Mailbag: Sophistry and Puppetry

We dig deep down into the mailbag, past the raw otter meat, the queen scorpion egg case, and seven offers for high-interest credit cards, and find two addressed to us.

Protagoras has gone emo, writes KH—if you have lost your Operative list, KH is in charge of our carbon nanofiber project, in which Mandarin is trying to make precise cuts in solid objects from hundreds of kilometers away. KH is doing a great job stapling the molecular-thin pieces together with a Swingline.

Dread Czar,

In the case of the President, at least, I don’t think it’s ignorance talking. The same likely applies to others who arguably should (and likely do) know better. There are plenty of useful fools who likely are working from ignorance, but not at the top.

Instead, I think it’s mere sophistry, using whatever cudgel comes to hand in order to win the argument, and nothing more. Sophistry has been the modus operandi of the willed-to-power for a long time. Unfortunately for the willed-to-power, they generate more of a paper and/or pixel trail than was the case in the day of Protagoras. Sophistry stands revealed on even a cursory examination, and increasingly offers evidence of bad faith from the get-go on the part of the wielder.

Evidence of bad argument + evidence of bad faith = dismissal out of the starting gate. (Pointing and laughing optional.)

Long story short: In the Internet environment, all sophistry becomes bad sophistry (assuming one is paying attention), and Protagoras is reduced to emo weeping in whatever corner of Hades his shadow darkens.

Best regards,

Perfectly stated and phrased. No, the Czar does not believe the President is that stunningly ignorant, as his incoherent and whiny speech proved today: he is instead splashing in deep water, grabbing whatever drifts by while spitting foam. Right now, in support of your point, the fact-checkers are trying to figure out where on earth to start with his speech today.

Even CNN realized this speech was a turkey when they provided a caption below his speech, quoting him as blaming the Republicans for future botched weather forecasts. The President has truly become unhinged, and madness in great ones must not unwatched go. You write exceedingly well; please send more letters.

An old Operative, DT, takes a break from his massive effort of producing large quantities of high-tech automatic rifles using nothing but FORTRAN.


I was quite amazed to see Mother Jones’ post calling out NBC for dishonest editing in the Trayvon Martin case.

Seems NBC changed

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.


Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Which completely changes the meaning of the quote. Good for the leftie Mother Jones for calling out obvious buffoonery.

Then I went to share the story on Facebook. I was amused to see the automatically-generated summary reading “Fox News catches some lame editing from the lamestream media.”.

Seems NBC isn’t the only ones manipulating the story, eh?

The Czar seems to recall that Mother Jones has done this before—calling out shenanigans on the mainstream media. Of course, Mother Jones is the extreme paranoid wing of the Left, and when they attack NBC it’s largely because they view NBC as the puppet of big business, which is Evil. But hey, good for them! Nice detective work.

And DT, we again remind you to Stay off Facebook and Get Back to Work! Those rifles aren’t going to compile themselves.

Actually, if DT’s plan is correct, that’s exactly what those rifles will do, but you know what we mean.

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About The Czar of Muscovy

Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia by upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.