NOT a terrorist and he made no such threats, he was a hot head and mouthed off to his supervisor who was a real prick and the supervisor used the rules to trump up charges. Federal Marshals came and took the guy and everything, ruined his life. He was a decorated former marine. He sued and it took years, but he won sort of. He was too old to go back to work, but because he won he was allowed to draw the pension he earned.

        Who knows how or why you end up on “the list”, but honestly did you ever think we’d have lists like that in this country???

        • 49erDweet says:

          Well, yes, I’ve been dreading that. Bc we hire gov’t employees with nothing to do……..so they create work by making lists. What could go wrong?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Getting a pilots license and buying (20 year mortgage type loan) or renting a plane is cheaper than you might think. No TSA or any crap. Or just going with the road trips. In addition to the TSA crap, mini seats with no room, nickel and dining you to death, no fly-lists, etc., the airlines just really suck these days. Commercial flying sucks. That whole industry is really prime for a massive shakeup.

  10. Myiq2xu says:

    A metaphor for Obama’s foreign policy:

  11. piper says:

    still learning about twitter

  12. piper says:

    Read Larry’s blog but never comment. Like his current thread.
    “It is now clear that Obama is content to phone it in. Quite willing to “bomb” people from 20,000 feet while the Islamic State continues to hold territory and engage in terror. Unwilling to make real sacrifices or demonstrate true leadership. Obama and his team of incompetents are like naked roosters strutting proudly around an empty hen house without realizing how pathetic they look. Arrogant, ignorant, posturing pricks.

    Obama and his team of midgets dishonored America yesterday and insulted our allies. Only when the world stands united against the scourge of Islamic extremism will that threat of terrorism be vanquished.”
    Link – http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/77789/lets-face-it-obama-is-a-total-dumb-ass/

  13. piper says:

  14. piper says:

    Another attempt at posting images

  15. piper says:

    That worked so here’s another

  16. HELENK3 says:

    Fire at Penn Station in New York causing disruption to LIRR, subways; FDNY call it ‘suspicious’ – @MyFoxNY
    Read more on myfoxny.com

    yesterday smoke at a DC station now this.?

  17. piper says:

    Last one – have to pick up house before cleaning people arrive.

  18. fif says:

    “Sometimes the proper reaction to cruelty or stupid ideas is disgust or even a well-timed insult. For many on the left this art is sadly as dead as the late hero of mine quoted above.”

    Yea, the Left never expresses disgust or insults the opposition. The lack of self-awareness is astonishing.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Who knew Botox destroyed brain cells?

      • piper says:

        49erD – How many injections do you think Nancy has had in her lifetime – age 74.
        From Wiki “Botulinum toxin is a protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.[1][2] It is the most acutely lethal toxin known, with an estimated human median lethal dose (LD-50) of 1.3–2.1 ng/kg intravenously or intramuscularly”

        • 49erDweet says:

          By the looks of her face she’s had 6 nips, 14 tucks and 62 injections. I don’t even want to think about where the skin on her cheeks today began it’s existence. I also can’t believe she’s using the same surgeon. I think to her disadvantage, she’s “shopped” several.

  19. driguana says:

    love the tolerant Dutch….when they’ve had enough, enough is truly enough…
    http://clashdaily.com/2015/01/dutch-mayor-islam-dont-like-freedoms-pack-bags-f-ck-off/

  20. HELENK3 says:

    http://clashdaily.com/2015/01/christian-woman-hanged-insulting-mohammed-muslims-called-unclean-reply-ballsy/

    can someone tell me why we give money to pakistan?

    all money to muslim nations should stop now. they hate life and every thing we believe in, why support them?

    where was ben laden for years? in pakistan who protected him? pakistan.

    these sick twists should never be given a dime by decent people

  21. HELENK3 says:

    More: Vote to extend military intervention against Islamic State militants in Iraq passed French parliament 488 to 1 – @Reuters
    Read more on reuters.com

  22. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8375.htm

    arab editors call for protests against terror, like the protests against cartoons

  23. piper says:

    Stealing but sharing

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