03 May 2006
Handy Shandyism reaches new lows in stupidity
|The Hand Shandyists For War have provided many a cheap laugh to this blog and its readers for many a month. It's nice to see that these tossers are back on form with yet another corking post that leaves the reader with a few easy guffaws and a shaking of the head at the sheer stupidity of the post. How the hell can you copy and paste a dictionary definition of a word and then claim that it doesn't mean what the damned dictionary says it does? You can if you are a shandyist!|
Dave Ostler has been amusing himself by pointing out that various rightist types have said nice things about the Euston Manifesto. Among them are Bill Kristol and Melanie Phillips. Kristol calls it "an impressive document," and concludes by saying:
The signatories of the document are liberals and progressives. They make clear their commitment to domestic and economic policies with which we at The Weekly Standard heartily disagree. But in the fight against tyranny and terror, against secular dictatorships and Islamic jihadism, is it too much to hope that decent liberals and conservatives could make common cause? We think not, and we hope that this clarion call from overseas might contribute to a rebirth of political courage and moral clarity on the American left as well.
Good stuff. There are items in this document that I don’t agree with, but it’s great to see such a brave statement of decent principles and an open denunciation of the left for being on the wrong side of history. Such a challenge from within its own ranks is essential if the left is ever to stop causing so much lethal damage to the west. Let’s see what kind of reaction the Eustonians now get from the comrades.Now, I would say that both these statements amount to an endorsement of the Euston Manifesto. So should the Hand Shandyists For War who actually went to the trouble of posting a dictionary definition of the word endorsement in a risible attempt to prove that Kristol and Phillips did not endorse the bloody thing. Someone should point out definition number four: "To give approval of or support to, especially by public statement. . ." I think that covers what Kristol and Phillips did: they endorsed the Manifesto by giving a statement of approval to it. You don't have to sign something to say that you support it, or think that it's a good thing.
The shandyists accuse Ostler of either "lying, trying to be funny or just displaying a shaky grasp of the English language".
I don't have to ask them the same question - I know what they are, but I just can't think of a word that properly describes them. I am tempted to call them a bunch of cunts, but a cunt is useful and I can't think of any use for a shandyist.
Let's keep laughing at them.
Update, 4-May-2006: The shandyist responsible for this tosh has decided not to continue being chuckled at here. Instead he has entered his own comment box and repeated the same old drivel: namely that it was all just a joke. The Exile is not impressed but will not overide the ban on his posting at Hand Shandyists For War. That shall wait for a more important matter. . .