Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday troll-baiting: Weapons of Mass Disjunction

The genial Barracks O'Bama had spotted the quarry first; she was an extremely frisky specimen, and by the time I ran across them Barracks was feeling some fatigue:
Thus gloriously and unwounded did Barracks retire from the field. But a deep fog of derp still hung about the meadow, the birds sang, and my blood was up. Dr. Google and I dumped some tempting evidence in front of the opening to the troll's cave:

The troll peeked out, sniffed at the evidence, and haughtily rejected it.

Unexpectedly, Penny turned up with a link. Though not, as it happened (who could have expected?), a relevant one.

What happened next was as good as it got all day—sorry, Mr. Blind and Dumb Guy, wrong link again! I was so excited my spelling began to collapse.
Proposing yet a third irrelevant link, she's starting to resemble GWB himself.
"Those weapons have gotta be somewhere". Via BBC.

At this point the game is pretty much over, as it's clear in any event that the Iraqi arms discovered by the United Nations in Syria are entirely produced by Penny's overheated imagination. But a couple of friends dropped by to kibbitz.

That seemed like a lovely place to stop and repair with Hamish and Aaron to the Old Entomologist for a pint of something crispy, but Dreadful Penny wasn't having it. In fact she seemed prepared for a gigantically disjunctive leap all the way back to the beginning, calling me out for the unforced error of citing a Wikipedia article. She never did find out that the Wikipedia article more or less agreed with her that the 1998 bombing of the al-Shifa chemical factory was a mistake. Not to mention the sheer quality of the article, a sample of Wikipedia at its greatest, massively sourced and utterly dispassionate. A good Wikipedia article is much better than a Times story as evidence, because its documentation is so open and you can evaluate it yourself. No "sources close to the liar in question" here.

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