Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Word Association

1. Little is to Elephant as ____ is to Barbara Streisand

a) Celebrity b) Money c) Intelligence

2. Hot is to Cold as ____ is to Michael Moore

a) Gluttony b) Truthfulness c) Obnoxiousness

3. Chimpanzee is to primate as Liberal is to ____

a) Tolerant b) Smart c) Anti-Semite

4. Car is to Automobile as Pro-Choice is to ____

a) Noble b) Crushed baby skull c) Caring

5. "N" Word is to African-American as ____ is to People of faith

a) Friend b) Religious Right c) Neighbor

6. Fascism is to Jew as Academia is to ____

a) Wiccan b) Conservative c) Communist

7. The Beatles is to Paul McCartney as The Ku Klux Klan is to ____

a) George W. Bush b) Tom Delay c) Robert Byrd

8. Heaven is to Saddam Hussein as ____ is to Hillary Clinton

a) Starbucks b) The White House c) Commissioner of WNBA

9. Armpit is to Body as ____ is to America

a) Death Valley b) Cleveland c) Hollywood

10. Trash Can is to Trash as Paris Hilton's Dress is to ____

a) A Classy Lady b) A Sweet Girl c) Paris Hilton

[answer key (as if it's necessary) found in comments]


Blogger Wonderdog said...

Answer Key:

1. c
2. b
3. c
4. b
5. b
6. b
7. c
8. b
9. c
10. c (think about it)

April 16, 2005 5:29 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

I liked the list, but I feel I must object to #3. While liberalism does have a problem with increasing anti-Semitism from the far left (especially in Europe), that's a far cry from liberalism being synonymous with anti-Semitism. The fact that American liberalism can't afford to purge the anti-Semites among them (Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney,etc.) does suggest that the anti-Semitic faction on the far left is a significant enough minority to be troubled about.

April 17, 2005 12:05 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Ooops, just realized that the #3 analogy doesn't really describe a synonymous relationship, but otherwise I stand by most of my original comment.

April 17, 2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger Wonderdog said...

Kate, the list was somewhat tongue-in-cheek and I would agree that #3 goes too far. However, I would disagree that anti-Semitism is only a problem of the "far left". With the word "Neocon" being bandied about almost on a daily basis from the editorial pages of the Washington Post, NY Times, etc. and so forth, I think it's safe to say that it has infected far more than extreme margins of the left.

April 17, 2005 1:16 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Yeah, but while "neo-con" is sometimes a code word for Jewish (which is sometimes made explicit -- for instance, the Adbusters list of "prominent neo-cons" that put asterisks next to the names of those who were Jewish), it is also a label which designates a real, if sometimes vaguely defined, political and intellectual movement. So I don't think it's automatically illegitimate or anti-Semitic to speak of neo-conservatism, though it sometimes is (as in the Adbusters example). The term also gets used -- in the fine tradition of journalistic intellectual laziness -- as a catch-all, to define anyone who supported the Iraq War, or anyone who writes articles for Commentary, etc. Anyway, as I said, I do think anti-Semitism has infected more than the extreme fringes (especially in Europe) and I do think it's a significant enough minority to be sincerely troubled about.

I know the list was tongue-in-cheek, and I don't mean to seem humorless (I'm already the least funny person on the blog!)but I just wanted to make it clear that I don't think all, or even most, liberals are anti-Semites (and neither, I think, do you), though they are wrong in all sorts of ways, including their toleration of the significant faction of anti-Semites in their midst.

April 17, 2005 7:53 PM  
Blogger Wonderdog said...

I'm afraid I have to disagree again, Kate. Even you admit that the term is "vague" in its application. And that's just the problem. It's this synthetic, intentional vagueness of the term that allows the Maureen Dowd's of the world, with their steely eyes, to use the term in the gusto of their prejudices without being held to account for them. Anyone with the least bit of political sophistication knows that "neocon" is a polite epithet for "jew", period. To allow for any wiggle room to the contrary simply enables those who use the term to continue with their political license of gleeful bigotry.

April 17, 2005 11:40 PM  
Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Oh, darn. I thought maybe I was a neocon, but I'm not Jewish. And, being Catholic, I can't be a fundamentalist or Bible thumper. Fooey.

April 19, 2005 6:24 PM  
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